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Motorola Droid RAZR M Jelly Bean update has been made available for all users

Motorola and Verizon Wireless initiated the roll out of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for Motorola Droid Razr M almost a week ago and while every user was excited about it, only a few had the opportunity to update their device. Today, however, the same update is made available for all users of the Droid Razr M, although, they have to manually initiate the search for the update by going to Settings => About Phone => System Updates. Motorola Mobility official announced through its Twitter account on Tuesday, November 13th.

Many reported that the update process was successful and that everything in their phones is working well after the update. Typically, major updates contain glitches and problems but not this one. It seems like Motorola has done a great job in making sure the Jelly Bean update for Droid Razr M would be implemented seamlessly with its new features and bug fixes.

By manually searching for the update, owners will then be prompted that they need to download Android 4.1 into their device. Depending on the speed of their internet connection, the download process may take about 5 to 10 minutes and once the installation is finished, the new system should be up and running like a charm.

Motorola’s Droid Razr M is the first of its devices to get the official Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update and it is most likely that Droid Razr Maxx HD and Droid Razr HD will follow suit. And since the first JB roll out was successful, we can expect it would be the same when JB updates for other Motorola devices would be rolled out soon.

The company promised that majority of its devices would be getting the latest version of Android. Devices that are not eligible for the Jelly Bean, the company offers trade up with possible $100 rebate. You might want to visit Motorola’s list of devices that will and will not be getting JB here (this link will bring you to Motorola website).

Motorola Droid Razr M was released just in September with Android 4.0 ICS in it. The company’s recent update roll out leaves an impression that it may be under pressure by its parent company, Google, to bring Jelly Bean to its devices as fast as possible. Usually, it would take three to six months before a manufacturer and can deliver new firmware for its device but Moto did it in a little over six weeks.

If you want to learn more about the features of the update, you can visit our previous post on this.

Android dominates OS market in Q3, US sales vied by iPhone 5

A new report is released lately by UK-based analysts from Kantar WorldPanel ComTech, disclosing a dramatic shares boost acquired by Android virtually all over the world, preserving its reputation as the most popular operating system worldwide.

Figures specified in Kantar report emphasize the mobile market status covering the entire third quarter of 2012 in the US, UK and Europe.

In the United States, Android takes the lead but not that substantial. Its market share in this year’s third quarter purportedly went down from 66.4 percent to 57.5 percent. The decline in share is believed to be an impact of the remarkable growth of Apple’s iPhone products in the country, which share is now at 35.7 percent.

Meanwhile, Windows Phone is now emerging on top of RIM’s BlackBerry smartphone and tablet but both have a very minimal representation in the United States, at sub-3 percent.

Android also takes the lead outside the United States trade, surfacing as the market leader among its fierce rivals in terms of share increase.

So far, the Linux-based operating system for touchscreen mobile devices controls 58.2 percent of the market in Great Britain. Next in line is the American techno-giant’s iPhone with 28 percent acquisition.

Android OS – iOS market clash

According to Kantar, the constant sales growth of the new iPhone 5 is likely to take Apple on top of the US and Great Britain markets soon, depending on its availability.

Kantar analyst Dominic Sunnebo said the significant number of existing Apple customers is professed to impose major boost in sales, especially in the United States, and the momentum is expected to be entirely seen in the next set of results.

A matter of this fact is the latest figure showing Android’s rate of growth slowing as iPhone 5 sales hit the first week. Apple’s iOS is apparently gaining in the States and Great Britain, something that Android has to note.

iPhone 5 lifting Apple up

Apple’s newest iPhone device hit the market on the 21st of September, in the United States, Great Britain, France and Germany. It officially rolled out in Spain on September 28th.

In the United States, Apple sees an increase on its share by 14.2 percent while posting growth on its share across Britain from 18.1 percent to 28 percent in a year ago.

Meanwhile in China, 84 percent of the overall smartphone sales are governed by iOS and Android, with 209 million smartphone owners. Emerging on top of the brands is China’s most popular Android manufacturer, Samsung. HTC is also performing well with its new Desire series.

However, more established global brands are being pressured by the number of Android OS manufacturers in the Chinese market. Lower tier cities would prefer local brands that offer high-spec, low cost handsets like Huawei, Lenovo, Coolpad and Xiami.

Source: PhoneArena

No Android 4.0 ICS Updates for Motorola Atrix 4G, Electrify and Photon 4G

Slightly over a week ago, Google’s newly-acquired company, Motorola Mobility, updated a post on its website showing a list of Motorola smartphones to get updated either to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) or Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (JB). While many devices are on the list, more devices “will remain on Gingerbread (Android 2.3)” than receive updates and three of the unfortunate ones are Motorola Atrix 4G, Electrify and Photon 4G.

Basically, the devices that will remain on Gingerbread are those that do not qualify for ICS update. For models subsidized by carriers, the decision will basically be based on mutual understanding of the manufacturer and the provider. In the case of Motorola Atrix 4G, it could be the latter affecting the decision for the update considering the device does NOT fall short of specs needed to run ICS.

Atrix 4G sports Nvidia Tegra 2 AP20H chipset with dual-core Cortex-A9 processor clocked at 1GHz and 1GB RAM. We’ve seen devices with single-core processors and 512MB RAM run ICS without having any problems. So, Atrix 4G’s capacity is definitely out of question here. The same goes for Motorola Photon 4G, which almost has the same specs as with Atrix 4G, and Motorola Electrify that packs a Tegra 2-equivalent TI OMAP 4430 chipset with dual-core processor.

Some manufacturers have recently jumped into the “dual-core CPU bandwagon” and release devices running Android ICS as the native OS. Needless to say, smartphones with these specs have the power to run the latest Android version, even Jelly Bean. The Motorola Mobility Software Team didn’t provide explanation why these devices will be left out.

Here are other Motorola devices in the US that will remain on Gingerbread:

  • CLIQ 2 (MB611)
  • ADMIRAL (XT603)
  • DROID 2 (A955)
  • DROID 2 Global (A956)
  • DROID 3 (XT862)
  • DROID PRO (XT610)
  • DROID X2 (MB870)
  • MILESTONE 3 (XT883 / XT860 / ME863)
  • MILESTONE X2 (MB867)
  • MOTOROLA PRO+ (MB632)

Source: Motorola via GSM Arena

AT&T Sony Xperia ion gets Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update

AT&T Sony Xperia ion (aka LT28at) has finally received the much awaited Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) update a week after the global roll out was pushed by Sony. Usually, units subsidized by carriers will receive updates later than SIM-free models. This is because further tests will be conducted by carriers to make sure the latest firmware is compatible with other custom services on top of personalized apps and other functionality.

Sony Xperia ion was released in the US in June this year and went straight to AT&T. Just like the SIM-free model, it comes packed with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Sony received tons of criticisms for not giving this handset ICS as the native OS so much so that hundreds of people who allegedly pre-ordered the device backed out upon learning it has a dated OS.

AT&T Sony Xperia ion ICS update can now be downloaded directly from Sony website. Users are advised to have the cable ready during update because it can only be applied through a computer application. There are two applications available for download; one for Windows PC and one for Mac users. Depending on the system, one of the applications needs to be downloaded and installed in order to pull the update down from Sony servers.

Having a Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon chipset and a dual-core processor at 1.5GHz, Xperia ion is a powerful device. While Gingerbread is the most stable Android version, there are new functionalities that ICS offer on top of hundreds of improvements, enhancements and tweaks. Among the features this update offers are the following:

Browsing improvements – this ICS update comes with a new browser that offers tabbed browsing with impressively faster load times, desktop mode and offline reading.

New Lock/Unlock features – Face Unlock is made available on Xperia ion through this update. Users can now set their phone to unlock directly bringing them to text messaging, home screen, camera, and phone dialer.

Home screen folders – users can now create folders on the home screen by simply dragging one icon onto another. There would also a new notifications bar with swipe away notifications feature.

Connectivity – Sony assures owners that Wi-Fi speed will see a generous improvement after the update and the Mobile Hotspot functionality is made better and faster.

The Sony Xperia ion ICS update is a necessary move and should have been done months ago. Nevertheless, owners have a lot to be thankful for. Both Sony and AT&T didn’t hint of new updates despite the fact that people are becoming more interested with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. A dual-core device like Xperia ion can definitely run JB without any problems, however, it seems like it’s not one of Sony’s priority for now.

AT&T Sony Xperia ion is currently available at Amazon.com for only $0.01. Check the product below for more info.

Source: AT&T

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