Motorola has officially announced that Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Droid Razr and the Razr Maxx. This update brings several new features such as Google Now, a new notification bar as well as Google Chrome browser. What have been removed in this update are the My Gallery as well as the My Music app as the company tries to shift its focus to Google’s offerings. The update will be released in phases so if you aren’t seeing it in your device yet then you’ll just have to wait for it.
Update 4.1 or software version 98.72.16.XT912 brings in several enhancements to both devices. Voice Search has been improved to recognize questions asked in the colloquial language. The camera has been improved to have better contrast and detail. The dictionary has also been improved to recognize the next word. The text-to-speech feature now works even without data connection. In the gallery mode, you will be able to zoom out to filmstrip mode where photos can easily be deleted by swiping at them up or down. The notification system has been improved with added actions. Wi-Fi hotspot functionality is also added as well as the Chrome Browser.
The update also brings several fixes which are listed below
Quick Office: Resolved random instances of Quick Office closing
Outlook Sync: Faster updates to MS Outlook email & calendar
3G & 4G Connectivity: Improved voice and data connectivity quality, reducing instances of losing 3G and 4G services.
Google Maps: Reduced time needed to access GPS signal.
Audio Settings: Easier to find and edit Audio Effects settings through the music player.
Music Playlists: More easily create a music playlist using on-device music player
Contacts: Contacts will sync more often, eliminating the need to wait for manual or nighttime sync.
Global Roaming: Improved GSM roaming connectivity for global use.
OS updates are an important facet of any mobile device. Manufacturers keep the device updated and in sync so as to give their users the best experience possible. However when it comes to Android, we often see manufacturers shying away from sending out updates due to incompatibility and the sheer lack of interest in some cases. But with newer hardware making its way to smartphones, manufacturers can mark incompatibility from the list of reasons to not update a smartphone. And that’s exactly what we’re seeing since the past few months as manufacturers like Motorola got into the updating mix by announcing a Jelly Bean update roll out list for its devices. And today the company has just updated its last known Android 2.3 flagships to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. The Verizon Droid Razr and the Droid Razr Maxx just received the said update. Along with Motorola’s two vintage droids, the European version of the HTC One S is also getting the Jelly Bean update. The key difference between the two updates is that the One S is getting Android 4.1.1 while the two Droid Razrs are getting Android 4.1.2. Users of the One S are recommended to be on an unlimited data connection or Wi-Fi as the update is said to weigh a heavy 612MB, and that’s mainly due to the Sense 4+ UI making its way with the update. This should make the Snapdragon S4 running smartphone pretty smooth as the overall frame rate with JB has been upped to 60fps thanks to Project Butter.
The Droid Razr and the Razr Maxx were always in tow for the update, but we figured Motorola would update its entire 2012 lineup first before updating older devices. Even the likes of the Atrix 4G, the Atrix 2 are eligible for the update. The Atrix HD received the Jelly Bean update this month and so did Verizon’s Droid Razr HD and Razr Maxx HD. These updates will certainly make Motorola smartphones more attractive and people can finally instill faith in the company, which quite frankly isn’t synonymous with timely updates. As for HTC’s offerings, we’ve been waiting a while to know about the Jelly Bean update for its One Series of smartphones. HTC has already made it clear that there will be no Jelly Bean for its mid-ranged offering, the One V, blaming the insufficient RAM on the smartphone (512MB). It’s not known when the rest of the variants of the HTC One S will get the update, and it can be a while as HTC has a slightly downgraded version of the device selling in Asian markets with the Snapdragon S3 chipset instead of the S4. The HTC One X has already received the Jelly Bean update and users are quite satisfied with it.
For now, European HTC One S smartphones and Verizon Droid Razr and Razr Maxx smartphones can enjoy Jelly Bean as a Christmas present and lay off their demands for a newer update until a month at least when Android 4.2 starts becoming streamlined. These updates are OTA of course and should you not receive a notification pop up by now, make sure you manually search for the update by navigating to the About Phone page inside the Settings. Let’s hope other manufacturers like Sony, LG follow suit as there are plenty of Xperia and Optimus smartphones out there inching to experience Jelly Bean.
Update: It seems like Motorola has pulled the plug on this update as pointed out by a few readers. There’s no word on when Motorola will start rolling it out again.
Motorola is not known for its timely updates, not since it got into Android at least. But since Google announced its acquisition of Motorola Mobility, we were hoping for things to change. Unfortunately, we haven’t seen drastic changes in that department yet. Companies like Samsung and HTC are still first to roll out updates to their respective lineup of smartphones. That’s not to say that Motorola has completely shied away from rolling out updates. The company did roll out Android 4.0 for selected handsets. And now the company has announced the Android 4.1 roll out schedule for eligible smartphones. As you would expect, the U.S market will be the first to receive the said update. Devices like the Droid Razr M, Atrix HD, Droid Razr HD, Droid Razr Maxx HD will receive the update. It must be noted that the Droid Razr M has already received the said update last month, and the remaining devices mentioned above will receive the update notification this month. For a change, Verizon’s devices are getting the update first, which is something we didn’t see with the Samsung Galaxy S III as the carrier still doesn’t have the update for that smartphone. Motorola has specified that the Electrify M on U.S Cellular will get the update in the first quarter of 2013.
The Droid Razr, Droid Razr Maxx, Photon Q, Electrify 2, Droid Bionic and Droid 4 will also get the update, but the exact date hasn’t been mentioned. It’s really commendable how Motorola is offering the Jelly Bean update to relatively older devices too. Canadian Razr HD and Atrix HD smartphones will receive the said update in Q1, 2013. So that deals with the American roll out schedule of the update.
In regions like Europe, Africa and Middle East, the Razr and Razr Maxx will get the update somewhere in the future. The Razr HD in these regions will get the update this month while the Intel based Razr i will receive the update in Q1 2013. In Asia however, devices like the Razr M, Razr and Razr HD will get the update on an unspecified date and depending on countries and carriers. However, for unlocked devices, the roll out process should go pretty breezily and on schedule. Similarly in Mexico and Latin American countries, the Razr HD, the Razr i, the Razr and the Razr Maxx will receive the update depending on when the carriers decide to roll it out. Location will be key in Asian and Latin American countries as the update could be country specific. It is expected that the company will provide more clarity when the time approaches, which should be anytime during or after Q1. So finally Motorola users have something to smile about, as most of its devices in the past were known for poor software support. Let’s hope the trend continues and as Motorola increasingly works with Google on Android development, timely updates shouldn’t be an issue at all.
Earlier this week, we have discovered that Motorola has intentions to announce a new phone alongside their Droid RAZR HD with Verizon at the event that will be taking place on September 5th. But, this new evidence has revealed Motorola’s big secret. The handset has been called the Droid RAZRM 4G LTE and will be featuring a ton of new spicy specs. It’ll have a 4.3 inch qHD 960 x 540 Super AMOLED Advanced display, a dual core MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 chipset and 1GB’s of RAM. The handset will also be featuring a 8 mega pixel rear camera that is also capable of recording 1080 video, a 3 Mega Pixel front-facing camera, NFC, full GSM \ HSPA+ global roaming capabilities and 8GB’s of storage. There will also be a microSD slot that will allow you to expand the internal storage capabilities by 32GB’s. This new handset, the RAZER M 4G LTE, will be launching with Motorola’s customized version of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with the virtual keys as you might expect.
Design wise and visually speaking, this new Droid RAZR M highly resembles some of Motorola’s other recent devices, which offer the Kevlar backing that is found on the Atrix HD and RAZR Maxx (maybe if they stick with a similar design, Apple won’t sue them). Not only that, but the bezel around the screen looks to be very thin, which is something that Motorola has had a hard time with (just take the Atrix 2 for instance). With the IFA 2012 convention starting up tomorrow, Motorola & Verizon’s event on September 5th, this is seriously going to be a rather busy week for Android news.
I’m really most excited for what Sony has to show this week at the IFA convention. If you’ve read any of my Xperia articles, you’ve probably noticed I am really excited to see what they have to show this year. We’ve all seen their upcoming rumored Xperia tablet and the possibility of a new Xperia phone, but will we see anything else from them? They’ve really been quiet the past year, so it interests me to see what they’ll have to show. While Motorola and Google will probably have the floor, I think it really is going to be worth watching what Sony has lined up.
Any thoughts as to what we might see at the IFA this week from Sony? With recent news of Motorola trying to keep their devices locked up (root checker) will you be looking forward to this Motorola device or will you be switching phones with someone else (like Sony!)?
From my experience, Motorola has made some really solid phones. I’ve like both the Atrix and the Atrix 2 and if you look at my review on the Atrix 2 you won’t second guess that I really like Motorola. That said, I’m really excited to see that Motorola has posted a teaser photo on its Facebook page indicating that a new device could possibly be coming on Friday. The photo is simply a picture of a phone blacked out with a bright red question mark on it.
What’s interesting is that though it indicates a new device is coming, many of us have been waiting to hear about the news of the Droid RAZR HD. It’s actually interesting that this has all popped up during all the speculation around this upcoming device. It really wouldn’t be a surprise if they ended up releasing this device. In fact, I fully expect it to be this device unless they pulled an Apple and kept something on complete lock down.
All we know about the device is that it’s going to be a 4G LTE device currently. I honestly hope this is the Droid RAZR HD we’ve all been waiting for. It’s also a possibility that this device could be the 4G LTE version of the Photon for Sprint, but that seems highly unlikely.
One thing that Motorola will be doing is posting a teaser every day until Friday when they completely reveal the device. I’m kind of wondering if they’ll be revealing enough for us to actually find out what it is by at least Thursday. In my personal opinion, I think it’d be kind of cool to beat Motorola to the device.
I also wonder how this new device will play out with Google now owning the company. Which could also mean an early Android 4.1 Jelly Bean download on the device, that or it’ll be stocked with it, who knows?
Whatever ends up happening we’ll make sure to keep you all up to date on the upcoming news with this teaser.
Those crafty guys at XDA are back to it again. This time they’ve been able to tinker with the Motorola Droid Bionic, Droid 4 and Droid Razr and are happy to report that all three devices will support AT&T’s HSPA network and T-Mobile’s edge network.
Of course that means we’re not talking about any kind of speed. But at the same time we’re talking about the fact that we do technically have global devices in all three Motorola phones. The problem is Verizon and Motorola have them locked down.
One of the top modders out there P3Droid actually posted pictures to his Twitter account of the Motorola Droid Bionic running on AT&T’s HSPA network. He then posted pictures of the same device on T-Mobile.
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is one delicious treat that most Android phone users are really craving.
The first Android phone to run on Google’s latest version of Android was the Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Verizon Wireless. AT&T was the first carrier to upgrade a current Android ddevice to Ice Cream Sandwich with the HTC Vivid 4G.
Now, if a leak to our friends at phonearena. com is to be believed we could see three Android phones on Verizon take the upgrade as well.
Phonearena is sourcing a Best Buy tipster. According to the Best Buy source Best Buy has posted the alleged Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade dates on one of their internal communication websites.
The Motorola Droid Razr and Droid Razr Maxx are allegedly getting the update on April 4th which is next Wednesday. The tipster also reported that the HTC Rezound is expected to get the upgrade on April 6th which is next Friday.
Another version of the Motorola Droid Razr and the Droid Razr Maxx are reportedly going to be available soon. However, they will only be available to a select few.
According to this report from androidandme, Verizon Wireless will begin offering their employees limited edition versions of the Motorola Droid Razr and the Razr Maxx. The special Verizon employee versions will feature a unique black and red back. They will also be etched on the front side with the words “limited edition” and on the back with a serial number.
Now Verizon isn’t giving these away but deeply discounting them to employees. The limited edition Droid Razr will reportedly cost just $99 while the RazrMaxx with the beefed up battery will run you just $199. Are you a Verizon Wireless employee? Is this your next phone?
Our friends at Droid-Life have confirmed what we’ve been told all along, the Droid Razr and the Droid Razr Maxx are 100% the same aside from that gigantic battery in the Droid Razr Maxx and the thickness it brings.
As you can see from the image above the software within the original Droid Razr and the Droid Razr Maxx is identical. Even the software version is the same.
What does this mean? It means that when an update rolls out for the Droid Razr it should be available for the Droid Razr Maxx as well. It also means that the root methods, custom ROMs and everything else should be the same.
Motorola is re-upping the Droid Razr already. When we first heard about the Droid Razr Maxx we thought it was odd that Verizon Wireless and Motorola would release the Droid Razr Maxx so quickly after the hyped launch Droid Razr. Now of course it makes much more sense because the Droid Razr’s battery is not user serviceable and many customers wanted more battery life.
Motorola has put a 3300mah battery into the new Droid Razr Maxx. According to the folks at Motorola’s CES booth that should give you 21 hours of talk time, 15 hours of video playback and 7 hours of web surfing.
The larger battery gives the Droid Razr Maxx a little more thickness, now coming in at 8.9mm
Many reports on the internet peg the release date as January 26th. The Droid Razr Maxx will come in at $299 and presumably the original Droid Razr will bump down to $199. Check out the Droid Razr Maxx and other new Verizon Cell Phones at Let’s Talk.
The Motorola Droid Razr just came out last month in Verizon Wireless stores. The thunderous release they were hoping for was overshadowed by everyone in the Android world whose mouths were watering for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
Motorola is hoping to make a big splash with their Razr brand, bringing back to life the name of their most popular handset ever.
That may be why the Droid Razr Maxx is already showing up in Verizon’s system. We have heard reports that a Motorola Razr with a bigger screen is hitting parts of Europe and Asia as the Motorola Razr HD and it looks like this is the device we will see stateside as the Droid Razr Maxx.
We should see this phone soon but not before the Motorola Droid 4.
While we are pretty confident that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus isn’t coming to Verizon Wireless tomorrow, the white Motorola Droid Razr is.
White phones are very very popular adding a white version to the best currently available Android phone on Verizon Wireless can only be a combination for success. Customers can purchase the white Droid Razr beginning tomorrow for $299 on a new two year agreement.
The $100 off a Xyboard promotion is also available to those who choose to buy the Motorola Droid Razr in the new color.
The incredibly thin Droid Razr is an Android superphone with it’s 4.3″ superAMOLED screen, Kevlar coated casing and Gorilla glass. The Droid Razr is also the flagship phone for Motorola’s reissued webtop accessories including a really cool HD dock that comes with a remote control that dubs as a cordless phone.
Are you picking up a white Droid Razr tomorrow or are you a glutton for punishment and still awaiting that Galaxy Nexus?
Although it’s now been removed, our friends at pocketnow.com found the Droid 4 sitting pretty on droiddoes.com earlier today. Droiddoes is an official Verizon Wireless website used to promote “Droid” branded phones.
The Droid 4 was rumored to be released on December 8th but that’s passed now and the device is not here yet. Motorola has been criticized on many mobile technology focused websites for bringing out three Droid devices so close together; the Droid Bionic, Droid Razr and now the Droid 4.
Motorola’s Droid 4 is said to be a Droid Razr with a slide out qwerty keyboard. It’s coming with Android 2.3.5, a 1.2ghz dual core processor, qHD display, slide out qwerty keyboard, 8 mega pixel camera and 4G LTE on board.
We expect the Droid 4 to release within the next week or so, along with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
Rogers in Canada has what could be the most interesting promotional video for the Motorola Razr (known in the US as the Droid Razr). To demonstrate it’s ruggedness, speed and power Rogers and Motorola teamed up to launch the device out of an air cannon.
Once launched the Droid Razr tears through a raw egg and then through a delicious looking cake. Of course after it makes it’s way through the cake, someone brushes it off with a towel and voila it’s working great.
This is one of those videos worth watching multiple times.