Android devices offer dual-sim, TV reception options
Motorola has announced a pair of new Android Jelly Bean smartphones reaching the Brazilian market in the near future. The Razr D1 and Razr D3 a value and mid-ranged handset respectively, appear to be taking a number of design aspects from the Droid Razr M, though with smaller 3.5-inch and 4-inch touchscreen displays.
Users report long downloads on Android update
Owners of the original Droid Razr from Motorola have reportedly begun receiving notifications that their devices are ready for a software update that will bring them to Android 4.1.2. The update to Jelly Bean will bring improved functionality, as well as changes to the user interface for Android's notifications system and several apps. The update is not proceeding smoothly, though, as some users are reporting difficulties in getting it to install.
Outruns Samsung Galaxy S III, Droid Razr M, more
V XT998 to debut in China with Android 4.0
Motorola has announced a new addition to its Droid Razr line, though the new device will only be released in the Chinese market. The Razr V XT998 will pack specs and features similar to existing models, including a 4.3-inch display with 540x960 resolution, but with the thinnest build in the series. The handset will be launching in China soon, although Motorola has provided no details on pricing and availability.
No waterproof Lumia, PureView phones anytime soon: Nokia
Despite recent rumors to the contrary, Nokia won't be releasing waterproof Lumia- or PureView-series handsets anytime soon, The Verge has learned. The indications came from Nokia VP for Western Europe, Conor Pierce, during a presentation on Nokia's research work. He simply mentioned work of a waterproof coating being done in-house, similar to that found in Motorola's Droid Razr and Panasonic's Eluga.
Verizon to roll out blue Droid Razr online, in stores on May 17
Verizon will soon begin offering the Droid Razr in a new color: blue. While some stores are already selling the handset in this hue, the handset will arrive online and in all stores on May 17. Verizon already offers the device in white, black, and purple.
Photos say Droid Fighter will be Droid Razr HD
Newly leaked photos and corresponding EXIF data indicate from Japanese site Ameblo indicate that the leaked Droid Fighter smartphone from Motorola will be called the Droid RAZR HD upon launch. The EXIF data of the captured photo contains both the Droid RAZR HD name and the earlier Vanquish codename for the handset, then known only as the Fighter. The phone may retain the Fighter name for some markets, though if whether that's true isn't known.
Droid RAZR, RAZR MAXX ICS updates postponed
Best Buy has informed its staff that planned ICS updates for the Motorola Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX have been delayed. Originally scheduled for April 4, the company has not said when they when users can expect to receive it. Best Buy did, however, confirm that the HTC Rezound will be updated OTA to ICS as planned this Friday, according to Droid-Life.
International variants expected sooner
Motorola has expanded its Android 4.0 upgrade timetable, suggesting Droid RAZR owners in the US market will have to wait until after Q2 for the update. The company has confirmed that its Droid RAZR handsets released in any other international market are expected to receive the update sometime in the second quarter, however.
Some Moto phones not able to access Google Play
Google's recent renaming of the Android Market to Google Play is said to be causing some headaches for some Motorola smartphone owners. It rendered the app drawer market link unusable, as Motorola's Blur interface is searching for the old Android Market app. The only way around it so far, until an over-the-air update with a fix is released, is to find Play Store manually in the phone.
Verizon staff offered unique version of Droid RAZR
Verizon staff have been offered the opportunity to pick up an exclusive version of the Motorola Droid RAZR in red, matching the company’s signature color. Staff have been give the choice of a 16GB version for $99 or a 32GB MAXX model for $199 due to arrive in April. The models will also come with a unique number engraved on the rear of each device, a bonus docking station, as well as the word’s ‘Limited Edition’ inscribed on the front.
Verizon to launch Droid 4, start promo deals soon
Apart from launching the Motorola Droid 4 on February 10, Verizon has a number of other promotions scheduled for that same day. While the Droid 4 has been officially confirmed, news of the other promos come from BGR and aren't yet a sure thing. The Droid 4 will cost $200 on a two-year contract, as expected. The other deals include a buy one, get one free for other smartphones, including the fairly recent RAZR MAXX and the new white and purple versions of the original.
Moto RAZR gets early Android 4 with Blur changes
Some users over on the droidrzr forum have shared images of their Motorola RAZR using Android 4.0.3. What's unique about the OS, however, other than that build number, is that this is the first instance of Android 4.0 with a very slight customization from Motorola and its own Blur interface.
Verizon lops $100 off Motorola Droid RAZR price
Verizon has reduced the price of its Motorola Droid RAZR by $100, with the smartphone now priced at $200 on a new two-year contract. It had originally cost the $300 that Verizon typically reserves for its highest-end smartphones. No reason was given for the rapid price cut.
Hints at revised Lapdock
At a roundtable meeting with reporters yesterday, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha said the company would slow its introduction of new handsets in 2012. Having "a lot of products that are roughly the same doesn't drive the market to a new place," Jha said. Motorola did exactly that in 2011, introducing the Droid RAZR just weeks after the delay-plagued Droid Bionic, following it this week with the RAZR Maxx, and launching the Droid 4 in a few weeks. Jha said the new strategy would allow the company to focus its marketing efforts for greater impact.
Dual-tone variant headed to Verizon
Motorola has confirmed that its Droid Razr smartphone soon will be available in a white color scheme for Verizon customers. The design differs from recent mock-ups based on an inventory leak, as the 'white' variant is actually mostly black. The outer edge around the display bezel and backside frame are white, though the Kevlar panel and the facade match the existing color scheme.
Motorola prepping a white Droid RAZR?
A screenshot taken from a Verizon inventory has given a hint that Motorola may be about to ship a rare white version of its Droid RAZR. Motorola may be looking to cash in on the popularity of the white iPhone 4 and 4S as well as the Samsung Galaxy S II variants that also come in white. HTC and LG also have white models, but if true, this would be one of the first Motorola smartphones to ship in a color other than black.
Moto RAZR just out, already rooted
Motorola's Droid RAZR has already been rooted. The device, which has just been released has had instructions on how to root the device posted on an Android user forum. However, as with all Android hacks, it is not for the feint of heart - there are no custom recovery or SBF files available if things go wrong.
Actual release timing remains unclear
Just one week after Motorola's Droid Razr was upstaged by Samsung's Galaxy Nexus, the former company has promised to offer Ice Cream Sandwich updates for many of its latest Android phones. Although vague promises for Android updates are commonplace in the industry, Motorola has made a surprising commitment to provide the upgrades within six weeks after Google releases its final version.
First micro SIM LTE cards show up at Verizon
Verizon is now receiving its first LTE-capable micro SIM cards, SlashGear learned. This is important news as it paves the way for use of an LTE-capable iPad on the network. Secondly, it very simply takes up less physical space than full-sized SIM cards and should help in the creation of ever-smaller hardware.
Android 4.0 coming to soon to popular devices
Three of the first devices have been lined up for Android 4.0 upgrades. A source at ASUS told Pocket-Lint that the company's Eee Pad Transformer tablet will get an upgrade to the new OS soon, though a release date wasn't revealed. At the same time, the successor to the tablet, the Eee Pad Transformer 2, will ship with the OS preloaded as well, ASUS confirmed.
Motorola resurrects Razr brand
Motorola has unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, resurrecting the Razr brand that dominated the flip-phone market a half-decade ago. The Android device shares little with the original Razrs, aside from thin profiles compared to competing handsets—the Droid Razr measures just 7.1mm from its facade to the woven-Kevlar backside. Electronista took an early look at the upcoming device at the Motorola/Verizon launch event in New York.
Motorola teases images of new handset a day early
Motorola is pre-empting its October 18 press event it's holding in conjunction with Verizon in New York City with packages sent out to bloggers, with MobileBurn getting one. It hints at what will be revealed, with the teaser image pointing to the Spyder/Droid RAZR, as previously believed. Items in the box include a model SR-71 Blackbird jet, some chocolate-covered mint candies, a mouse pad with a carbon fiber motif, and a Motorola-branded Rubik's Cube.