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.
Droid RAZR is first thin, long-lasting 4G phone
Motorola ended rumors and unveiled the Droid RAZR. The device aims to leap over the typically bulky limits of 4G phones: its use of a Kevlar back and a stainless steel frame help it measure 7.1mm thick at most points, thinner than even a Galaxy S II, while still being strong enough to survive common abuse, including splashes. Battery life also doesn't take the typical hit: Motorola expects 12.5 hours of calling and 8.9 hours of video.
Motorola Atrix 2 unveiled at CTIA
Motorola and AT&T took a second shot at giving Android a primetime position on the carrier Tuesday by launching the Atrix 2, a sequel to the flagship phone shipped just several months ago. The new version uses faster HSPA+ data, up from 14.4Mbps to 21Mbps, and carries a bigger 4.3-inch 540x940 that switches away from Pentile pixels for a sharper look. The design has also switched out the Tegra 2 in favor of a TI OMAP chip, which still carries two 1GHz cores but is fast enough to record and shoot 1080p video.
Motorola CEO Jha blames returns on bad app quality
Most of Motorola's phone returns are actually from people confusing poorly running apps with the phone quality itself, chief executive Sanjay Jha explained in a presentation at a Bank of America Merrill Lynch conference on Thursday. Of those returns that were tracked, 70 percent had been turned in because they used too much battery power or bogged the phone down. Google's loose testing on Android Market didn't check for this, leaving Motorola to both monitor for it and deal with the returns.
Moto Droid Pro gets sudden Android 2.3 with Blur
Owners of the Motorola Droid Pro got a surprise this weekend after at least some owners got an upgrade to Android 2.3.3. The upgrade gave both the expected underlying tweaks as well as the new version of the Blur interface that first officially showed on the Droid X2. It managed to arrive even as Motorola was still conducting a "soak test" that gave only a small number of original Droid X owners the 2.3 upgrade.
Motorola Droid X2 confirmed for Verizon next week
Verizon got its first dual-core smartphone on Wednesday with the official confirmation of its long-in-waiting Droid X2. The smartphone is a major upgrade to the original and packs a dual-core, 1GHz Tegra 2 that helps both for gaming and for HDMI video out. Its display has taken a leap as well, staying at 4.3 inches but growing the resolution from 480x854 to 540x960.
Motorola Droid 3 gets benchmarking
Motorola's Droid 3 got some of its first hard spec confirmations through a test run using NenaMark. The Android slider was shown using PowerVR SGX540 graphics, a sign Motorola had skipped the Tegra 2 for TI's equally dual-core, 1GHz OMAP 4430 processor. It also gave away the 540x960 screen resolution and that the phone would likely ship with Android 2.3.3.
Motorola Droid X sequel to use Bionic's Blur UI
Motorola's sequel to the Droid X has been spotted and detailed ahead of release. Commonly thought of as the X2 or by its Daytona codename, the phone is cosmetically very similar to the original Droid X, including the 3G-only cellular data and eight-megapixel camera. It should upgrade to the same dual-core Tegra 2 chip and 540x960 screen as the Droid Bionic, however, and was seen on The Mobi Zone using the same new Blur interface.
Droid 2, X allow voice actions without password
Motorola's Droid 2 and Droid X may be uniquely vulnerable to a new exploit that allows users to compromise them without even entering a password. While at the lock screen, a user can make a phone call to any number, and possibly other actions, using the Voice Actions feature built into Android 2.2. All that's currently required in BGR's testing is to hold one of the search buttons that would trigger the command once unlocked.
Moto Kobe for ATT spotted live
The just recently unearthed Motorola Kobe has been tracked tonight in its first photos. The full touch AT&T phone has been confirmed by Engadget to be running Android 2.1 with the same Blur layer as the Droid X and Droid 2 and has a simple, rounded design. An 800MHz TI OMAP chip, a three-megapixel camera and a 3.5-inch, 854x480 display were already known to be part of the specs.
Device also called the Enzo
Leaked images allegedly show Motorola's upcoming Backflip handset, according to Phandroid. The source of the images claims the device is referred to as the Enzo. The smartphone will be AT&T's first Android-based offering, with several specific customizations including Motorola's Blur interface, Yahoo search, and the AT&T's Nav, Music, and Mobile App utilities. Many of the standard Google apps have reportedly been omitted, except for Maps and the Android Market.
SmoothKit 2 adds new blurs
RE:Vision Effects recently unveiled SmoothKit 2, a set of plug-ins designed to smooth images with user-directed controls, and feature-sensitive methods. The kit consists of nine filters which allow the user to blur images without blurring edges, sharpen with less ringing, reduce image defects, reduce jaggies, and more. A newly added Z-Blur filter provides depth of field effects using depth maps from 3D system. SmoothKit 2 sells for $120, and is available through RE:Vision Effect's website.