Canadian Motorola RAZR HD LTE Android 4.1 upgrade rolling out

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Feb 062013
 

Motorola RAZR HD LTEMotorola Canada yesterday announced that it has begun to roll out the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrade for the Motorola RAZR HD LTE which is carried by Rogers and Fido.

Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) is the latest Android operating system. It’s packed with new features and apps to help you tackle your busy day, like Google Now, Voice Search and better notifications. So no matter what life throws your way, your phone helps you stay one step ahead.

As usual, you can check manually if you have not yet received your upgrade notification: Settings -> About phone -> System Updates -> Check now.

Read more: Motorola Canada [via Twitter]

Motorola X Phone specifications begin to leak?

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Feb 012013
 
Motorola Mobility

While rumours so far have hinted to Motorola working on a new flagship smartphone, the Motorola X Phone, that could be unveiled at Google I/O 2013, there has been little information about the specifications of the device. Fortunately, it looks like those details are now starting to emerge.

According to a PhoneArena source, Motorola is focusing on two key areas: Durability and battery life. The first will be addressed with a Kevlar chassis similar to what we have seen on other recent Motorola smartphones (like the Motorola ATRIX HD). For the latter, the Motorola X Phone could pack a battery with a capacity “in the realm of Moto’s MAXX line of handsets.” That would suggest battery with a capacity around 3,300mAh. Other specifications include a quad-core processor, a stock version of Android (Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie perhaps?), a 4.8-inch display (slightly smaller than earlier rumours suggested), a microSD card slot and online storage option that could go all the way up to 128GB. Without providing details, the camera is described as a “much better camera” and possibly with a Sony Exmor sensor.

Earlier rumours have indicated that the Motorola X Phone could go on sale on July 8th in the U.S. Verizon could offer it for US$299 with contract, a price that hopefully is for the 128GB model with cheaper options with less capacity.

If Motorola can deliver on the promise of these rumours, this could be quite the smartphone…

Read more: PhoneArena

Rumour: Motorola X Phone launch date and pricing revealed

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Jan 222013
 
Motorola Mobility

On the heels of rumours that the mysterious Motorola X Phone would be announced at Google I/O, new details have emerged about availability and pricing. Many of these align with those of the previous report including that it will be a multi-carrier device and that it will not be a Nexus device.

The Motorola X is set to go on sale on July 8th (U.S. only?) through all carriers (likely the big four). Verizon will offer it for US$299 with a contract. Pricing for the other carriers was not revealed but will likely fall in line with Verizon’s pricing. There is no indication of what the Motorola X will cost without a contract.

Verizon will allow users to unlock the bootloader for US$15 per month. This restriction will not be in place for devices bought through Google Play as they will be unlocked.

Despite not being a Nexus device, it will come with stock Android but some bloatware will be added. Fortunately, it will be possible to remove unwanted apps when the device is unlocked.

Droid-Life describes the details provided by its source as a “wild rumor” so take it all with a grain of salt for now. The original forum thread is no longer available but the source is described as someone “who has long been a source of Motorola information.”

Read more: Droid-Life

Rumour: Motorola X Phone to be unveiled at Google I/O

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Jan 192013
 
Motorola Mobility

Rumours about the Motorola X Phone have resurfaced. We first heard about this mysterious device last December. There was little information but there was the promise of a “sophisticated” smartphone (whatever that means) and a focus on improving the camera and photo software as well as new materials and shapes. New rumours now suggest that the Motorola X Phone could be unveiled as early as Google I/O 2013 (May 15th-17th) and provide a few alleged details about it.

Citing “hidden friends in high places within the industry,” DroidForums reports that the Motorola X Phone will sport a 5-inch edge-to-edge display (like the Motorola RAZR M?). If so, it could be roughly the same size as the Samsung Galaxy S III despite having a larger display. Unlike many Motorola devices that have ended up at Verizon as DROID models, the X Phone will be available from multiple carriers under its own new “hyper-competitive brand.”

As such, the Motorola X Phone will not be a Nexus device. It will run Google Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie (which is also expected at Google I/O) but will also feature a Motorola interface that “both compliments & enhances the Android experience, and is intended to be Nexus-like.” Additional software add-ons are also expected to enhance the Android experience (much as Samsung has done with recent devices like the Galaxy S III and Note II).

DroidForums do warn that there is not only no secondary corroboration for this report yet but that the source is also “not the most solid.” So, take it all with a grain of salt (or more) until further details surface.

Should the Motorola X Phone be announced at Google I/O, it may have to share the stage with the rumoured Google Nexus 5 and Nexus 7.7 from LG.

Read more: DroidForums (Source: AndroidinCanada)

Motorola to launch DROID RAZR M HD with larger display and battery?

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Dec 282012
 
Motorola Mobility

The mysterious X Phone is not the only smartphone Motorola is working on. The Google-owned smartphone maker is apparently readying a successor to the Verizon DROID RAZR M. Known as the DROID RAZR M HD, it will improve upon its predecessor with a better display and a much larger battery. Despite many specs such as the processor set to remain unchanged, it will remain a mid-range device like the DROID RAZR M is today. An international version could also launch as the RAZR M HD (model XT905).

Rumoured Motorola Droid Razr M HD specifications:

  • Processor: 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960
  • Operating system: Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • Display: 4.5-inch HD (1280×720)
  • Input: Multi-touch capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory: 1GB RAM and 8GB ROM
  • Storage: 16GB onboard and microSD cards up to 32GB
  • Battery: 3,300mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 130.81 x 64.01 x 8.89 millimeters / 148 grams

That huge 3,300mAh battery rumoured to be going into the DROID RAZR M HD would be of the same capacity as the one that went into the DROID RAZR MAXX HD.

The report adds that the Motorola DROID RAZR M HD will eventually be upgraded to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

PhoneArena does warn that there is little substantial proof to go with this rumour so take it with a pinch (or more) of salt for now.

Read more: PhoneArena

Motorola nabs key Samsung marketing executive?

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Dec 222012
 

Motorola MobilityEarlier this week, we got our first sign that Google has some big plans in 2013 for its recently acquired Motorola business. The rumoured Motorola Phone X is meant to take on flagship devices from other smartphone manufacturers. But an impressive device alone is likely not enough. A strong marketing campaign will also be needed to make sure that the Phone X is not drowned out by the hype and media attention that will follow the launch of new flagship devices from smartphone business heavyweights Apple and Samsung. Who better to lead this effort than one who has already done this for one of these two companies.

According to AllThingsD, Google has hired Brian Wallace who was Vice President for Strategic Marketing at Samsung Telecommunications America to take on a similar role at Motorola. While many may not be familiar with his name, they are familiar with the famous campaign that poked a good deal of fun at Apple and its devoted customers. The last such ad was the following:

Wallace was with Samsung for about a year. Before that, he was RIM’s Vice President, Global Digital Marketing and Media.

Will we now see Motorola ads poking fun at both Apple and Samsung in the near future?

Read more: AllThingsD

Motorola developing ‘X Phone’ to take on Apple and Samsung?

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Dec 212012
 

Motorola MobilityIt has been relatively quiet on the Motorola front for a while. Having been acquired by Google earlier this year, it’s been unclear how the manufacturer would move forward under the umbrella of its new owners. A report by The Wall Street Journal now suggests that Motorola has some very exciting surprises in store for us for 2013. The report indicates that the company is working on a “sophisticated” smartphone, codenamed the “X phone,” that will square off against flagship devices from other manufacturers (such as the Apple iPhone and Samsung’s line of Galaxy S smartphones).

According to company CEO Dennis Woodside, Motorola is currently “investing in a team and a technology that will do something quite different than the current approaches.” The initiative is apparently being led by Lior Ron, a former Google product manager who specialized in mapping applications.

Little is known about the X Phone at this point. The team has looked into flexible displays, ceramics and other materials, as well as different colours and shapes. Objectives for the device include improving the camera and photo software and the incorporation of features from Motorola’s acquisition of Viewdle, an imaging and gesture-recognition software company. The design process has not been without difficulties . Sources have indicated that Motorola has run into a number of “difficulties,” adding that these are a “normal” part of the research-and-development process.

Motorola is expected to have its X Phone out sometime in 2013. An “X tablet” will then follow.

Read more: The Wall Street Journal

Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update rolling out to Bell Motorola ATRIX HD LTE

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Dec 192012
 

There is some unexpected but good news for Bell Motorola ATRIX HD LTE owners (including Gadgetorama’s own) tonight. The Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean upgrade is now rolling out. It’s a pleasant surprise as Motorola’s latest upgrade schedule had indicated that the update would not be begin to roll out until Q1 2013.

Motorola ATRIX HD LTE Android 4.1.2 upgrade

Motorola ATRIX HD LTE Android 4.1.2 upgrade

If you don’t see the notification yet, you can check manually through your settings: Settings -> About phone -> System Updates -> Check now.

Fido launches Motorola RAZR HD LTE

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Dec 102012
 

Motorola RAZR HDJust in time for the holidays, Fido today launched the Motorola RAZR HD LTE [product information]. Billed as “the all-day phone,” it promises up to 16 hours of talk-time, 7 hours of YouTube HD shows, 20 hours of streamed music, or six hours of web browsing over LTE.

Delivering amazing all day battery performance on a single charge, the RAZR HD LTE presents everything in stunning HD detail. Movies, photos, and websites shine through in vibrant clarity. This mobile entertainment hub runs on the hyper fast Fido LTE network1, and streams the best of Google – YouTube™, Google Play, free turn-by-turn GPS, voice-to-text and more. RAZR HD LTE packs all this fun into the world’s most compact 4.7” smartphone – so no matter where the day takes you, RAZR HD LTE is always ready to go.

Fido is offering the Motorola RAZR HD LTE for CA$50 with a two-year contract or CA$575 without any contract.

Read more: Fido (Source: MobileSyrup)

Motorola updates Canadian Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrade plans

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Dec 072012
 

MotorolaMotorola has updated its Android software upgrade schedule document and there are some updates for Canadians. The current schedule is as follows:

  • Motorola RAZR HD (XT925): Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) upgrade to begin in Q1 2013
  • Motorola ATRIX HD (MB886): Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) upgrade to begin in Q1 2013
  • Motorola RAZR (XT910): Will be upgraded to Jelly Bean (Android 4.1)

Based on the timelines above, Rogers Wireless may have to update the latest version of its own OS upgrades schedule as it shows the Motorola RAZR HD update coming in December.

Motorola also expects to make a decision on upgrade plans for the Motorola RAZR V sometime soon.

It remains to be seen if Canadian MOTOROLA XOOM WiFi-Only owners will see the Android 4.1 update. It rolled out this summer south of the border but still does not appear to feature in Motorola Canada’s plans.

Read more: Motorola (Source: AndroidAuthority)

Motorola begins pushing out Android 4.1 to DROID RAZR M

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Nov 092012
 

Verizon DROID RAZR MMotorola and Verizon both announced today that they had begun pushing out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to the Verizon DROID RAZR M.

Jelly Bean includes enhancements and new features like Google Now which shows relevant information based on time and current location. Users can get the local weather forecast before starting their day or see how long their commute will be before even leaving the house.

Customers will also experience an enhanced notification panel that displays missed calls and emails, and lets them return the call or reply to the email right from the notification. Jelly Bean’s smart keyboard has improved accuracy and suggests the next word before it is even typed.

The update will also make the DROID RAZR M ISIS-ready. Customers will be able to make payments by simply tapping their phone at any ISIS Ready merchant.

The deployment will be done in phases starting today. No ETA was given as to when all customers will have been upgraded though. Customers will also be able to manually download the update starting sometime next week.

Read more: Motorola [via Twitter] and Verizon

Vidéotron launches LG Optimus 4X HD, Motorola RAZR V and HTC One S

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Oct 242012
 

VidéotronVidéotron today announced the launch of three new smartphones, the LG Optimus 4X HD, the Motorola RAZR V, and the HTC One S. “Sporting clean lines, high-resolution cameras and ultra-powerful processors, these three full-featured handsets have everything Videotron customers desire.”

Vidéotron will offer the new smartphones for the following prices:

  • Motorola RAZR V: From CA$29.95 with a three-year contract to $399.95 with no contract
  • HTC One S: From CA$49.95 with a three-year contract to $539.95 with no contract
  • LG Optimus 4X HD: From CA$129.95 with a three-year contract to $599.95 with no contract

All three devices are available as of today.

Read more: LG Optimus 4X HD, HTC One S, and Motorola RAZR V

Motorola update list of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates

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Oct 222012
 

Motorola MobilityMotorola Mobility last month confirmed that most of its 2011 smartphones would be upgraded to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Those that would not be would instead be eligible in the U.S. for a US$100 credit towards a new Motorola smartphone. The company has now updated its upgrade lists to indicate which devices will be upgraded and which will not.

First up, the devices that will receive the upgrade include the recently announced DROID RAZR M, RAZR HD, and RAZR Maxx HD which will all be upgraded by the end of the year. The ATRIX HD, Photon Q, Eletrify 2, DROID RAZR, DROID RAZR MAXX, DROID 4, and DROID Bionic will also be upgraded but timelines are not provided.

With Motorola having changed its mind on a few devices already, it still leaves the door open to additional ones with the warning that “all dates and status subject to change.”

A total of 13 devices will not be upgraded and will be eligible for the rebate. Among those are the Atrix 4G, Atrix 2, Photon 4G, DROID 3, Milestone 3, and others. The rebate can be applied towards the purchase of a ATRIX HD, DROID RAZR HD, DROID RAZR M, DROID RAZR MAXX HD, MOTOROLA ELECTRIFY 2, Electrify 2, or Photon Q.

The $100 rebate offer is not available in Canada at this time but Motorola is “working to expand the program to additional markets and will provide more details when they are available.” We’ll let you if it makes it up here.

Read more: Motorola and Motorola U.S. trade-up program

Motorola RAZR HD LTE now available at Rogers

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Oct 092012
 

Motorola RAZR HD LTEMotorola today announced that the Motorola RAZR HD LTE, billed as “the all-day phone,” is available at Rogers as of today.

Take in up to seven hours of the greatest YouTube HD shows or listen to 20 hours of your favorite streaming music. Surf the web at LTE speeds for six hours or chat it up for 16 hours’ worth of talk time. And don’t stop there. Use SMARTACTIONS to extend your battery and get even more hours of fun. Bottom line: stop searching for the charger and start enjoying life.

Rogers is offering the Motorola RAZR HD LTE for CA$99 with a three-year contract or CA$599 with no contract. It is not yet on the Rogers website; we’ll update this story when it does.

Motorola confirms kills off Webtop and Lapdock accessories

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Oct 082012
 

Motorola LapDock 100Rumours that Motorola would kill of its Webtop software and LapDock accessories have been confirmed. First announced with the Motorola ATRIX, recent devices such as the Motorola Atrix HD or RAZR HD did not come preloaded with Webtop and did not support the Lapdock line of accessories. Motorola provided the following statement to CNET:

“Motorola’s Webtop app helps users extend their smartphone experience to larger screens. While consumers around the world have adopted Webtop and the concept spurred a lot of innovation in the industry, the adoption has not been strong enough to justify continued resources being allocated to developing Webtop on future devices. We have also seen development of the Android operating system focus on the inclusion of more desktoplike features. Beginning with Photon Q and Droid Razr M/Droid Razr HD/Droid Razr Maxx HD, we will no longer be including Webtop on our products moving forward.”

Despite a lot of excitement when first announced, Webtop never lived up to the promise it offered and high Lapdock prices and limited functionality kept customers away.

Read more: CNET