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Motorola Xyboard 10.1/8.2 Wi-Fi Ice Cream Sandwich Update Now Available In The U.S. Via OTA

Hot on the heels of ASUS pushing out Jelly Bean to the TF300, Motorola has announced that ICS is now available for the Wi-Fi Xyboard 10.1 and 8.2.

The update should be rolling out OTA-style now, and brings a host of new features:

  • Updated Browser with faster rendering, zoom and pan: Users can also now save pages for offline reading and request desktop versions of websites.
  • Swipe to dismiss notifications and recent apps: You can now dismiss individual notifications and apps from the Recent Apps list with a simple swipe of a finger.
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[Updated: Initial Device List] Motorola Finally Releases Bootloader Unlock Tool, Dubbed 'Unlock My Device'

Well, well, well, look at what Motorola has done today: it released the long-awaited, often-promised bootloader unlock tool! Unfortunately, the site doesn't appear to be finished just yet, as some of the more important parts - such as FAQ and Supported Devices list - are currently kicking back a "permission denied" error. Boo!

Update: The list of devices initially supported by the unlock tool has been published. Here it is:

  • Photon Q 4G LTE - Sprint
  • Motorola RAZR developer edition - Europe
  • Motorola XOOM - Verizon
  • Motorola XOOM Wifi - Worldwide

Motorola is promising to unlock more devices in the future.

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Verizon Is Almost Ready To Roll Out ICS For The Motorola Droid 4, Global Roaming Tags Along

While Ice Cream Sandwich continues to struggle to gain significant proliferation, more and more devices are receiving the bump to Android 4.0. The latest entrant into the post-crappy-design world of Android is the Motorola Droid 4. According to Verizon's software update page, a new upgrade is on the way. In addition to bringing Android 4.0.4 and everything that entails, the software will also enable Global Roaming capabilities. This should make international travellers very happy.

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Sprint Photon Q Pre-Orders Begin Today; Will Be Available In Stores On August 19th For $199

Sprint announced the Photon Q, its first LTE device with a full QWERTY keyboard, back in late July with nary a word on pricing or availability. We've heard rumors here and there about a mid-August release, but The Now Network has finally unveiled an official release date of August 19th, as well as a price of $199 with a two-year agreement.

The Photon Q is Motorola's newest offering to the QWERTY world, and is basically an Atrix HD with a keyboard:


  • 4.3" ColorBoost display
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor (presumably Snapdragon S4)
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB storage, microSD card slot
  • 8MP 1080p rear shooter, 720p front-facing camera
  • HDMI out
  • NFC
  • Full QWERTY slider
  • LTE, global ready
  • Android 4.0.4

If you want to ensure you'll have the most powerful slider on the market in your hands on 8/19, pre-orders begin today in Sprint stores and on the web.

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Googorola, Phase 1: Trim Product Lines And 20% Of Workforce, Focus On Making Just A Few High-End Products

Just three short months ago, China approved Google's purchase of Motorola Mobility, effectively finalizing the deal. Apparently, neither company is looking to waste any time, as Motorola's new Google-driven leadership has already revealed the basics of the big turnaround plan. The first step: lay off 20% of its employees (including about 1,330 in the US) and close 94 offices around the globe. Given that Moto's phone unit has only made a profit in 6 months of the last 4 years, that's not so surprising.

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[Update: Err, Never Mind That] Motorola Begins Teasing A New 4G LTE Device, Will Be Officially Unveiled On August 10th

Update: In what seems to be a major social media fail, Motorola does not appear to be teasing a new device after all. TechRadar spent some time chatting with a Motorola rep about the whole incident, only to find out that it was a false alarm. Oh, Motorola, why do you build us up, baby, just to let us down?

Good job, guys.

Motorola has taken to its Facebook page with a bit of a game teasing an upcoming device.

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[Editorial] The Ten Commandments Of Naming Phones And Tablets - Thou Shalt Not Epic 4G Touch

Manufacturers, you're awful at naming things. Sorry. It's true. In many cases, you've either muddied the brand of your flagship devices, or made it incredibly difficult for customers to know what they should be asking for when they walk into a store. This is probably not a good thing since you want customers to buy your stuff. More than that, though, you want them to love your stuff, so they'll buy more of it.

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New Jelly Bean (JRO03H) Binaries Up For Nexus S/4G, Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi, And Verizon, GSM Galaxy Nexus

In a post to Google's Android Building group today, Jean-Baptiste Queru once again acted as the bearer of good tidings for developers and tweakers everywhere, announcing that "a new set of proprietary binaries for Jelly Bean are available."

The new batch of binaries includes those of the Nexus S and Nexus S 4G (Crespo and Crespo4G respectively), the latter of which we just recently saw added into the AOSP fold.

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U.S. Cellular Announces Two New Motorola Smartphones: The Electrify 2 And Defy XT

If you're just not happy with the current selection of Android devices on U.S. Cellular, two more options are being added to the table: the Motorola Electrify 2 and Defy XT.

Electrify 2

Available online today and in stores tomorrow for $199 after a $100 mail-in-rebate, the Motorola Electrify 2 is (obviously) the successor to last year's original Electrify. This successor is essentially a slightly watered-down Atrix HD, featuring a 4.3" ColorBoost display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Kevlar coating, and Android 4.0.

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Republic Wireless Is Ready To Begin 'Wave B' Of New Customers, Launches Motorola Defy XT In The Process

Republic Wireless, the wireless carrier that prefers WiFi for most of its connections, and utilizes Sprint 3G in the interim, has announced that it's ready to take on new customers. The company reported that "Wave A", which consists of an unspecified number of users, has been a resounding success and that they believe they've found a model on which a $19/month unlimited everything plan is sustainable.

Today marks an important milestone for republic wireless.

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