"The new Motorola starts today." That was new CEO Dennis Woodside's proclamation during the unveiling of the new RAZRs, and I think that statement gives away a little more than intended. Smartphone development takes the good part of a year, so they're implicitly admitting that these phones were made by someone else. That "someone else" being the old Motorola.
Yes, Google's deal to buy Motorola was announced a little over a year ago, but, thanks to all the regulatory bodies around the world that had to approve the deal, Google has only been in charge of Motorola for about three months. Read More
Samsung and Sprint let loose the Galaxy Victory today, a not-quite-budget phone that we saw leaked back in May, then again in July. The official announcement basically seems to confirm what we already knew about the device: that it's not exactly anything to get excited over.
The Victory is packing a 4" WVGA (800x480) SAMOLED Plus display, powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor of unknown lineage (we're guessing a clocked-down version of the Qualcomm MSM8960 S4). Our earlier leaks suggested 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage, and that still appears to be the case. There's a microSD slot on board, as well, to expand the latter figure. Read More
"I know you're out there. I can feel you now. I know that you're afraid. You're afraid nothing's going to change. I don't know the future. I didn't come here to tell you what's going to be announced. I came here to tell you how it's going to be teased. I'm going to send out this invite, and then I'm going to show these people what they want to see. I'm going to show them a world without Samsung, or HTC. A world without rules and controls, without borders or boundaries. A world where anything could be announced. Where we go from there is a choice I leave to you." -- LG PR
Okay, maybe that's not what the actual PR says. Read More
The RAZR M was certainly one of the more interesting phones Motorola announced last week, even if it did come with a disappointing definition of "edge-to-edge." Today, the phone launched on Verizon Wireless, but if you're already looking to score a discount, Wirefly has both the black and white versions available for $79.99 with a new two-year contract, or for upgrading customers.
Keep an eye out for Ron's review of the RAZR M later today. No matter what he ends up saying about this phone, though, Motorola is starting to make us excited again. While this phone won't be shipping with Jelly Bean, Motorola has promised you'll see it before year's end. Read More
Just one short week ago, Motorola took to the stage in New York City to talk about the DROID RAZR HD/MAXX and RAZR M. While we don't know much in terms of pricing and release information for the former, the latter just became available on Verizon's website and in all retail locations.
For those who may be unfamiliar with the RAZR M, it's the littlest brother of the RAZR line, packing similar specs to last year's cutting edge namesake in a much smaller form factor:
- 4.3" 540x960 display with "almost no borders" and Gorilla Glass
- 1.5GHz dual-core processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB storage, microSD card slot
- 4G LTE connectivity
- 8MP rear shooter
- 60.9 x 122.5 x 8.3; 126g
- 2000mAbh battery
- Android 4.0.x
The RAZR M marks a new high for "budget" devices, as the device only costs $99 with a two-year agreement. Read More
Atrix HD owners, it's time to hit the "check update" button - a new software update (build 77.12.22) is currently rolling out to your device. The OTA brings quite a few bug fixes and the like:
- Improvements in WI-FI to allow for stronger connections in more places.
- Optimized Battery performance and metering for longer battery life
- The camera changes include improvements for low light performance, reduced blurriness, and better color accuracy.
- Bar code scanning applications like AT&T code scanner will have a higher rate of accuracy on 1st scan.
- Optimized EA/Gameloft games performance.
- With Spotify Market Application, when skipping to the next song, the player will no longer pause.
Speaking to CNET UK, Samsung has confirmed the Galaxy S III sold abroad will be getting Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) "as soon as" October. Which sounds wonderfully non-committal. Though if that October estimate holds true, it'd probably be a record for Samsung. Perhaps they've finally realized people care about OS updates.
We've already seen leaks of Jelly Bean firmware for the international S III, as well as the T-Mobile edition in the US, so this sounds about right to us. When the LTE version of the S III launches in the UK on the Everything Everywhere network, it will actually come with Android 4.1 pre-installed. Read More
There may have been a bit of a false start recently, when a Sprint employee took to the community forums to announce that the rollout of Jelly Bean for the Nexus S had begun. Maybe the rep confused the Nexus S for the Galaxy Nexus, as we hadn't heard any reports that users had received the OTA for the older of the two Nexii. Today, though, Sprint has posted in its forums details on the upgrade, including a release date of today, September 11th.
As previously reported, the build number will be JRO03R. The rollout should be beginning today. While we didn't have reason to doubt the veracity of the Sprint rep from a few days ago, this is even more solid info. Read More
So, the other day, in New York, Samsung gathered up a bunch of bloggers and showed us the international Galaxy Note 2. They wouldn't tell us anything about their North American plans, only that the international version would be pretty close to the NA version, and that they'd be sending out NA review units soon. So, while we're waiting for the real one to get here, we thought it'd be fun to take a quick look at the international version.
The Note II is a crazy piece of hardware - just holding it is an experience. It has to be the biggest screen ever released on a phone. Read More
Looking to switch up your carrier situation? Today might be a good time to look into doing just that, as Amazon Wireless has put the AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon versions of the Galaxy S III 16GB (any color) on sale for just $99 with a new 2-year agreement (upgrades are not eligible).
But seriously, don't buy the red one. Please.
You can see the eligible phones here (the 32GB models shown are not part of the deal, unfortunately). You'll notice T-Mobile's Galaxy S III isn't included, but that's probably because Amazon doesn't sell it in the first place. Here's a full list of eligible models:
All things considered, this really is a great deal on what is probably the best Android smartphone (at least for most people) currently available. Read More