Entries in Motorola (12)
This might only be news to the few of us Xoom tablet owners out there, but hopefully it's the start of a new trend. Motorola said that it has just started sending out over the air updates to U.S. based WiFi and 4G Xoom models. The Xoom isn't going to be the first Android tablet to get the Ice Cream Sandwich update, Asus started updating its new Transformer Prime tablet earlier this week.
In an interview with TheVerge Motorola Mobility's CEO Sanjay Jha spoke pretty candidly about the stock Android issue. The exact quote provided is, "Verizon and AT&T don't want seven stock ICS devices on their shelves." This of is in reference to stock Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and that Big Red and Ma Bell don't want the market flooded with stock devices. In the tech community there is a large debate about why phone makers like HTC or Samsung put custom skins on their Android phones, instead of just giving customers a stock Android experience.
Motorola and Verizon just issued a press release announcing the Motorola Droid 4. The Droid 4 will run on Verizon's LTE network, and feature a five row QWERTY keyboard. It also holds the title for the thinnest LTE QWERTY phone. The keyboard is said to have edge lit keys, but without having the device in my hands I can't say for sure just what that means compared to normally lit keyboards. We have been seeing leaks and rumors for this phone for months, and it is great to see if finally be made official.
The still unannounced Motorola Droid 4 just made an appearance in a Best Buy promo picture. The picture can be found on the Best Buy reward zone website along with an upgrade offer to reward zone members. It certainly seems as though Best Buy was under the impression that the Droid 4 would be available by now, so the question is, why isn't it?
Earlier this week Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak voiced some concern over Apple's iPhone 4S announcement. We wasn't concerned about the quality of the phone, but more in the way that Apple presented the device. He said that one of the reasons Apple has done so well recently is because they focused on what the phone could do, and not on the all the facts and figures that make the process possible.
On Tuesday there were two huge Android phone announcements, first Motorola announced the new Droid RAZR and later in the day Samsung and Google announced the Galaxy Nexus. There is no doubt that both phones are amazing pieces of hardware, and are great phones. There will be plenty of time for people to endlessly compare the two phones, but that isn’t the focus of this post.
Engadget posted some pictures today of a yet to be announced phone by Motorola. The phone is seld discribed as a Droid HD on the boot screen. There are no hard facts yet about this phone except that it looks like it is sporting a 4.5" display, the rest is still not really know.
The Motorola Xoom is real iPad rival to hit the market. I say that because it shares a very similar form factor; there have been other Android Tablets to hit the market, but they just aren't quite the same. The Xoom is the first in a parade of Android tablets that will be coming out this year, and there is a lot riding on the popularity of this tablet. As of the wriing of this review the reports are stating that sales are lower then expected, and I'm reading all kinds of excuses people are making for the poor sales, and I actually agree with most of them. That being said, overall I love the Xoom, and I have to say I've been dreading this day, the posting of my Xoom review. I love my Xoom, and the fact that I'm now reviewing it means that my loaner unit has to go. Lets get into the nitty gritty and see just how it all sorts out.
I picked up a Xoom Wifi this morning, so I wanted to take some pictures and a quick video. I'll try and get a review up on here in about a week once I've had enough time to get a good feeling of this device.
I have not recieved a test unit of Motorola's latest and great phone the Atrix 4g, available on At&t, so I don't have a full review but I wanted to let you know of my first impressions. I have been able to spend about 20 or so minutes with the Atrix, so I'm not going to be able to go too in depth about performance, or battery life, but I am pretty sure I have a solid understanding of the device.