Archive for: Motorola

More Evidence Of DROID Bionic Being Replaced/Renamed? Teaser Page Pulled.

  • April 26, 2011 8:45 pm

The once great DROID Bionic may actually be no more. While we’ve heard a couple of rumors suggesting just that over the past couple of weeks and still had a small bit of doubt occupying our brains, the evidence keeps mounting. Today, Verizon removed a teaser page for the Bionic signaling that something has either physically changed, or that the phone has been scrapped altogether. The replacement that’s been rumored to be picking up the slack is coined the “Targa”. Among other things, the big talking points thus far are a speedy dual-core processor, large vivid display, LTE support, and 13-megapixel camera.

The Bionic was originally scheduled to ship May 12th. With that day quickly approaching and evidence of the Bionic’s existence disappearing equally as fast, the truth is starting to sink in. But if the Targa is as good as its rumored to be, the Bionic will be a memory worth forgetting.

Motorola Backing Off Locked Bootloaders. Promises More Dev-Friendly Devices In The Future.

  • April 26, 2011 3:52 pm

The Australian-based Irwin Proud is winning his (and many other Android users’) fight against Motorola’s increasingly tight control over their Android devices. A campaign started by Irwin has garnered 8,820 signatures asking Motorola to get rid of locked bootloaders. And as hinted at a few sentences prior, Motorola is listening.

Its important to note that Motorola’s uber un-locking move wouldn’t be universal across the board (unfortunately), and that it will ultimately be up to carriers to give the final yes/no as to whether or not a particular device will ship with an unlocked bootloader.

“We completely understand the operator requirement for security to the end user, and as well, want to support the developer communities desire to use these products as a development platform.”

Even though it’s still a rather strict approach considering Android’s “open” nature, it’s a direct 180 from Motorola’s previous statements on the matter. Of course the irony in it all is that Motorola’s original break-through device that brought the company back from the brink of extinction was the 1st-gen Droid — a completely unlocked, dev-friendly device. Of course, Motorola also has to deliver on their promise.

All we can do now is hope that change comes, that Motorola gives in to consumers’ pleas, and that stock Android ships on more phones. Fair enough?

Claimed Motorola Targa Captured On Camera.

  • April 25, 2011 10:54 pm

Rumors of a quad-core beast of an Android device with the name “Targa” may have gotten a shot of credibility tonight. A couple of leaked images published by Droid-Life show one of four to five test devices currently running around Motorola HQ with a qHD display and quad-core mobile processor.

From what we can see in the photos, the overall look isn’t that different from a Droid X/X2. Though being a test device, Motorola could have simply taken a DX/X2 body and crammed some newage internals inside and called it a day. Of course, we’ve got until early 2012 before quad-core phones start becoming a public reality. (Read: keep playin’ that waiting game…)

CyanogenMod 7.0.2 Brings Bug Fixes Galore, Original Droid Support.

  • April 25, 2011 10:08 am

One of the most popular Android ROMs, Cyanogenmod, has been updated with some very important features. First and foremost — bug fixes. Cyanogenmod 7.0.2 contains a lot of ‘em. Second, support for the original Motorola Droid that debuted in November 2009 is now added as is support for several other handsets (detailed in the changelog).

While hardware manufacturers and carriers give up on devices far too soon, we thankfully have the support of a vast developer community to keep things moving along.

Motorola Bionic Not Dead. Delayed Until Q3 To “Incorporate Enhancements”.

  • April 19, 2011 4:01 pm

Previous rumors stating that the DROID Bionic was getting nixed in favor of the more powerful Targa received a fresh rebuttal today. According to a high-ranking Motorola spokeswoman, Motorola has simply delayed the high profile handset for “incorporate enhancements and new features”.

The original Q2 release date has now become a “sometime this summer” window with no specific week or day mentioned. For a staple phone in VZW’s Android lineup, the summer time delay sounds like a death sentence. Would you really buy this over the reportedly higher spec’d Targa?

Growing Hardware Issues Turning Motorola Bionic Into Vaporware?

  • April 14, 2011 7:29 pm

If you were hell bent on selling your soul for Motorola’s upcoming dual-core, LTE-packin’ Bionic superphone, you’re going to want to find a new hero. Growing reports are that the Bionic will forever remain vaporware.

Initially shown off at CES, the promising smartphone was easily one of “the” hot items at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show. With a dual-core 1GHz processor and gorgeous 4.3″ qHD display, things were looking good. And then Motorola announced the original Q2 release wouldn’t happen for the Bionic and it’s very similar cousing, the AT&T-bound Atrix. The reasoning was power management issues. But the Atrix ended up getting it’s ducks in a row and hitting store shelves.

The Bionic has proven to be a completely different beast, however…

Motorola XOOM Gains Unofficial External SD Card Support.

  • April 13, 2011 6:51 am

When manufacturers won’t step up to the plate and deliver promised features in a timely manner, leave it to the talented dev community to fill the void. One such talented dev, bigrushdog, over at XDA has just released an updated version of the “Tiamat” kernel for the Motorola XOOM allowing external SD card support.

Motorola has long promised to activate external SD card support with an update. Thus far, however, no mention has been made as to when we can actually expect said update. Nevertheless, this DIY method isn’t completely perfect. At this current stage, swapping SD cards requires a total reboot. Though we’ll definitely take that over nothing at all.

Get a comfy chair, a Motorola XOOM, and an unlocked bootloader before you click on past to XDA for the full rundown…

More Droid X 2 Porn.

  • April 7, 2011 7:29 am

The Droid X 2 has had its nudes leaked around the web countless times already, but that isn’t stopping us from spreading even more. There’s nothing new or particularly exciting with these images. But hey, we know you like to oogle. Spreads after the jump…

Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) Leaked For Droid 2 And Droid X!

  • March 28, 2011 7:52 am

If Motorola’s approach to Android 2.3 for two flagship devices — the Droid 2 and Droid X — is too slow, taking matters into your own hands is the only real solution. MyDroidWorld has managed to get their hands on * unofficial* Android 2.3 builds for said phones. All you have to is use a Market app called “TBH”, backup your files, and install the as usual and you’re good to go. Afterwards, you’re treated with a much sleeker (and easier on the eyes) Gingerbread-ified MOTOBLUR. And we must say, MOTOBLUR actually looks pretty decent in its new form. If you’re feeling daring: Droid 2 owners can point their browsers here while Droid X users can head on over here..