Despite being in the closest of relations with Google and therefore enjoying a privileged front-row seat at any new Android version premiere, Motorola is yet to become the fierce Samsung opponent we know (or hope) it can be.
Test Drive is a program that will allow regular Motorola users to try out various Android updates before they are rolled out to the public. Test Drive will be made available to all those interested, but only “a few hundred customers” will receive the preview build for each update.
Much has been said about Motorola’s insistence on locking down its phones. While it was only recently that Moto began providing an official way to unlock the bootloader on some phone models, one member of XDA-Developers has concocted a special formula that allows Moto owners to gain root access without unlocking the phone’s bootloader.
It’s no longer a surprise that the Motorola Razr M, the least exciting offering from the trio of Razr phones that were introduced in September, is coming to Japan via Softbank. We’ve reported earlier in the month that the mid-range Razr M is heading to the carrier before the end of October. Now, Moto and Softbank have confirmed the phone’s impending release.
Motorola offered details on its Jelly Bean trade up program and updated its Jelly Bean update schedule. The latest generation of Razr devices will get their Jelly Bean fix by the end of the year. Devices like the Atrix HD, Photon Q, or last year’s Droid Razr will be updated to Jelly Bean at an unspecified time.
When Google bought Motorola it was hoped that Google would turn the handset and tablet manufacturer into a shining example of how Android can be used in its stock, unaltered flavor and how a smartphone manufacturer should support its customers in terms of updates and upgrades. However, so far, that hasn’t been true.
A good example is the RAZR M and RAZR HD phones which Motorola distribute via Verizon. These phones don’t ship with Android 4.1, the latest and greatest released version of Android and nor do they come with a pure, unadulterated version. Instead owners of these new phones get Android 4.0 with a Verizon skin and extra Verizon software.
We’re only a couple of days away of the Droid Razr HD and Maxx HD’s launches, but before Moto’s new flagship devices can see the light of day, the mid-range Razr M and Razr i are continuing their gradual global conquering.
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With the high-end Razr HD and Razr Maxx HD still not ready for their releases, Motorola seems to be focused on making the mid-range Razr M and I available for as many tech users as possible.
As we informed you last week, Motorola and Intel are hosting a joint event in London today, presumably to announce Moto’s first Intel-powered phone. Rumors say that the device might be a European variant of the recently announced Motorola Razr M, but we can’t rule out a surprise, like a Droid Razr HD featuring an Atom processor, or even an entirely new device.