Following the approval that Google had received from US and European regulators for the acquisition of Motorola Mobility, the last big hurdle before the finalization of the buyout was the blessing from the Chinese authorities.
It looks like the acquisition plan can finally be completed, as Google announced over the weekend that the $12.5 billion deal has been approved, on one condition: Google has to keep the Android operating system open and free for other phone makers, for the next five years.
Responding to the positive feedback from the Chinese government, Google spokeswoman Niki Fenwick said that the company looks forward to [...]
If you can’t beat your competitor, sue them for copyright infringement and have the court ban their products from entering the market! That seems to be the strategy that tech companies are using against each other with varying degrees of success. Sometimes you lose, sometimes you win – and sometimes there’s no clear winner at all. The latest patent battle between Motorola and Microsoft seems to favor the latter for now.
According to yesterday’s ruling by the International Trade Commission, Motorola was found to have violated one of Microsoft’s patents related to ActiveSync technology. The consequence of losing is that Motorola is now facing [...]
We were about to lose hope to see Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on Moto devices in a relatively timely manner. But just now, Motorola has decided to update its support page to let owners know about the lengthy process that it has to go through before it can roll out ICS. We know you’re not too keen to know the gritty details, so to keep things short, ICS is indeed coming to several Moto devices soon, while some just aren’t lucky.
According to the latest Motorola guidance on Ice Cream Sandwich availability, the Motorola Droid Razr and the Razr Maxx will be the first two Moto phones in the US to receive the ICS update, which the company plans to roll out in the second [...]
Traditionally in the Android development cycle, major versions have launched at the end of the year (exception being Gingerbread/Honeycomb). According to the Wall Street Journal, Android Jelly Bean should launch this year, “by Thanksgiving”.
Will this be Android 5.0 or another version? That depends on Google’s plans for their I/O developer event happening in June. Andy Rubin’s team has two options: one, launch an Android 4.1 version with some improvements at I/O (and call it Jelly Bean), and then give a new name to Android 5.0. Two, use the event to showcase upcoming features of Android 5.0 Jelly Bean, and release it this fall.
Now, the [...]
While it’s certainly not the snappiest Android smartphone out there, nor the most fashionable and it doesn’t come with a sensational screen either, the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX has a big ace up its sleeve. We’re talking about the large 3300 mAh battery, which makes Verizon’s exclusive handheld the one with the highest economy, very easily beating the likes of the HTC One X or the iPhone 4S.
But if a strong battery wasn’t enough to make you want the RAZR MAXX, Verizon and Motorola have found a way to sweeten the deal for the 4.3″ powerhouse. Starting today, the phone is available for just $199.99 with a new two-year carrier agreement, [...]
Does anyone remember that rumor we reported on just last week of a blue Motorola Droid RAZR hitting Verizon? Well, that’s not a rumor anymore, as Big Red has confirmed the official release of the new version of the phone.
The blue Droid RAZR will hit Verizon’s shelves, both online and offline, on May 17 (the day after tomorrow), which is one day before the suspected date from last week. And if you thought that the release was going to be an insignificant event that would go without much attention from the nation’s biggest mobile carrier, you thought wrong.
A short promotional video has hit YouTube the other day and shows us the new Droid RAZR in action. The clip [...]
UK readers, if all the hype and excitement surrounding the Samsung Galaxy S3 hasn’t affected your decision to buy Motorola’s beefed up Razr Maxx, you’ll be glad to hear that the phone is apparently just a week away from being released in the UK.
Over a month ago, we’ve brought you the good news that the Motorola Razr Maxx was expected to hit stores in the UK in mid-May. Now there’s finally a specific date at which you can expect to get the phone in your hands. UK online store Clove confirmed that they it’s ready to ship the Motorola Razr Maxx starting May 18.
The details we speculated about on our last story haven’t changed – the Razr [...]
Verizon’s Motorola Droid Razr wasn’t exactly a poor smartphone when it first saw the light of day, back in October 2011, but it quickly became uncool. The Droid Razr Maxx’s release in January probably hurt the original Razr the most, but the fact that the phone was never updated to Ice Cream Sandwich (and probably never will be) didn’t help it one bit.
However, Verizon and Motorola seem to still have faith in the Razr and are preparing to offer the device in a new color variation starting in just a couple of weeks. The source of the rumor is a leaked “inventory screens” which shows the Razr wearing in a snazzy cyan outfit.
The documents show that the spanking [...]
From time to time, Verizon employees are offered a special deal, whether it’s cool insider information on future phones or early releases ahead of the public market. Either way, they are usually informed what is going on in Verizon territory. Well the folks that work at Big Red now have the chance to obtain a phone which will not be available to the public at all. Specifically, Verizon employees are able to purchase a “Limited Edition” red DROID RAZR MAXX.
The DROID RAZR MAXX is definitely a phone to remember, one that stands out of the crowd of juice-thirsty 4G LTE phones. I mean, no other phone in its generation comes even close to the RAZR MAXX’ amazing [...]
Motorola and Verizon’s Droid 3 didn’t broken any performance records when it was released, back in July 2011, but the QWERTY device still managed to become fairly popular, mostly thanks to its dual-core processor and slide-out keyboard.
Unfortunately, Moto didn’t seem to pay much attention to the software side, and, while there were a few rumors about a possible ICS update, things only grew darker on that front. The most recent news about the Droid 3 just about confirms that the phone will never supply its users with a healthy Ice Cream Sandwich scoop, which is frustrating as heck. Verizon has just announced that it will be pushing a software update for the Motorola [...]