Google has been under fire from various government agencies around the world lately who are investigating antitrust lawsuits against the company. Now Google is said to be considering whether to settle with U.S. authorities over how it has handled its mobile patents.
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.
The Mountain View-based company’s CFO, Patrick Pichette, answered questions about the state of Motorola Mobility, which Google now owns for almost five months. He warned investors not to expect dramatic changes in Motorola’s product lineup, at least not in the following six to twelve months.
After the Android 4.0 update for the Droid Bionic was pushed out to soak testers a week ago, Verizon has confirmed that the Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade is coming to everyone who still believes in the greatness of the Droid Bionic – but probably can’t wait for their two-year contract to end.
Moto is offering developers a way to play with their devices without much difficulty. Motorola earlier released the DROID RAZR M Developer edition. The company is now offering the DROID RAZR HD Developer edition through their online retail store.
Left and right, companies are submitting their quarterly financial disclosures this time of year. We talked about Verizon earlier as we wait for other carriers, smartphone makers and all the other main players in the mobile business to reveal their numbers for Q3 2012. Naturally, Google’s numbers for the period ending on September 30 are of particular interest to us, but who could have predicted what has happened today.
It might have taken Motorola and Verizon some time to get out the Droid Razr HD/Razr Maxx HD duo of high-end phones, but now that the two have finally started selling, there isn’t much point in still being upset with the manufacturer and carrier. After all, it could have been worse.
You can always count on the industrious and superbly skilled community of independent Android devs to do what carriers and manufacturers are unable to, and now a bunch of new Motorola phones have made the first step towards entering the magic world of frequent custom ROMs, kernels and firmware updates.
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 live in a world in which technology is moving very rapidly. While this can be great in terms of innovation, it can be extremely annoying for consumers. We also live in a world where most smartphone users are locked into multi-year contracts. Why is it that the contracts we are forced to abide by don’t line up with the rate in which new technology is being released?