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?
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.
While the Motorola RAZR i has yet to show itself in the North American market, it has managed to make the rounds to many countries in Europe and even Latin America. Now it seems that the RAZR i is even coming to China with a slightly redesigned look and a new name.
Android 4.1.2, which was released by Google about a week ago, isn’t really a major update and doesn’t offer any significant improvement over the previous iteration of the OS. If for whatever reason you want the latest Jelly Bean version on your WiFi Motorola Xoom before others do, here’s the unofficial way that the folks at XDA-developers have helped provide.
After Microsoft failed to get Motorola to pay their licensing fees following the first patent lawsuit, Microsoft went right ahead and filed a second one. This time, they are not only going after Motorola, but after Google Maps and Google itself. In the words of Jerry “The King” Lawler, this is going to be a slobberknocker.
Motorola released a new commercial for its Droid Razr M to YouTube yesterday. Dubbed ‘Projections,’ the video shows everything from movies to apps that literally fit in the palm of your hand.
When Motorola unveiled the Droid Razr M, the Google-owned company promised that an upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is guaranteed for the handset. Despite the assurance, it’s understandable that owners of the phone are more than prepared for a long wait, given Motorola’s rather patchy record of providing a timely software update for its devices. It looks like the skeptics might be proven wrong, since the Jelly Bean firmware for the Droid Razr M has leaked online a month after the phone was released.