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2 years ago

Motorola Droid RAZR ships with locked bootloader, says Motorola Twitter account

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Here's a bit of news that a few of you aren't going to like hearing -- the Motorola Droid RAZR will ship with a locked bootloader.  According to the official Motorola Mobility Twitter account:

The bootloader was locked per the carrier, in addition to meeting security, safety and regulatory guidelines.

We're not quite sure where regulatory guidelines come into play here, but we understand the carrier wants it locked as well as the safety aspect (even if we don't agree).  Luckily, it looks like Verizon will be offering another phone for those of you who want to unlock and fool around with the inner workings of your Android phone's software, and we should see it in about eight hours.  Android -- something for everyone.

Source: @Motorola

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2 years ago

Rogers has Canadian exclusive on the Motorola RAZR

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For our friends up north: Rogers will have the exclusive on the Motorola RAZR. Said to be available in time for the holidays, no pricing was announced. But figure it'll go a bit cheaper than the $299 two-year U.S. offering, thanks to the Canadian standard three-year contract, right? Otherwise, same slim, fast phone as was just announced.

Source: Redboard

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2 years ago

Motorola Droid RAZR and MOTOACTV event gallery

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Android Central

While you mull over our hands-on coverage, here's a selection of photos from today's Motorola event, where we saw the public unveiling of the Droid RAZR and MOTOACTV. Enjoy!

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2 years ago

Motorola Droid RAZR hands-on

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Motorola is being stingy with hands-on time but we were just lucky enough to find a representative willing to let us get our grubby paws on the new Droid RAZR. You know all the specs by heart now-- Super AMOLED display, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, and blazing fast Verizon 4G LTE-- but until you get your hands on this device, you only know half the story.

The RAZR is one of the thinnest, lightest smartphones on the market, and I can say with confidence that it will completely shake up VZW's 4G market. It's unlike any other device on Verizon today. Compared with my HTC Thunderbolt, the RAZR is paper thin. And in my hands, I barely felt any weight. It's impossibly light. 

The Kevlar back is a nice touch, and is certainly lightweight enough to justify itself. And did I mention that screen? Moto haters, you have met your match. It's gorgeous, and certainly leaps and bounds better than the previous PenTile technology they have been using. At first glance, I thought Motorola had Best Buy-esque demo units on hand, you know the ones with the sticker for the display? Thankfully they did not, but that's the first impression you'll get with the screen.

Looking for a removable battery? You're not going to find one here, though you do have a 1780mAh power supply, so it could be worse. If the RAZR's battery life lives up to what Motorola is hyping, this shouldn't be an issue. But until we can put it through its paces, it's a valid concern.

Kudos to Motorola and Verizon for working closely together to finally get 4G LTE onto a competitive device. And if the battery life lives up to the hype, we're all in for a treat. Enjoy some more photos below, with a video available after the dreaded YouTube upload.

Droid RAZR Forums | Droid RAZR Specs | Droid RAZR Gallery

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2 years ago

Motorola Droid RAZR specs

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Motorola Droid RAZR is officially official -- just 7.1mm thin!

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Sanjay Jha just officailly breathed new life into an old brand with the Motorola Droid RAZR at its event in New York City. Thin. Light. Fast. It'll be available in early November for $299 on contract.

Let's just get to the specs.

  • 7.1 mm thin.
  • 127 grams
  • Kevlar
  • Gorilla Glass
  • Splash Guard
  • 1.2GHZ processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced qHD display
  • 8MP camrea with 1080p video
  • MotoCast
  • 12.5 hours talk time/8.9 hours video playback
  • Webtop
  • 1780 mAh battery
  • Bluetooth 4.0

New software called Smart Actions is supposed to take care of some certain tasks in the background, like turning off Bluetooth and GPS when you're at home. Or if you're at 20 percent battery, it'll dim the display automatically, or slow the processor. Moto claims you can get up to 30 percent more battery life because of this.

It's also got MotoCast, which gives you your own personal cloud -- aka one more place to sync your stuff.

Full presser's after the break.

Droid RAZR Forums | Droid RAZR Specs | Droid RAZR Gallery

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2 years ago

Pantech Breakout Review

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Verizon has been busy ramping up their 4G LTE network over the past months, we have watched the expansion, and seen a few devices release to take advantage of it. To this point you had to shell out a pretty penny in order to purchase a device that made use of this network for yourself, but Verizon has changed that with the Pantech Breakout. This device, which appears to be aimed at mid range users, someone looking for a device with good specs, a large screen, and access to the 4G LTE network, without breaking the bank.

So, does the old saying "you get what you pay for" hold true for this device, or has Pantech been able to bring a device to the table at a price much lower than the rest, and allow it to adequately compete with the others? Hit the break and let's take an in depth look at the device, the software, and a bunch of other goodies.


For the price you get a nice 4-inch display, and the amazing speeds of Verizon's 4G LTE network.


The 376MB of memory can be used quickly, and if you are not paying attention and moving apps to the SD card you will can run out of storage space easily.



Pantech has brought a nice entry level LTE device to Verizon's network, and while it isn't for everyone it does appeal to those who want the LTE power, but not to have the price tag of the high end devices.

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2 years ago

Latest Galaxy Nexus leak looks to be the best yet

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We're just about 12 short hours away from the official Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich announcement in Hong Kong, so it's fitting that we're seeing the best (and most likely legit) leak yet. The goods apparently are from Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo, which says it'll be available Nov. 20. And specs? About the most detailed (if still unofficial) list we've seen yet, including much of what we already "know." Dual-core TI OMAP 4460 processor, 4.7-inch display at 720x1280, Ice Cream Sandwich, 32GB ROM, 1GB RAM, NFC, 1750 mAh battery. Want more?  Peep 'em after the break.

Source: Blog of Mobile (translated) via android.hdblog (translated)
More: Galaxy Nexus forums

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2 years ago

Motorola Droid Bionic kernel source released

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Samsung's not the only OEM releasing source code today, as Motorola has released the kernel and other GPL source code for the Motorola Droid Bionic.  Developers can use this, and will use this, but more important is that it shows that Motorola is serious about its commitment to open-source software.  We ride them because of their bootloader policies, but in reality all they are required to do is provide source code for the software they distribute that calls for it in the license.  They do a good job with this, and we're glad to see it.  Anyhoo, if you're curious, or actively developing for the Bionic, hit the source link and grab the files.

Source: Motorola's Sourceforge page; More: Droid Bionic hacking forums

Thanks, Conner!

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2 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt Gingerbread update anticipated to be coming (back) 'soon'

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The HTC Thunderbolt has had a rough patch when it comes to Gingerbread.  Combine lots of rumors, even more leaks, and a pretty poor OTA that ended up getting yanked back and you'll have a mix that's bound to have Android power users up in arms.  We're not going to judge anyone here, heck we can't judge  -- releasing software isn't easy.  Verizon and HTC want you to be happy, because they want you to be a return customer.  To quote a great philosopher, "Shit Happens".

Hopefully, the happenings have finished, and according to the official @HTC Twitter account, the powers that be "anticipate the update being available soon."  By most accounts, the previous build of Gingerbread was about 90 percent, and the few bugs remaining have hopefully been squashed.  We've got Phil's battle-scarred Thunderbolt primed and ready, and as soon as we catch wind of any updates you'll be the first to know.

Source: @HTC; More: HTC Thunderbolt forums

Thanks, Ryan!

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2 years ago

T-Mobile Galaxy S II kernel source released by Samsung

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Samsung has released the kernel (and other GPL software) sources for the SGH-T989, otherwise known as the T-Mobile Galaxy S II.  As usual, this one's not for the layman or even the average Android hacker to fool with, but to developers it's like gold.  Having the kernel source will allow the Galaxy S II to get rooted, and then all sorts of goodness can happen -- and we can hardly wait.  Nice to see Samsung keeping on track and being quick with their code releases.  Hopefully, other OEM's can take a page from their book.  If you're the type who needs a bit of T989 kernel source, hit the link and grab it.

Source: Samsung

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2 years ago

Worldwide Samsung Galaxy S sales hit 30 million

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Galaxy S II

Samsung has announced that it's sold 30 million Galaxy S phones worldwide since the series launched last April. At least a third of that number consists of sales of Samsung's latest and greatest dual-core smartphone, the Galaxy S II. As we reported last month, sales of that device now top 10 million worldwide.

With the Galaxy S II now available on three of the four major US carriers, that number's only going to increase in the months ahead. Samsung notes that the current figures show one Galaxy S II being sold every second since the device's international launch this Spring, which is pretty crazy.

More big numbers and superlatives can be found in today's full press release, after the jump.

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2 years ago

Kyocera Milano review

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Entry-level, a hard keyboard, and an interesting form factor

I've got to hand it to any carrier (and manufacturer) for continuing to make and sell entry-level Android phones. Without them, a whole swath of people would miss out on the coolest mobile OS around and might not get the green fever everyone around here seems to have.

What we have in the Kyocera Milano is a tasty cookie just that: a pretty decent, entry-level Android for the (probably) first-time smartphone owner. If you're a power user and rooter extraordinaire, keep walking. If, however, you're looking to get your first shiny, new smartphone (or know someone who is), dive on deeper with me and we'll sort this whole thing out. 


It's small, brisk for it's size, and has a hard keyboard (great for messaging). It's also about as stock as you can get without going Nexus.


The small screen isn't as sharp as it should be and it's thicker than most über-phones out on the market today.



Sprint and Kyocera have definitely developed a phone for a particular audience, and for that audience, it definitely fits. For everyone else, keep moving right along.

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2 years ago

10 Honeycomb UI features we hope to see in Ice Cream Sandwich for phones

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In short order, Googlers will be on stage announcing Ice Cream Sandwich.  The next version of Android, it's been touted as "the one" that will merge the tablet operating system (Honeycomb) with the phone operating system (Gingerbread), as well as bring "incredible" things according to Larry Page.  We figure a lot of these incredible things will be under the hood, and they should be -- Android still needs some work in key areas, but as users, we're excited about one thing -- the new user interface.

Honeycomb does a lot of things right, and we would love to see some of those things kept and ported over to phones.  Everyone has their own list, but we're going to share ours.  Read on past the break!

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