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3 years ago

Spotify update brings NFC sharing and bugfixes

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Popular music streaming service Spotify has released an update to its Android app in the Google Play Store today, bringing music sharing over NFC for Android 4.x devices. In addition, the latest update - version 0.5.3.56 - brings a better offline mode bar so you can understand why you're offline, new audio effects for Android 4.x devices and of course general improvements to fix crashes and bugs.

The update is now available in the Google Play Store at the link above.

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3 years ago

µTorrent Beta arrives on the Google Play Store, those with limited data plans need not apply

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Following up on their previous offering of µTorrent Remote which allowed for you to have direct access to torrents being downloaded on your computer and control them remotely, the folks from BitTorrent have now finally delivered a beta version of their long await full fledged torrent client for Android. Considering that it is a beta, there is still some kinks to be worked out but overall the features they've included are pretty nice:

  • Find, download and seed torrent files directly from your device.
  • Add RSS feed subscriptions from BitTorrent or elsewhere around the web.
  • No speed or size caps on downloads (mobile data limits still apply)

That last feature is the one you'll mostly need to be aware of. If you download a torrent file, you're going to be downloading the size of that file plus, whatever it contains. In addition to that, you'll end up 'seeding' that file as well, which means you'll be uploading it for others all through your carrier offered data plan. If you don't have an unlimited data, that certainly could spell trouble for a few folks if you're not mindful. µTorrent Beta is live in the Google Play Store right now, for those interested in giving it a go.

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia T on target for late September release

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While some retailers had previously announced the Sony Xperia T for release in the UK today, the device failed to materialize on store shelves, leaving confusion as to when Sony's new international flagship would become available. We put the question to Sony at the company's summer showcase event in London today, where we were told that a late September release was on the cards. Specifically, Sept. 28 is being put forward as a likely, though not fully confirmed, release date.

It the Xperia T arrives around that time, it'll likely face stiff competition in the form of Apple's next iPhone, Samsung's Galaxy Note 2, as well as new devices from HTC, Motorola and Nokia. Nevertheless, Sony will be hoping its unique design, re-vamped software and strong camera credentials will help it win over smartphone buyers later this month.

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3 years ago

Watch the Motorola On Display event replay video

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If you happened to miss out on the full video from Motorola's On Display event, no worries. Motorola has the video posted to YouTube and is awaiting your click of the play button. You'll also find it below for your viewing pleasure. If you're looking for hands-on with the devices, stay tuned we got lots coming up in addition to what has already been posted.

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid RAZR M hands-on

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The runt of the brand new RAZR litter is the much-rumored RAZR M, a device that's easy on the budget without skimping on many specs. You've got the same super-fast S4 processor as the rest of the RAZRs here, along with ICS (Jelly Bean's coming by the end of Q4, Moto says), 1 GB of RAM, an 8 MP camera and a 2,000 mAh battery. Performance-wise, the M is on par with the rest of the line-- Motorola has made a concerted effort here to offer the same high-end internals as its flagship devices. The main difference here is size: the M's footprint is considerably smaller than the RAZR HD and Maxx HD, engaging consumers who want a smaller phone without sacrificing screen size. And Motorola has succeeded-- Interestingly enough, despite the smaller footprint, the screen is only shrunk by a few tenths of an inch, down from the 4.7 inches on the RAZR HD and MAXX to 4.3 inches. With that comes a lower qHD resolution, though don't let that get you down. This display looks really great, and a welcome sacrifice for the $99 pricetag.

The RAZR M is a refreshing entry by Motorola, and sets a new standard for mid-level devices. Motorola has proven that you can have your cake and eat it too, and an affordable pricetag is no excuse for junky hardware. The M is up for presale today at 5 p.m. Eastern in both black and white, and we're walking home with one, so sit tight for a full review in the coming week. Until then, enjoy some hands-on shots below.

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3 years ago

Droid RAZR HD hands-on

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After weeks of speculation, Motorola finally introduced its latest flagship device today, the Droid RAZR HD, a worthy successor to the phone that has kept the company competitive in the increasingly dense Android market. The RAZR HD is a worthy step-up from its predecessor, boasting a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED display with 720p resolution that gives just about every phone on the market a run for its money. It's big, it's beautiful, and it will simply blow you away if you're stepping up from a regular ole RAZR. It's just about as good as it gets.

The new RAZR line is incredibly powerful, with a Snapdragon S4 underneath the hood pushing along Ice Cream Sandwich and just the slightest hint of Motorola tweaking. About that ICS-- Motorola had a mixture of demo units today with both ICS and Jelly Bean, and told reporters that Jelly Bean will be available for the entire line by the end of the year. Something tells me that they're rushing to get it onboard before the RAZR HD and RAZR HD Maxx launch, but don't hold your breath. Regardless, even with ICS, this thing flies, and earns its spot in the upper-tier of premium Android superphones.

Compared to the original RAZR, there are certainly noticeable differences but there are also many similarities. You've got Kevlar back for another round, though this time it wraps around the device, instead of being limited to the back panel only. It's got a 2,530 mAH battery that doesn't match the MAXX's 3,300 mAH but will almost surely match Samsung, LG and HTC's competitors. The new RAZR also has a metallic perimeter, ala the iPhone 4S, that adds a certain sense of luxury to the device. It also adds a solid feel, something that's sorely missing from its major competitor, the plastic GS3. Motorola has always focused on quality hardware, but this iteration of the RAZR takes the company to a whole new level. The RAZR line just may be the most premium-feeling smartphones on the market today.

Motorola was tight-lipped on release date and pricing, though we can expect the RAZR HD sometime before holidays in both a black model and an all-white model as seen below in comparisons with the M. Until then, some hands-on photos of the RAZR HD-- along with comparisons with the Maxx and M-- are below.

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3 years ago

Rogers bringing the Motorola RAZR HD LTE to Canada

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Something not mentioned during the Motorola and Verizon event understandably, was the fact Motorola also has a GSM version of the Droid RAZR HD that will be available soon. While U.S. carriers may not see it, Rogers in Canada has now confirmed they'll be carrying the Motorola RAZR HD LTE exclusively:

“Our customers want fast devices and we are thrilled to exclusively offer them the new Motorola RAZR HD LTE,” says John Boynton, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, Rogers Communications. “The Motorola RAZR HD LTE further extends our leadership as the carrier with the largest LTE superphone selection in Canada.”

Much like the Verizon announcement, no pricing or exact launch dates have been announced but Rogers set the expectation of 'this fall'. You can check out the full press release below if you need the finer details.

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3 years ago

Droid RAZR Maxx HD hands-on

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We're here in New York where Google and Motorola just introduced the first fruits of its collaboration, the brand new RAZR line. The RAZR Maxx HD is the successor to the wildly popular RAZR Maxx, and a worthy one it is: underneath the hood you've got a Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, the same chip powering the GS3 and HTC One X. You've also got the Maxx's famous 3,300 mAh battery, which Moto says will get you through 32 hours of normal usage. Motorola's battery technology is unmatched at this point, and it's not about to let you forget it.

But the true upgrade here is the RAZR line's display-- the HD and Maxx HD both have a stunning 4.7 inch Super-AMOLED display at 720p resolition that is right up there with Samsung and HTC in terms of clarity and vividness. I might even go on record and say it bests the GS3 in terms of color saturation, though my opinion may change after extended usage. it's simply stunning, and I don't have enough nice things to say about it.

Compared to the original Maxx, the second generation is a step up in terms of build quality-- the metal border, the slim bezel, the Kevlar coating, and the Gorilla Glass display all add up to one of the sturdiest smartphones on the market. And compared to the RAZR HD, the Maxx's size is nearly identical. While the Maxx feels just a few hairs heavier than the RAZR HD, thickness and dimensions will only be noticed by the most trained of eyes.

The RAZR Maxx HD (right) is negligibly thicker than the RAZR HD.

The models on-hand at today's launch were packing Jelly Bean, though Motorola says the new RAZR line might launch with ICS, with a 4.1 upgrade "before the end of the year." We hope that's not the case, but we'll take it if we have too-- a small price to pay for some of the best hardware Motorola has ever released. Check out some hands-on shots below.

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3 years ago

All three new RAZRs will also be offered in a developer edition

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One of the (almost) overlooked things from today's Motorola presentation in New York was news that Motorola will be offering a developer edition of all three of the new RAZR models announced today. This is great news for tinkerers interested in the RAZR M, the RAZR HD, or the RAZR Maxx HD.

We've heard this from Motorola before, and we're still waiting to see it develop, but there's one major change since the last big Motorola announcement -- Google. Google was very much on hand today, with Eric Schmidt opening the show, and he spent a good bit of time talking about how the two companies were going to mesh together. Hopefully, some of the DIY spirit Google fosters will spill over into Motorola Mobility and we'll see these soon.

For now, there's no word of availability or pricing, but we'll keep our ears on.

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3 years ago

Motorola promises $100 credit towards a new phone if yours doesn't get Jelly Bean

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Motorola and Verizon's joint event today in New York kicked off with an awesome announcement: if your phone doesn't get a Jelly Bean update, they'll knock off $100 on your upgrade to one of the new Motorola devices. The details are still a bit sketchy, but it's great news, especially combined with their new developer initiative. Motorola said that they're aiming to roll out Jelly Bean to as many of their devices as possible. Apparently most of the ones launched since 2011 will be upgradeable, while all of the new devices announced today will either be launching with Jelly Bean or will have an upgrade in short order.

Being owned by Google is starting to have some perks, eh Moto? So, would you guys side with Motorola or any other device manufacturer that had a deal like this going on? It certainly eases the pain of staying up to date. 

Check out the Motorola site for more details

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3 years ago

Motorola and Verizon announce the Droid RAZR Maxx HD

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Along with the new RAZR HD and RAZR M, Moto showed off the RAZR Maxx HD today in New York. It has the same great internals of the RAZR HD -- 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, NFC, 4.7-inch Super AMOLED under Gorilla Glass -- but has one pretty major change with the addition of a high-capacity battery that allows for 32 hours of "normal use".

We've got some sweet hands-on time with all the new Motorola devices coming shortly, stay tuned! In the meantime, the full press release is after the break.

More: RAZR.com

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3 years ago

Motorola and Verizon announce the Droid RAZR HD

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And just like that, the Droid RAZR HD has gone official. Getting a little bit of an overhaul from previous generations the Droid RAZR HD will come with a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED HD display along with a 2500mAh battery and Android 4.0.4 preloaded. That's all in addition to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.5 GHz dual-core S4 processor, 1GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage and NFC with the obvious LTE connectivity. If you're concerned about the camera, that's an 8MP shooter.

Motorola was quick to note though that Android 4.1 Jelly Bean will be rolled out soon and even brought devices running Jelly Bean to the event for all to see first hand. Customers will also have the choice between white and black options at launch but Motorola nor Verizon confirmed when launch would be but instead settled on saying 'before the holidays'. Other devices announced today include the Droid RAZR M and the Droid RAZR MAXX HD. You can jump below to see the Droid RAZR HD in action as well as read the full press release.

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3 years ago

Droid RAZR M announced for Verizon, shipping next week for $99

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Today in New York, Motorola and Verizon jointly announced the RAZR M. It's shipping next week, with preorders starting today at $99 on contract. This little number has 1 GB of RAM, a 2,000 mAh battery, LTE connectivity, 8 megapixel camera, an edge-to-edge 4.3-inch 960 x 540 display, and a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor backed up with 1 GB of RAM. Jelly Bean is apparently coming by the end of the year. 

Check out Verizon's product page here for a closer look. 

Three are a few video demos after the jump. Doesn't look too shabby, does it?

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3 years ago

Google reaches 1.3 million device activations per day, install base at 480 million

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Eric Schmidt has made his presence known at the Motorola-Verizon event in New York City by appearing on stage first and as such, he decided to go ahead and share some of the latest numbers for Android activations and installs. The number has grown significantly over the years and has now moved past the 1 million mark and is now tracking 1.3 million device activations per day. To go along with that, Schmidt also noted Android now has an install base of 480 million users and the Google Motorola relationship will only help that to continue to grow from here on out.

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3 years ago

Quora review - the biggest name in social Q&A comes to Android

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Quora launched its Android app today, extending the mobile presence of its social question and answer network. Though they’ve been on iOS for a little while now, Quora on Android is highly polished and built with Google’s design practices in mind. Location is tied in to provide you with relevant topic suggestions, plus there are push notifications to let users know about a variety of activity, and voice search integration.

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