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2 years ago

Motorola announces the Defy+

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And just like that -- a new Motorola device has been announced. The Motorola Defy+ is of course a follow up to the the original Motorola Defy, keeping it's same rugged water resistant, scratch resistant and dust proof design. But this time around it will include:

  • 1GHz processor
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • 3.7-inch high-resolution touch screen display
  • 5MP camera with auto focus, flash and digital zoom
  • 2GB internal; *2GB microSD card in box, expandable up to 32GB

Not a bad follow up device, guess Motorola may have sold enough of the original Defy to justify a second. You can read past the break for the full press release.

Source: Motorola

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2 years ago

Motorola won't have exclusive on Nexus devices, Andy Rubin says

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So what does Google's acquisition of Motorola for $12.5 billion mean for Android's Nexus program? (For those new to the platform, that's Google's yearly "Pure Google" phone -- basically a developer-level phone that's also refined enough for consumer purchase.) Will the next Nexus be from Motorola? Will they all be from Motorola from here on out. (The first two were the Nexus One from HTC and Nexus S from Samsung.)

Android's Andy Rubin did give a little insight into the process, and how it'll work going forward.

Basically, hardware manufacturers bid to become the platform for that year, then work closely with Google for the development of their Nexus device before releasing it late in the year. And that's not going to change, even with this acquisition. One of the biggest points to remember is that the Motorola end will continue to be run as a separate business. That means it'll have to go through the same Nexus process it's presumably been going through, just like everyone else.

Here's what Rubin had to say on the matter:

We have this strategy where we have this Nexus program, and we have this lead device strategy. That strategy has worked quite well to help focus the team.

What we do is that we select each -- around Christmastime of each year -- we select a manufacturer that we work very closely with to release a device in that time frame. That includes, also, semiconductor companies and all of the components that go in the device.

Essentially the teams huddle together in one building. They jointly work in these development efforts -- they go on for nine to 12 months. And ultimately at the holiday season, or right before it, devices pop out that are based on this effort.

We don't expect that to change at all. The acquisition is going to be run as a separate business. They will be part of that bidding process, and part of that lead development process. And obviously Android remains open to other partners to use as they are today.

And, no, he didn't say who's got this year's Nexus phone. Hang in there, folks.

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2 years ago

Motorola Mobility Holdings (MMI) opens up more than 50 percent

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Here's one to watch today, folks. Shares of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. (MMI) were up more than 50 percent at the start of trading Monday on the news that Google was acquiring it for $40 per share. Makes sense -- Google's gonna buy it at that price, and that's about where it's trading at now. But that's a hell of a jump for any stock, eh?

Source: Google Finance

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2 years ago

OEM partners supportive of Motorola Mobility acquisition, praise Google's defense of Android

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Google hit us with a bombshell this morning when they announced that they would be acquiring Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion dollars. Despite Google's insistence that Motorola will remain a licensee of Android and the platform will remain open, many wonder what other partners think of the deal.

Google has reportedly spoken with several who have been supportive of the deal, as they see it as an essential move to defend Android. Here are three quotes from OEM partners:

Peter Chou, CEO, HTC:

“We welcome the news of today‘s acquisition, which demonstrates that Google is deeply committed to defending Android, its partners, and the entire ecosystem.”

Bert Nordberg, President & CEO, Sony Ericsson:

“I welcome Google‘s commitment to defending Android and its partners.”

Jong-Seok Park, Ph.D, President & CEO, LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company:

“We welcome Google‘s commitment to defending Android and its partners.”

J.K. Shin, President, Samsung, Mobile Communications Division:

"We welcome today’s news, which demonstrates Google’s deep commitment to defending Android, its partners, and the ecosystem."

Many had questioned when Google would step up to defend its partners from patent lawsuits, and it looks like they've made a huge move towards doing just that this morning. More to come as news rolls in.

Google Press

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2 years ago

Google acquiring Motorola Mobility, wants to “supercharge the Android ecosystem”

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Big news from the Googleplex this morning, as the news broke that Google is to acquire Motorola's handset business for $12.5 billion. This is HUGE news, as now Google will finally become a smartphone vendor. 

Announced via the Official Google Blog, CEO Larry Page describes the company's success with Android, with 550,000 device activations per day and over 150 million activations worldwide. In their quest to "supercharge the Android ecosystem," they have decided that Motorola are the best handset manufacturer to help them do that. 

And in no surprise, Page also makes reference to Motorola's extensive patent portfolio, something which could yet prove useful to them in the ongoing patent situations that keep presenting themselves -- in the U.S. in particular. 

Andy Rubin also spoke out, pointing out that they still remain committed to Android as an open platform and that they will continue to work with all current partners. 

Check out the official release after the break. 

Sources: Google Blog; Investor Relations

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2 years ago

Motorola Photon 4G gets its bootloader unlocked courtesy of independent developers

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Android hackers have succeeded in unlocking the Motorola Photon 4G bootloader using the methods they first figured out for the Atrix 4G.  Like most hacks of this nature, you're going to have to read the directions and understand everything before you jump in, and you'll need a bit of working knowledge of the standard fastboot procedures.  Because it's a Motorola phone, you're also going to need to know how to use RSDLite.  The good news is that the instructions are laid out nicely and it shouldn't be much of an issue once you get everything assembled.

The biggest thing to remember here, is that this is for the Photon only.  Don't go trying it on your Droid 3, or you'll likely be in for an ugly surprise.  With all that out of the way, head over to the source link and get started.  Let the games begin!

Source: XDA-DevelopersThanks everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

EVO 4G Gingerbread update now has root via Revolutionary

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If you took the last OTA for the HTC EVO 4G, and have been wanting and waiting for a root method, you're now in luck.  The fellas at Revolutionary have worked out the kinks and the EVO 4G with version 2.16.0001 Hboot is now included on their list of supported devices.  You'll want to read everything carefully and make sure you understand it before you dive in, but it's a fairly easy procedure.  And if you hit a snag, there's always help in the EVO 4G forums.  Happy flashing!

Source: RevolutionaryThanks everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Asus Eee Pad Transformer 3G model support page is online, still no release date

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Asus has brought the support page for the 3G model of the Eee Pad Transformer online, but we still don't have the part we want to know -- when is it coming.  We last heard that the 3G model would launch in the UK sometime in August, and we're expecting it soon, since August is already half over.  While there shouldn't be any hardware changes, we're also curious if the 3G model will launch with Android 3.2 on board, but that's anyone's guess at this point.  We know a lot of people have been waiting for this, and Asus knows this as well, so hopefully we see it out the door shortly.  We'll keep our eyes and ears open and let you know more when there's more to tell.

Source: Asus. Thanks, Waad!

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