Motorola Unveils Droid Razr, World’s Thinnest Smartphone.


 

 

 

Motorola has unveiled its newest smartphone, the Droid Razr, calling it the “world’s thinnest 4G smartphone.”

The phone is 7.1mm thin, features an 8 MP rear camera, and has a 1.2 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM. It has a 4.3-inch super AMOLED advanced QHD display and is powered by Android Gingerbread.

“Droid Razr by Motorola combines style, performance and the power of Verizon Wireless’s 4G LTE network into one innovative device,” said Marni Walden, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless, in a statement. “These are two iconic brands that separately symbolize the best technology available today. The combination will provide an unsurpassed wireless experience for customers.”

The device will be available in early November for $299.99 with a new two-year Verizon contract.

Motorola revealed the new phone at a joint event with Verizon in New York City Tuesday afternoon. You can follow along with the rest of the event here.

Google Buys Motorola Mobility for $12.5 Billion


 

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 Google announced Monday morning that it will acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion.

Motorola is one of 39 manufacturers of handsets that use Google’s Android operating system.

Buying a hardware company is an unusual move for Google. The acquisition, Google said in a statement, “will enable Google to supercharge the Android ecosystem.”

SEE ALSO: Nokia & RIM Shares Jump Following Google’s Motorola Mobility Acquisition

Google CEO Larry Page expanded on what that might mean in a blog post. In addition to citing Motorola’s home devices and video solutions business, Page references recent patent wars that Google believes to be anti-competitive.

SEE ALSO: Why the Google-Motorola Deal Is About More Than Mobile Phones

 “The U.S. Department of Justice had to intervene in the results of one recent patent auction to ‘protect competition and innovation in the open source software community’ and it is currently looking into the results of the Nortel auction,” Page writes. “Our acquisition of Motorola will increase competition by strengthening Google’s patent portfolio, which will enable us to better protect Android from anti-competitive threats from Microsoft, Apple and other companies.”

SEE ALSO: The History of Android [INFOGRAPHIC]

Android will continue to be an open platform, and Motorola will continue to be run as a separate business.

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As Google Acquires Motorola Mobility, RIM & Nokia shares Rise.


 

Motorola Mobility shares jumped more than 58% on Monday to better than $38.50 per share after Google announced that it would pay $40 per share in cash for the mobile phone giant. Shares of Google initially fell by 3% in the pre-market on the news, but have since rallied to around even during early trading.

Interestingly, shares of beleaguered handset makers Research in Motion and Nokia are also trading higher on the news, as investors speculate that the Google-Motorola deal may prompt further consolidation in the mobile space. The latter was trading up more than 5% and the former up more than 11% in pre-market trading.

 

SEE ALSO: The History of Android [INFOGRAPHIC] 

Microsoft would seem the most obvious company to be on the hunt for a big mobile acquisition following the deal. The software giant has already signed a billion dollar deal with Nokia to get the manufacturer using Windows Phone 7 as its mobile operating system of choice

Reason For the Google-Motorola Deal To be More Than Mobile Phones:


With its $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility, Google has shown that it is ready to take its investment in mobile to the next level. It’s important to remember, however, that Motorola Mobility does more than just make smartphones.

Ostensibly, Google’s decision to purchase Motorola has as much to do with increasing its patent portfolio as it is about getting into the hardware market, with Google already committing to running Motorola as a separate business. Still, we find it hard to believe that Google will just ignore the opportunity to potentially better couple its Android operating system with Motorola-produced tablets or smartphones.


Google-Motorola Could Give Google TV a Fighting Chance


Motorola is one of the biggest players in the set-top box space, and cable companies lease its cable boxes, DVR and IPTV components to customers. While we think it’s unlikely that Google will make any major changes to this existing business, owning Motorola means that Google TV has a potential distribution strategy.

To date, Google TV has been a colossal failure for not only Google, but for the companies that have partnered with Google to bring out Google TV hardware.

Google TV has failed, in part, because the product isn’t very good and because it doesn’t offer significant value to the customer. However, even if the Google TV product was great, it would still have a hard time achieving widespread adoption in the consumer marketplace, simply because as Steve Jobs has noted, selling consumers another box is hard.

However, what prevents Motorola from offering a Google TV-enabled set-top box option to its cable customers? Making a product available doesn’t guarantee that anyone will buy it, but the better integration of Android and the Google backing could lead to more robust, higher quality Android-powered connected TV options for cable providers that are increasingly looking to edge out subscription streaming services in order to retain customers.


A Manufacturing Spin Out?


We agree with Saul Hansell in believing that within the decade — if not much sooner — Google will likely spin-out Motorola’s manufacturing business. As Hansell says, “It’s just not what [Google does], and it’s not what they need in the long run.”

The impact that the manufacturing business could have on Google’s financial reporting could be a distraction.


Nokia and RIM Ripe for the Picking


Of course, other players in the device space may feel the most immediate impact from the Google-Motorola deal.

Shares in Nokia and RIM jumped in the wake of the Google-Motorola announcement, as the market saw beleaguered mobile giants as ripe acquisition targets for companies like Microsoft. Nokia has already tied its future fortunes to Microsoft’s Windows Phone ship, why not just complete the deal and be done with it?

Assuming the Google-Motorola deal sails through without any regulatory hurdles, it could open to door for an acquisition of either Nokia or RIM

Motorola Droid X2


The Motorola Droid X2 might be the second handset in Verizon’s Android lineup with an ‘X’ in its name, but it’s the first to feature a dual-core processor. The NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip clocked at 1GHz is definitely the key selling point for this phone, but a crisp and big qHD display rolled into a familiar and successful form factor make the X2 easily one of Verizon’s best handsets to date. The lack of 4G LTE connectivity will deter some future-looking buyers, but if the next-gen network technology isn’t on your list of must-haves, the Droid X2 is definitely worth a long, hard look.

Hardware Review

The Droid X2 really shines in the hardware department. Motorola continues the trend of bringing the latest cutting-edge technologies together with sleek looks under the Droid name. The things that will instantly stick out to anyone checking out the X2 are its blazing Tegra 2 processor and bright, beautiful, and big qHD display. Motorola chose to not fix what wasn’t broken, and instead key upgrades are what make the Droid X2 a real powerhouse.

The Droid X2 carries Verizon’s first dual-core processor, a Tegra 2 clocked at 1GHz per core, and it really cooks here. The X2 isn’t the fastest dual-core handset we have had the pleasure of getting to know, but we’ll chalk that up to Motorola’s often-bulky MotoBlur interface (we’d be real interested to see how the X2 would perform with stock Android). Launching applications is quick and smooth, navigating amongst homescreens and launching profiles feels seamless, and 3D graphics and gaming performance are top-notch.

The 4.3-inch qHD display with its 540×960 resolution is a real treat as well. We can’t say it tops the Super AMOLED Plus of recent Samsung handsets, but video, web sites, and images look clear and bright, and text is as easy to read as ever. The X2 is capable of 720p video playback, and a HDMI out provides the ability to show 1080p content (courtesy of that powerful Tegra 2). The HDMI out also provides a mirror mode for 1:1 mirroring of your handsets display on a larger HD monitor.

Of course, such heavy-hitting hardware comes with one major fault: battery life. A dual-core processor and large display have been known to drain a battery pretty fast, and while the X2 gets a decent lifespan for basic messaging and calling, the minute you start playing 3D games or watching high-quality video content the battery’s power takes a significant dive. We’d hate to see what would happen if 4G LTE was on-board, and perhaps this was part of the decision to leave the network technology out. Yes, the X2 lacks 4G, and it might be the biggest drawback of a handset that otherwise dominates Verizon’s current lineup.

Software Review

The Droid X2 ships with Android 2.2.2 and the latest version of Motorola’s MotoBlur interface on top. It has never been our favorite interface — and that doesn’t change with the latest version — but some improvements have been made here that do improve the overall experience. The custom UI does at times create lag that would otherwise be unnecessary, but otherwise everything functions smoothly out of the box.

You notice immediately the new blue/grey status bar that mimics the look of Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Gingerbread, however, is not here (an update is in the works). The interface features seven home screens and three profiles, giving a grand total of 21 panes of home screen goodness. Switching between profiles is easy, as is jumping to any particular home screen using the hardware ‘home’ key.

A set of four icons along the bottom of each home screen remain static and provide quick access to the phone dialer, messaging, camera, and apps launcher. The apps launcher itself is updated with new sorting options and the ability to hop directly into the Android Market.

The standard array of social networking, messaging, and information portal widgets are here, and they function as advertised. Nothing to write home about, and sometimes clunkier than necessary. Many users will get a lot of use from these built-in services while others might simply remove them from their home screens. The X2 comes with plenty of pre-loaded software at launch, including your standard Google Mobile Suite options and Verizon V Cast offerings.

Given the excellent hardware of the handset, we can easily look past any flaws that MotoBlur brings with it. We’re excited to see where the Droid X2 goes when it receives its Gingerbread update in the near future.

Gaming, Media, and Web Browsing

Here is where you will get your money’s worth with the Droid X2. The combination of dual-core processor and updated display technology with plenty of screen real estate offer some of the best gaming, web browsing, and media viewing experiences to date on an Android phone.


The X2 breezes through full-3D offerings, rendering graphics with ease and hardly skipping a beat. And it isn’t all for nothing, as the qHD display translates said 3D graphics with brilliant clarity.

The 4.3-inch screen provides a great web browsing experience, rendering pages as they should look and giving plenty of room to read text and view images. Scrolling is flawless and responsive and page loads are snappy.

Viewing video on the X2 is, likewise, a real treat. Again, you can thank the large display and fast processor for this (are you seeing a trend?). Battery life remains an issue when using the X2 heavily for video and game consumption, but given a charge is nearby you could easily lose hours to all that the X2 has to offer.

In Conclusion

The Motorola Droid X2 is a superbly crafted handset that takes all that was good with the original and spruces it up in all the right areas. You can’t go wrong with the X2 for gaming, media, and other tasks that require some pretty powerful specs. Simply put, this is a power-user’s handset, but it could find a home with nearly anyone. It’s large size may turn a few off, and a lack of 4G LTE connectivity doesn’t provide a future-proof device, but if those factors aren’t an issue you can’t go wrong with the Droid X2.

ALSO CHECK : Motorola DROID X2 Available Online.

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Motorola Droid 3 available from Verizon :


Keyboard Commander
Flex your fingers of fury on the new 5–row keyboard that’s a launch pad for productivity. Ascend the throne of typing speed–demons as you fire off follow–ups without stopping to switch between letters and numbers.

Media Mastery
Capture every scene within sight with an 8MP camera, and select your masterpiece from multiple frames snapped within seconds. Upload them to your Connected Media Gallery and watch your artistry transform others into amateurs.

Hyper–Intelligence
Flaunt your genius by surrounding yourself with a force field of security. Complex password control, remote wipe, and data encryption ensure the only one accessing your command module is you. Then master your universe with turn–by–turn directions and traffic updates so that nothing stands in your way.

Rise of the Apps
Power productivity with an ever–growing battalion of apps that catapult boredom into oblivion. Scour the immense Android Market and V CAST™ Media Store to claim the hard–working and hard–playing apps that have been created for you to command.

  • Verizon has put up Droid 3, the grandchild of Motorola’s legendary Droid smartphone, up for sale on its website.

The Droid 3 sports a 1 GHz dual-core CPU, a 4-inch qHD (960 x 540 pixel) screen, an 8-megapixel camera and a slide-out, full QWERTY keyboard.

It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and offers 16 GB of storage, as well as all the other standard bells and whistles that adorn the Android smartphones of today, including Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi, UMTS and aGPS support.

The device costs $199 with a two-year contract on one of Verizon’s new data plans. It is also available contact-free for $459.

(DROID is a trademark of Lucasfilm Ltd. and its related companies. Used under license.)

Motorola XOOM Launched In India


The Wi-Fi only version of the XOOM will be sold for Rs 32,990. 

Motorola’s Plan to launch the XOOM in India  has finally happened. This Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) tablet will be made available in two variants: a Wi-Fi only version and a Wi-Fi + 3G version, priced at Rs 32,990 and Rs 39,990 respectively. The Wi-Fi only version seems pretty reasonable and it doesn’t really make much sense to pay Rs 7,000 more to get the 3G SIM card slot, because most users use the tablets at home or while at the office. Having 3G on the tablet will be useful for users who are on the go for most parts of the day.

The XOOM will sport a 10.1″ TFT capacitive display which is capable of playing 1080p Full HD videos, a 5 MP snapper on the back capable of recording 720p video, and a 2 MP front facing camera for video calls. Furthermore, the XOOM will be powered by NVIDIA’s 1 GHz Tegra 2 dual core CPU with 1 GB of RAM, and will have 32 GB of internal storage which can be expanded up to 32 GB with the help of an external microSD card slot. Other features include a HDMI port, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS, etc.

Motorola Mobility’s head for Sales and Operations (India and South West Asia)Mr Rajan Chawla said, “Motorola XOOM is redefining the tablet experience by preempting the future mobile experience today. Designed from the ground up with the user in mind, it offers productivity while on the go and, provides more ways to have fun and connect with friends. Motorola XOOM is everything that a tablet should be!

With a wide range of Honeycomb tablets to choose from, we think the Motorola XOOM is no different from others in terms of hardware. Other tablets that come to mind are the Acer Iconia Tab, which was the first Honeycomb tablet to make way to India, and the yet to be launched Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Please note that the prices listed by Motorola are Best Buy prices so the actual MRP in the market might differ.