Motorola provides update on Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades

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Motorola has updated their Android Software Upgrade timeline with some new information regarding Android 4.0 for several devices. Ice Cream Sandwich will begin rolling out to the the Motorola XOOM Family Edition and a selection of international handsets including the Motorola RAZR in Q2. In Q3, the Motorola Atrix 4G, Atrix 2, and Photon 4G are scheduled to see the update as well as the XOOM 2, XOOM 2 Family Edition, and both WiFi XYBOARD models.

Devices confirmed for the update but without a set date include the Motorola Droid 4, Droid Bionic, Droid RAZR, Droid RAZR MAXX, and Verizon’s XYBOARD tablets. The Motorola Electrify also makes the cut.

Motorola looks to have a full slate when it comes to updates, but the good news is that the majority of their high-end phones and tablets will see Ice Cream Sandwich at some point in the coming months. You can check out the full roadmap over at their site to see the exact breakdown of model, region, and expected delivery date.

[via Motorola]



Motorola RAZR Developer Edition Will Provide an Unlockable/Relockable Bootloader

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Motorola have just announced that they will be bringing a developer-friendly device to Europe – the Motorola RAZR Developer Edition! The device will feature an unlockable and relockable bootloader for those who like to tinker with their phones to their hearts’ content.

The device is available for European customers today via this link for 500 euros. After buying it Motorola will give you all the instructions you need to free your device of its shackles. Motorola plans to bring a developer-friendly device to the US but didn’t give any specifics as to which device that would be.

We’re wondering what’s going on with their bootloader unlock program that they’re supposed to be bringing to their devices already available for sale but perhaps this device is their way of testing the waters before doing so. In any case, we’re glad to see Motorola taking positive steps forward. [Motorola]



Early Motorola RAZR Ice Cream Sandwich Build Leaks

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Motorola’s promised that some of their latest 2011 handsets would be getting Ice Cream Sandwich and the RAZR series was one of them. Someone was able to get their hands on an early Ice Cream Sandwich-based build of an update for the GSM RAZR and, as you’d expect, there are bits of BLUR sprinkled throughout.

For starters we have a few of Motorola’s custom icons for various different applications. We have a four-way lockscreen circle and we also have Motorola’s custom camera application.

The launcher remains untouched and we reckon there are other stock Ice Cream Sandwich apps still in here but Motorola could very well replace the launcher with one of their own. If you’re a DROID RAZR user, you absolutely do not want to touch this but the screens at this link should give you a good indication of what’s to come. [Droid Rzr via Droid-Life]



Verizon Finally Confirms DROID RAZR MAXX Pricing And Availability



For anyone wanting to get their hands on the new DROID RAZR MAXX and have been drooling over its specifications and pictures it is now time to wipe that drool off and get ready to finally be able to buy it. Verizon has confirmed that the speculated January 26th, this Thursday, will be the day that the phone becomes available.

The phone will be available for $299 on a two-year contract. The phone is the exact same as the RAZR but with a new 3300mAh battery which is a big step forward. With this new battery, you can finally relax about not being close to a charger for your original RAZR. For those wondering about the operating system, it will ship with Android Gingerbread, 2.3.5, but has been confirmed that it will receive the update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

The official release can be found here:

Verizon Wireless Takes DROID RAZR™ To The MAXX™ On Jan. 26
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The DROID RAZR™ MAXX™ by Motorola will be available on Jan. 26 in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com for $299.99 with a new two-year customer agreement. At just 8.99 mm, the RAZR MAXX is the longest-lasting smartphone on the block and still impossibly thin. Customers can have a smartphone with the endurance to talk on the phone for more than 21 hours straight on a single charge. Equipped with the same great features as the original DROID RAZR, customers can expect to rip through the Web at blazing speeds with a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor and Verizon Wireless 4G LTE. Verizon Wireless leads the way in 4G with the fastest and most reliable 4G network in the United States, covering more than 200 million people in 195 markets.

Additional features:

Powered by Android™ 2.3.5 Gingerbread, upgradable to Android™ 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Powerful 3300 mAh battery
8-megapixel rear-facing camera with 1080p HD video capture and image stabilization technology for crisp and clear videos
Front-facing HD camera for video chat over 4G LTE, 3G or Wi-Fi
4G LTE Mobile Hotspot capable – customers can share 4G LTE speed with up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices
Remote wipe, pin lock and government-grade encryption for email, calendar and contacts, as well as voice and video chat conferencing
32 GB memory – 16 GB on-board memory and 16 GB microSD™ card pre-installed (actual formatted capacity is less)
Customers that purchase a DROID RAZR MAXX will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 monthly access and a smartphone data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data. For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

White Motorola RAZR Coming Next Month, Clove Offering Presales

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Clove is back with another Motorola presale. This time, the white Motorola RAZR is being offered up. It’s the same 4.3 inch qHD device with Android 2.3 and a dual-core processor, but it now has a white bezel. Not necessarily the most significant paint job we’ve seen but it’s a paint job nonetheless. First stock will be here mid-late February and it will come with free MOTOROKR EQ3 folding speakers, worth £20. The phone itself will be £430.80 including VAT. Head here to order yours.