If you were looking for a solid article that covers the history of Motorola from its glorious days of inventing the first mobile phone to its eventual fall, rise again thanks to the original DROID, to its landslide decline again before being sold to Google and then to Lenovo, Chicago Magazine has you covered. In a piece released at the beginning of the week, the story of one of America’s most innovative companies is detailed from the good times to the bad. We’re talking from its founding days in 1928 as Galvin Manufacturing Corp to its current up-in-the-air status with a Lenovo acquisition looming over their new downtown Chicago headquarters.
You should really go read the full article if Motorola’s history interests you at all, but for the sake of saving a bit of time and grabbing your attention, we have pulled out a couple of excerpts on events that stood out to us, starting in the 70s. (more…)
At the end of last week, a reader of ours pointed out that device made by Motorola under the model number XT1254 had passed through Bluetooth SIG with a description confirming that it was an Android smartphone. No other details were attached, so we ignored it. Then over the weekend, a couple of supposed CPU-Z screens of a Motorola device with a codename of “quark_verizon” surfaced under the same model number, causing the tech world to freak out, toss around conspiracy and fanboy theories involving the rumored Motorola Nexus, and generally sound silly. Names like “DROID Turbo” were mentioned, as were a handful of next-level specs.
So what is this mystery device? Well, let’s see if we can’t find out. (more…)
For those hoping to see more DROID devices from Motorola this year, @evleaks has reportedly outed at least two devices codenamed, Abbagoochie and Valocia. The Abbagoochie, which is easily one of the most bizarre codenames ever, is said to be a DROID MAXX replacement device, while the Valocia is to be a rehash of the DROID Mini.
According to @evleaks, both devices will be powered by quad-core Snapdragon 801 processors from Qualcomm, but no other specifications are known at this time. (more…)
The crew over at HelloMotoHK posted the image above this morning, which looks like the back case for what could be an unreleased Motorola phone. To be more specific, if real, I would peg this for the back casing of a new DROID device. Motorola, as we know from last year, has the exclusive on the DROID brand with Verizon going forward, a brand that tends to use materials like kevlar which is seen here. (more…)
The DROID MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini all started receiving an update to Android 4.4.4 over the weekend that first began last Wednesday with a soak test. The minor changelog that showed up with the update prompt mentioned that there would be camera enhancements, the addition of Isis Mobile Wallet, and bloatware updates. Motorola released a full list of the changes today, along with Verizon’s standard PDF changelogs.
The update, as we already knew, is 21.11.21. The device will see stability, framework and security improvements, along with better Bluetooth connectivity. The camera will see enhancements in picture quality, like improved photos in fluorescent lighting and enhanced dynamic range. Pausing of video recording has been added as well. VZ Cloud and Visual Voicemail were updated, plus Isis Mobile Wallet has been added. (more…)
Yesterday, Motorola sent out emails to select members of their product forums, stating that a soak test would be soon be underway for an update. The soak test, which we now know will begin “later today,” is specifically for owners of the DROID MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini. (more…)
As we were heading into the holiday weekend, Motorola sent out invites of some sort to a potential soak test for DROID MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini owners for what we can only assume is an update to Android 4.4.4. The invites didn’t provide much info, nor were they the typical soak test emails, but readers of ours who did receive one seem to be on the same page as us – what else could it be? (more…)
Shortly after Google released Android 4.4.3 to the world, Motorola updated the Moto X through various carriers to the new build quicker than Google could to some of its own Nexus devices. The same couldn’t be said for the DROID line, though, which includes the MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini. Thankfully, Motorola’s David Schuster gave us an update on the situation, stating that all of those devices would be upgraded to Android 4.4.3 shortly, bypassing the 4.4.2 update they had yet to receive.
And then Google released Android 4.4.4 yesterday with an important security fix. (more…)