Motorola Removes Almost All Moto Bloat in Jelly Bean for DROID RAZR, Goes With Stock Google Apps Instead [Changelog]

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According to the flood of emails that have hit our inbox,  the soak test of Jelly Bean (Android 4.1.2) for the original DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX has officially begun. We don’t exactly know when it’ll arrive for all users who are not a part of the Motorola Feedback Network, but assuming this test goes smoothly, it shouldn’t be long. And for your sake, I hope you aren’t waiting more than a week, as the update rids the device of almost all Moto-inspired bloatware, turning it into a device that even an Android elitist snob would be proud of. If this update isn’t a sign of the “new” Motorola, then I don’t know what is.  (more…)

Original DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX Jelly Bean Soak Test About to Go Down

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The original DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX are about to officially receive Jelly Bean. According to invites that are going out to members of the Motorola Feedback Network, testing for the update should start shortly.

The timing of this test fits right in line with Motorola’s Q1 schedule and is only two months after a Jelly Bean build was accidentally pushed to a number of handsets. We went hands-on with that update in case you were wondering what to expect.

Once the test starts, assuming everything goes well, the official push to all devices from Verizon and Moto shouldn’t be far out.  (more…)

Motorola Re-works Software Update Timeline Site, Fully Commits to Q1 for DROID RAZR Jelly Bean

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This morning or late last night, Motorola released a new version of their device software update timeline website. In the past, the page was nothing more than a giant table filled with devices and scheduled rollout times for updates, but this new version allows you to sort it by country, carrier and then device. Once a device has been selected, it will tell you the last update that was received or if there is a new one coming in the near future. You will also find a link to the support page for the device which tells you whether or not you are on the latest version of software and provides a changelog. Last, you can sign-up to receive emails notifying you of new software updates.  (more…)

Original DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX Jelly Bean Update has Been Rooted

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Can we just start referring to Dan Rosenberg (@djrbliss) as Mr. Root? The man that seems to have rooted every single Motorola device over the last couple of years has done it again, only this time with the original DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX running the latest OTA update of Jelly Bean (Android 4.1.2). That would be the update that was mistakenly pushed to your device on X-mas Eve. (more…)

Original DROID RAZR Receiving Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Build 98.72.8 (Updated)

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According to a number of readers with the original RAZR and RAZR MAXX, a massive update weighing in at 331MB and build number 98.72.8 is pushing out. There are no signs of an official update going out from any of the regular spots, so we aren’t sure if this is Jelly Bean, and someone at Motorola accidentally flipped the “Go!” switch or what. The build number starting with a 9 certainly resembles previous Jelly Bean updates on other Motorola phones. The RAZR HD’s update dropped in at 9.1.41.

As we have more, we’ll update this post.  (more…)

Top 10 Android Phones of 2012

In 2012, we saw the Android smartphone world reach heights that I don’t imagine many predicted. On a spec front, 2012 was the year of quad-core processors, 2GB of RAM, HD displays, longer battery lives, and incredibly thin bodies. It seems like just yesterday that we were asking DL readers if they had a dual-core or single-core phone, yet here we are, with dual-core phones already becoming a thing of the past.

On a manufacturer front, 2012 was the year that Samsung proved that it really was the only big fish in a bowl full of minnows. We saw Motorola kick off its life as a Google-owned company, HTC struggle to make money even while releasing amazing phones, and LG take its turn as the face of the Nexus phone program.

In this post, I thought we’d talk a bit about all of that by listing out my top 10 phones of the year.  (more…)

Mugen Wants to Turn Your Galaxy Note 2 Into a 6,400mAh Monster, Do You Need All That Battery Life? (Updated)

Sometimes you just got to have long battery life on your device, no matter what the cost. For uber power users of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Mugen has a battery that will keep you going for days on end. Their new battery clocks in at 6,400mAh, which is almost double the RAZR MAXX’s 3,300mAh battery.

It may look ridiculous, but Mugen is promising double the battery life of the stock battery and even that is probably a conservative projection. All this juice doesn’t come cheap though, the regular price of this monster is $105, but is on a deal of sorts for early adopters. Hit the source link below if you’re ready to carry this battery around in your pocket.

Update:  Reader Steve sent over a link to a Hyperion 6200mAh extended battery for the Note 2 that runs only $14.99 or $19.99 through Amazon. It sort of seems too good to be true to me, but others have had great luck with Hyperion batteries for other devices. There are versions that come with either a grey or white back, so you can match the color of your device. It doesn’t necessarily say that it is NFC-ready, but other batteries of theirs are. At that price, why not give it a shot?

Amazon Links:  Grey 6200mAh battery ($14.99) | White 6200mAh battery ($19.99 w/ Prime shipping)

Via:  Mugen | Yahoo

Cheers Doug!

AmazonWireless Hosts Deal on Top Verizon Devices, RAZR MAXX and RAZR M Only $0.01

I love the holidays. It seems that all of my favorite things go on sale, including smartphones. For a limited time, naturally, AmazonWireless is hosting a deal on select Verizon devices that should make for some happy buyers.

The original DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX are both on sale for only a penny, while upgrading and new customers can get the Galaxy S3 16GB for just $79.99. If you’re looking for one of Verizon’s new phones, you can grab the RAZR M for one cent as well, or grab the slightly aged HTC Rezound for the same price.  (more…)