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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 10, 2014

Motorola Defy Refuses to Die, Receives Initial Lollipop Port

For the great majority of devices, manufacturer-provided OS update support is rather short. Some of this is due to technical difficulties and a lack of consumer interest, but really it just comes down to profitability for the OEMs in question. Luckily, there are devices that have received extensive aftermarket development such as the HTC HD2, Samsung Galaxy S, and Motorola Defy, which have enjoyed unofficial Android updates far after they were EOLed by their respective manufacturers. At least one of these...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 2, 2014

Motorola Defy Gains New Life with Repartition

The Motorola Defy was released approximately four years ago back in the early Fall of 2010. While the device was never quite intended to be a flagship-level device, it certainly gained quite a loyal following of fans who have stuck by this diminutive device through the years. Despite the community support and love, the Motorola Defy has run into serious limitations when trying to load new versions of Android due to its small storage size. Luckily, this is again where the community shines. XDA Recognized Developer Quarx created...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 7, 2013

Android 4.4 KitKat Available for the Motorola Defy

Do you remember all the way back to Android 2.1 Eclair? Yes? Maybe? It was released back in January 2010---almost 4 years ago. The Motorola Defy shipped with that OS. And now, years later, the Defy received a fresh build of KitKat, making it one of the first devices with just 512 megabytes of RAM to get the OS up and running. XDA Recognized Developer Quarx did it again. He is the main developer for almost all new version of Android since Gingerbread...

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Conan Troutman · Dec 6, 2012

Unofficial CM10.1 Lands on the Defy & Defy+

The Motorola Defy is not only impervious to water, sand, and good old fashioned brute force (within reason obviously), but it is also apparently not the slightest bit phased by Motorola's own unwillingness to keep the updates coming. When the device isn't scuba diving or spelunking, chances are that it's kicking back and enjoying one of the latest versions of Android, all the way up to 4.2 in the form of an unofficial version of CM10.1 thanks to XDA Recognised Developer...

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Conan Troutman · Oct 17, 2012

Android 4.1.2 Build Now Available for Motorola Defy & Defy+

Despite being somewhat abandoned by Motorola as far as official updates are concerned, the Motorola Defy & Defy+ are refusing to accept that the latest versions of Android are out of the question. Having recently received an unofficial version of CM10 based on Android 4.1.2 thanks to XDA Recognized Developer Quarx, these devices continue to defiantly (see what I did there?) push the limits of what they are capable of. As you might expect, this build is still in quite...

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Former Writer · Sep 28, 2012

Lock Apps in Memory on the Motorola Defy

Keeping applications in memory can serve various potential uses. While aggressive RAM conservation may benefit the user experience when opening very large apps, users typically see the best performance and battery life by having frequently used apps in RAM. While it's not possible to put all of your applications in memory, keeping the go-to applications like the dialer, contacts, SMS app, etc can make the menial tasks of the day much faster. For Motorola Defy users, there is now both...

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egzthunder1 · Sep 24, 2012

Defy Flashing Gone Wrong? Solve it with Ease

The Motorola Defy: a phone that, much as its name suggests, should be able to withstand elemental rage. When it came out last year, lots of blogs and websites showed how the Defy was impervious to submersion by dumping it in a cup of water. This resulted in the feeling of complete and absolute immunity, with many touting the device as "immortal." However, as with most "immortal" characters of virtually every story, there is always something to which they are vulnerable....

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egzthunder1 · Sep 18, 2012

Easy Fix for Logcat Blues on Jelly Bean Ports

Jelly Bean seems to be on everyone's mind, as of late. The latest and greatest to come out of Google's sweet treat factory is ravaging the site with its popularity and feature-packed nature. As such, ports are flying left, right, and center onto most devices (old and new) on the site. However, as is the case with most new OS versions, there are also complications and issues that need to be overcome in order to make the best out of...

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Former Writer · Sep 3, 2012

Boot to Gecko Now Booting on the Motorola Defy

For those unfamiliar, Boot to Gecko (B2G for short) is a mobile operating system currently being developed by Mozilla. According to Mozilla, the purpose of the OS is as follows: We believe that the next frontier for Web applications is full device integration, so that Web developers have the same capabilities as those building for OS-specific stacks. Boot To Gecko is intended to identify those missing device capabilities and other application needs, and design standardized solutions for app developers to...

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Former Writer · Aug 3, 2012

Holo FM Radio Gives the Defy a Jelly Bean-Flavored FM Radio

Often times when upgrading between different versions of Android, especially if done unofficially, the manufacturer-provided apps fall behind and retain last year's designs. While this isn't a huge deal, as they will generally function perfectly, opening up an application on ICS or Jelly Bean and seeing an app with Gingerbread styling can really mess with a device's feng shui. For the Motorola Defy, which recently received an unofficial update to Jelly Bean, the apps that can be ported to it...

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Former Writer · Jul 22, 2012

Jelly Bean for the MyTouch 4G Slide, Desire HD, and Motorola Defy

Since its release, Jelly Bean has found it's way onto dozens of phones. This won't stop any time soon, with even the legendary CyanogenMod offering a CM10 preview. Among the newest devices to receive Jelly Bean include the T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Slide, Motorola Defy, and the HTC Desire HD. These devices are all a little older than some would expect to be receiving ports. But if the HTC HD2 can get it, newer devices should be able to as well....

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FallenWriter · Jul 8, 2012

Locked Motorola Devices Get Full Hardware Acceleration!

Motorola has a long history of locking down their Android devices in order to prevent customization. From the eFUSE debacle surrounding the original Droid X to their general lack of interest in listening to the developer community, they have proven time and again their willingness to bite the hand that feeds them. Regardless of this, many users have a preference for the high level of hardware build quality provided by their Motorola overlords, and as such continue to purchase the...

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The-Captain · May 14, 2012

Highly Functional ICS for the Motorola Defy and Defy+

Many may be unfamiliar with the Motorola Defy and its slightly upgraded sibling, the Defy+. Unfortunately, their state of development has somewhat reflected this, as Motorola's dust- and water-resistant smartphone has mainly seen development work in the form of Android 2.2 and 2.3 releases. However, the Defy has finally received a nearly fully functional dose of Ice Cream Sandwich thanks to Senior Member Epsylon3 who has made significant progress and does not have far to go before it is completely functional. According to Epsylon3, the list...

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Former Writer · Apr 1, 2012

Multi Boot Manager for Motorola Defy

Multi-boot has been around for quite some time now, and is something we would like to see more of. Multi-booting can have a number of fun and even functional uses, such as having a ROM for gaming and a ROM for business, or even using one ROM for your secret family and one ROM for your real family so you don't get mixed up. In any case, multi-booting is here and for users of the Motorola Defy, it's only getting...

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Former Writer · Feb 15, 2012

Add the Reboot Option to Any Rooted Motorola Defy ROM

One of the things most rooted users who use custom ROMs can often take for granted is the Reboot option in the power menu. How often have users gone to that highly convenient option when something isn't working quite right and a reboot is needed to fix the problem? The answer is, most likely, a whole bunch. Users carrying around the Motorola Defy can now share in the Reboot functionality with a relatively simple modification. XDA Senior Member spear1304 has...

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Sam Caplat · Nov 28, 2011

Ice Cream Sandwich Ports Progress Report

Ice Cream Sandwich ports are highly sought after, given the hype and price of the phone that runs it. However, providing there is support behind development, there is every chance you can run it on your device. This article is here to list the current ICS ports on our most popular  forums and their individual stages in progress. Should your device not be listed below, you can always visit your device's development forum on XDA and search for any ROMs...

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mic_888 · Apr 18, 2011

Installer For 2ndInit Recovery Mod

If you've been following the developments for the 2nd init mod for the Defy, then you'll be interested in this installer by XDA forum member pedrodh. The original mod by XDA member ksubedi brings up a pre-boot menu that loads just before the Android system starts, which allows you to enter recovery, start adb daemon, run 2nd init script, run 2nd boot and more. This installer automates the process of installing/uninstalling and makes it possible to load custom ROMs, and boot...

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mic_888 · Apr 9, 2011

How To Replace Your Motorola Defy Earpiece

If you are an an owner of one of the early versions of the Motorola Defy, then you may be familiar with the earpiece problems that have been widely reported. It seems that these early models have been seen to suffer from the earpiece failing after just a few months of use. XDA forum member wizard123 was one of these owners, and has posted a tutorial on how to resolve the issue by replacing the earpiece yourself. It requires dismantling your...

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mic_888 · Feb 5, 2011

Froyo 720p Playback + Fullscreen Video Recording On The Defy

XDA forum member -={antibyte}=- has been playing around with the video playback on the Motorola Defy and has finally been able to play a 720p Demo Video that would not previously play on his Froyo running device. In addition to playback, the XDA member has also managed to get the stock Camera recording in fullscreen 848x480. Currently, this is highly experimental and playback is slightly laggy. The XDA member has warned that this has not been extensively tested and hence...

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mic_888 · Jan 10, 2011

Droid 2 Radio App Working On Motorola Defy

If you've recently got your hands on a Motorola Defy, then you'll know that it comes with an integrated FM radio function. What you might not know is that the radio hardware appears to be the same as the Droid 2. This comes in handy if, like XDA forum member martinml, you dislike the stock Motorola music player but don't want to lose the functionality of the FM radio function. The XDA member has discovered that the Droid 2 radio...

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