May 31, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
We’ve talked quite a bit about the highly affordable Moto E ever since its launch earlier this month. We first shared a system dump a little under two weeks ago, and that was quickly followed by a preliminary TWRP build. Then two days after that, Motorola graciously allowed us to bootloader unlock the device.
Despite all of this early progress, one thing had been missing up until now, and that’s functional kernel source. Now, however, Motorola has finally complied with the GPL-requirements and released the open source kernel code for the Moto E.
Ordinarily, we wouldn’t be celebrating an OEM for taking a half month in releasing something that should have been available at device launch. But as you would expect, this is still a great thing for developers, who now no longer have to rely on code from other devices to create development work on the E. In addition to the kernel source release for the Moto E, Motorola has also updated its Razr M and Razr HD to match its KitKat updates that we saw not too long ago–again, better late than never.
Developers, it’s time to get those engines started. Head over to the source links below to get in on the source-built development action.
May 10, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Not too long ago, the Motorola Feedback Network started sending out soak test invites for an upcoming update for the Droid RAZR HD. The update is now here, and as many had assumed, it’s packing Google’s tastiest treat: Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
The firmware currently being tested comes in at Blur Version 9.18.94, and it is for the Verizon Droid RAZR HD XT926 only. In other words, if you have an XT925, this update will not work for you without modification. The soak test itself began late last night, with XDA Senior Member jtommyj being the first to post about it to XDA. Not too long after, Forum Member y2kbadbug also got his update, alongside the following email:
Thanks for signing up for the Droid RAZR HD/HD Maxx software test. The software should be pushed to your phone later this evening. We’re counting on your participation in the private community — so please take part!
Your input is very important to us. To ensure we hear you, please follow these guidelines:
Please post all your feedback in our private community (link below). This also where you’ll find help during the soak.
Please do not call or contact Motorola or Verizon support for help during the soak. Those teams are not yet ready to support this software.
I’m not able to check private messages on the forums during soaks, so if you need immediate help that’s not a good route to take. Use the private area instead.
If you have any problems accessing the private community, please reply back to this email for help. Please remember that your login email address is the one where you are receiving this message.
Please start your visit to the private community here. You’ll find additional important information in the Welcome message as soon as you sign in.
Thanks so much for your participation! We really appreciate your time and insights.
So what do you do if you didn’t register for the soak test and want to get in on the KitKat action a bit early? Thankfully, XDA Senior Member zachariahpope has posted a mirror to the forrums for your sideloading pleasure.
Head over to the KitKat tracking thread to learn more. And if you want to install the soak test a bit early, head to this post and sideload away! But as we stated above, please keep in mind that this is for the Verizon US (XT926) version of the device only.
[Many thanks to XDA Forum Member y2kbadbug for the heads up!]
April 16, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Verizon and Motorola shocked us all back in November when the Verizon Moto X became the first non-Nexus device to receive Android 4.4 KitKat. But what about Motorola’s other devices on America’s largest mobile carrier? Naturally, many were quick to wonder if/when the 2012 Droid family (Droid RAZR HD and Droid RAZR M) would receive the official KitKat goods.
Now, we’ve gotten official word that the update is not only coming, but that it will hit consumer devices very soon. This news comes directly from David Schuster, Senior Director of Software Product Management for Motorola. As stated on David Schuster’s Google+:
A number of people have been asking me about that status of the KitKat upgrade for the 2012 DROID family (HD and M). I am happy to report that we have made great progress and it should only be a few more weeks until you guys can enjoy it. So stay tuned…..
Although we don’t have an update yet, it’s great to hear from an official source that KitKat is coming very soon. Keep checking back here on the XDA Portal, as well as the Droid RAZR HD and Droid RAZR M forums to get in on the update as soon as it’s live.
[Many thanks once again to XDA Portal Supporter Titokhan for the tip!]
February 19, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
Before Motorola was acquired by Lenovo, the OEM released two very interesting smartphones. The Moto X and Moto G were the first and probably the last devices made by the formerly American OEM in a cooperation with Google. Not so long ago, we talked about the Moto G receiving an unofficial CyanogenMod port. Now, however, the G and a few other Motorola devices will receive official CyanogenMod nightlies.
The CM team has released three unified builds, which is a bit of a surprising move, considering that the list of supported devices is quite long. The “mysterious” moto_msm8960 build will work with the Photon Q, Atrix HD, Razr M, and Droid Razr HD. The second build, dubbed moto_msm8960dt, should work with dual-core devices like the Moto X, Droid Maxx, Droid Mini, and Droid Ultra. You need to figure out which phones are which, as builds for other devices will simply not work properly or even can brick your device. So be sure to double check before flashing, and check your home forum here on XDA to get the necessary info.
A build for the Moto G is separate due to its internal hardware. And I can’t can’t write about official nightlies for device code named falcon without mentioning XDA Senior Member dhacker29, who did a terrific job bringing up the device tree for this phone.
Motorola devices aren’t the only receiving these new unified builds. A couple of Samsung devices will receive unified builds as well. The list of phones is quite long and includes following devices:
Builds include only Qualcomm-based devices, as Exynos devices are still using platform-specified builds.
As you can see, the CyanogenMod team are on fire and make things as easy as possible both for developers and end users. The builds are located over on the official CyanogenMod download page. You can also check out the source code by visiting team’s Github and typing the name of the device in the search box.
[Big thanks to XDA Recognized Contributor herna for the tip!]
November 19, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
When Android 4.4 KitKat was released just under three weeks ago,the hot topic quickly became if and when certain devices would receive a taste of Google’s latest and greatest. Soon after KitKat’s source code was released to AOSP, several OEMs came forward to offer their Android 4.4 upgrade plans.
At the time, Motorola committed to delivering KitKat to the Moto X, as well as its latest Droid devices (Mini, Maxx, Ultra) and the Droid RAZR HD Developer Edition. Unfortunately, no timeline was given. But as we quickly found out on the (Verizon) Moto X, they meant sooner rather than later.
Now, Motorola has committed to updating three more devices. These are the Droid RAZR HD, Droid RAZR Maxx HD, and Droid RAZR M. This is undoubtedly good news for owners of these devices, and we can only hope that the updates arrive in a timely manner.
January 19, 2013 By: jerdog
At the end of last year, we started selling XDA cases with our friends at CruzerLite, and we’ve seen some phenomenal interest. Our current lineup is the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and the Google Nexus 4—but we want to add more. So we have decided to hold a poll and let the users choose which device(s) to add to our current lineup.
Below you will find some of the top devices at XDA. Please choose one from the list that you would like to see offered, and we will pick from the top 3 devices. The voting ends on February 15, so make sure you place your vote for the devices you love!
EDIT: The results are in, and displayed below. We’ll keep you updated as to the final options when they become available.
December 20, 2012 By: Haroon Q. Raja
Do you have an unlocked Motorola Droid RAZR HD on Verizon, and do you want to use on some other carrier? You would most likely be using it on one that offers HSPA+ instead of LTE, and doesn’t support fast dormancy. In such a situation, having LTE and fast dormancy enabled on the device would not just be pointless, but also a needless resource hog. That’s why XDA Senior Member pfak found a quick solution to disable LTE and fast dormancy on the device, and force it to use HSPA+ for data.
The hack involves adding a few lines to your build.prop file, Therefore, your device must be rooted for it to work. Furthermore, you’ll need a carrier-unlocked device in order to use it with any other carrier in the first place. That said, you should see a noticeable improvement in performance on such carriers after you apply this hack.
You can find more details about the mod in the forum thread.
November 24, 2012 By: Former Writer
Very recently, the CyanogenMod team released CM10 final to the community. However, many developers are still trying to get CM10 ported to their devices. Now, the ROM is available for the Developer Edition of the Droid RAZR HD.
XDA Senior Member GoClifGo05 posted a thread on behalf of the ROM’s developers, XDA Senior Member dhacker29 and XDA Recognized Developer Hashcode. Unfortunately, as stated, it’s for the Developer Edition of the phone only. It seems trivial, but it will not work on the regular Droid RAZR HD.
This is an alpha build of the ROM, so as expected, there will be some issues. Exactly what those issues are haven’t been listed, as not many users have given it a try yet. However, it presumably at least boots and has most of the core features working. In terms of issues, most users seem to be having problems just getting the ROM installed. Currently, it isn’t compatible with SafeStrap 3, and users may run into problems trying to install it via TWRP and CWM. The most common error is that it can’t get /system mounted for flashing. These are all bugs that will likely get fixed with later versions of both the custom recoveries and the ROM itself.
For more details, check out the original thread.
November 8, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
Spend any amount of time on the XDA Forums and you know that we hate Motorola’s locked bootloader policy. It’s a silly policy that Motorola should abandon. This policy simply encourages developers, or “evil hackers” in Motorola’s mind, to find and exploit security vulnerabilities on the device. We want root, plan and simple. Whether outright or with an obnoxious two-year commitment, we’ve paid for our devices and we should be allowed to use it as we see fit.
Well, even with a locked bootloader, XDA Forum Member djrbliss has released an exploit allowing root on the Motorola Atrix HD. The program called Motofail2Go should also work for the Motorola Droid RAZR M, Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE, Motorola RAZR i, and the recently released Motorola Droid RAZR HD. Djrbliss has this to say about his release,Despite my strong belief that people who are interested in rooting should buy devices with unlocked bootloaders instead of expecting the magical hackers in the sky to give out free exploits (which are in short supply), I’m once again continuing to encourage bad behavior by publishing another root exploit.
You can find instructions, learn more and join the discussion in the forum thread.
October 29, 2012 By: Will Verduzco
We recently gave three devices a home in our forum. Not too long ago, we created a forum for the international Galaxy Note II. Now, it’s time for the US variants. Coming in as the successor to the wildly popular first generation Note, the Note II builds on its predecessor by increasing the screen size and processor speed, while decreasing device thickness slightly to 9.4 mm. Packing a powerful 1.6 GHz quad-core Exynos 4412 processor, the Note II is certainly no slouch. The fast processor is coupled with 2 GB of RAM, and either 16, 32, or 64 GB of internal storage. The device ships with a modified version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and features extensive Wacom active stylus functionality.
Next up is the Motorola Droid RAZR HD. The device comes in as the flagship device for the late 2012 Droid RAZR line. Serving as the big brother to the recently added Droid RAZR M, the RAZR HD offers a larger and higher resolution 4.7″ 720p Super AMOLED panel and a larger 2530 mAh battery. The rest of the specs, including the 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 and internal memory, remain unchanged compared with the M. All of this is wrapped up in an 8.4 mm, splash-resistant casing.
Finally, we have the Meizu MX. The MX is quite the interesting device. While it features category-leading specifications, many in the western world have never been exposed to the device. Earlier this year, we had our own XDA TV Admin Jimmy McGee gave the device a closer look. Now that kernel source code has been released, we have decided to give it a place here as well. Featuring either a dual-core Exynos 4210 or a quad-core Exynos 4412 (both clocked at 1.4 GHz), its specs trade blows with the flagships of 2011 and 2012. In fact, the processors used are shared with the Samsung own flagships, the Galaxy S II and III. In addition to a fast processor, the device features a 4.0″ 960×640 ASV display, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB ROM, an 8 MP camera, and a 1600 or 1700 mAh battery (depending on model).
Want in on the action or simply want to discuss these exciting devices? Head over to the newly created forums!
It isn’t everyday that you have two major tech events in the same city. First Nokia and Microsoft started the day with their Windows Phone event. They were then followed by Motorola’s On Display event with Google and Verizon.
Motorola’s event kicked off with Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt revealing some updated stats on Android: 1.3 million daily activations, 70,000 of those being tablets, to bring a total install base of 480 million Android devices. Now these are some impressive figures, to say the least!
Three new devices were announced by Motorola:
Same specs as Droid RAZR HD, plus:
Budget phone with pretty decent specs including:
All three devices will be on Verizon’s 4G LTE network. The RAZR M is now available for preorder for $99 (on contract, obviously). There is no word on the prices or release dates of the other two devices, except that they will be available “before the holidays.”
Motorola Mobility’s new CEO Dennis Woodside announced that special Developer Editions of these devices will be made available to the enthusiast community, without any security lockdown restrictions (read: unlocked bootloaders).
There was also word on the upgrade status of the current devices. It was announced that most of Motorola’s devices released in 2011 and 2012 will get Jelly Bean ‘soon’. There will be some slow devices that simply won’t cut it to run JB suitably but we’ve got good news for their owners too – they will be compensated with a $100 credit towards their next Motorola device purchase. Now that’s building customer loyalty done right.
Here is a full video of the event:
At the end of the event, all the lucky attendees were given RAZR M phones.