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.
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.
It is always an exciting time when an AOSP-derived ROM makes its first appearance on a device. It not only gives users a chance to try out vanilla Android on their new toys, but also sets the stage for future AOSP releases. Plus, users seem to really enjoy the full Google experience. Now, Motorola Droid RAZR M users can run CyanogenMod 10.
The unofficial port was released by XDA Senior Member dhacker29, who also released an unofficial build of CM10 for the RAZR HD. Unlike the Droid RAZR HD release, which was for the developer edition only, this CM10 release can used on both the consumer and developer versions of the Droid RAZR M. As can be expected, this is an initial release and that means it’s a little rough. The main features that are still broken include:
These are the main features that are broken, but they are just the ones that dhacker29 knows about. There is likely other issues as well that still need to be found and fixed. Even so, WiFi Direct and NFC aren’t the worst things that could be wrong with an initial port. So if those are features you don’t use very often or don’t intend to use, this could very well be a usable ROM.
For installation instructions and more, 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.
When new devices are released, there are a plethora of ways to enjoy it. For many, it’s getting one pre-ordered. For others, it’s waiting for system dumps or firmware leaks, and using them to port the newest stuff around to older devices. It can’t match the experience of actually owning the phone, but it does give potential owners or fans great insight as to how the new software runs. Motorola Droid RAZR users can now get a taste of what’s to come on the Motorola Droid RAZR M.
XDA Forum Member BondGarcia has successfully ported some elements of the RAZR M to the original RAZR. This includes the very popular circle clock widget, the launcher, and several core applications like Messaging, Gallery, and Camera. Granted, it isn’t everything available, but it’s definitely a good start and a nice way to see what the RAZR M interface will be like.
Installing the various APKs is quite simple. You’ll need a root-enabled file manager application. Drop the APKs into /system/app and, more or less, you’re done. You’ll have to change permissions for the launcher, but otherwise you’re good to go. BondGarcia recommends backing up the replaced applications, so that you can revert easily should you need to.
To get started, check out the original thread.
September 28, 2012 By: Conan Troutman
Have you recently picked up a shiny new RAZR M and decided to unlock the bootloader? If you have, you’ve surely noticed that upon booting the device you are now greeted by a rather sternly worded warning which seems to suggest that not only is your device at risk from physical damage, but you are as well. Thankfully, we’ve yet to hear of anybody being blown to smithereens by unlocking their bootloader.
Should you wish to get rid of the unlocked bootloader warning in favour of the good old fashioned Motorola logo, you are in luck. XDA Senior Member jimmydafish has posted details on how to do just that. Obviously you aren’t limited to using the original Motorola logo, and you can in fact use any image of your choice—a perfect opportunity to give your device it’s own unique start up screen.
The process itself is really quite simple and involves nothing more than creating your desired image in the correct size and format, and then flashing it to the device using fastboot. Don’t worry if you aren’t feeling creative, as the original stock logo is provided in thread.
Take a look at the original thread for more info, just try not to blow yourself up in the process.
September 9, 2012 By: Will Verduzco
What a week it’s been for technology. First, we took a peak at Motorola’s announcement, in which details were presented about Windows Phone 8 and some upcoming devices. Among them was the Droid RAZR M, which is the successor to the original Droid RAZR. While it features mid-range specs by today’s standards, it’s certainly no slouch. It features a 4.3″ screen packing in 960 x 540 pixels, a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4, a gig of RAM, a 2000 mAh battery, and most importantly, it comes preloaded with Ice Cream Sandwich.
Motorola’s event wasn’t the only source of excitement, as Amazon introduced two new models to the Kindle Fire line. In addition to the much anticipated Kindle Fire HD 8.9″, which will ship in late November, they also saw fit to update their 7″ model. The Kindle Fire HD 7, which will ship later this week, features a 1280 x 800 7″ IPS panel, 1 GB of RAM, a 1.2 GHz dual-core OMAP 4460 processor, and a heavily modified version of Ice Cream Sandwich. They also gave a minor facelift to the standard Kindle Fire. Although the exact differences are unclear, Amazon states that the Kindle Fire 2 features twice the RAM, a beefier battery, and “40% faster performance.”
The successor to Samsung’s best-selling “phablet” was also given a home in our forums. The Galaxy Note 2, which should appear on store shelves next month, will feature a 1.6 GHz quad-core (most likely Exynos 4412) processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 5.5″ 1280 x 720 Super AMOLED HD display, and a 3100 mAh battery. Most impressively, it will run Jelly Bean out of the box.
Interested in getting in on the discussion? 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.