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.
You don’t have to look far to find a Motorola Droid RAZR owners who didn’t feel a little cheated when the RAZR Maxx came out—same phone, same specs, and a substantially larger battery. In short, it’s everything the RAZR should have been. Well, there is now a method to fully convert your Droid RAZR into a Droid RAZR Maxx.
XDA Forum Member Faekie posted a tutorial that takes the internal hardware of the RAZR and transplants it into the housing of a RAZR Maxx. This includes its wonderful, gigantic battery. As it should be noted, this will void pretty much all warranties. And since you’ll be working with most of the components, it’s quite dangerous. Proceed at your own risk.
The process is going to take a long time. The Droid RAZR will have to be almost completely torn down and then rebuilt in the body of a RAZR Maxx. There is quite a bit that goes into the procedure. If you don’t believe, watch any XDA Unboxing video. Faekie has also provided a list of websites that will sell the appropriate RAZR Maxx parts, as well as a list of tools you’ll need. As some have pointed out, there are kits that let you do this, but this is a far less expensive method.
For the full tutorial, check out the original thread.
It’s no secret that there are many Motorola customers who envy the battery life of the Droid RAZR Maxx. Compared to the Droid RAZR and the Motorola Atrix HD, the Droid RAZR gets way better battery life. We brought you news about a method to put the RAZR Maxx battery in the Droid RAZR. Now there is a method to do it to the Atrix HD.
XDA Forum Member smogtdi has posted a thread that is a compilation of other threads that actually show you the process. So far there isn’t a method that has pictures for every step, but the ones that do exist do have pictures showing the end result.
Essentially, the mod is based around getting enough space in the Atrix HD to fit the RAZR Maxx battery. What most have done is cut into the back of the Atrix HD to make extra room. As with most hardware mods, this can cause irreparable damage to your Atrix HD as well as void your warranty, so be extra cautious while doing it. However, once installed, users have reported getting up to double the battery life they were getting with the stock Atrix HD battery. Of course, any additional methods to get it done are welcome in the thread.
For more info and links to the various methods, check out the battery mod thread.
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.
September 5, 2012 By: Former Writer
Around here, many users enjoy various AOSP-derived ROMs. There are quite a few options, including such well known ROMs as CyanogenMod, AOKP, and ParanoidAndroid. There are many more options as well, which is great because the more the merrier.
Now, the Android Developer Alliance development team has released the AffinitySERIES ROM to various devices. Their missions statement is pretty simple, as explained by ADA member, and XDA Recognized Developer, blueHarford:
One of our biggest things is No Drama, no secrets, BIG on communication which i think alot of other teams lack. We are not the best we will not boast ourselves or ever use the word kang. We feel like one of the first teams to start AOSP project to where it truley is part of the open source community. Were not out for recognition were out to make good products.
Fast, Responsive, Intuitive & Professional UI
GLaDOS v2.1 Power Kernel Built In
First of its kind Customized Toggle Icons
Custom Awesome Popup SMS Features
Facebook Contacts Support
Custom Power Widget
4 Way Reboot Menu
Exclusive ADA Wallpapers
5 Way Lock Screen Targets
Beautiful Weather Lock Screen
Voice & Data (SVDO)
Customized Navbar Settings
Modified Navigation Bar Options
Clock Modifications – Left, Center, and Right Clock AM/PM Weekday Abbreviation
Battery Options 6 Styles to Choose
Many, many more…!
Users are reporting that the ROM works well and has very few issues. Most are reporting no issues at all, which is great for a Jelly Bean ROM. Now that the initial release is out of the way, the team is looking forward to the host of other devices they plan on supporting in their second round of releeases. The official list includes:
Asus Transformer TF101
Asus Transformer Infinity TF700
Samsung Galaxy Tab2
Droid RAZR/RAZR MAXX
Samsung Galaxy Nexus (toroplus)
Samsung Galaxy Note
Samsung Galaxy SII and SIII