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Samantha · Dec 3, 2014

Motorola Droid 4 and RAZR Get Unofficial Lollipop Builds

Android 5.0 Lollipop has been hailed by many as one of the most refined versions of Google’s OS. The OS revision started rolling out to devices last month, with the Nexus family having already been updated and Motorola and Samsung giving indications of a potential Android 5.0 update to select devices as well. Not only this, but unofficial builds have also been popping up everywhere, such as on Android One devices and on the HTC Explorer. And the ball isn’t...

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jerdog · Jan 19, 2013

Make Your Voice Heard – Vote on the Next XDA Cases

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....

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Former Writer · Dec 31, 2012

Accidental Jelly Bean 4.1.2 Leak for Motorola Droid RAZR

For some Motorola Droid RAZR owners out there, this Christmas was a very Merry one indeed. As it turns out, Verizon had accidentally flipped the update switch, and some owners got a very early update to Android 4.1. Unfortunately, the switch was flipped off eventually, but not before a good number of people got the update. Now, that build is available for developers and users to try out and work from. XDA Senior Member spc_hicks09 managed to grab the update...

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Former Writer · Dec 24, 2012

Turn Your Droid RAZR into a Droid RAZR Maxx

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...

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David Watt · Dec 18, 2012

Motorola Droid RAZR Receives Unofficial CyanogenMod 10.1

CyanogenMod 10.1 has been spreading like wildfire across the XDA forums, mainly in the form of unofficial ROMs. The latest device to receive a CM10.1 ROM is the Motorola Droid RAZR. XDA Recognized Developer Hashcode put together what is currently an alpha release of CyanogenMod 10.1. The staple functions of device, phone, data, and WiFi are all functional, but the list of non working features is significantly longer: BUG: gapps/stock browser FC due to thumbnail / db issue GPS will stay on...

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Former Writer · Sep 29, 2012

Droid RAZR M Goodies Show Up on the OG RAZR

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...

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Former Writer · Sep 8, 2012

Add Battery Mod and Notification Toggles to Your Droid RAZR ROM

This year, we've been on a kick to help teach users how to develop on various platforms. Whether it's something like compiling ROMs from source or creating icon sets, there are threads scattered across XDA that help teach those who are interested how to do various things. Motorola Droid RAZR users can now learn how to port battery mods and notification toggles to their favorite ROM. The guide originally started out as a simple battery mod with custom notification toggles....

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Former Writer · Sep 5, 2012

AffinitySERIES Jelly Bean ROM Lands on Multiple Devices

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...

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Former Writer · Aug 18, 2012

Motorola Releases HTCDev-Like Unlocking Tool

Motorola and their locked bootloaders have been a topic of discussion here on the XDA Portal on multiple occasions. They have locked down all of their newest devices, and have even released updates to lock down the older ones. This has caused a lot of backlash from members here on XDA, especially since Motorola was acquired by Google not too long ago. This caused speculation as to whether Motorola would take the open source values of their parent company, and...

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Former Writer · Aug 11, 2012

Learning to Use the BootMenu Manager for Droid RAZR

Motorola does things a little bit differently than most other OEMs. For Samsung and HTC devices, users usually just boot into a custom recovery and flash whatever they want. If the bootloader is locked, sometimes flashing things via HBoot or Odin Mode is required. For Motorola devices, many of them use a BootMenu Manger like application or a Bootstrap application to get recovery on the device so things can be flashed on it. First time Motorola users may find this...

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Former Writer · Aug 5, 2012

GSM Patch for Droid RAZR Brings GSM to CDMA ROMs

When essentially the same device is released on both GSM and CDMA carriers, development on one can be stronger than development on the other despite the fact that they are otherwise identical. This is the case on several devices such as the HTC EVO 3D and the Motorola Droid RAZR. However, this is no longer an issue as there is now a patch for the Droid RAZR to allow CDMA ROMs to work on the GSM version of the device. Developed...

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Former Writer · Jun 19, 2012

Custom Recovery, One-Click ICS Root for RAZR and MAXX

Not long ago, we brought you news that the Motorola Droid RAZR ICS update was rooted. This not only allows users who upgrade to get root again if they lose it, but also allows users just buying the device to root it for the first time. It is always good to see root methods obtained for new versions of Android on a popular device. However, that is not the end of the story for the Droid RAZR. There is now...

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Former Writer · Jun 13, 2012

Root Achieved For ICS on GSM and CDMA Moto RAZR

Even though Motorola devices may have their bootloaders locked forever, that hasn't stopped most of their devices from at least obtaining root. Recently, the Motorola Droid RAZR received an update to Ice Cream Sandwich. However, as when all devices get a new firmware update, there was the question of re-rooting the device. Thankfully, that issue has been solved. The method, written by XDA Forum Member hacker812c will help users get root on most Motorola Devices. The original exploit was for the...

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Former Writer · Apr 21, 2012

Enable Charging in AP Fastboot Mode for RAZR Without Factory Cables

Some Android devices have aftermarket accessories that are a little different from your standard car chargers and screen protectors. For many Samsung devices, there's a jig that will put users into Download Mode (read: ODIN) if they soft-brick their devices. The Kindle Fire has a factory cable that users can make that helps with similar problems. And now for the Motorola Droid RAZR, there's actually a way to avoid buying those extra accessories or soldering motherboards---unless of course, that stuff tickles...

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Former Writer · Apr 15, 2012

Kexec Bootloader Bypass Released for Motorola Droid Razr

Users of many Motorola Android devices have been clamoring for an unlocked bootloader for quite some time. There have been petitions signed, social media accounts spammed, and users have really shown that bypassing that unlocked bootloader means a lot to them. While Motorola hasn't been much help in unlocking bootloaders, there has been some development going on to fix the problem once and for all. While many Motorola phones are still without an unlocked bootloader, users who own the Motorola...

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Former Writer · Apr 10, 2012

CASUAL: Motorola RAZR Root Method Unlike Any Other

There's only so much awesome one can cram into a title, which is why there's typically several hundred works to describe it underneath. For those who own the Motorola Droid RAZR, you have experienced quite a bit of awesome things in the recent past including some developments that have flung the doors wide open on development. This is no different. XDA Elite Recognized Developer and XDA TV Producer AdamOutler has released a one-click-root method called CASUAL---or Cross-platform ADB Scripting Universal Android Loader---for...

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Former Writer · Apr 9, 2012

Multi-Boot Now Available on the Droid RAZR

Not long ago we brought you news about the Multi Boot Manager for the Motorola Defy, which gave users the opportunity to boot multiple iterations of Android on their devices. There are other, similar boot managers out there that allow many other devices to do virtually the same thing. Now the same can be said for the Motorola Droid RAZR. XDA Senior Member [TSON] has brought the Boot Manager application over to the Droid RAZR for users to take full advantage...

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Former Writer · Apr 9, 2012

ICS Motoblur Launcher on Any Phone

Motoblur has gotten a bad rap in its earlier days as an OEM skin. Unlike early iterations of HTC Sense and TouchWiz that were bloated but still usable, MotoBlur was almost unanimously considered unusable. However, now that Motoblur has been streamlined and given far less bloat, it's only fair that we give it another shot. Users now have access to the newest iteration of Motoblur launchers thanks to XDA Senior Member RockoDev. Both launchers provided by the developer are for...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 4, 2012

Droid RAZR Unboxed the XDA Way – XDA TV

In this week's XDA Unboxing, XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler takes a look at the Motorola Droid RAZR. This week's video deviates a bit from his usual unboxings by talking about hardware design and why user-serviceable design is important. In the video, Adam also urges other manufacturers to not follow Motorola's lead in order to avoid creating devices that are disposable, cannot be modified, and cannot be serviced. Thankfully for Droid RAZR owners, Adam is running a beta test of the CASUAL (Cross-platform ADB...

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Ian Stacy · Apr 2, 2012

Unlock NFC on AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note Stock ROM

AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note users might want to have a look at this. With all the interesting stuff going on with NFC (Near Field Communication), from using Google Wallet to make real-life purchases with your phone to contact sharing and even initializing multiplayer games, it'd be a shame to have a NFC chip in your device and not be able to use it. Some of the more notable devices that have the NFC chip include the Samsung Galaxy S II,...

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