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Mario Tomás Serrafero · Feb 19, 2015

GPL License Controversy, Once More

Here at XDA we don't just value Open Source, we thrive on it. The fact that Android was openly distributed in its entirety was key for our community's growth, and without that particular development we would not be here now in this way.  We have over 6 million registered members, and we are visited by huge amounts of guests as well. Almost half a million of our users are active and tens of thousands are on our forums every second discussing technology....

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Mario Tomás Serrafero · Feb 3, 2015

Motorola’s Success: The Repertoire That Saved Them

Motorola had a big turn-around in just a few years. While their Droid line-up was one of the devices to kick-start the hearts of Android fans, they had a short period of time where their direction was not all that clear. For a while they released devices like the Droid Razr that weren't bad in themselves, but failed to stand out against giants from Samsung and others. In particular I remember the Galaxy S getting a lot of buzz, yet...

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Diamondback · Jan 2, 2015

The Cracked Back of the Motorola Moto 360

Ever since its first unveiling in early 2014, the Motorola Moto 360 has been a greatly hyped device. Even though availability and price were initially unknown, it was the smartwatch to talk about. Its sleek design and the (at that point) unique round screen with tiny bezels appealed to a wide range of potential customers. However, things changed once the watch was released in the US, as early reviews attested an abysmal battery life and apparently the performance also left a...

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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 30, 2014

Lenovo Officially Owns Motorola, Following ~$3 Billion Deal

Google is now officially no longer the owner of American phone manufacturer Motorola. Earlier today, the $2.91 billion deal finally took place, and now the American company is officially owned by Chinese giant Lenovo. The deal has been confirmed by executives of both parties. This means that Lenovo has full rights to Motorola's product portfolio and acquires all technologies owned by this OEM. Motorola's headquarters are set to remain in Chicago. Lenovo will also keep its newly integrated employees working on their existing...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 21, 2013

Motorola Becomes Developer Friendly, Warranties on Developer Devices Reinstated

Motorola is on fire, seemingly copying the ways of Sony in becoming a developer-friendly OEM. Everything seems to be perfect, but wait, Motorola? Do I have to mention that our Recognized Developers spent countless hours developing toolkits to crack your bootloader? Perhaps thanks to Google's influence, the new Motorola has become one of the good guys in the Android OEM scene. Earlier today, we talked a little about the Moto G, a relatively powerful phone with an unlocked bootloader aimed...

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 20, 2013

Unlocking Xperia Z1 Breaks Camera, Moto Droid Devices Rooted – XDA Developer TV

Apparently, unlocking the Sony Xperia Z1 Bootloader breaks the camera. That and much more is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is an article about Framaroot bringing One-Click Root to various devices and news about root and write protection bypass for the Moto X and the Droid Ultra. Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Kevin released a video...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 15, 2013

Root Method for Qualcomm Motorola Devices on Gingerbread

As an almost exclusively Nexus device user, I have come to appreciate (and to some degree, expect) a friendly attitude towards aftermarket development and hacking from my device manufacturers. However, despite a certain OEM's somewhat recent buyout, this isn't always the case. Thankfully, XDA Senior Member rootdefyxt320 has created a relatively quick guide that helps root quite a few Motorola devices---specifically those that use SBF firmware in CG2.smg format. The guide walks users through the process, starting with downloading and unpacking the SBF, to...

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Mike Szczys · Apr 11, 2013

Bootloader Unlock for the Atrix HD, Razr HD, and Razr M

Dan Rosenberg (a.k.a. XDA Recognized Developer djrbliss) gets the credit for finding exploits on a lot of devices, and now you can add to it the line of Motorola units that use the Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset. There are currently three models included in this category, the Atrix HD, Razr HD, and Razr M. They're based on the processor marketed as the Qualcomm Snapdragon, and they're hiding some interesting tricks that may eventually keep users from loading their own ROMs. Dan's...

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Former Writer · Oct 20, 2012

SupportMyMoto Campaign for Firmware Updates and Unlocked Bootloaders

Not too long ago, we brought you news of a campaign aiming at having HTC release ICS for the Desire HD. It's been a long time coming, but there is now a similar effort underway for Motorola. Motorola has often locked down various devices. They made an attempt at peace with a bootloader unlocker tool similar to HTCDev. Unfortunately, that soured quickly when only a few devices were available to unlock. Thankfully the new RAZR i was included in the list...

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Jimmy McGee · Oct 9, 2012

Motorola, This is Why We Broke Up with You – XDA Developer TV

It's easy to yell at Motorola. They make promises; they break promises. We tell them they've hurt us; they apologize, and promise to be better. But there you are again, sitting alone at the candle-lit restaurant in your nice clothes, by yourself, waiting for Motorola, who said they would be there an hour ago. XDA Developer TV Producer Azrienoch talks about the relationship between Motorola and consumer enthusiasts. Azrienoch talks about Motorola's past and gives us recommendations. What should developers...

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 7, 2012

Xperia S AOSP Binaries, Boot to Gecko on Motorola Defy, Nokia, Windows Phone 8 and Motorola Event Highlights – XDA Developer TV

This has been another great week at the XDA Portal. XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan returns to cover all the news you need to know to keep you updated. Jordan talks about the highlights from the Nokia and Windows Phone Event and Motorola Event. Jordan mentions the other great videos released this week from other XDA Developer TV Producers. Lance released his second episode of how to build a Windows Phone App and TK released his latest app review for...

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jerdog · Aug 22, 2012

The ‘Sleeping Giant’ May Have Awoken

Legend has it that Admiral Yamamoto made the following statement shortly after Japan's 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor: "I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve." While the validity of the statement has never been verified, the principle remains that you should be careful that the enemy you try to tease and poke is not a lion ready to devour you. I have seen a lion first-hand in the wild, and their tails...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 23, 2012

Jelly Bean on Desire HD, Kindle Fire, Nexus One, and Universal Root for ICS – XDA Developer TV

Jordan is back today to talk more about Jelly Bean news from the XDA Portal. Jordan covers CyanogenMod 10 for the Kindle Fire and Original Galaxy Tab. The HTC HD2 also gets an unofficial CM10 alpha release. Jordan talks about universal root for Ice Cream Sandwich phones. In Jelly Bean news, Jordan mentions the Jelly Bean OTA for the Nexus S. Also mentioned are Jelly Bean ports for the Galaxy S II i9100, HTC Evo 4G, Nexus One, MyTouch 4G Slide,...

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Jimmy McGee · May 25, 2012

This Week in Development: Microsoft, Motorola and Nokia – XDA TV

Join us as our friend Jordan returns for another episode of This Week in Development. Jordan begins by covering all the tutorials available on XDA, from Beginning Android ROM Development to porting LewaOS and JoyOS to your phone. Jordan then talks about the AT&T HTC One X bootloader unlock, S Voice fix, and Samsung Note international source code release. Jordan covers XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire's Windows Mobile 6 market hack and XDA Portal Administrator Will Verduzco's how to root the how to root...

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Jimmy McGee · May 21, 2012

This Week in Development Quick Take: Samsung Galaxy S III – XDA TV

In today’s Quick Take of This Week in Development, Jordan covers all the noteworthy articles from the XDA Portal. As Jordan discusses, the most important articles were about the Samsung Galaxy S III. This weekend the Galaxy S III was rooted, official stock firmware was leaked, Samsung S Voice was ripped, and the first custom ROM was released. In related news, the older Samsung Galaxy S II and Note have a serious bug that could brick your device. Jordan then talks...

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Jimmy McGee · May 18, 2012

This Week in Development: Apple, HTC, Google, Oracle, Motorola and Samsung – XDA TV

This week on the XDA Portal, we saw many important stories. To give a run down of these stories, XDA TV Producer Jordan returns with another episode of This Week in Development. Jordan mentions the Apple versus HTC patent wars and court battles. In more big, rich companies versus other rich companies news, Jordan updates us on the Oracle versus Google trial. In more Google news, the limit on device deauthorization on Google Music is discussed. The lamentable actions by Motorola and...

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Former Writer · Apr 20, 2012

Universal Gingerbread Root for Motorola Devices

Not long ago, we brought you a nearly universal Gingerbread root method for Samsung phones. It was really cool, as more than two dozen Samsung devices could be rooted and unrooted two simple files. Since rooting is at the core of device development , new root methods---especially universal ones---are always exciting news. XDA Forum Member rodrigojfuentes has posted a method that should root all Motorola phones currently running Gingerbread. The method requires users to be running Linux, so Windows and Mac...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Feb 8, 2012

Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread OTA Update Available for Motorola Atrix 2

While it may not be Ice Cream Sandwich just yet, Motorola has released an official OTA update for the Atrix 2 that updates the OS to Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread and brings several improvements and bug fixes to this popular dual-core device. The update includes: Significant improvements and fixes to the camera app Enhanced keyboard Visual Voicemail (by AT&T) Cloud syncing of text messages and call log (by AT&T) Improvements to Wireless Hotspot and Webtop Haptic feedback problems fixed Decreased call ending...

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liwen · Jan 5, 2012

Operation Mosh: Petitioning Motorola To Unlock Their Bootloaders Amid Broken Promise

2011 came and went, and Google wasn't the only one breaking their promises. Back in March, Motorola said they would unlock their notoriously secured bootloaders before the end of 2011, and guess what? They haven't. So, what do we do? Of course, start a petition. This has worked wonders with HTC, and, only a few days ago, ASUS. Both quickly gave in to the pressure and eventually provided (or are in the process of doing so) official unlocking solutions. Motorola...

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Russell Holly · Dec 1, 2011

Is WebOS Only Mostly Dead? We’ll Find Out in Two Weeks

There isn't a sadder story in the mobile world than that of WebOS. It had such potential as a platform. Multitasking was pretty good, the modders and hackers really took a liking to how much you could play with it, and it really seemed like it had a pretty bright future ahead of it. Unfortunately, it suffered from a sever case of really awful hardware. With the exception of the Touchpad (which has a forum on XDA), which was sadly...

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