February 8, 2012 By: Haroon Q. Raja
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:
As of now, a direct rooting method for this version isn’t available so by flashing it directly, you will lose root and will not be able to gain root till a method is churned out by the developers. However, there is a way to retain root when updating to 2.3.6 if you are already on rooted 2.3.5. The instructions for that can be found in this forum thread.
January 5, 2012 By: liwen
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 originally said they were doing the same, but they didn’t, and here’s what they get for it:
OPERATION: Make Ourselves Heard (#OPMOSH)
About this movement:
Motorola Mobility Inc. has become famous for its lies, slanderous ways, and tendency to flat out prove time and time again that it cares not for its customers after they walk out of that store with their Motorola-branded device. Since the early days of Android, post Droid 1, we have sat down and took our locked bootloaders like a man. There came to be a boiling point – and a full-out war was launched on their social media sites. Sound familiar? The same thing that worked with HTC and now with Asus. We received a generic “second half of 2011″ timing. Guess what! It’s now Q1 2012, and not only have they missed their deadline, but they have IGNORED all bootloader-related questions, given NO official announcement of their plans still being in motion, and thus must have forgotten that we are a core, dedicated community that wishes nothing more than to enjoy the phones we were given. Let’s make ourselves heard yet again, turn the heat up, and make Moto (like HTC) get off of their asses and DO SOMETHING. Everyone counts!
December 1, 2011 By: Russell Holly
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 too late to save the platform, all of the hardware that ran WebOS was inadequate. Having already suffered the blow of being sold to HP, the platform seemed like it was on its was out after the TouchPad failed. With the livelihood of over 600 employees, not to mention my desire to have a fourth contender in the smartphone fight hanging in the balance, there’s been quite a bit of pressure to know what the next step is for WebOS. According to a recent interview with the new CEO of HP, Meg Whitman, we’re only two short weeks away from knowing for sure.
According to an interview in Le Figaro, Whitman plans to announce their decision regarding the wayward platform in two weeks. She was recently quoted saying that HP currently “didn’t know what kind of company it was” and that they were still figuring that out. Since her arrival as CEO, Whitman has already recanted the decision to spin off the computer side of HP’s business, so who is to say that the same won’t happen to WebOS? Plus, there’s the possibility that WebOS could be licensed out? The rumors have been gathering that Samsung and HTC might be looking for ways to escape the Android bootprint should Motorola and Google join forces, could HP be planning to just be the software delivery mechanism to WebOS? Right now it’s all speculation, but what is certain is that this decision in two weeks will do a great deal to shape the public opinion of Meg Whitman as CEO.
Oh, Meg Whitman, I wish I could say that I had any more faith in your ability to direct WebOS than I did from your predecessor. Seeing as how your job was to evict Mr. Apotheker from his former position as CEO and your complete and total lack of experience in either the PC industry or the Smartphone industry, my guess is you would like to make WebOS disappear. You know that dissolving a 600 employee strong department will seriously tarnish public opinion of you early on in your new career, and you know that as of right now WebOS has been nothing more than a tremendous expense to the company you are now tasked to run. So please, for your sake, have an actual plan in two weeks.
After the original Eclair-premiering Droid redeemed a failing Motorola way back in 2009, the company’s dedication to the Android platform became set in stone. We’ve seen awe-inspiring devices such as the Droid X and the Atrix along with more forgettable entries to the canon of the little green robot, including the Backflip and the Devour. Yet, barring the original Droid, Motorola’s smartphones have been plagued with issues including an unworkable UI (MotoBlur), oft-delayed updates and, perhaps most annoyingly in the XDA community, locked bootloaders.
More recently, Motorola stepped once again into the Google limelight with the introduction of the Xoom, Google’s flagship Honeycomb tablet. Despite an ambitious launch, even the Xoom could not escape Motorola’s flawed support system with advertised features and upgrades taking months to arrive. In the wake of news that Motorola once again seems to be going under (losses of $56 million in this year’s second quarter have been reported, indicating a return to the pre-Droid dark ages), the company lashed out and threatened to fire IP lawsuits at fellow Android manufacturers, a move which had the potential to severely cripple the platform.
However, an unexpected announcement today declared Google’s plans to purchase Motorola Mobility in its entirety for the princely sum of $12.5 billion. While putting an end to the patent lawsuit woes of other manufacturers, this news is potentially game-changing: for the first time since the platform’s conception, Google will have full control over a hardware manufacturer, complete with an existing user base and a respectable device legacy. Google may have worked closely with HTC and Samsung when creating the G1, Nexus One, and Nexus S devices but we can expect to soon see Motorola-made tablets and phones with even stronger ties to the company. For the consumer, this should mean a myriad of varied and well made phones with stock Android, first-in-line updates and unlocked bootloaders – exactly what we’ve been begging of Motorola’s more recent devices.
It’s still early days yet, so stay tuned to find out more about this intriguing twist in the Android story.
Every week, we select five questions and answers, found on the forums. Even though some of these questions and answers might not be of help for you, they might still be interesting to read.
Q ‘Why is the first test score in Quadrant always lower than the following ones ? ‘
A There’s no expert explanation to this fact, but we guess that it has got something to do with the OS keeping the processes and data in memory. It could also be the CPU that’s been revved up after the first test.
Q ‘How can I install apps on my Inspire 4G from the market that are blocked by AT&T?’
A The best way to avoid this is by installing Sideload Wonder Machine. It’s software for you PC, which allows you to sideload applications to your phone without directly accessing the Android Market.
Q ‘I’ve looked everywhere in the settings and can’t find a way to zoom in while taking a picture or movie. Anyone know how?’
A Use the volume keys
Q ‘How can I remove MOTOBLUR from my Motorla Milestone 2?’
A There’s no way to get rid the complete Motoblur service from your phone, you can however hide it using any other homescreen replacement such as Launcher Pro or ADW Launcher. Note that this only hides the homescreen replacement, not the other services like remote device finder etc.
Q ‘Today I noticed the screen of my Nook Color was oversensitive, it was incredibly frustrating and almost unusable. How can I solve this problem?’
If you have a burning question, make sure to search the forum first before posting. If you didn’t find the answer, you can post your question in the appropriate forum.
July 15, 2010 By: WenWM
The Droid X is the latest in Motorola technology, with an HD2 esque 4.3 inch display. The device has some very nice specifications, and so I am sure by that having all that hardware, you probably want some good, quality entertainment to go with it. This game that was recently ripped by XDA member LegionTHEFecalExcretion, and it has just been posted in the Droid X forum, and anyone with the device can pretty much get their hands on it.
The game is full sized, but you will need to pay to get the full experience since it is a demo. The full size of the game is around 99MB, which is roughly the size of a standard Windows Mobile ROM, but think about it, with those awesome graphics and a SD card to take the memory, why not do it?
If you have the need, the need for speed, then race to the forum to get a bit of the experience for yourself.