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.