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Fire from Motorola in autumn
Aug 6th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

The budget phone market is set to receive a boost with the announcement of Motorola XT531 Fire. The Android handset’s release date is made official. The 3.5 inch Motorola XT531 Fire is expected to tug off with Xperia Mini, Galaxy Fit among other smart phones in its range.

Tipped to be made from “the latest version of Android”, the Motorola Fire is set to fire the UK stores in this autumn. Packed with an iteration of Google’s version 2.3 Gingerbread OS alongside a 3.5-inch touch screen, this Motorola version run by 800 MHz processor is braced for success.

Adding to the specs of this handset are a 5 Megapixel rear-mounted camera and 512 MB internal storage. The rear-mounted camera has a VGA snapper on the front and the storage is expandable via a microSD card.

Pre-loaded with numerous social media applications, the Motorola XT531 Fire is set to hit the market on a yet unannounced date this autumn. The offered price is rumored to be an “affordable” range.

This model from Motorola running on Gingerbread boasts of an extended battery life. With all other features of a smart phone of its range, Fire is set to take the market soon!

UK gets Motorola Wilder for £98.49 SIM-free and for £10.66 per month on contract
Jul 1st, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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Motorola Wilder was official in the UK a few weeks ago and it was earlier leaked as EX 130. It is a Splash and dust resistant low-level Touchscreen phone powered by Qualcomm’s Brew platform.

It was earlier touted as being an exclusive for Carphone Warehouse in the UK; however, it is not so anymore. The handset will however enjoy a £49.95 at Carphone Warehouse when it gets available this July from the retailer.

If you want to grab the handset sooner for some reason, you need to shell out £98.49 to buy it from “The Order”. This price is almost twice the price of the PAYG Carphone Warehouse price though the handset will come SIMFree and unlocked if you shell out £98.49.

Another alternative is to go to “e2Save” and buy the handset on contracts from Orange or T-Mobile. You can grab Motorola Wilder for free on a contract as low as £10.64 per month. You get unlimited texts and 600 minutes from Orange every month in this plan.

Images of Motorola Xoom 2 and new Smartphones leaked
Jun 4th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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The images of Motorola’s upcoming and yet to be announced devices have been leaked accidentally on the company’s website. These include images of the Xoom 2, a watchphone along with several new Smartphones.

The leak was discovered on Motorola’s site by PocketNow when the site was being redesigned.

The technology blog however had to pull down the images after Motorola Mobility contacted them and confirmed the existence and futuristic launch of such devices.

Motorola Xoom 2 tablet was amongst the screenshots posted by PocketNow which were later hosted by Engadget. The initial Xoom did not quite make an impact in the tablet segment and made no inroads into Apple’s dominance though it was powered by Android Honeycomb.

Dick Tracy brand watchphone and Tracy XL, Slimline, Zaha and Pearl handsets were amongst the images leaked.

T-Mobile launches Motorola Atrix
Jun 3rd, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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Motorola Atrix is Motorola’s notebook-powered Android Smartphone, which enables to access the phone through larger screen, keyboard and multimedia kit on Notebooks through its accessory kit.

T-Mobile has launched the Motorola Atrix, ‘world’s most powerful smartphone’ by joining hands with its Everything Everywhere partner Orange on 1 June.

You can own the super-charged handset for free from the operator on a 24-month contract by shelling out £35.75 per month. This will provide you 900 minutes, 500 texts along with 500MB of data allowance.

If you are willing to shell out a little more every month, you can get the “Work and Play” kit. It includes an HDMI port, Motorola HD media dock with three USB ports, a remote control, mouse and keyboard.

The Work and Play kit will burn a £129 hole in the pocket when bought standalone. If you opt for £40.85 per month plan for 24 months, you get 500 texts, 1200 minutes, and 500 MB data.

Using Lapdock, an Atrix can be transformed into a full-on laptop with eight hours of battery life and 11.6-inch screen. T-Mobile is planning to sell Lapdock at £299.

First Four-Core Tablet on the cards from Motorola
May 30th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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After Xoom, Motorola is now geared up to release another tablet PC this fall, powered by Nvidia Tegra quad-core chip.

The four-core processor was showcased by running a tablet prototype at the Mobile World Congress recently and the first tablets on the new processor were announced for this fall.

Motorola might accomplish another first by launching the first quad-core tablet this fall. It was also the first one to launch a dual-core tablet in “Xoom”.

The processor was designed by Nvidia for gaming and some sources indicate that Motorola might get the tablet in the shelves in September when schools begin again.

Code-named as Kal-El, the Tegra 3 processor provides better and faster graphics compared to the Tegra 2 or the processor used in iPad 2. Nvidia has put all its bets on Android and it expects 10 manufacturers to launch gadgets powered by Tegra 3.

Motorola Xoom was not easy to be sold and Motorola could strike gold if its plans to compete the dual-core iPad 2 get through thanks to the quad-core processor. The naming of the new tablet could be distant from Xoom just to be sure that the poor performance of Xoom has no effect on this one.

Motorola Droid Bionic not coming before Summer
Apr 22nd, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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Motorola’s Droid Bionic Smartphone was targeted for spring but the much-touted handset has been delayed. Motorola claims that this much needed pause will help them expand the functionality and features of the handset. The Smartphone boasts of an 8 megapixel camera and a 4.3-inch qHD (quarter-high-definition) screen.

It was in January that the Droid Bionic was introduced at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show). Powered by a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra Dual Core processor, Bionic was being touted as Moto’s best performing Smartphone so far.

Improvement of form factor apart from more features is being claimed as the reason for the delay by Motorola representatives. However there are other speculations that Motorola mightbe waiting for Android 2.3 Gingerbread or they might be thinking about an NFC chip.

Another notable reason could be that the handset sounds very much like Motorola Atrix 4G which features the same Android 2.2 and a qHD screen.

Motorola however is trying to keep its cards closer to its chest as it claims the Droid Bionic to be the best 4G LTE device in the market.

Motorola Xoom WiFi-only available for pre-order in the UK
Mar 6th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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The latest tablet, Motorola Xoom is now available for pre-order in the UK from pcworld.co.uk, currys.co.uk, dixons.co.uk, and pixmania.com with a price tag of £499 though the delivery date is slightly tentative.

PCWorld’s pre-order page informs us that the tablet is due for release in the first week of April but that it is not yet confirmed. The same page also claims to deliver the tablet on 9th April.

Motorola Xoom has hardware that costs $359.92 compared to iPad’s $359.92 as per reports by iSuppli. It has a dual-core processor, and two cameras which make it all the more expensive.

Powered by Google’s Android 3.0 aka Honeycomb platform and a 1GHz processor, Xoom has support for Adobe Flash and Air along with an HDMI output port. It has a 10.1-inch HD 720p screen capable of 1280×800 resolution, a 5MP rear-facing camera for HD 720p video recording and a 2 MP front-facing camera for video calls.

Motorola Xoom at Sam’s Club could be just $539
Mar 4th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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If leaked reports from retailer Sam’s club can be believed, the retailer could get Motorola Xoom and at a lower price than previously expected at $539.

Xoom, the tablet from Motorola got launched last week through Verizon; however its potential to kill iPad will get known only when the W-Fi only version gets released because that would be the cheapest tablet for those who want to try the device.

The Wi-Fi only Xoom which was earlier priced at $599 has got a $60 price cut if the news about Sam’s club is true.

Motorola Xoom has hardware that costs $359.92 compared to iPad’s $359.92 as per reports by iSuppli. It has a dual-core processor, and two cameras which make it all the more expensive.

A new advertisement from Motorola with the slogan “Grab it and it grabs you” has been released as if to counter the launch of iPad 2. The video advert with special effects seems unwarranted in comparision to Apple’s simpler adverts.

Verizon offers the cellular version of Xoom for $599 on a 24-month contract with 4G connectivity. Verizon has however got nothing to lose as it would carry both the devices.

As the Wi-Fi only Motorola tablet is set to go on sale in Europe this April, it might show up very soon at Sam’s club.

Motorola Android 3.0 tablet – Motorola Stingray or MOTOPAD?
Dec 7th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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Prototype of Motorola’s Android 3.0, which is also called as Honeycomb, powered Tablet gadget has been unveiled. Though there is lot of speculations on the name of this yet to be released gadget, it has been unveiled last night during Google Nexus S launch.

This is going to be first gadget based on new Android 3.0 (Honeycomb). It was widely known fact that, Motorola is the biggest advocate of Android mobile platform and a biggest player and contributor for Android based platform. Motorola has already seen success through Android. Success of it’s Droid and the Milestone handsets prove the same.

Though this Moto Tablet is supposed to be a dynamite pack of features, one of the main features is video chat feature. It is built on NVIDIA processor, which is a dual core 3D processor.

While few sources speculate the name of this yet to be released gadget as Motopad, few others say the suggested name is Motorola Stingray. All these are speculations, while nothing has yet been officially finalized. Size and rest of all details of the gadget are yet to be revealed and same is the release date of the gadget in UK.

SIM-Free Motorola MILESTONE 2 hits UK soon
Nov 24th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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The Motorola Milestone 2 Smartphone has marked its arrival in the UK and you can now buy handset SIM-Free as well as carrier centric if you want to have fun with the sequel of the critically acclaimed 2009 original Milestone.

For 380 GBP, you can get hold of the Motorola Milestone2 SIM-Free and if you can sign up for a 30GBP per month 24-month contract or a 35 GBP per month 18-month contract, Vodafone is willing to offer the handset for free. And to top it up, you can get a free car kit if you buy it via Expansys.

Motorola Milestone 2 is an organic evolution of existing Milestone rather a revolutionary sequel. Basically, this is a result of elimination of certain fundamental design flaws in the first version, which have been plaguing it. The first of these flaws is a beleaguered keyboard, which has been modified to be more user-friendly to type. It also provides some additional space created by the removal of the directional pad.

The Milestone 2 is bundled with a 3.7-inch touchscreen having 480 x 854 pixels, internal memory of 8GB extendable up to 32GB via microSD card and 1GHz processor. Other specs of the device are a 5MP camera capturing 720p video, QWERTY keyboard along with the Webkit-based browser supporting Flash 10.1. Milestone comes with preloaded Android 2.2, which is also known as Froyo.

The handset functions as a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, thanks to the 802.11n Wi-Fi. Also, the handset has the ability to share its multimedia content with compatible devices. The MotoBlur UI from Motorola helps all messages from Twitter, and Facebook merge into a common place on the home screen, thus making social networking very easy.

Motorola Milestone 2 UK pre order launch
Nov 22nd, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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The Motorola Milestone 2 Smartphone has marked its arrival in the UK and you can now pre order the handset if you want to have fun with the sequel of the critically acclaimed 2009 original Milestone.

Motorola Milestone 2 is an organic evolution of existing Milestone rather a revolutionary sequel. Basically, this is a result of elimination of certain fundamental design flaws in the first version, which have been plaguing it. The first of these flaws is a beleaguered keyboard, which has been modified to be more user-friendly to type. It also provides some additional space created by the removal of the directional pad.

The Milestone 2 is bundled with a 3.7-inch touchscreen having 480 x 854 pixels, internal memory of 8GB extendable up to 32GB via microSD card and 1GHz processor. Other specs of the device are a 5MP camera capturing 720p video, QWERTY keyboard along with the Webkit-based browser supporting Flash 10.1. Milestone comes with preloaded Android 2.2, which is also known as Froyo.

The handset functions as a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, thanks to the 802.11n Wi-Fi. Also, the handset has the ability to share its multimedia content with compatible devices. The MotoBlur UI from Motorola helps all messages from Twitter, and Facebook merge into a common place on the home screen, thus making social networking very easy.

You can still grab the Motorola Milestone 1 for FREE on a pay monthly contract here

Motorola Defy being offered for £25 per month
Nov 14th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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Carphone Warehouse is stocking the Motorola Defy which has got a rusty look and can withstand a rough day out and thus can be termed as ‘life proof’. The Defy exceeds the IP67 standard for dust as well as water can survive even if it is submerged in water for 30 minutes. The Motoblur featured device runs Android 2.1 OS and sports a 3.7 inch touchscreen, an 800 MHz CPU along with an on-board storage of 2GB.

Mobile phone maker Motorola had unveiled two new Android handsets, the Motorola Milestone 2, a re-incarnation of the Milestone handset and the other one is the all-weather Defy.

Both the devices run Motorola’s Motoblur, a tool which bundles messages, e-mail and social networking updates. They come with the Connected Music Player which allows song downloads as well as song lyric presentation in a karaoke style. Both the devices were expected to hit the UK market in Q4 as we reported earlier.

The Defy comes with HD video recording capabilities thanks to the 5-megapixel camera that it comes with. The handset is being offered for a monthly tariff of £25 and the handset comes for free from Carphone Warehouse.

Motorola MileStone 2 coming up on O2
Nov 13th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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O2 is offering the successor to Motorola MileStone in various deals. O2 is offering the Milestone 2 starting from £20 per month while it offers the device for free for £30 per month contracts. Orange, T-Mobile, and Vodafone are also offering the handset in the UK and hence comparing them for the right choice should be a good thing.

The successor is named after sequel to the current one as Motorola Milestone 2, which will be launched in UK by Q4 of 2010 or to be more precise 17th of November.

Motorola Milestone 2 is an organic evolution of existing Milestone rather a revolutionary sequel. Basically, this is result out of elimination of certain fundamental design flaws in the first version, that’s been plaguing it. First of these flaws is beleaguered keyboard, which has been modified to be a pretty easy one to type. It also provides some additional space created by the removal of the directional pad.

Milestone 2 is faster than its predecessor and is equipped with 1 Ghz ARM Cortex A8 processor, which enables to run applications much faster and has memory which can be extended 8 GB. Milestone comes with preloaded Android 2.2, which is also known as Froyo.

The MotoBlur UI from Motorola so that all messages messages from Twitter, and Facebook merge into a common place on the home screen, thus making social networking very easy.

Motorola has launched other SmartPhones including the Motorola Defy, the BackFlip and Flipout models. Watch out for what you want.

Motorola betting on Mobile Computing Devices
Nov 8th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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Motorola is looking towards a major road ahead after the acquisition of Symbol Technologies way back in 2007. This acquisition has paved the way into “Enterprise Mobility” area, into which it was unable to make headway earlier.

Though the brand is well known in consumer world for its wireless devices and to an extent in defense world for its secure radios, it has done very little into Mobile Computing, which primarily deals with collecting and transmitting data unlike voice services. It is this acquisition, which has given Motorola required focus into this market.

After this acquisition, Motorola is able to provide companies with wireless tablets and other data gathering and transmitting equipment to their mobile workers. Motorola finds a huge demand for these devices in public sectors to carry on wide data collection activities of roles like postal carriers, census workers, health care professionals and others who collect and process data.

Motorola is expecting to double its revenues with this refocus of business and also planning to increase its headcount in this team.

Android 2.2 coming next week to Motorola Milestone
Oct 15th, 2010 by Andy Miles

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Come next week, some of the Motorola Milestone users in UK will have a reason to celebrate as Motorola starts to roll out Android 2.2 (Froyo). Motorola made this announcement from its Facebook page that some of the European customers would get the updates next week.

Despite the fact that Froyo has been around for months, Motorola wants to run the upgrade through a trial by launching it on select users’ handsets before the proper update gets rolled out by 2010 end to all. This trial is intended to assess any pending work for optimisation of the upgrade before approval.

The user community left indifferent comments on the Facebook page and they seem to be unhappy as some of them expected the upgrade to reach them months ago. However, the fact is that there are very few handsets with Froyo in the market like the Google N1 and the HTC Desire.

Back in August, Motorola had to resort to send out letters to websites which offered Froyo download for its handsets to stay away from the activity. We can only keep our fingers crossed and wait for things to go positive.

CommandOne Bluetooth headset from Motorola
Oct 9th, 2010 by Andy Miles

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Motorola’s new stylish CommandOne Bluetooth headset, not allows transforms the way Motorola’s users talks over phone, but also allows to send messages directly from headset. This new peripheral from Motorola augments the style and beauty of headsets.

This new stylish peripheral is built on Motorola’s new technology Motospeak, a new application built on Android 2.2. Motospeak unveils new Text to Speech and Speech to Text technology, which when downloaded on Motorola handset will speaks out the text messages, calls out names of the callers loudly. Another feather in cap of this little cute and yet powerful accessory is it feature to sync up with device to amplify the voice.

Not only speaking out messages and callers name, the solution also notifies users with alerts about incoming calls, battery life and messages. The handset also boasts about its battery longevity. It can work up to 2.5 hours with 15 minutes of charging.

Motorola’s another patented CrystalTalk technology, which utilizes dual-microphone noise cancellation, to reduce background noise and thereby giving utmost clarity of voice. The device also allows users to connect to two devices at a time to allow them to do multi task.

To add to its features is its ability to keep a call on hold and receive calls from other handsets easily. Another patented technology of Motorola, EasyPair technology, the ear piece comfortably fit in ear. This is all set to change the Bluetooth experience in last quarter of year 2010.

Motorola Mobility recent on legal theater
Oct 8th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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Motorola Mobility, a subsidiary of Motorola, is a recent player on mobile legal theatre to file legal suit against its peers. Recently on Oct 6, Motorola Mobility has filed a complaint with International Trade Commission (ITC) against Apple.

The accusation, as per Motorola Mobility is, Apple has infringed on Motorola’s patents and used them in its suite of products like iPhone, iPad, iTouch and Mac Computers. The complaint has been filed in Southern District of Florida and Northern District of Illinois.

In the legal suit, Motorola Mobility even demanded stay on import of Apple products which has infringed into its intellectual rights. As per sources at Motorola, it has tens of thousands of patents filed across almost entire lifecycle of telecommunication industry ranging from invention of cell phone to first smart phone. The company has involved in negotiations with Apple from a long time, failing which it has turned to legal option.

The company has filed three complaints covering 18 of its patents, which Apple has used in its product range. Motorola is not alone in legal battle against Apple. Recently Apple has locked its horns with Finland based Nokia and Taiwan based HTC recently.

Motorola and Iridium arrived at settlement
Oct 4th, 2010 by Andy Miles

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Motorola has settled its long outstanding lawsuit with Iridium Communications, its ex joint venture company in constructing one of four global satellite systems for Personal Communications (PCS). The lawsuit is over a loan to the extent of US $ 24.7 Million arranged during 2000. Iridium Holdings LLC was guarantor for the loan.

Motorola has entered into this joint venture to construct Personal Communication System (PCS) using one of four global satellite systems. Iridium Company was floated to own and operate this Personal Communication System in 11 or 12 countries.

The venture was supposed to offer global telephone coverage for GSM phones, when its usage was very limited in only few countries other than Europe. With unexpected boom of GSM technology and mobile business revolution in many countries in form of liberalization has made the joint venture a big hit.

Later another dealing company has bought the joint venture company for US $ 25 million, whose assets actually valuates at US $ 6 billion.

Though terms of settlement are not out for public disclosure, Iridium Communications and Motorola has entered into an agreement to settle all remaining disputed matters in the lawsuit.

Microsoft Vs Motorola – another spat in mobile arena
Oct 4th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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Yet another law suit in Mobile world, this time Microsoft went on Motorola. As per Microsoft, mobile handset manufacturer Motorola has made patent infringement with an array of handsets based on Android platform. To get into specifics, as per Microsoft, Motorola has infringed nine patents of Microsoft, while moving from Windows platform to Android platform.

While migrating from Microsoft platform to Android platform, as per Microsoft, Motorola has infringed patents related to email synchronization, meeting scheduling, contacts, calendar and features relating to user change notification in terms of batter power and strength of signal.

Law suit is also significant in terms of its timing. Microsoft is going to launch its own handsets, windows 7 handsets in UK. This launch is an attempt to command its share in Mobile market from Google and Apple and Windows platform into the Market. While Motorola and Google are planning to gear up themselves in their defense, Microsoft compares itself with Oracle and Apple who recently has taken up similar moves.

In any case Google is planning to stand by its development partners to promote Android in market.

Fast and Furious on Motorola Milestone XT720
Sep 20th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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Motorola has come up with the upgraded version of its popular Milestone handset, the Motorola XT720, a couple of months ago. This is the first Google Android 2.1 phone with an 8MP, Xenon flash camera. Milestone XT720 is said to be one of the most powerful devices in Motorola’s current smartphone portfolio.

The interesting news is that Motorola is all set to come up with an update for its powerful device which will increase the speed of the smartphone. Motorola is said to increase the handset’s processor speed from 550MHz to 720MHz.

The Milestone XT720 is said to run faster and smoother with this increase in processor speed. The update will also add few other features including DLNA compatibility.

The smartphone possesses a Qualcomm ARM-based processor along with the Android 2.1 Éclair OS. The handset also offers 10x digital zoom, a 720p HD camcorder and smart image capture. It also comes with a capacitive touchscreen WVGA display of 3.7 inch.

The handset which was formerly known as the Motoroi is bundled with a HDMI port, integrated WiFi and a memory card of 8GB. It features better connectivity and multimedia features. You can even connect the XT720 to your HD TV using the built in HDMI port provided and enjoy your HD videos on the big screen.

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