Motorola Droid 4 brings back the slider, in style

Motorola Droid 4 brings back the slider, in style

Motorola this week launched the Droid 4, a smartphone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. 


At CES 2012, Motorola introduces Droid 4 and Droid Razr Maxx

At CES 2012, Motorola introduces Droid 4 and Droid Razr Maxx

The Droid 4 and Droid Razr Maxx are expected to hit shelves early this year, but here’s a taste from CES 2012.


Android phones: Motorola shows Droid 4 with keyboard

Android phones: Motorola shows Droid 4 with keyboard

Android phones from Motorola will now include new Droid 4 with physical keyboard. But these Android phones still don’t run Ice Cream Sandwich OS.


Verizon’s Droid Razr Maxx Promises Excellent Battery Life


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Slightly thicker than the Droid Razr, the Droid Maxx specs provided by Verizon indicate that battery life could last more than 21 hours on a single charge.



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January 9, 2012

Motorola teases CES announcements with “stay unplugged” message


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Motorola just released a teaser video for CES with the short message “stay unplugged.” We don’t know exactly what products they are hyping up, but it likely has something to do with the connected home.

Last year Motorola acquired the remote access software ZumoCast and then rebranded it as MotoCast. You have probably seen the service promoted in some of the Verizon ads for the Droid Bionic and RAZR, but MotoCast allows you to stream your personal media anywhere and sync your phone’s content.

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January 7, 2012

Sony slashes S Tablet prices


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Sony Electronics rang in 2012 with a surprising discount that may foreshadow much about the tablet market this year. Overnight I received email from a Sony spokeswoman saying the company “has permanently dropped the price of the Sony Tablet S by $100 starting today”. This follows what seemed like a temporary $50 discount right before Christmas. If you paid $499.99 or $599.99 before Santa’s sleigh ride, 16GB Sony S is now $399.99 and 32GB 499.99.

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January 2, 2012

Cellular data contracts doom Android tablets

Cellular data contracts doom Android tablets

New data from NPD confirms something I claimed in February: “The real reason Android tablets don’t stand a chance against iPad — onerous monthly data fees“. American consumers simply aren’t opting for 3G/4G, preferring WiFi for tablets instead. That’s good news for Amazon Kindle Fire and Apple’s iPad, particularly, but doom and gloom for Motorola Droid XYBOARD and other tablets requiring onerous, two-year data contracts from cellular carriers.

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December 12, 2011

Would you pay Verizon $530 – $730 for Motorola Droid XYBOARD?

Would you pay Verizon $530 - $730 for Motorola Droid XYBOARD?

I wouldn’t, and I’m probably wasting time bothering to ask. Many of you won’t either. But, please, do tell. Your reasons why or why not are valuable, and you can offer them up in comments.

Droid XYBOARD replaces the XOOM, and it’s unclear whether the predecessor’s brand disappears (I assume not) or if XYBOARD is a Verizon-exclusive brand like Droid (I assume yes). Whichever, the new tablet is all about rebranding, rather than being a worthy successor to XOOM. By the specs, there nary is anything to tell the tablets apart — other than price, a little Battlestar Galactica-like trim to the corners and introduction of a smaller model. Now there’s an 8.2-inch Moto tablet to compliment the 10.1-incher.

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December 11, 2011

Get acquainted with the newest Android — Ice Cream Sandwich [slideshow]

Get acquainted with the newest Android -- Ice Cream Sandwich [slideshow]

Today in Hong Kong, Google formally launched Android 4.0 in an event cosponsored by Samsung. The new operating system replaces Android 2.x “Gingerbread” for smartphones and 3.x “Honeycomb” for tablets. During the event Andy Rubin, Android chief, laid out “three defining terms” — goals — for new version “Ice Cream Sandwich: “simplicity”, “beautiful”, “we want to go beyond smart”. Android 4.0 looks smart and acts smart, too. Many people will look and remark how suddenly outdated is Apple’s iOS 5, which only launched last week.

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October 19, 2011

Finally you can Skype video on Galaxy Tab 10.1 and XOOM

Finally you can Skype video on Galaxy Tab 10.1 and XOOM

I must have been asleep at the wheel yesterday, because somehow this reporter missed the big Skype for Android upgrade. What? You missed it, too?

Well, hells bells. Version 2.5 adds video-calling support for 14 more devices — and, finally, some big-brand tablets: Motorola XOOM and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. About friggin’ time!

Some of the phones are so old, support is almost laughable, like Google Nexus One. But, hey, I’ve still got one of those in a closet somewhere. My honey used it before she switched to the Nexus S.

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September 30, 2011