A lack of new Android smartphones made it difficult for Motorola to compete with rivals like Samsung, HTC, and Apple in the first quarter of 2012. Google CEO Larry Page says the subsidiary will soon have some impressive features to entice smartphone buyers.
Google CFO Patrick Pichette said that upcoming Motorola products "aren't 'wow' by Google standards." Should that worry anyone who has been hoping for a Motorola Nexus or the fabled XPhone?
Regional carrier U.S. Cellular today announced that it will begin updating the Motorola Electrify M to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean beginning Tuesday, February 12. A notification prompting Electrify owners will be sent to download the update over Wi-Fi. It will add improved features like Google Now search, Google Voice Search, expandable notifications, an improved camera interface, and a better browser. More information will be available at the U.S. Cellular Android software page on February 12.
The Motorola ATRIX HD Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update process has begun. AT&T today announced that ATRIX HD users can now access Google Now, enhanced notifications, and access new quick settings. The latest version of the software also enhances performance and can be downloaded by navigating to Settings > About Phone > Software Updates.
Verizon Wireless promised to begin updating the Motorola DROID RAZR HD and DROID RAZR MAXX HD to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean this week, and Motorola just confirmed that the update has started.
Verizon Wireless has announced that it will introduce Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for the Motorola DROID RAZR HD and Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD beginning next week. The new software will upgrade the latest Motorola phones to have with many user interface tweaks and performance enhancements. New features like expanded notifications, a better keyboard, Google Now search, a new home screen, Amazon app suite integration, and various bug fixes will arrive next week. The update also removes Verizon Video and Color, the video sharing application that is shuttering its doors after being acquired by Apple.
Motorola and Verizon have begun updating the Motorola DROID RAZR M to include Android 4.1 Jelly Bean software. The upgrade adds Jelly Bean features like expandable notifications, Google Now enhanced search, an improved keyboard, and faster performance. Verizon has announced that the DROID RAZR M is also the latest phone to be ready for Isis, an NFC-based mobile payment joint venture with AT&T and T-Mobile. Download instructions for the over-the-air update are available here.
The Motorola ATRIX HD launched in July with a locked bootloader and a wave of disappointed Android users who wanted to make deep customizations to the device's software. Motorola today announced that those users will get the chance now that the ATRIX HD has been added to its Developer Edition program.
Will my phone get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean? If the answer is no, Motorola may offer a $100 rebate towards the purchase of a new device that will be upgraded to Android 4.1.
Verizon has confirmed the launch date and price for the Motorola DROID RAZR HD and DROID RAZR MAXX HD Android smartphones that it announced last month.