Motorola Atrix 4G Rolls Out 4.1.83 Update

As some of you Motorola Atrix users may have noticed, there was a pop on your screen for an update to 4.1.83. So you might ask, what will this update do for my phone?

In this update it will increase data speeds and limit interruptions on data connections. There are improvements to prevent screen freezes. Also there are improved push email notification features as well as being able to sign in to MotoBlur and Youtube with the same email. They have also added better updating to the Happenings MotoBlur Widget to ensure that you will receive all of your social network information as fast as possible. The last thing mentioned was the improvements made to give a more seamless experience when placing and receiving phone calls.

For any more information please see Motorola’s official Release Notes

DroidNerds Review: Motorola Atrix 4G

The Motorola Atrix 4G is one of the most anticipated Android smartphones for 2011, and rightly so. This dual-core powerhouse of an Android is sure to run the most demanding games and applications that you’ll find on the Android Market to date. Noted as The Worlds most Powerful Smartphone, the Motorola Atrix 4G has given AT&T customers a new, and legit reason to say so-long to their iPhones and get with the rapidly growing industry that is Android.

Prior to getting the Motorola Atrix 4G, I was using the next best Android on AT&T, the Samsung Captivate. While the hardware of the device left much to be desired, I really enjoyed the Galaxy S UI in terms of functionality and customization. Don’t get me wrong though, the responsiveness of the Captivate drove me up walls, and begging for the Atrix 4G’s launch to come sooner than scheduled.

Upon using the new Motorola Atrix 4G since it’s initial launch about a week ago, I’ve become very familiar with the device, its features, and some of the pros and cons that you never really run into until after really getting inside a smartphone. While I feel the pros outweigh the cons by a long shot, opinions are like Androids… everyone has one.

HARDWARE

As you may or may not have heard, the Motorola Atrix 4G is the first Android device on AT&T to utilize an NVidia dual-core Tegra 2 processor. With this kind of technology, it makes literally every action you do on the device respond with almost no hesitation whatsoever. The Tegra 2 processor in the Atrix 4G is normally clocked at 1000MHz, but has been rumored to have been overclocked above that, which would come as no surprise. The Atrix 4G also features a 3D Graphics Hardware Accelerator, pushing mobile gaming to the next level.

Next to its Tegra 2 Chip is a whopping 1GB of RAM. Bear in mind that most Android devices currently on the market don’t sport anything above 512MB of RAM, so a leap this far forward does absolute wonders for overall performance. The device doesn’t come with an additional SD Card, but it’s onboard 16BG of internal memory should be quite sufficient to get you started. On the other hand, if 16 gigs just doesn’t suit your needs, the Atrix 4G can hold up to a 32GB MicroSDHC Card.

The Atrix 4G’s candybar form factor packs a 540 x 960 4″ qHD display that pumps out 24-bit color graphics that bring new life to your multimedia experience. It features a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and LED Flash on the back, as well as a front-facing camera for video calls.

One of the drawbacks of the device’s camera is its inability to record or playback in 1080p at the present time. The good news is that the Atrix 4G will get an update at a later time which will enable such video features.

The device itself is moderately light. Weighing in at 4.76 ounces, it’s a real easy size to fit in your hand, making it convenient for hand-soloing texts, calls, web browsing, etc.

BATTERY LIFE

The Motorola Atrix 4G comes stock with an OEM 1880mAh battery, which initially I thought was going to be more than enough, considering most devices are anywhere from 1550mAh or below. However, after using the device for a week, I’ve realized that you want as little applications running in the background as possible with the Atrix. I was finding myself plugging in the Atrix halfway throughout the day just to keep it alive. After removing over 70% of the bloatware and widgets on the Atrix, I’ve definitely experienced an improvement of life on the device, at least enough to get me through the workday. Could the powerful hardware of the device have something to do with this? Well, absolutely. But you can’t blame a powerhouse device for doing what it’s designed to do.

As with any smartphone, it inevitably all boils down to what and how you use the device. If you want 20 widgets running at the same time while you play Words with Friends 24/7, then expect to keep that Atrix 4G plugged in for a good portion of your day.

SOFTWARE

The two aspects that I was absolutely dreading about the Motorola Atrix 4G was the fact that it came with MOTOBLUR and lack of Android 2.3. Sadly, I hadn’t even had much experience with the MOTOBLUR, but only spent enough time with the Motorola Flipout to realize that I didn’t like it. With that said, I wasn’t expecting a mind blowing experience apart from the performance due to its spectacular hardware.

After removing much of the MOTOBLUR crap that comes on the Atrix 4G when you first use it, I almost don’t even notice it’s there. There’s really no hinder to the device’s performance that I can tell after you rid it of all the unnecessary mumbo-jumbo. I don’t consider myself to be a huge social networking junkie, so doing without MOTOBLUR’s integration wasn’t a hard decision for me. I’ve got the Facebook app, so I’ll pull it up when I feel the need to.

Even though the World’s Most Powerful Smartphone didn’t come with the latest and greatest version of Android, Android 2.2 (Froyo) is more than suitable for this device. Besides, it’s not like we won’t see an update to Android 2.3 in the very-near future, right? What I do find amusing is that in the entire time that I used the Samsung Captivate, I patiently awaited for Sammy or AT&T to roll out the Froyo update. Months and months went by and nothing. Right after the Atrix 4G launches, BAM. Android 2.2 rolls out for the Captivate. But hey, that’s just my luck.

The overall responsiveness of the UI on the Atrix 4G is second to none. I have yet to encounter any application that drags with load times. It’s extremely easy to use, and the fact that you don’t have to root the Atrix 4G to get majority of the bloatware off is also a big plus in my book.

SYNCING

The Atrix 4G comes with a standard MicroUSB cable, as well as an HDMI cable to hook up to your HDTV. Syncing is as easy as ever, as it is with most other Android devices. Dragging and dropping… that process still hasn’t changed. What’s really cool is the Motorola Media Center.

After you hook up the included HDMI cable to your HDTV and to your Atrix 4G, you get a cool new multimedia panel that pops up on your TV. Using just your device, you can scroll through all your media, including music, movies and photos. I previewed a couple of movies I had on my MicroSD Card, and they displayed beautifully in full screen mode with superb audio quality.

The Atrix 4G’s epic hardware specs, along with this new multimedia implementation is what’s going to set this device apart from the rest of the crowd. There’s even more capabilities with Motorola’s Media Center when you purchase separate accessories, like a remote, docking station and a laptop dock. Those I’ll mention more about later.

GAMING

A word to wise for all you gamers out there looking into this device, the Atrix 4G comes with a demo of Need for Speed Shift and it’s sweet. It uses the devices accelerometer to drive, and the graphics are definitely something to brag about. I can’t express how impressed I was with how the Atrix handled this game. So if games are your thing, and you’re not holding out for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play then I’d strongly suggest you at least give the Atrix 4G a go.

VIDEO CHAT

Lastly I wanted to talk about the video chat on the Motorola Atrix 4G. I had really hoped that the Atrix wasn’t going to have the same issues with video chat like the Samsung Nexus S did after its launch, and for the most part- it didn’t.

The first applications I tried were Skype, Yahoo Messenger, and Tango. Much to my surprise, all three apps were unsuccessful in offering me to utilize my front-facing camera and start up a video call with my device. I didn’t look too much further into why, until I was absolutely sure that all my options were tapped. The last application I downloaded was Qik for Atrix 4G.

Upon loading Qik, I was able to pull up my account and initiate a video call right away. My current location at the time didn’t offer full 4G speeds, but more highend 3G, so watching my buddy on the other end was a bit choppy. Which of course, their connection could have contributed to that as well. Other than that the audio reception on both ends was definitely acceptable, and you could swap cameras (front to back) with no problems at all! If anyone has used any of the other video chat applications for the Atrix 4G that I’ve mentioned and got them to work fine, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below. Unfortunately however, Qik was the only working solution for me.

SUMMARY

The Motorola Atrix 4G has thoroughly impressed me on every level I can think of. It’s sheer performance alone is enough to make me happy for months to come until they push out the Gingerbread update.

The Atrix 4G is currently available through AT&T for $199 with a two-year contract, or $149.99 from Radio Shack. There are a number of awesome accessories that are available with the Atrix, such as a Multimedia dock that enables you dock your device, and hook up to an HDTV via the included HDMI cable. Depending on how you purchase the Multimedia Dock (bundle or by itself) a remote is also available for the dock that allows you to scroll through the pictures, movies and music on your Atrix 4G from anywhere in the room.

There’s also a Laptop Dock, which enables you to dock the Atrix behind the laptop unit, while it displays your entire device on the laptop’s screen. You’re still able to do all the functions that your Atrix offers, as you increase your productivity by multitasking with the laptop dock.

The downfall of these accessories is that they’re very-much on the expensive side, even if you purchase them with the phone, you’re only looking at about a $100 reduction for a $500 laptop dock.

Bottom line is the Motorola Atrix 4G is hands down, the most bad-ass Android on the AT&T network. It towers over majority of its competitors and will continue to do so for quite some time to come. My advice: Dump your iPhone, get the Atrix 4G, be happy.

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DROID X2 Images and Specs Emerge; No 4G/LTE or Front Camera?

With the announcement of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play coming to Verizon, we can’t help but wonder if the launch of the upcoming Motorola DROID X2 will either stomp on sales for the Xperia Play or if it will actually be a worthy contender. Politics aside, the folks over at The Mobi Zone have obtained some new images of the DROID X2, along with some sweet specs to drool over.

  • 1 GB RAM
  • NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual-Core 1GHz Processor
  • GHD LCD Display
  • 540 x 960 Resolution
  • Only 3G (Not LTE/4G)
  • 8-Megapixel Rear Camera (No Front Camera)
  • Android 2.2 (Upgradable to 2.3)
  • MotoBlur
  • Encrypted Boot Loader
  • No Camera Button
  • FM Radio

The DROID X2 looks almost identical to the original DROID X minus the camera button. Also the fact that the DX2 will lack in 4G/LTE capabilities is a pretty huge letdown, even with it’s dual core processor and 1GB of RAM. The DROID X2 is set to launch around the second quarter of this year. Who’s excited?








[VIA] DroidLife
[VIA] TheMobiZone

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Motorola Clears the Air on Atrix/BIONIC Overheating Issues

In case you hadn’t already heard, there was quite the stir on the web yesterday regarding some overheating issues between the upcoming Motorola Atrix and BIONIC smartphones. The news had a lot of people worried that this was delaying the launch of both devices and left us questioning the true reliability of either device. Well, the good news is that Motorola didn’t waste anytime stepping in and putting the kabosh on that rumor. They clarified that neither device suffers from any “overheating issues” and they are both still scheduled to ship as previously stated: Atrix/Q1 and BIONIC/TBA.

Maybe some people just can’t accept the fact that a badass phone with epic hardware specs such as the Atrix exists without there people some kind of issues with it. (With the exception of MotoBlur!)


[VIA] DroidLife

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T-Mobile announces Motorola DEFY for $99 after 2-year contract

T-Mobile has finally taken the wraps off the Motorola DEFY, and will be offering the Android smartphone for $99 after signing up for a two-year contract. You can get first dibs on it November 3rd. T-Mobile advertises the 3.7-inch capacitive touchscreen device as “Water-resistant and dust-proof, with Advanced MOTOBLUR to keep you up to date on all the latest happenings.” Sounds like a unique device, if I say so myself. Does anyone plan to pick up one of these units?

[VIA] T-Mobile

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AT and amp;T Stocking Motorola FlipOut for October 17th Launch

As if we haven’t heard enough wishy-washy news regarding the Motorola FlipOut, official word is out now that AT&T has started stocking the boxy smartphones, and they should go on sale this Sunday, October 17th. After you sign up for a two-year contact you can pick up this little bugger for just $79.99. Let’s just hope this “release” doesn’t end up like the last one.

[VIA] AndroidGuys

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Motorola Bravo For AT and amp;T Specifications

AT&T has been nice enough to post the specs of the upcoming Motorola Bravo! Hopefully hitting stores very soon as I personally am very excited to get an upgrade myself.
Specs listed below…

Operating System: Android 2.1
Processor: TI OMAP 3610 800 MHz
Memory: 512 MB RAM, 2 GB ROM, comes preloaded
with 2 GB microSD™ card
Web Browser: Android HTML WebKit with Adobe®
Flash® Lite 3
BLUETOOTH®: 2.1 + EDR
Data: Broadband speeds on the nation’s fastest mobile
broadband network
Display: 3.7” 480×854 FWVGA touchscreen
Camera: 3 MP, digital zoom, image editing
Messaging and Email
Email (Corporate Sync, POP3, IMAP)
Text and multimedia messaging (SMS, MMS)
Instant Messaging
Social network messaging

Music and Video
Audio formats: AAC, AAC+, AAC+ Enhanced, AMR NB,
MP3, WMA v9
Video formats: H.264, MPEG4, WMV v9
FM radio
Stereo BLUETOOTH® headset support, 3.5 mm headset jack
PC Connectivity: USB 2.0 connectivity/charging
Navigation: GPS with turn-by-turn directions
Bands/Modes: WCDMA 850/1900 GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Expandable Memory: microSD up to 32 GB
Dimensions
Weight: 4.59 ounces
Size (closed, h × w × d): 2.48” x 4.29” x 0.52”
Power
Battery: 1540 mAh
Talk time: up to 6.8 hours
Standby time: up to 9.8 days
MOTOBLUR interface: aggregates Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and Gmail; syncs and merges your work
contacts, email, and calendar

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AT and amp;T getting 3 New Motorola Androids

AT&T and Motorola are gearing up for the holiday season by adding three more devices to the Android line up. All three will be running on AndroidOS 2.1 with the classic MOTOBLUR in its newest version.

Surprise! Surprise! We found where the Flipout went and it seems like the launch date has been moved to October 17th. I know many of you saw all the drama a week or so ago about this lil guy. So I’m not going to hold my breath on the release date but hes what you should know about the phone. It will be going for $79.99 with a 2 year contract. It has a full QWERTY keyboard and 3 megapixel camera.

Next we have the Flipside, a full 3.1 inch touchscreen device with full slide out QWERTY keyboard. It also has a 3megapixel camera. We are looking at $99.99 with a 2 year contract. There is a touchpad on the front as well, looks pretty sharp.

And finally, what seems to be the hallmark of the three is being called Bravo. Sporting a 3.7 inch display and an 800 MHz processor going for $129.99 with 2 year contract.

[VIA] Phone Scoop

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Milestone 2 unleashed with Promo Video

Motorola has just unveiled the Milestone 2, the European version of the Motorola Droid 2. While both devices look identical, the Milestone 2 includes an improved MotoBlur experience as well as the ability to record 720p HD video. We’re looking at features like a 1 GHz processor, Android 2.2 (Froyo), 3.7-inch touchscreen, sliding keyboard, 5 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, 8 GB of on-board storage, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, and has the ability to act as a mobile hotspot. A launch date for the Milestone 2 is scheduled around Q4 this year. Take a look at the promotional video from Motorola for the Milestone 2 below.


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T-Mobile's Charm released with Android 2.1

Wednesday, T-Mobile rolled out the Android powered Charm for just $75. Now, with that kind of pricetag you aren’t expecting much from this little device. With features like a 2.8 inch touchscreen, four row QUERTY keyboard, 600MHz processor, and a sub-par 3 megapixel camera – there’s nothing to Charming other than the fact that it’s running Android 2.1 with Flash lite infused in the browser.

While this device may not be the perfect device for the savvy smartphone user, it’s bound to spark an interest in those of us dedicated to MotoBlur and the social networking experience.

[VIA] cnet

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