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Ice Cream Sandwich coming to UK Motorola Razr and Razr Maxx handsets

Motorola has begun to roll-out the Android Ice Cream Sandwich update for its European Razr and Razr Maxx smartphones. Select users of the GSM handset are now receiving Android 4.0 the update, while the rest of the crowd will be getting “in the coming week.” The selected user will be given to identify any issues before Motorola releases the software to everyone else. Motorola used its European Facebook page to make the announcement.

Android Central reports that the update brings a revamped Android lock screen, launcher and ‘visual changes’ to match handsets like the Motorola Atrix HD.

Currently the US users have the update but its time for the European users to experience the new Android Ice Cream Sandwich.

Via: TechRadar

Ice Cream Sandwich coming to UK Motorola Razr and Razr Maxx handsets

Last week, Motorola held a big event to unveil the “new Motorola,” a supposed relaunch of the company after its acquisition by Google. That event didn’t do much to show us what the new Motorola is really about, but we did get a look at the latest smartphones from the manufacturer, including the new Droid RAZR M for Verizon Wireless. Motorola and Verizon positioned the RAZR M as a mid-range smartphone, but it’s more of a spiritual successor to last year’s high-end Droid RAZR. The M comes equipped with improved hardware, a speedier processor, and a low starting price of just $99.99 on-contract.

It’s hard to see Motorola’s supposed new vision in the RAZR M, as it is really just a refined version of last year’s flagship smartphone from the company. But the original RAZR did have its merits, and if Motorola was able to address some of its faults (namely with the display and battery life) in the RAZR M, we could have a solid device on our hands — with an attractive price to boot. Let’s find out.

The Droid RAZR M should look familiar. Motorola’s been using the same design language in many of its smartphones since the Droid RAZR’s launch last year, and the RAZR M doesn’t deviate in the least. Motorola did soften the corners on the RAZR M compared to the original, giving it a similar look to the Atrix HD (which was recently launched on AT&T). Frankly, the softer corners have taken a bit of the edge out of the RAZR M’s personality, if you will, and it’s a pretty bland and boring design as a result.

The most notable difference between the RAZR M and last year’s RAZR is not the sharpness of the corners, but rather the actual size of the device. The RAZR M is small: at 2.39 inches wide, 4.82 inches tall, and 0.33 inches thick, it’s barely larger than an iPhone 4S. The RAZR M bucks the trend of massive Android smartphones and is actually a device that is comfortable to hold and use in one hand, something that can’t be said for many smartphones on the market today. But despite its lilliputian footprint, the M still features a spacious 4.3-inch display. Motorola was able to fit such a large screen on the M by practically eliminating the side bezels that surround it — Motorola has dubbed this ‘edge-to-edge’ display technology. It really offers the best of both worlds on the M: a big screen for web browsing and games, yet a phone that can still be used in one hand without performing gymnastic moves with your digits.

As for the hardware itself, it’s notably better than we're used to seeing in this price class. The sealed body features tight seams and no loose or wobbly parts, and the six Torx screws drilled into the side of the phone give it an industrial look that evokes a solid feel. Motorola gave the M the same nanocoating on its internal components as the earlier RAZR models, providing it with a certain level of water resistance. The back features Motorola’s love-it-or-hate-it Kevlar paneling, complete with a faux carbon fiber finish, as well as a mirrored section at the top that houses the 8-megapixel camera, LED flash, and external speaker. I, for one, am a fan of the Kevlar bit, as it offers a soft-touch finish and nice feel in your hand, but I could certainly do away with the ugly mirrored panel for the camera. The right side of the phone is home to the volume rocker and power / sleep / unlock key, which nestles directly under your thumb when you hold the phone in your right hand. The opposite side features the Micro USB charging and syncing port and a flap door for the Micro SIM and microSD card slots.

The M’s display is a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED unit with qHD resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. Though this is the same resolution (and lousy PenTile subpixel layout) as found on the RAZR’s 4.3-inch display, the M’s screen is brighter and much more saturated, with greatly improved viewing angles. It’s still grainy upon close inspection, and it can’t hold a candle to the best 720p HD screens on the market, but it is an improvement over the original RAZR’s screen without a doubt. If you really want a 720p display, you might want to wait for the Droid RAZR HD, which offers a larger, 4.7-inch HD screen.

Like many of Motorola’s recent smartphones, the Droid RAZR M has an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash and 1080 HD video capability. The camera app features quick access to a variety of settings, including special modes like HDR and panoramic stitch (but no macro mode, oddly enough). The camera’s HDR mode is actually pretty effective at capturing a balanced exposure in high contrast scenes — more so than the average smartphone’s HDR, at least — and the panoramic feature lets you capture wide vista views in a series of shots that are automatically stitched together.

The app is snappy and responsive, and has tap-to-focus and continuous autofocus, making it easy to bang off a number of in-focus pictures in a row. There is a rather obnoxious shutter sound, accompanied by an annoying, simulated whine sound that I can only assume is meant to resemble a traditional flash gun recharging its capacitors (though this sound occurs whether you use the LED flash or not). It is possible to disable the shutter sound, but simply silencing the phone won’t do it — you have to go into the camera app’s menu and turn it off from there.

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Images captured are par for the course for a mid-range smartphone these days, meaning that outdoor shots look pretty good and indoor shots look pretty lousy. Upon close inspection on a computer, the images are quite noisy, and fine detail gets easily smeared by image noise and Motorola’s efforts to hide such noise. Likewise, the 1080p video looks good if there is enough ambient light available, but frame rates can drop and it can get pretty choppy whenever light levels head south. The front-facing camera offers a bright image that is good enough for video chatting, and unlike the Photon Q 4G LTE, it’s easy to frame your face with the M’s camera.

Via: The Verge




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