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Motorola: RAZR HD and RAZR M Kit Kat Updates Arrive in a “Few More Weeks”

Posted by Kellex April - 14 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off
Motorola:  RAZR HD and RAZR M Kit Kat Updates Arrive in a “Few More Weeks”

Over the weekend, Motorola’s David Schuster gave DROID RAZR HD and RAZR M owners some fantastic news on the Kit Kat update front. According to Schuster, Motorola has made “great progress” on the updates and should be able to deliver them within a “few more weeks.” 

Moto confirmed back in November that this family of phones would be updated to Android 4.4+ at some point, but doubts had begun to arise after months of silence. Well, we did see a special software “test drive” arrive in March, though nothing really came of it.

He didn’t mention the RAZR MAXX HD, specifically, but did say the “2012 DROID family,” which includes that model.

As we know more, we’ll be sure to pass it along.

Via:  +David Schuster

Motorola: RAZR HD and RAZR M Kit Kat Updates Arrive in a “Few More Weeks” is a post from: Droid Life

Motorola Camera Update Turns Volume Into Shutter Button

Posted by Kellex March - 20 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Motorola updated their camera app today for the Moto X, DROID ULTRA, MAXX, and Mini, to allow users to take photos using the volume button. Previously, you could only take photos by tapping the screen, so Motorola decided to give you all an option, in case you happen to like physically pressing a button.

And that’s pretty much all the update does. The rest is bug fixes.

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Motorola Care app updated to become Motorola Help

Posted by wicked March - 18 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Moto Help

Motorola’s support application, Motorola Care, has been updated to become Motorola Help, and is only compatible of Motorola’s newest series of devices, including the Moto X, Moto G, Droid Maxx, Droid Ultra and Droid Mini.

With the app, you’ll be able to view FAQs, tutorials and tips regarding your phone. If you’re an Android-newbie, this app is a must-have.

Hit the break for some screen shots and a link to the app in the Play Store.


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Software Test Drive Incoming for RAZR HD, Hoping It’s Kit Kat

Posted by Kellex March - 17 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Motorola confirmed back in November that it would bring a Kit Kat (Android 4.4) update to the DROID RAZR HD, RAZR MAXX HD, and RAZR M, but we’re four months removed from that announcement and haven’t seen any movement towards new software pushing. Or did we just get exactly what we needed to see? Select members of Motorola’s Feedback Network (MFN) received invites within the last 24 hours to “test drive” something

The invite doesn’t say “software” like a normal soak test invite, but I can’t imagine we aren’t talking software here. The MFN email mentions that this invite isn’t going out to just anyone, and is instead going to select users who have provided quality feedback in the past. That sounds to me like we are testing software before even a soak test can be ready.

Here is the email:

Subject:  MFN Test Drive RAZR HD 2014 reg.


Thanks for joining the Motorola Feedback Network. This particular invitation is not going to everyone. We are reaching out to you because you have demonstrated that you are willing and able to provide quality feedback on Motorola software.

If you are interested in a special Motorola Feedback Network opportunity, please click this link:

This link is uniquely tied to this survey and your email address. Please do not forward this message.

Thanks for your participation!

Matt (Forums Manager)
Motorola Owners’ Forum
Motorola Feedback Network

Motorola had no problems updating their new DROID line, along with the Moto X, to Kit Kat because they all run near-stock Android. Last year’s RAZR line (HD, MAXX HD, and M) all run the company’s previous Blur efforts. While it became less invasive with those phones, it’s likely not as easy to update as the software running on their 2013 phones. Maybe for that reason alone, Motorola is needing to take a slightly different approach this time around.

As we know more, we’ll be sure to let you know. I can imagine that 2012 DROID owners are ready for their update.

Cheers ___, ___, and ___!

Touchless Control Updated, Let’s You Ask Your Phone “What’s Up?”

Posted by Kellex March - 6 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Motorola updated their Touchless Control app this evening to include a feature that allows you to ask your phone “What’s up?” in order to hear what your current notification situation is like. By asking “Ok, Google Now, what’s up?” your phone will read the time followed by notifications back to you, letting you decide if any are important enough to act upon. You can see the new feature in action through the video below.

The update also enhanced end-of-speech detection to improve accuracy and fixed bugs.

The update is live right now on Google Play, so if you own a Moto X, DROID ULTRA, MAXX, or Mini, be sure to download it. 

What’s New

- Enhanced end-of-speech detection for improved accuracy and faster responses
- New “What’s Up” / “Read Notifications” voice command that reads out new notifications so you never miss a thing
- “What’s Up” / “Read Notifications” fully launched for U.S. English, Spanish, and Italian and in beta for other languages / regions.
- Compatible only with Android 4.4 KitKat
- Bug fixes

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Cheers Tim and Jovi!

Motorola’s Active Display and Assist See Minor Updates

Posted by Kellex February - 27 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Because Motorola separated out the best features from the Moto X and new DROID line as stand-alone apps, they continue to update them regularly through Google Play. Today, we’re seeing updates for both Assist and Active Display. Neither of the updates is huge, but they do fix bugs and introduce subtle features that will only help add polish to the experience.

With Active Display, users can now control whether or not the phone vibrates when tapping on a notification. It should also honor whatever the system vibration settings have been set at. With Assist, troubleshooting of drive mode audio issues when connected to Bluetooth becomes a reality, along with better handling of “available” status and the triggering of meeting mode.

Both updates are live on Google Play now. 

What’s new in Active Display:

- Honors the system vibration settings. Turn vibration on/off by going to Settings -> Sound -> Vibrate on touch.
- More bug fixes

What’s new in Assist:

- Added support to troubleshoot drive mode audio issues when connected to Bluetooth
- Meetings where you’re marked as “Available” will no longer trigger meeting mode
- Bug fixes!

Play Links:  Active Display | Assist

Motorola updates their Assist app and Active Notifications feature

Posted by wicked February - 27 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Motorola is updating a few things today, with both the Assist app and their Active Display seeing tweaks. Both are features we use pretty regularly on our Moto devices, with Active Display being one of the most unique twists we’ve seen in a long time. Updating both brings needed tweaks, but nothing much in the way of “new” features.

 Motorola’s popular Assist app brings in some features we’ve been wanting to see them fix. The Drive mode within the app has a Bluetooth patch, and Assist understands your meetings a bit better now. If you’re in a meeting where you are listed as “available”, Assist will no longer go into Meeting mode, which is a temporary “do not disturb” feature. That’s great for those of us who schedule get-togethers with friends and family in a calendar, but don’t mind being bugged here and there throughout.

The Drive mode is seeing a Bluetooth fix, which is something that has been dogging the app for a while. Audio issues when connected to a Bluetooth device have been petty rampant, and for those who want to use a headset while driving, it made the app nearly useless in those scenarios. We’ve yet to try it out since the update, but it’s something we’ve wanted fixed for some time now.

Active Notifications now respect your vibration settings, which is nice for anyone who just wants to get a buzz on instead of hearing the device. Both are nice little tweaks, and make each service that much better. If you have a Moto X, G, or DROID — these should be hitting you soon.

Droid Zap updated to work on all Android devices running 4.0 and higher

Posted by wicked February - 8 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

Droid Zap

Motorola’s picture and video sharing application originally only supported the company’s recent line of DROID-branded devices, and now a recent update changes availability options.

The update makes the application available to all Android devices running 4.0 and higher, as well as a newer user interface which looks less “Droid-looking.”

The app hasn’t really taken off as Motorola probably thought it would when it was released, but this is definitely a step towards making it more popular in the Android realm.

Hit the break for the link to the app in the Play Store.

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DROID Zap update brings image send support to all Android devices

Posted by wicked February - 8 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

Motorola has updated the DROID Zap app, and this time those using the app will notice a new feature. Perhaps more important though, Motorola has opened things up and the app will now work with quite a few additional devices. Simply put, the app will no longer be limited to those with a Motorola DROID branding, though, some features will be device specific.

In this case, the new feature that has come along with this update is Zap Zone. This will allow multiple users to share pictures in a group setting. Say, at a party. Users begin by inviting others, and once the invitation has been accepted, the sharing can begin. From that point, all pictures you take will automatically be shared for the duration of the Zap Zone.


The other device aspect is simple. DROID Zap has opened up and any Android handset will be able to send and/or receive images. The update is nice to see, if for no other reason than existing users will now be able to be friends with share images with those who aren’t using a DROID. The real question here will be whether those non-DROID users will adopt the app.

Some brief testing shows the app works well enough, but along with wondering how many non-DROID users are going to be excited, we aren’t exactly sure if this will be more attractive as compared to simply sending an email, or sharing the images with Facebook or Twitter. DROID Zap can be downloaded from the Google Play Store.

Motorola usage shows the Moto X and Moto G being outshines by Droid

Posted by wicked February - 5 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Recent usage statistics, provided to us by Chitika, show some interesting numbers regarding Motorola devices. In gauging the web use metrics for Motorola smartphones, we see that the much hyped and discussed Moto X is not the most used Moto. The follow-up Moto G barely registers, but the Droid? The Droid is strong with this study.

The Moto G makes up 5.6% of Motorola devices, according to the study. It’s only ahead of four devices — the Droid 3, Droid 4, Photon, and Moto G. According to the study, people are actually still using the Atrix more than the Moto X. That’s a really small market share for a device that is both widely loved, and roundly discussed.

The Droid lineup in general is strongest, with the Droid Razr commanding 53.1% of Motorola usage. When combining all Droid devices, the Verizon-only lineup comprises 77.2% of usage for Motorola. That should be tempered by remembering that Motorola was treading water for quite some time, and the Droid devices were just about all they had going for them. Still, when considering the recent fervor over the Moto X, the use statistics are surprisingly low.

Motorola NA Usage

According to Chitika, Motorola is responsible for about 3.5% of North American smartphone web traffic. When figuring the Droid Razr into that equation, the device counts for about 1.9% of overall continental web usage. The Moto X? About 0.2% overall. The Moto G is only responsible for about 0.025% of North American web traffic.

Accordning to the study, “Chitika Insights analyzed tens of millions of Motorola smartphone- and tablet-based online ad impressions within the Chitika ad network. The data set analyzed consisted of impressions catalogued from January 17 through 23, 2014.” The study is both current and robust, so we’re not going to second-guess the data collection. There can be many different assumptions and conclusions made either way, but one thing is certain: Regardless of use statistics found in this study, Motorola is on the right trajectory. Neither the Moto X or Moto G have been out very long, and are the first real options outside of the Droid lineup we’ve had for Motorola for some time. Lenovo picking them up will only help, so we’re still looking for great things to come from Motorola.