Motorola has finally launched the Atrix 2 smartphone in the Indian market, giving local users a smart new option for a cell phone to choose from. Running Android 2.3 Gingerbread on a 1GHz dual-core Texas Instruments processor, the Motorola Atrix 2 sports a 4.3-inch qHD display with Gorilla Glass protection, and includes 1GB RAM and 8GB of built-in storage which is expandable up to 32GB more. For the clickers, it has an 8-megapixel rear camera with 1080p video recording, and a secondary front facing VGA camera. Battery life is quite decent and includes a 1735 mAh battery which is rated for up to 8 hours, 50 mins of talktime. This sleek Motorola handset can be all yours for Rs. 22,990, though shelling out an additional Rs.800 might land you Nokia’s first Windows Phone offering Lumia 800 (which just recently saw a 20% price cut to remain competitive). The choice is yours. (Tip: Buying one of the new Nokia Windows Phone devices? Hold on.)
Following in the footsteps of RIM”s BlackBerry Playbook tablet, which reached 12,000 new hands in just 4 days approaching 2012, Motorola”s Xoom tab too intends to join the party with a hefty price cut of their own.
RIM officially announced on December 28 that they are offering the Playbook at a 50% discount, with the offer valid only for a limited period. Today, they revealed some staggering sales figures have spurred them to increase the “offer” by another week. Serves right for a tablet who garnered criticism from all ends after it was initially regarded an iPad-competitor but failed miserably, mainly on the software front. Now, after making quite a few bucks and almost selling out its entire stock, RIM”s hungry for more and knows a price-cut is the only way to sell some BB tabs. And in light of this successful strategy, Motorola”s Xoom is now being retailed at a 44% discount, albeit only by a single online retailer and not officially by Motorola itself.
The 32GB Wi-Fi only model is now available for as low as Rs. 21,500 (44% discount) and the 32GB Wi-Fi 3G model is selling for Rs. 25,000 (29% discount).
There”s no official word yet from Motorola and we don”t really know when the new price will be standardized by the retailers across the country. But what we do know is that the strategy is working. At least on a short-term basis.
Earlier during the year, several rumors had surfaced regarding an alleged Facebook phone to be built by Motorola. The rumors picked pace and photos (concepts) popped up before the rumor mill threw a twist in the midst, speculating the phone is to be built by Facebook itself. This prompted Mark Zuckerberg to come out and say that the folks at Facebook themselves have no such plans of building any phone, eventually killing the rumors of a Facebook phone for good. Fast forward to November and the phone’s a reality, built by Motorola.
The Motorola Facebook phone is exactly as its name suggests and as the rumors pointed out: a QWERTY phone with a dedicated Facebook button — to ease your entry into the social network. It has a 2.4-inch touchscreen, a 3MP camera, offers basic access to Gmail, Facebook and Twitter, and will run on a proprietary platform (read: not Android), which means this could be an inexpensive option to appease the kiddies during the holidays.
Motorola still hasn’t publicly spoken about the phone so details such as pricing and availability are still far off. But at least we have a name to call it: Motokey Social.
As always, we’ll keep you informed as we find out more. You can also subscribe to our feeds/newsletter to stay directly in our loop.
Ahead of Verizon Wireless and Motorola’s upcoming event next week, which is dangerously scheduled just 7 hours before Samsung and Google’s Unpacked (where they’ll launch the Nexus Prime and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich) BGR has got the dope on the upcoming Motorola DROID HD (RAZR/Spyder) specs – a device which is expected to launch in the aforementioned event on October 18. The device, according to BGR’s source, will be “faster than the iPhone 4S.”
Thinner and “faster than the iPhone 4S”
1GB of RAM — double the iPhone 4 and 4S
1.2GHz dual-core processor
4G LTE (thinnest LTE phone to date)
Case molded from Kevlar
Gorilla Glass display
And as if this is not enough, there’s a teaser video too which takes a direct shot at the iPhone, claiming their new device to be faster, thinner, smarter, stronger than Apple’s smartphone. Well, what do you say…
All of you tech fans must be aware that Google has bought motorola mobility for $12.5 billion.Google has offer motorola $40 per share which is around 63% more than the current market value.
The reason for Google buying Motorola was obviously to supercharge its android platform but for all those who aren’t aware Motorola owns about 17,000 patents which would be extremely useful to Google and that alone might be the reason for Google paying such a huge price.
The transaction is expected to end by June 2011 or Early 2012
What will happen with this acquisition?
1.Motorola’s market share price will increase and will let motorola invest in other businesses.
2.Like Apple where hardware and software are truly merged together to give an awesome user experience, Android will also now focus mainly building hardware and software together.This might make android much better.
3.Apple only has a merged hardware and software ecosystem but android would have an open source as well merged ecosystem.This may be the demand of the future.
4.Since Google has bought motorola,latest and softwares of android will first come with motorola and more advantage will be given to motorola so it might be danger for other mobile manufacturers who have a huge revenue because of android phones.Samsung shall be hurt the most because Apple has iOS,Nokia has microsoft,Motorola has Google but Samsung only has Bada OS which is yet generations behind when you compare them to the above three.
5.We might see more Bada OS phones from Samsung in future.
6.Motorola may move up by around 35% in the smartphone market.
7.It would be great to see what strategy other manufacturers use to sell their android devices.Amongst them will be LG,Samsung,Micromax and others.
Last but not the least ,what do you think which deal was better-Nokia and Microsoft or Google and Motorola.Give your views in the comments.
Every time a new device is launched, comparisons with its existing competitors are inevitable. Last time out, the iPad 2 went head to head with the Motorola Xoom, HP TouchPad and BlackBerry PlayBook. This time around, the iPad 2 is confronted by the Motorola Xoom, Samsung Sliding PC 7 series and Notion Ink Adam. Who wins? Let the battle begin…