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European retailer Germanos will launch two new dual SIM Motorola phones in October: Motorola EX115 and Motorola EX128.

Both handsets are unannounced, and they’re the first dual SIM Motorola devices to be available in Europe.

Germanos Romania says that the EX128 and EX115 will be launched on October 18.

Customers can already pre-order the two phones online, here and here.

The Motorola EX128 is a touchscreen handset that will cost about €120 ($150). The Motorola EX115 has a regular display and a full QWERTY keyboard, and should cost only about €95 ($120).

According to CelularCafe, the Moto EX115 is also called EX112, and it might be available in Brazil, too, featuring GSM/GPRS, Bluetooth 2.1, 3.5mm headset jack, and a 3MP camera.

With Nokia, Pantech, and now Motorola entering the dual SIM phone market, Samsung will have some serious competition – although, for a while at least, it will still be the most important dual SIM handset maker (it has launched more than 10 models until now). (unwiredview)

DROID X leaked Android 2.2 Froyo ROM

Still aching for that Android 2.2 update to roll out to your beloved DROID X?  Well, we still don’t have any word on when the official upgrade will hit (other than “late summer”), but there is a new leaked Froyo ROM for you to load onto your rooted DROID X!  In order to install the new ROM, you’ll have to be rooted and use Koush’s bootstrapper.  As with any new ROM, some users have experienced a few issues with installation, but others are reporting that this new build is running smoothly.  If you’re interested, you can find the necessary download links and instructions righthere.  Just remember that any time you hack with you phone, you run the risk of seriously messing it up.  Be careful!

Considering no one knows exactly when the official Android 2.2 update will finally roll out (we’ve heard early September in the past), it’s good to see the DX hacking community sharing new builds of the OS for impatient users.  Just remember that Motorola has said in the past that they won’t be providing an upgrade path to the official builds if you install any leaked ROM.  Also, if you do plan on loading this leaked build of Froyo, you should probably do it as soon as possible, as the last leaked ROM had to be pulled thanks to a cease and desist letter from Moto.  If you’ve already got the new build loaded up onto your DROID X, let us know about your experience! (phonedog)

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A recent roadmap leak made mention of several new Android phones headed to Verizon in the coming months, and now two have made an appearance in the inventory system of Big Red. The Motorola XT610 and Motorola Citrus (WX455) will fall on the middle to low end of the spec scale but providing two different form factors.

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The Citrus is said to be geared towards the younger crowd as an entry-level device featuring Android 2.1. It should feature a smaller sized screen around 3-inches and carry a price tag in the range of “affordable.”

The XT610 is a bit more interesting, said to be something along the lines of a Droid X Lite. It will feature a larger screen comparable to the 4.3-inch display of the X while throttling back the internals with a slower processor and lower resolution camera. This one should go in a price range somewhere between $100 to $150 on a two-year contract.

Add this on top of a handful of other known Android devices in the works from Moto, HTC, and Samsung and you have a pretty full slate for VZW. No release timeframe is known for either handset. (phandroid)

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Well, well, well. Lookie what we have here. The Motorola tablet we have heard so much (yet so little) about has popped right up in Verizon’s inventory with an MZ600 model number attached. In fact we have three entries. One for the tablet itself, one for demo units, and one for dummy units. Still, the screenshot doesn’t reveal much other than Verizon is prepared to receive the rumored collaboration between Big Red, Moto, and Google herself into its tender, warm, and receptive hands.

The tablet is rumored to be launching as soon as October in anticipation of big holiday sales. Other posited specs are NVIDIA Tegra 2 internals and Android 3.0 (Gingerbread). The Tegra 2 we can buy into given that it seems to be the go-to tablet chip and rumors suggest Moto may be heading towards the processor for future Android handsets, but with little in the way of leaked Gingerbread news it is hard to believe it could be coming that soon. Then again, Google and Moto did team up for an Android 2.0 launch, so we will surely see. There are also reports that the tablet will feature a tie-in with Verizon’s FiOS for mobile TV.

It’s almost a certainty that the Moto tablet will end up with some sort of Droid branding as well. Whether it be DroidPad or DroidTab or something entirely different, we can’t see VZW missing out on the built-in marketing for the Droid line giving a big boost for a new tablet. In fact, even though leaks suggest the Galaxy Tab from Samsung will hit the carrier, I wouldn’t be surprised if that tablet is delayed until after the launch of this Motorola device in the same way the Fascinate was held off until after the release of the Droid X and Droid 2.

What will we ultimately see from Motorola’s first Android tablet? Your educated guess is as good as mine, but it is definitely coming. And coming soon. (phandroid)

After using the Motorola Charm for a day, Noah, Editor-in-Chief of Phonedog, declared the Charm to be the start of the Smart Messaging Phone’s reign and that other non-smart messaging phones were dead. As the Teen Lifestyle Editor and, therefore, Queen of Messaging Phones, this hit a soft spot and piqued my interest. Now that I’ve had the chance to use the Moto Charm for about a day, I have a few thoughts and first impressions of my own.

  • As a messaging/social networking phone, I think it’s great so far. The keyboard is great for typing. Its rubberized, domed keys making typing a message very quick. I definitely have no complaints in the keyboard department.

    • Moto Blur is everything everyone says it is – “in your face”, “obtrusive”, “cluttering”, etc. etc. The concept of Blur seems fine, but having all of those custom widgets (there’s seriously a widget for every aspect of social media) on the tiny 2.8-inch QVGA screen is a little too much. You can, of course, delete any widgets that you don’t want and try to stick with just stock Android 2.1 widgets, but I still had a hard time customizing each screen to the way I wanted it to be. I’m thinking this is a combination of the small screen size restricting certain widgets and the custom skin being difficult to work around.
    • The capacitive touchscreen itself has been great so far and very responsive. It actually supports multitouch, which is not something you would expect with a mid-ranged smartphone like the Charm. Scrolling has been a breeze.
    • I don’t see myself ever using the Backtrack pad. It’s just not necessary. But it’s there and it works, if that’s your thing.

      I haven’t had much time with the camera, but the specs themselves impress me
      3 MP fixed focus with digital zoom and it captures video. It may not seem like the best, but I think it’s up to par with other mid-ranged devices we’re seeing. Overall, the build quality seems very solid. It’s not plasticky at all and I don’t feel any give when I squeeze it tightly around the edges.

        The Motorola Charm features a 3.5mm headphone jack, a microSD card slot with a 2GB card pre-installed (it supports up to 32GB) and support for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It’s powered by a 1170 mAh battery, which seems like enough to keep it running for at least a day, if not more. I’ll put it through more testing to get exact numbers.
        So far, I think the Charm is a solid device. Does it replace a messaging phone? I guess that depends on who you talk to. Messaging phones haven’t been getting a lot of attention from designers and manufacturers lately, and now that I have the Charm, I see why. Perhaps they’re trying to coerce everyone into switching to a smartphone. Who knows? For now, I’m just testing out the Charm for a review. I’ll be back to give you my full thoughts on it after I’ve put it through more testing. (phonedog)

        EmuCR:WinUAEWinUAE v2.3.0 Beta 15 is released.Winuae is the commodore amiga emulator for Windows. WinUAE is a mostly complete software emulation of the hardware of the Commodore Amiga 500/1000/2000. A Commodore Amiga, for those who don’t know, is a 16/32 bit computer system based on the Motorola 680×0 CPU and a few specially designed custom chips that provide very good graphics and sound capabilities. Its first incarnation, the A1000, appeared in 1985, followed by the highly successful A500 and A2000 models. WinUAE is a port of the originally written for Unixish systems UAE; but over time, it seems the Windows port, WinUAE has become the best version available on any platform. WinUAE is free software: you are welcome to distribute copies of it and/or modify it, under certain conditions. There is no warranty of any kind for UAE. For more details concerning these issues, please read the GNU General Public License, which describes the terms under which WinUAE is distributed.

        WinUAE v2.3.0 Beta 15 changelog:
        only.
        – floppy panel disk image creator can now create FFS and bootable images, pre-formatted extended adf (“custom floppy”) will be created if label is set or FFS or bootblock is ticked. (empty label box = label will be “empty” when creation standard adf)
        – b1 plugin path detection didn’t check exe location\plugins

        Download:WinUAE v2.3.0 Beta 15
        Source:Here

        (emuCR)

        If you think about it, the DROID 2 is the one of the few high-end Android phones out there that sports a physical QWERTY keyboard.  The device appeases the BlackBerry converts and physical QWERTY die-hards, and Verizon and Motorola are both well aware of it.  It’s also the only recent DROID unit that – knock on wood – isn’t backordered.  Yep, that means you should be able to walk into most Verizon stores nationwide and walk out with a shiny new device.

        The DROID 2 ships in the same small, environmentally-conscious box that the DROID X and original DROID ship in.  In the box, you get an AC adapter module, USB cable, 8 GB microSD card (installed in the phone), and instruction manuals.  The design is largely reminiscent of the original device, save for a new bottom lip, chrome housing, and rubberized exterior

        buttons.  The exterior is blue and silver versus the black and “brown sugar” color of the original device.  I had no problem with the design of the original DROID, but I do think the design changes on the DROID 2 are improvements.

        Along with the design changes, Motorola has upgraded the internals.  The DROID 2 offers a 1 GHz TI OMAP processor, 8 GB of internal storage, and an 8 GB microSD card.  As I’ve said before, 3.7-inches is my personal preference in display size, and the DROID 2 falls into that category.  It offers Motorola’s unique 854 x 480 pixel layout, making the display longer and skinnier than other devices on the market.  As a result, it’s easier to hold in the hand, and is more pocketable.  The keyboard adds some heft to it, but even at 5.96 ounces, it’s easy to put in a pocket.

        The first phone to ship with Android 2.2, the DROID 2 offers the next generation of Motorola’s BLUR user interface, which is what is installed on the DROID X.  It’s not nearly as pronounced as the Backflip and Devour days, but it’s noticeable.  I prefer HTC’s widgets over Motorola’s, but am quite fond of their “Date & Time” and “Weather” options.

        FedEx delivered the DROID this morning, so I haven’t worked with battery numbers.  I charged it to 100 percent at 11 AM, and at 5 PM, battery life was at about 60 percent with moderate use (calling, text messaging, e-mailing, and downloading apps from the Android Market).  I’m holding final judgment until official testing is complete, but I can see the DROID 2 making it through the day.

        From what I can tell thus far, the DROID 2 is an excellent revision to the original, and provides an option for BlackBerry users looking to defect.  The upgraded internals combined with Android 2.2 out of the box make for a great experience.  The Motorola DROID 2 is available (and in stock, for the moment) for $199.99 after rebate and new two-year agreement.

        (phonedog)

        DROID X Android 2.2

        DROID X owners jealous of their DROID and DROID 2 brothers for getting Android 2.2 no longer have to be envious, as Froyo for the DROID X has leaked out.  However, it’s looking likely that this will not be the final version of 2.2 for the DROID X.  The manual update process seems pretty simple, especially considering that multiple sites have posted step-by-step instructions so that you can do it yourself.  If you ever want or need to get back to stock Android 2.1, though, the process is said to be pretty difficult.  If you’re feeling brave, you can find the download link and instructions right here.

        As more and more Android phones get updated to version 2.2, it’s great to see the DROID X get its own heaping helping of Froyo, even if its only a leaked version.  Hopefully now that the OS has leaked, that means we’ll be seeing the official update from Motorola in the near future.  If any of you DROID X owners out there decide to try out this leaked update, let us know how it goes, ok?

        (phonedog)

        Motorola STINGRAY

        Yesterday we saw the Motorola tablet allegedly show up in Verizon’s systems with the model number MZ600, and now the device has made another appearance.  A device with the model number MZ600 has shown up on a cached Verizon page, and its sporting the name Motorola STINGRAY.  It’s unclear if this is the official name or just some sort of internal codename, but the fact that it’s on a Verizon site certainly makes it look legit.

        We may not have much information about the Motorola tablet beyond the manufacturer and a rumored name, but I have a feeling we’ll be seeing it sooner rather than later.  Considering the lack of Android tablets on the market, I have a feeling that the STINGRAY could end up being quite a hit, especially with Verizon backing it.  How many of you would pick up a tablet device running the Android OS?

        UPDATE: One of our reliable tipsters has told us that STINGRAY is just a code name.  When the device finally hits the shelves, Verizon will have some input on what we’ll all be calling it.

        (phonedog)

        Motorola i1

        Posted: August 12, 2010 in Motorola
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        Network :

        • Data : EVDO

        Size/Design :

        • Antenna : Internal
        • Dimensions : 4.65″ x 2.28″ x 0.5″ (118 x 58 x 12.8 mm)
        • Headset Jack : 2.5 mm
        • Keyboard/Buttons : Touchscreen
        • Phone Design : Bar
        • Phone Type : Smartphone
        • Side Keys : Yes
        • Weight : 4.63 oz. (131 g)

        Battery :

        • Standby Time : 96 hours (4 days)
        • Talk Time : 3.5 hours (210 minutes)
        • Type : 1400 mAh

        Display :

        • Colors : 262,144 (18-bit)
        • Resolution : 320 x 480 pixels 3.1″
        • Touch Screen : Yes – capacitive
        • Type : TFT,TFD,LCD (Color)

        Camera and Video :

        • Features : Video capture, auto-focus, photo editor, panorama mode
        • Flash : LED
        • Megapixels : 5.0

        Data Messaging :

        • Instant Messaging : Yes
        • Predictive Text Entry : Yes
        • Text Messaging : MMS,SMS

        Music and Multimedia :

        • GPS Navigation : Yes
        • Music Player : Yes
        • Speaker Phone : Yes

        Connectivity :

        • Bluetooth : Yes, Supported Profiles: HSP, HFP, DUN, PBA, FTP, OPP, A2DP, AVRC, BPP
        • E-Mail Client : Yes,POP3,IMAP4,GMail
        • Memory Card Slot : TransFlash,MicroSD
        • Operating System : Google Android
        • USB Port : Yes
        • Web Browser : Yes,Opera Mini
        • Wi-Fi : Yes

        Organizer :

        • Alarm : Yes
        • Calculator : Yes
        • Calendar : Yes
        • Voice Recorder : Yes

        Phone Book :

        • Multi Numbers per Name : Yes
        • Photo Caller ID : Yes
        • Ringer ID : Yes
        • Voice Dialing : Yes
        Other Features :
        • Flight Mode : Yes
        • Hearing Aid Compatible : Yes,M3,T3
        • Multiple Languages : Yes
        • Push-to-Talk : Yes
        • Vibrate Alert : Yes

        (via phonedog)