Motorola Explains Android 4.0 Update Process
Motorola today shared some information via its blog about how it is approaching Android 4.0 and updating its roster of smartphones to the newest operating system from Google. Now that the source code has been released by Google, Motorola has started step one in the process, which entails taking the source code and incorporating it into upgrades for devices on which the system can perform well, along with making sure the carrier requirements are met. Once that is complete, Motorola spends time debugging the code in step two before submitting it to the associated carrier for approval in step three. Motorola warns that the carriers each have their own approval process and this step can take months to complete. Once approved by carriers, Motorola may push the update to select customers for testing, followed by a full deployment in step four. Motorola said that it will provide Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to as many of its phones as it can, but didn't commit to phones other than the Droid RAZR, Droid Bionic, and Xoom tablet.
Review: Motorola Droid Maxx 2 for Verizon Wireless
The Maxx 2 is the less expensive of Motorola's two new Droid handsets for Verizon Wireless, but it is still a competitive offering. This Android smartphone impresses with excellent build quality and a battery that delivers on Motorola's promises.
Google Simplifies 2-Step Verification
Google has made it easier for people to setup and use two-step verification to protect their accounts. Google already allowed users to tap a Security Key or enter a verification code sent to their phone.
Motorola to Let Others Make Mods for Z Droids
Motorola today showed off the Z Droid and Z Droid Force handsets, which are compatible with magnetic modules that attach to the back. The Z Droid and Z Droid Force will have access to a handful of Moto Mods at launch, but Motorola hopes other companies will make Mods, too.
Motorola Commits to Updating High-End Phones to Android Oreo
Motorola today said it will update a significant number of its smartphones to Android 8 Oreo. Those devices on deck for the latest version of Android include the 2016 Moto Z, Z Droid, Z Force Droid, Z Play, and Z Play Droid, as well as the 2017 Moto Z2 Play, Z2 Force Edition, X4, G5, G5 Plus, G5S, and G5S Plus.
Motorola to Issue Stagefright Fix to Most Phones
Motorola has said it, too, will push a security patch to resolve the Stagefright vulnerability found on its Android smartphones. Motorola's newest phones, the Moto X Style, Moto X Play, and Moto G (3rd Gen) will have the patches installed in the factory.