Review: Motorola Photon Q for Sprint
The only music application preinstalled is Google Play Music. No FM radio, no Slacker, no Pandora, not even the simple media player are available. As for video, there's the Google Play Movies store and native YouTube apps, and that's the sum total of all the media services on the Photon. Of course, you can download anything you want from the Google Play Store.
In terms of performance, music that I played through the Google Play Music app sounded good, even when streamed over the cellular network. I wish the Google Play Music app had more controls for fine-tuning the sound, though.
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The Google Play Movies app is a fine video player for sideloaded, captured, or purchased content. Movies looked really good on the ColorBoost display, and sounded good on my favorite pair of earbuds.
If you want to access Sprint-branded media apps, you'll have to download them yourself from the Sprint Zone. The Sprint Zone includes long-time Sprint staples, such as Sprint Live TV, Sprint Music Plus, NASCAR, and NBA Mobile. These apps are free to download, but of course music itself costs extra.
Jul 26, 2012
On the heels of being out by Sprint CEO Dan Hesse, Motorola today provided more details about the Photon Q. The Photon Q is a sideways slider with touch screen and full QWERTY keyboard for messaging.
Sep 9, 2012
C Spire Wireless today announced that its LTE 4G network is now available for the first time in several markets in Mississippi. C Spire said that residents of McComb, Brookhaven, Meridian, and Greenville, Miss., are the first who have access to its LTE 4G network.
Apr 25, 2013
Sprint today indicated via its user forums that the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update is now ready for the Motorola Photon Q. The system update adds a wide range of new features to the Photon Q, including Google Now, Voice Search improvements, bug fixes, and camera enhancements.
Dec 7, 2012
Motorola recently revised the customer support page that lists which smartphones will receive updated versions of Android and approximately when those updates will arrive. The RAZR M, RAZR HD, and MAXX HD have all received Jelly Bean.
Oct 20, 2012
Motorola has updated the list of devices that will receive updated versions of Android and is revealing for the first time those slated to get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The Droid RAZR M, RAZR HD, and MAXX HD are all schedule to receive the Jelly Bean update before the end of the year.