Motorola MOTOLUXE and Defy Mini up cheap Android
Motorola sought to raise the baseline on Android smartphones Thursday with a pair of new world models. The MOTOLUXE runs on a modest 800MHz processor but has a four-inch, 480x854 screen, eight-megapixel back and VGA front cameras, and a fairly healthy 1,400mAh battery good for 6.5 hours of talk. Borrowing a slight cue from the HTC Rhyme, the lanyard slot lights up for missed calls, mail, and text.
Motorola curbs tablet goals for 2011
Motorola as part of its results talks painted more modest picture for its tablet hopes in the second half of the year. It now anticipated that its entire tablet shipments for 2011 would range between 1.3 million and 1.5 million. The split left Motorola shipping as many tablets in the second half of the year as in the first half, even with at least two new tablets shipping.
Faster, updated version of Defy coming to AT&T?
A slightly upgraded version of Motorola's Defy mid-range Android smartphone may soon arrive at AT&T, This is my next reported on Thursday. While a source isn't revealed, the handset is said to get support for 850MHz, 1,900MHz and 2,100MHz HSPA bands, which are used by AT&T and some Canadian carriers as well. This leaves T-Mobile out of the equation, however, despite its carrying the original handset.
T-Mobile issues Android 2.2 update for Defy
Motorola and T-Mobile announced on Thursday in the T-Mobile forums that the Android 2.2 update for the Motorola Defy has been released. As the update is optional, users need to manually check for it and download it over the air. As the update is about 112MB in size, Motorola suggests users do it over a stable Wi-Fi connection.
T-Mobile brings $15 tethering plan on November 3
T-Mobile will add a $15 tethering add-on to its offerings on November 3, according to a Tuesday report. Officially called the Tethering and Wi-Fi Sharing Add-On, it will cost $15 per month and allow users to tether other Wi-Fi devices to the 3G data connections of their smartphones. Users need to have a minimum $20 unlimited web plan on either postpaid or Flex Pay schemes before they can get the tethering feature, BGR was told.