#android

Casey Johnson:

Motorola Atrix 4G owners will not get the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update the company promised them, according to a newly revised upgrade chart. The phones will continue to run Android 2.3 Gingerbread, dealing another blow to the integrity of Google’s upgrade program.

This would be pathetic if Google didn’t own this company. But they do. So it’s dually jackassified.

Anil Dash:

To see Android make the leap from being the default option that comes with a service plan to actually becoming the platform that defines smartphones in the public’s imagination, Google needs to take on not just Apple but everyone in the Android hardware space too. Motorola has said it’s going to streamline its offerings. I’d push that even further. Go with a single model. And it shouldn’t have a name that reads like a license plate. Instead of the Atrix HD MB886, it should just be the Nexus Phone, with a marketing campaign that focuses on the phone, rather than Android. (When’s the last time you saw an iPhone commercial that talked about iOS?) Make it clear that this is the Google Phone.

Agreed. And I do think it will happen. But it will take time because it means going directly against what Android was supposed to be all about.

Right now, Google will never admit to this reality. To be honest, I’m not sure most people on the Android team even realize this reality. But at the end of the day, this comes down to making money. Microsoft is currently making more money off of Android than Google is. iOS is providing more mobile revenue when it comes to Google searches. The model is already broken and it runs the risk of cracking wide open unless there’s a product that can keep it together.

The true Google Phone.

Dieter Bohn last week on Google’s “New Motorola”:

But the simple fact remains: neither Google’s flagship Galaxy Nexus nor the new devices from its subsidiary Motorola are running Google’s latest software on Verizon’s network, and they won’t until Verizon says they can.

There’s nothing “new” about that.

If it weren’t for Verizon, I’d bet that basically no one would have bought any Motorola phones the past few years. And the company would have been even more of a money pit. And Google still probably would have paid over $10 billion for that money pit.

Dow Jones:

Alibaba said that Acer “was notified by Google that if the product runs Aliyun OS, Google will terminate its Android- related cooperation and other technology licensing with our partner….We regret Google’s action.”

So much to say on this. For now, let’s just say that the words “terminate” and “open” should never go together.

Well, it may not exactly be the Kindle Phone some were hoping for, but this Verizon/Amazon partnership could end up being a big deal.

Verizon:

Recognizing this trend, Verizon and Amazon will offer a suite of Amazon-owned shopping apps directly to customers on certain Verizon Wireless Android smartphones. Amazon’s Shopping, MP3, Zappos, Kindle, and Audible apps, will be preloaded to offer quick access to the online stores, one-click ordering and access to Amazon Prime free two-day shipping.

That’s a round-about way of saying they’re going to start pre-loading all those Amazon apps on some of their Android phones.

And while Verizon don’t specifically mention the Amazon Appstore, The Verge says that will be a part of the suite as well. That’s huge news because it’s still way too much of a pain in the ass for a regular consumer to install it right now — which is a big reason why Amazon would want to build their own phone.

Nilay Patel:

Multiple sources have confirmed to The Verge that Amazon is working on a smartphone that runs a variant of the Kindle Fire’s Android-based operating system, and we’re now hearing that the device will be shown to the press tomorrow.

Looks like the Android situation is about the get even more complicated…

Update: And recall that Bloomberg reported on this back in July.

Update 9/6: Nope.

Brian X. Chen:

The new phones, the Droid Razr HD, the Razr M and the Razr Maxx HD, have a crucial component that reflects Motorola’s legacy as a radio company: the cellular modems inside them, which connect with newer, faster fourth-generation LTE networks, were made by Motorola.

I’m sorry, I couldn’t get past “Droid Razr HD, the Razr M and the Razr Maxx HD”. Who the fuck comes up with these names?

Wait, it’s actually even worse. They’re supposed to be in ALL CAPS:

RAZR™ M, RAZR™ HD and DROID RAZR™ MAXX™ HD

Yes, Motorola has trademarked “MAXX”. Phew. I’m sure there were so many companies clamoring to use it in their branding. And they’re all condom companies.