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Motorola Teases Ice Cream Sandwich on Droid RAZR

Motorola Teases Ice Cream Sandwich on Droid RAZR

Motorola Teases Ice Cream Sandwich on Droid RAZR
News from PC Magazine:

Be patient, owners of the Motorola RAZR and RAZR Maxx. You’ll get your ice cream someday – Ice Cream Sandwich, that is, otherwise known as Android 4.0. But if you can’t wait until the end of June to get your hands on the latest update to Google’s OS, and you haven’t already installed a custom ROM that gives you the “unofficial” benefits of Ice Cream Sandwich, Motorola has a treat in store for you.

The company just released a series of videos today that shows off exactly what Ice Cream Sandwich is going to look like on its two RAZR phones. Spoiler: It’s going to be pretty.

First off, an upgraded lock screen allows you to swipe and unlock your way to one of four different elements on the smartphone: the camera, text messaging, the phone itself (dialing-style), or the conventional home screen. It’s much more elegant than the previous, ugly lock screen Motorola opted to use, and its usefulness goes one step beyond standard shortcuts for those rocking out on their mobile devices. You can also access your music controls from your lock screen – a great way to pause…………… continues on PC Magazine

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Rumors of a Facebook smartphone surface again
News from Boston Globe:

NEW YORK — Can a software company build its own smartphone? We may find out soon.

This past week, Google completed its acquisition of the hardware maker Motorola Mobility for $ 12.5 billion, which could lead to the search giant’s making its own smartphone. But another software titan might be getting into the hardware game as well: Facebook.

Employees of Facebook and several engineers who have been sought out by recruiters there, as well as people briefed on Facebook’s plans, say the company hopes to release its own smartphone by next year. These people spoke only on condition of anonymity for fear of jeopardizing their employment or relationships with Facebook.

The company has hired more than half a dozen former Apple software and hardware engineers who worked on the iPhone, and one who worked on the iPad, the employees and those briefed on the plans said.

This would be Facebook’s third effort at building a smartphone, said one person briefed on the plans and one who was recruited. In 2010, the blog TechCrunch reported that Facebook was working on a smartphone. The project crumbled after the company realized the difficulties involved, according to people who had worked on it. The website AllThingsD reported last year that Facebook and HTC had entered a partnership to create a smartphone, code-named Buffy, that is still in th…………… continues on Boston Globe

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