I don’t know exactly what’s the hype about voice control app. I have Siri on my iPhone and the only time I used it is when I’m bored. But if you are into voice control app, check out this Google Voice Action vs Siri video. This is one of the fairest comparison I’ve seen so far. Credits to Motorola.
Then again, with all the background noise, I doubt any of the voice control app can work properly.
I still remember Motorola RAZR V3. It was a very popular clamshell phone back in 2004. But the new Motorola RAZR has nothing similar to the old V3 other than being very slim. Maybe Motorola run out of new names for their phone. Oh well.
Names aside, the Motorola RAZR looks really beautiful. It’s just 7.1mm thin. And because it is so thin, the battery is non-removable. But who cares about removable battery nowadays? The Motorola RAZR has a 4.3 inch qHD (690 x 540) Super AMOLED Advance screen. Has a 1.2GHz Dual Core processor, 16GB memory and 1GB DDR2 SDRAM. 8 megapixel rear camera capable of 1080p HD video recording and a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera. 3.5mm audio jack, microUSB port for data and charging, WIFI, Bluetooth and HDMI port.
The back of the phone is made with KEVLAR fibre coating. Yes, that’s the material they use for bulletproof vest. And no, it’s not bulletproof so don’t use it to block bullets. But the KEVLAR fibre coating makes the back of the Motorola RAZR looks beautiful and at the same time feels good in the hands. In fact, I love the KEVLAR fibre coating.
The Motorola RAZR comes preloaded with Motorola MotoCast app. MotoCast allows you to stream or download music, photos or documents from your computer straight to your Motorola RAZR wherever you are. All you need is internet connection.
The Motorola RAZR is currently running on Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread. But don’t worry, it will be upgradable to Ice Cream Sandwich. But no date given yet.
The Motorola RAZR is now available in Singapore at $888 without contract.
This is a surprise to a lot of people. Google announced recently that they have agreed to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. Relax, it’s not the entire Motorola. Motorola was split into Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions in January 2011. Google is just going to acquire the Mobile Devices division of Motorola.
It seems like the main reason for Google to acquire Motorola Mobility is for their patents. Motorola has more than 17,500 patents and 7,500 patent applications. It is quite a good bargain if you compare that with the $4.5 billion that Apple, Microsoft, RIM, Sony, EMC and Ericsson paid last month for 6000 Nortel patents. (That’s assuming that quantity matters in patent lawsuit) Google needs these patents badly to built up its patent portfolio for defense against Apple and Microsoft. Not just for themselves, also for their partners like Samsung and HTC who are facing patent lawsuit because of Android.
But buying Motorola Mobility also effectively put Google in direct competition with their Android partners. Google will need to manage the relationship properly. We’ve all seen how Nokia and Palm failed when they license their mobile OS and manufacture phones at the same time. Hope Google won’t go down that route with the Motorola Mobility acquisition.
The good thing about the acquisition is that Motorola Mobility includes their set-top box business. With Television being rumored to be the next biggest battlefield after Tablet, this acquisition will put Google TV is a better position to rival Apple TV when the battle for living room begins.
Do note that the acquisition is still pending regulatory approval. But I don’t think there is any ground to block this.