Last year Motorola introduced its first flagship Android device for Sprint, the Motorola Photon 4G. It was a dual-core, qHD handset with similar specs to the Atrix 4G and latest Droid-branded phones. Well now we’ve gotten wind of a sequel to that device, which will supposedly come to market as the Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE. Besides being quite a mouthful of a name for consumers to remember, it sounds like it will be yet another high-end offering from the Now Network: very likely Moto’s first LTE handset for the latest 4G network to go live.
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Motorola recently posted a message to its support forums, announcing a forthcoming update for the Electrify on US Cellular, and soliciting 200 Electrify owners to help the company test things out.
While there’s been no mention thus far of the contents of this particular update, we’re likely looking at the equivalent of the Photon 4G update sent out to Sprint users last month. That one didn’t go as smoothly as possible, and some users found that their phones just wouldn’t take the update. After briefly pausing things, the update started going back out at [...]
Motorola’s Photon 4G on Sprint received a pretty minor software update last month, only really affecting WiFi functionality. There’s been a little more substantial collection of bugfixes that already leaked, but has yet to see official distribution. Signs are now pointing to that update arriving in the very near future, with testers already receiving it on their phones.
Those who registered with Motorola to help test the code are seeing their Photons upgraded to system software 198_6. As far as anyone can tell, this is the same as the previously-leaked version. [...]
Sprint currently has two powerful, high-end Android phones available for sale at the $199 price point: the Epic Touch 4G (essentially a Galaxy S II but with a larger display) and the Motorola Photon 4G. Both devices offer dual-core CPUs with a gigabyte of RAM, plus WiMax 4G connectivity on Sprint. The display on the Photon 4G is higher resolution with 960×540 pixels, but the Super AMOLED Plus display of the Epic 4G Touch is a sight to behold, thanks to fantastic contrast.
In this video, we compare the hardware and software of the Epic Touch 4G and the Photon 4G, plus [...]
The “weapon of choice”, as Sprint would have us believe, is the newest to their mobile lineup – the Motorola Photon 4G. With a body whose beveled corners encase its powerful Tegra 2 1Ghz dual-core processor, this phone certainly feels good in the hand. Motorola’s first 4G device (and a world phone as well) on Sprint looks to be a solid contender, but will it be able to win the battle of the consumers? Read on for the full review!
Not much in the way of included accessories in the box with the Photon 4G. A wall charger and appropriate [...]
Battle lines have been drawn, and the device manufacturers are trying hard to recruit new members to their ranks. In this video, we take a closer look at the software of the Motorola Photon 4G for Sprint. A winner or loser once the fight is done? You’ll have to watch to see.
The Motorola Photon 4G is available from Sprint for $199 with a two year contract.
It’s hardly as exciting as when a phone gets a significant OS update, but those little maintenance updates that trickle out between major releases help keep our phones running at peak performance. Two such underdogs are on their way to Android devices as we speak: one to the Motorola Photon 4G on Sprint, and another to Samsung’s Infuse 4G on AT&T.
The Photon 4G is heading up to software release 4.5.1A-1_SUN-154_6, mentioning only changes to WiFi functionality in its release notes. Users who have received the update have noticed some performance gains; at least [...]
The fight continues for the hearts and minds of today’s phone consumers. In this video, we take a closer look at the hardware of the Motorola Photon 4G for Sprint. Thus far, impressions are very favorable, with some caveats. Is it enough to cause users to defect over to Sprint? We shall see.
Battery1700 mAh Li-Ion
Talk time10 hours
Dimensions2.6″ x 5.0″ x 0.5″Display4.3″ qHD Capacitive Touchscreen
Processor1 GHz NVIDIA® Tegra 2 Dual Core Processor
Memory16GB Internal, 1GB [...]
We first learned of the Motorola Photon 4G, and all its angular lines, when the manufacturer announced late last spring that the Android smartphone would be making an eventual appearance on Sprint. Sure enough, by the end of July, the Photon was upon us. While the Photon continues to have a home at Sprint, its twin is about to arrive at U.S. Cellular, as the Motorola Electrify.
The name change aside, the Electrify is the same ol’ Photon 4G we’re familiar with. That means it will keep the 4.3-inch qHD display (and unfortunate PenTile arrangement), same dual-core 1GHz [...]
The “weapon of choice”, as Sprint would have us believe, is the newest to their mobile lineup – the Motorola Photon 4G. With beveled corners encasing its Tegra 1Ghz dual-core processor, this phone certainly feels good in the hand. Motorola’s first 4G device on Sprint looks to be a solid contender, but will it be able to win the battle of the consumers?
The Motorola Photon 4G is available from Sprint for $199 with a two year contract.
– Pentile display means some noticeable pixelation– No included [...]
If you’re rocking an Android on Sprint, there may be a new update headed your way. The carrier posted information today regarding updates becoming available for both the HTC EVO 4G and the new Motorola Photon 4G.
The EVO 4G’s update will bring the smartphone to system software 4.53.651.1. This one’s going to be a bugfix update, containing a handful of fixes. There may not be any really critical problems being corrected, but some of the glitches look like they could be pretty annoying to run into. The software will fix issues with SMS transmission when [...]
Hackers celebrate as independent developers have finally succeeded in unlocking the bootloader, on the hard-to-crack, Motorola Photon 4G. The full procedure is now live on XDA-Developers, and so far, things seem to work just fine.
The process is sadly not something we’d recommend for beginners, as you’ll have to know how to use RSDLite and have some basic knowledge of the standard fastboot procedures, since this is a Motorola device. The thread does a very good job in giving us all a simple step-by-step procedure though, so if you’re good with following [...]
Sprint’s Motorola Photon 4G was on pre-order with Radio Shack before it started to be available online with the carrier itself, going for $199.99 with a two-year contract. Now Radio Shack ups the ante and offers the phone at a great price.
Instead of paying $199.99 to Sprint, go to Radio Shack and get the Photon 4G for $99.99. The offer is valid only with a new Sprint account so if you are planning on renewing or upgrading your contract, you’ll have to pay the same price as the one Sprint has. However, if you’re about to join Sprint, the Photon 4G has some cool [...]
Looks like it’s that time for Motorola phones! Yesterday we’ve seen the Motorola Droid X2 SBF file and today we’ve got the Photon 4G System Boot File for all you hardcore tweakers and ROM flashers out there.
If something goes wrong when you try to root or flash your phone, an SBF file can help you recover your phone. It will revert it to its factory default state and thus you’ll lose your root access but it’s always easier to root again than to buy a new phone to replace your bricked one. Head over to the source link where you can download the SBF [...]
There are still a couple of days until you will be able to purchase the Motorola Photon 4G from the shelf but the phone is now available online over at the carrier’s website for all of you who want to have it before anyone else.
Following the source link will land you on Sprint’s Motorola Photon 4G page from where you can purchase the phone. The price is, as confirmed, $199.99 with a two-year contract, for which you get a phone with a dual-core 1GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 4.3-inch qHD display, eight-megapixel camera, VGA front-facer, and 16GB of internal flash storage. [...]
The Motorola Photon 4G will be available July 31 for about $200 on-contract according to the carrier itself but if you want to make sure you’re among the first owners of the phone, you can now pre-order the device and even save a couple of bucks.
RadioShack has the Motorola Photon 4G listed on pre-order. It costs $179.99, opposed to the $199.99 you’ll pay to Sprint, given you’ll sign a new contract. If you want the phone only, it will set you back $579.99 and will ship when available. The Sprint Photon 4G features a dual-core 1GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 4.3-inch [...]
There was already a leaked Sprint spreadsheet at the beginning of June showing off a couple of phones coming to the carrier and it appears that a new version of the document brings some more hints regarding phone release dates.
If the information turns out to be true, you can expect the BlackBerry Bold 9930 and Torch 9850 to arrive on August 21, similar to the previous leak. The BlackBerry Curve 9350 is listed with a September 9 projected launch date but the LG Optimus Slider LS700 (AKA, the Gelato Q) has disappeared from the list, probably being delayed or [...]
Last week, we saw Motorola’s Photon 4G on Sprint WiMAX get its FCC certification, a month after the smartphone was first announced. That set us up to expect the phone’s release in the coming weeks, and sure enough, Sprint has finally announced the Photon’s launch details, coming out on July 31 for about $200 on-contract.
Like other recent Sprint launches, subscribers who qualify for the carrier’s Sprint Premier program, by being a long-term customer or meeting certain monthly spending goals, will have the opportunity to order the Photon 4G a few days in [...]
It hasn’t been that long since we first heard of Motorola’s Photon 4G, nor since Motorola and Sprint officially announced the smartphone last month. The WiMAX-equipped Android has hardware specs that remind us of Motorola’s Atrix 4G on AT&T, though you may find the Photon more stylish with its beveled corners, giving it a very Battlestar-Galacticy look. The Photon 4G is supposed to arrive sometime this summer, but we’ve yet to hear even so much as a rumor saying just when that will be (short of a broad “July”). It looks like we’re getting [...]
Hidden away withing the carrier’s Sprint ID app, there lives a list of Sprint devices. More than just what’s currently available on Sprint, the list includes a few placeholders for smartphones that have yet to be released. With a little guesswork, we can take a stab at identifying what upcoming hardware each name refers to. The list currently includes the unreleased LG Optimus B, LG Q, Samsung Chief, and Motorola Sunfire.
The Optimus B could easily be the LG Optimus Black. Early on, before “Black” took hold, the smartphone was referred to as simply the LG [...]
Sprint and Motorola announced the Motorola Photon 4G yesterday and there were some initial hopes for an unlocked bootloader according to reports based on a reps unofficial statement. Unfortunately that is not the case.
Reaching out directly to Motorola with a question regarding the Photon 4G bootloader, Droid-life got the following, this time official statement: “Motorola has recognized the passion around this topic in our communities. As we’ve previously communicated, it is our intention to include the unlockable/relockable bootloader in software releases starting [...]
Most high end smartphone now either have an HDMI output in the form of a type C or D port, or can do HDMI output with a special cradle or USB accessory. In fact, Sprint’s latest high-end Android, the Photon 4G, joins the ranks of HDMI-ouput-capable devices. Granted, OEMs make it difficult to spontaneously connect your phone to an HDTV, but the option exists if you’re willing to hunt down the proper accessories. This begs the question: if your phone has an HDMI-output feature, do you use it? If so, what do you use it for?
Do You Use Your Phone’s HDMI [...]