Posts tagged with: Droid

[Full Droid Review] Released in November 2009, the Droid by Motorola is the first in Verizon's growing series new of Droid phones. The Motorola Droid smartphone comes loaded with Google Android 2.0 with Motorola's Motoblur UI. Inside is a 600MHz Texas Instruments OMAP 3430 processor with 256MB of RAM and 512MB of ROM. Its color transflective TFT display has an FWVGA 480x854 resolution and measures 3.7-inches. The Droid phone also features a five-megapixel camera with LED flash and a landscape slide out QWERTY keyboard with a directional pad. Read on for the latest Motorola Droid reviews, smartphone news and videos:

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    Update: Warning - peaking audio levels at the beginning and end of this podcast. Enjoy! Yo dudes. This week was gnar, dudes. First we get word from Commodore that they're (sorta) back and they've got a fleshtone phone to prove it. Then we hear that some kind of modern-day Iron Man is building a phone out of a material called "liquidmorphium." Then we go hands-on with an all-metal, super-stylized ZTE phone, before hearing that Samsung's new smartwatch is gonna have a digital crown and a rotating bezel control. And that's not even half of the geekgasm that was this week in mobile tech. All ...

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    As we prepare to say goodbye to the "Google-ified" Motorola we'd only just gotten to know, it bears remembering that the brand hasn't been issued a death warrant. Motorola under Lenovo may well flourish, after all, so it's premature to start planning the funeral. Still, two ownership changes in two years is a lot for any company, and from the inevitable brain drain of personnel losses to the unpredictable nature of marketing machinations, the future of the Motorola brand is anything but certain. So we thought it'd be nice, at this crossroads in Motorola's history, to take a look back at ...

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    Earlier today Verizon, the biggest mobile service provider in the United States, announced three new smartphones from Google/Motorola under the Droid brand: the Droid Mini, Droid Ultra and Droid Maxx. The latter of which promises to bring massive battery life. Sure, sure, it's got a 10-megapixel, 1080P-capable camera, a 5-inch screen, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage, a 1.7 dual-core CPU running quad-core graphics, wireless charging, and is topped off with LTE. What I'm really interested in is the battery: 3500 mAh, and capable of running 48 hours without being charged. That's massive! Many other ...

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    I remember a couple of years ago when Brandon told me we were hiring somebody to focus on Android, whom we’re lucky to still have with us today and you all know and love - Mr. Joe Levi. Android was so small back then, that I remember acknowledging the need to consider it, but still questioning if it was going to grow enough to justify the expansion. Back then Android was the underdog, and the world was full of Palm Treos, Windows Mobile smartphones, a couple of iPhones here and there, and both Nokia and BlackBerry shared the top of the food chain. We've always questioned Google's ...

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    "Hey, is that the new Galaxy?" No, it's a Android-powered Galaxy Nexus. "Yeah? I love Droids!" Those are from Verizon, and they're primarily made my Motorola, this one's on T-Mobile and made by Samsung. "Oh! So it is a Galaxy!" - #FACEPALM - ARGH! Face it, you're either on the frustrated side of that conversation, or you're the one doing the frustrating. But it's not your fault: Android-powered smartphones and tablets are suffering from an identity crisis. I love that Android is as successful as it is! We have 53.4% of the market share. I've got co-workers that have a Note II, a ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the new reports of more iOS domination in the United States. Then we do a little Siri talk, as it seems that Verizon was originally the company after buying the service before Apple did. A leaked Samsung roadmap is next and it's all about the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 that's rumored for the next coming weeks. Nokia later takes the spotlight with some unconfirmed rumors of EOS Windows Phone devices coming with better camera technology. We end today's show talking about HTC Sense 5.0 and some recent leaks we came upon. All this and more after ...

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    Microsoft kick-starts the smack-talk machine, which blows up in its face just as Nokia sells its own headquarters. The Lumia 822 gives us an excuse to launch a brand-new review format, while a Nexus 4 trade lets us take a post-review look at Google's latest smartphone. The iPhone 5S breaks its cover -maybe- while the Nexus 10 gives everyone a reason to care about big Android tablets - again, maybe. Rumors of a new 1080p device from LG get the speculation bonfire going again, but a cool bucketful of Google Play-colored cold water got us back on track. And, of course, it wouldn't be a ...

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    Yesterday we showed you the initial unboxing of the Motorola Droid RAZR HD. Since then I got a little curious: how can you tell a RAZR HD apart from the original Droid RAZR, and what are the differences? Good thing I just happen to have one of each! To begin with, both the RAZR HD and the RAZR have the "RAZR" trademark look and feel. They both have a soft-touch Kevlar backplate and both have the beveled corners that are synonymous with the RAZR family. On the front, the RAZR HD sheds its capacitive buttons in favor of the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on-screen soft-keys. The Motorola ...

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    I'm looking at a press release that flashed into my inbox this morning, a notice from AT&T that the company will soon be launching three new smartphones and a tablet. Surveying the list, it quickly becomes apparent that all of these newcomers have two things in common: they're all built by Samsung, and they all bear the word "Galaxy" in their names. That should come as a surprise to absolutely no one; Samsung has been using the celestial surname to denote its Android smartphone and tablet products for years. But as the South Korean OEM continues to flood the market with more and more ...

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    Even though mobile-technology trade shows are awesome, the news of the world keeps on getting made even outside their grounds. When I returned from IFA, I found a little package waiting for me, and inside it, a Droid RAZR M, one of three new RAZR-branded devices announced by Motorola at yesterday's NYC event. Our own Adam Z. Lein posted some hands-on video of the three devices yesterday, and now it's time for an unboxing of the littlest in the newest RAZR family. As a refresher: the RAZR M sports a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED Advanced display that they're marketing as a pseudo-edge-to-edge ...

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    I’ve learned that there are two things about being a mobile-phone reviewer. The first thing: you get to handle awesome gadgetry days or weeks ahead of its official release date, and you’re not just allowed to use the heck out of it; you need to, in order to do your job. That’s the awesome thing. The other, less-awesome thing: you eventually have to give it all back. “Empty Nest” is a recurring column discussing what I miss -and what I don’t- about the devices I’ve had to return. ___ The HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE came to my door as all devices do: in the midst of a ...

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    The Motorola (Droid) RAZR HD had no shortage of rumors and leaks in the last couple of weeks and we took almost every opportunity to talk about them in our Pocketnow Weekly Podcast. The latest rumor is that there will me no MAXX version of the phone whenever Motorola unveils it (probably on September 5). A total number of five instruction videos have been uploaded to a YouTube account with the name Motorola XT926 and no mention of the RAZR HD moniker. The device seems to have a user interface similar to the one on the Atrix HD as well as on-screen Android buttons a la Galaxy Nexus. Check ...

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    Since the days of gray scale LCD screens on PDAs, the stylus has been the invaluable tool which allowed you to precisely navigate the small screen. With killer applications like the venerable PhatWare Calligrapher, which converts hand writing to text, you can use the stylus to mimic the analog world of pen and paper. Along, with integration of cell phone technology, the hope of a converged hand held device for your mobile life was starting to become a reality. As cellular data and push email where implemented, the world was starting to be at one's stylus tip. Microsoft along with Palm were ...

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    Earlier this month, we got an official update on the progress towards the next major release of CyanogenMod, now incorporating Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The news about CM9 wasn't all good for everyone, as owners of the original "OG" Motorola Droid learned their smartphones would no longer be seeing CyanogenMod support. Considering the phone's limited hardware, with a pretty severe RAM bottleneck, that shouldn't have been surprising to hear, though it was unfortunate all the same. Of course, just because the phone won't get CM9 doesn't mean that other devs won't be working on an Ice ...

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    We've already seen the recent Bit9 study which unveiled popular Android smartphones being vulnerable to malware exploits and hacking attempts and now it's time for a North Carolina State University research to raise a couple of questions regarding pre-installed software. Researchers Michael Grace, Yajin Zhou, Zhi Wang, and Xuxian Jiang at NCSU analyzed popular smartphones: HTC Legend, HTC EVO 4G, HTC Wildfire S, Motorola Droid, Motorola Droid X, Samsung Epic 4G, Google Nexus One and Google Nexus S. The research found that while the model implementation of Android on Google's own handsets ...

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    This time last week, we heard about Motorola's efforts to recruit owners of the original Droid for their participation in a special project of some kind. It wasn't spelled-out directly, but based on how Motorola's run soak tests in the past, we had a feeling that's what we were in for. A new update in the works for a two-year-old Android struck us as some unusual behavior, and got us wondering about just what the contents of the update could be. An official release of Gingerbread seemed like a long shot, though not impossible, and we were left anxiously awaiting to hear further news of ...

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    Once in a while, we'll see a smartphone manufacturer come out with an unexpected update for an aging handset. While we harp on those companies for often taking so long to release updates in the first place, it's a great feeling when they finally arrive, breathing some new life into old hardware. Past a certain point, though, any sensible person gives up hope of ever seeing official updates released again. If you've been feeling that way about a first-gen Motorola Droid you've been holding onto, there may be a surprise in your future, as there are signs that Motorola's got something special ...

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    The original Motorola Droid, released in the fall of 2009, was the first in a long line of Android-powered devices that helped Verizon create a brand that is now used, in some (frustrating) cases, as the generic word to describe any phone running Android ("Hey dude...is that a Droid?" "Uhm, it's an Inspire 4G. It runs Android, so yes, it's a Droid!"). The original Droid, much like its two successors (the Droid 2 and the recently announced Droid 3), have kept with the same form factor: side-sliding QWERTY. Each new generation of Droid has upped the ante in terms of specs, with the latest ...

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    Motorola's Droid 3 turned up in a couple pics last month, with a new, larger screen. Details on the smartphone are still sparse, but there's some new evidence suggesting that a release could be nearer than we might have thought, as a supplier of OEM phone components has the whole Droid 3 screen assembly up for sale. According to Global Direct Parts, the Droid 3 will expand the 3.7-inch screen on previous Droids to a little-more-modern four inches, along with a bump to qHD resolution. This will also be the first of the basic Droid models to include a front-facing camera for video chats. ...

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    Sure, you can pull a little slight-of-Android-hand and get Netflix's new streaming app to work on a non-approved smartphone, but luckily for the many Android users who just want to download an app and have it work - no fiddling required - Netflix is busy expanding the list of approved devices. Its most recent update, published to the Market today, adds support for three more smartphones. When the app first launched, it supported streaming playback on the following Androids: • HTC Incredible with Android 2.2 • HTC Nexus One with Android 2.2, 2.3 • HTC Evo 4G with Android 2.2 • HTC G2 ...

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    Just hours after Netflix released its Android app with full streaming video support on select Android models, hackers have already enabled the app to work on an additional set of officially unsupported smartphones. If you've got a Motorola Droid, Droid 2, or Droid X, and you're running Gingerbread thanks to a ROM like CyanogenMod 7, you'll now be able to stream Netflix to your smartphone (with the proper Netflix account, of course). The geniuses who lurk in the XDA-Developers forum managed to crack the device checks for these handsets, reaffirming what we learned earlier from Netflix, that ...

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    Australian Motorola Atrix 4G owner Irwin Proud quickly discovered that it's bootloader was locked after his purchase of the device earlier this year. In response, he formed a "Groubal" page to attempt to get the attention of Motorola and convince it that there is a large subset of users who wish to develop for the Atrix and cannot due to the immutable security. The Groubal page has grown quickly, currently at over 8800 signatures since it's inception on March 31st. Motorola has since taken notice, and has issued a response: "...It is our intention to enable the unlockable/relockable ...

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    If you're holding off on the Motorola Droid 2, which launched with Android 2.2 Froyo and support for Adobe Flash out of the box, you may want to wait just a little longer if limited edition phones are your thing. The R2-D2 edition, an homage to the Droid name that the handset bears, is slated for September 30th. The photo above shows the device's back side. (via: Android Central)

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    The Motorola Droid on Verizon Wireless is the world's first phone running on the next generation Android 2.0 operating system, which offers an evolutionary and incremental upgrade to previous Android 1.5 and 1.6 firmwares. The phone itself is gorgeous with strong angular lines, reminiscent in the wildly popular RAZR consumer flip phone in the earlier part of the decade. Motorola's new smartphone is a gorgeous slab touchscreen device with a thin profile. Looking at the device's thinness, you would never guess that there is a sliding keyboard, but there is underneath the 16:9 aspect ratio ...

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    Enterprising hacker William "nenolod" Pitcock has been hard at work on the Motorola signed bootloader issue and has now posted a method that can be used to obtain the private key for the "sholes" platform. Vulnerable devices include the Droid, Milestone, Droid X, Droid 2, and CHARM. Having the private key allows custom ROM images to be signed and accepted by the bootloader to flash to the device. It is currently unknown if the same vulnerability applies to recent and upcoming devices such as the Atrix or Bionic. Motorola was notified about the vulnerability privately three times prior to ...

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