Taking a break from all the new smartphone hardware we’ve been looking into over the past few days, this evening we learn of maintenance updates in the pipe for a couple older Android handsets. Both the Droid 2 Global on Verizon and Samsung’s Intercept on Sprint will soon be getting some updated software.
The Intercept’s update, bringing the phone up to system build FB01, looks like relatively minor one, by all accounts. Considering the fiasco Sprint went through when delivering the QWERTY slider’s Froyo update, keeping things short and sweet sounds like [...]
Got a Verizon Motorola Droid 2 Global? There was an official Gingerbread update leak in August, before Motorola pushed out the refresh itself just to suspend it at the beginning of September because of bugs.
Don’t worry, nothing’s lost thanks to the community being hard at work! There’s an Alpha release of CyanogenMod 9 for the Droid 2 Global if you want to take customization to the next level. Because it’s an early build, expect some bugs and note that there are a couple of things that are not working at all yet. For a list of what is working, [...]
Earlier this week, Motorola took another step towards its goal of providing Gingerbread updates to the majority of smartphones in its Droid family, finally releasing Android 2.3 for the Droid 2 Global. At the time, we talked about the rocky road some of these updates have faced, including the D2G and the false start for its Gingerbread update back in June. Now that there had been more time for testing, we were optimistic that things would be going much more smoothly this time around. Apparently we forgot to knock on wood, because a new bug has crept in and forced Motorola to suspend [...]
Motorola kicked-off September by finally releasing an official Gingerbread update for last year’s Droid 2. This was some much-needed good news, following a summer of missteps when it came to getting the promised Gingerbread updates out to many older members of the Droid clan. With the Droid 2 taken care of, it only seemed logical that we would see the Droid 2 Global soon tapped to get an update of its own. Less than a week later, Motorola has now announced that distribution of the D2G’s Gingerbread has begun.
So far, there are no indications that we could be looking [...]
Motorola revealed back in May that it was preparing Gingerbread updates for the Droid Pro, 2, 2 Global, and X. That plan sounded good, but things started to go south quickly, with a buggy Droid X update reportedly even bricking some handsets. Then we heard about the Droid 2 Global’s update going into testing, and saw Verizon publish support documents on its site, pointing towards an imminent release of the update. That was all just a bit premature, and Motorola stepped in to set the record straight, that the update was not ready for release. Later, we heard that the D2G update [...]
Motorola’s Droid 3 may be upon us, and according to a leaked document that we saw earlier this month, that means that the Droid 2 Global’s Gingerbread update should be nearly here; time’s rapidly running out on the claim that the update will “be available soon after the Droid 3 launch.” The delay might turn out to be longer than we’d like, with word that Verizon has updated its D2G support page to no longer speak of an upcoming Gingerbread release.
Gingerbread problems may also extend beyond the D2G, with rumors that Motorola’s running [...]
There recently was a rumor around Verizon and it implied the operator kindly rejecting all Motorola Droid Android 2.3 Gingerbread updates, at least until the manufacturer irons out all the bugs which were affecting the Droid X.
A Droid 3 training document that has been leaked indicates that there might be more to the story than just some bugs. If you take a look at the image above you’ll understand that the Motorola Droid 2 Global Gingerbread update will be available “soon after Droid 3 launch”. We’ll leave it up to you to decide whether this information [...]
Motorola confirmed the coming of Android 2.3 Gingerbread updates for Verizon Droid smartphones, Droid Pro, Droid 2, Droid 2 Global, and Droid X. From all of these only the Droid X saw an actual Gingerbread roll-out with a couple of other smartphone test builds being only leaked or pushed back and forth.
Rumor has it that Verizon is rejecting all Motorola-made Android 2.3 Gingerbread updates for all Droid smartphones. According to Droid-life, Verizon has sent the builds back to Motorola in order to fix all the bugs which were affecting the Droid X, now running Gingerbread — [...]
Motorola continues to work on its promise to release Gingerbread updates for most of its Droid models, with the Droid 2 Global getting its attention most recently. After hearing that Verizon was looking to do one last soak test before releasing the code, it seemed like the update would soon be here. Then, on Wednesday, Verizon announced it was finally starting mass distribution of the update, going out in batches for OTA installation. Everything seemed fine, so far, until a Motorola employee spoke up on the Droid 2 Global’s support forum, calling Verizon’s announcement [...]
After previously confirming the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Droids in the Motorola line-up — Droid Pro, 2, 2 Global, and X — Verizon has finally outed the long waited platform refresh for the Droid 2 Global, after properly testing it with a select group of users.
The version is 4.5.600.A956.Verizon.en.US and it will bring you all the bugfixes and security patches of Android 2.3 Gingerbread for you QWERTY slider. The update weighs around 100MB and brings a customizable dock that can hold up three shortcuts of your choice. Also included is a Download Manager [...]
Last month, Motorola promised Droid owners that Gingerbread was on its way for everything released since the original Droid; starting with the Droid X, the rest of the family including the Droid 2, Droid 2 Global, and Droid Pro would be getting Gingerbread updates this year. While those last three were given an ETA of “before the end of the third quarter”, Motorola isn’t wasting any time getting them together. Verizon already has the support documents for the Droid 2 Global’s update live on its site, and is reportedly ready to start testing the update [...]
We just saw Motorola reach out to Droid X owners in what we could only assume was part of a test-run for the smartphone’s Gingerbread update. We’ve known that a Droid X update has been in the works for some time, along with other Androids from Motorola’s Droid lineup. Today representatives from the company confirmed (and re-confirmed) some of these upcoming releases, including one we hadn’t heard about before.
Last fall, Motorola launched the Droid Pro and the Droid 2 Global. We’ve been hearing plenty about Gingerbread development for the Droid X [...]
Owners of both Google’s Nexus S and Motorola’s Droid 2 Global are reporting that over-the-air updates have just started showing up on their phones.
The Nexus S update comes just a week after the phone’s US launch, bringing the operating system up to Android 2.3.1. While the phone’s default firmware was build GRH55, after accepting the update your phone will be running GRH78. The 1.9MB patch purports to contain both general bug fixes, as well as updates specific to Maps.
We’re not sure yet exactly what those bug fixes cover. One thing that [...]
The DROID 2 Global is an interesting beast. Instead of being a GSM phone (which essentially would make it a “global” device by definition), it uses Verizon’s cellular network in the U.S., and allows you to use GSM elsewhere. (Unfortunately, users are reporting that U.S. GSM users can’t simply pop in their SIM from another carrier and use the DROID 2 Global state-side.)
The 15.6MB update (which brings the phone up to version 2.4.330) includes fixes and better functionality when used “globally”, along with some audio improvements to voice calls [...]
Motorola’s Droid 2 Global has a software update on the way, and while it may not be the Gingerbread you’ve been waiting for, there will be some fixes for several annoying bugs.
Update 2.4.330 should be going out over-the-air any day now, as a flyer notifying retailers of the coming software patch was produced earlier this month. While many of the fixes deal with issues arising from the phone’s international compatibility, general tweaks like better audio performance should be enjoyed by all.
The full list of improvements and fixes is as follows:
While today is the day to buy your first Samsung Nexus S Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread powered smartphone, Best Buy appears to be freezing the sales on the Verizon Droid 2 Global and Droid Pro handsets.
According to a screenshot (above), Verizon is restricting activations for the Droid 2 Global and the Droid Pro — both released on November 9 — and directs stores to pull the mocks as well as quarantine the units existing on stock till further notice. We’re not sure why Verizon is pulling this move — maybe there’s an issue with the devices that might [...]
Motorola may have killed the silver Droid X “SE” that we spotted last month, according to Verizon insider black_man_x, but may now be planning to release a Droid X worldphone a la the Droid 2 Global. Little was known about this so-called “Silver” or “Special” edition DX in the first place, other than the fact that it was rumored to sport the same 1.2GHz OMAP processor from Texas Instruments as the recently-released (and even-more-recently-launched) D2G. We’d have to imagine that a supposed Droid X Global would also benefit from a processor [...]
Verizon has finally introduced the Motorola Droid 2 Global through official channels — over a week after the handset went on sale alongside the Droid Pro on the carrier’s website. In one of the strangest rollouts in recent memory, the D2G quietly replaced the original Droid 2 in Big Red’s lineup after literally months of leaks (remember when it was called the Droid 2 World Edition?), only now being acknowledged not by a press release but a short blurb on Facebook.
Slotting in at the same price point — $199.99 on two-year contract — this revised [...]
Verizon appears to have locked down the 850MHz and 1900MHz bands on its new Motorola Droid 2 Global handset, which essentially makes it impossible to use the device on AT&T stateside. Granted, Verizon clearly markets its worldphones as only capable of 900MHz and 1800MHz compatibility — presumably to thwart exactly the type of network-hopping usage that the hardware technically facilitates — so the end-user can’t really complain of false advertising. Still, the temptation to use worldphones on domestic GSM networks is a strong one, and phones like the Windows [...]
The Droid 2 Global isn’t yet officially available, but some customers are reportedly getting their orders early — and some of them are already hard at work seeing what kind of trouble they can get into.
Apparently the Droid 2 Global is similar enough to phones that are already available that many of the same rooting techniques work on it without modification. Some users are reporting issues with the “SuperOneClick” method, and are advising going with the “on phone” method mentioned in this post at DroidForums.net.
In addition to root [...]
It turns out that the Droid Pro and Droid 2 Global, both world phones, can support the 850/1900 UMTS bands. That means that if you can unlock either of these devices, you can slip in your AT&T SIM card, and use it as if they were native to the AT&T network. In this past, this has successfully been achieved with the Verizon Touch Pro2, the Tour, and several others. This is great news for those that are on AT&T that want to be able to use either of these two devices, but naturally, it’s going to cost you. You can either buy the devices directly from Verizon and try [...]