Last week we had some back-and-forth rumors about an upcoming Gingerbread update for Verizon’s Droid X. First we hear “it’s a go for Sunday“, then “rejected by Verizon“. Without any evidence either way, we just had to wait things out. Cut to Sunday, and leaked versions of the official updates for both the Droid X and Droid 2 surfaced. Was this Droid X update the same one Verizon supposedly rejected? We may have an idea why, as analysis of the software shows references to AT&T as the carrier, not Verizon.
If you try running the mobile [...]
If you have either the Motorola Droid 2 or the Motorola Droid X you’ll love this one: Android 2.3 Gingerbread has been leaked for both of these devices and it looks to be the official one.
Both Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread ROMs have been leaked and are available to download. In order to apply the refresh you’ll have to use Koush’s Recovery Bootstrap for either Droid 2 or Droid X, according to your model.
Check out the instructions to apply by following the source links. Even thought these are claimed to be official ROMs, leaks indicate that the official [...]
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 [...]
With all the factors that weigh into smartphone performance, it can be maddening trying to determine which provider offers the highest-throughput data network. Available bandwidth varies regionally, by time of day, and in the face of network maintenance. PCWorld and Novarum decided to evaluate the current condition of wireless data in the United States, and after 177,000 measurements, they finally have some results to show, putting T-Mobile and its HSPA+ network up against Verizon’s LTE for the top spot.
The tests looked both at 4G data modems for laptops, as well as some [...]
With all the HP webOS-device news today, it’s easy for less tangible news to get swept under the rug. We’ve heard a few rumors that give us a little bit of insight into upcoming Android phones, and while none of the news provides a comprehensive look at phone specs, or sheds much light on availability, there’s still some interesting information out there on the next generations of a few notable smartphone lines.
The Motorola Droid X2 was tagged as a potential dual-core Tegra 2 phone with a qHD-resolution screen when rumors about it circulated in January. Now [...]
The original Motorola Droid was the Droid that started it all. In fact, people now generically refer to any Android device as “a Droid”, a testament to Verizon and Motorola’s fantastic marketing for the device. As with any good performance, there is often a sequel, and the Droid is no exception to that rule. The Droid 2 builds on what made the original Droid great by adding an improved keyboard, a faster CPU and more RAM, and the latest version of Android, version 2.2. Did Verizon and Moto get it right the second time around? Read our full review to find [...]
A Motorola Droid 2 owner in Texas was taken to the hospital after suffering injuries he claims to have suffered when his smartphone exploded in his hand.
Aron Embry says he had just concluded a call when he heard a popping sound and realized his ear was bleeding, eventually requiring stitches. The apparent damage to the Droid 2 is centered around the earpiece, causing the top of the screen to crack. Despite the damage, the phone is supposedly still in working condition.
Before you start panicking and lock your Droid 2 away in a drawer, no one’s yet confirmed the [...]
The GSM version of Verizon’s Motorola Droid 2 will be available in the UK too, unlocked, under the name of Motorola Milestone 2, after its recent launch in Germany.
The handset will cost £379.99 (around $607), as mentioned, unlocked, and it will be available with Google’s Android 2.2 Froyo operating system, with all the specs of the Droid 2 — that is 1GHz TI OMAP 3620 processor with 512MB RAM, 512MB ROM, 3.7-inch screen with 854×480 resolution and a 5-megapixel camera with dual flash. If you find it to be too pricy unlocked, you can get a subsidized [...]
Amazon’s big smartphone deal this weekend focuses on the Droid series of devices. New customers with Verizon Wireless will be able to pick up any of the current Droid-labeled models on-contract for a mere penny.
Last weekend, Amazon was promoting AT&T phones for a penny, including the two remaining Windows Phone 7 handsets that hadn’t sold out yet. If Android is more your cup of tea, you now have the three latest Motorola Droid models and the HTC Incredible to choose from. The brand new Droid Pro is currently out-of-stock, but considering it lists for about $180 [...]
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 [...]
Android handsets were rated to be the best smartphones on each of the four major US carriers in Consumer Reports’ latest evaluation. Out of the 41 models reviewed by the publication, four stood out as tops: the Motorola Droid X on Verizon, Samsung Vibrant on T-Mobile, HTC EVO 4G on Sprint, and Samsung Captivate on AT&T. Notably, Verizon’s Motorola Droid 2 scored nearly as well as the top finishers, half of which are Samsung Galaxy S variants. In fact, 11 of the 20 phones recommended by CR are Android-powered, with BlackBerry holding down three spots, both Windows [...]
Motorola’s Droid 2 may be about to receive a few upgrades, if rumors of an upcoming software release pan out. While this release doesn’t look like it will be any kind of major overhaul, the addition of a wired USB tethering option stands out as a feature worth looking forward to.
First brought to light on the My Droid World forums, the rumor’s a bit sparse in details, but one thing the source asserts is that the current WiFi-based tethering isn’t going anywhere; the wired option is just going to be an added bonus. Going wired may seem like a step [...]
Forget about a pre-order period: Verizon’s Motorola Droid Pro (pictured right) is now available for purchase directly from the carrier ($179.99 with two-year agreement), seemingly debunking those rumors of a November 9th to 17th pre-sale window followed by general availability on the 18th. Perhaps even more surprising is the release of the Motorola Droid 2 Global (pictured left), which is going for $199.99 on contract despite the fact that, you know, it hasn’t actually been launched yet.
We’d originally heard that the 1.2GHz-powered D2G QWERTY slider would [...]
Today is a big day for Motorola Droid family leaks, with the Droid Pro earlier revealing a probable price and release date ($179.99 on November 18th) and now the Droid 2 Global showing up in print with a launch date of the 11th. According to the snippet of marketing material published by Engadget, the Droid 2 Global — a 1.2GHz world band upgrade to the Droid 2 — will actually launch in blue, and not black as we (somewhat foolishly) assumed from an alleged Costco screenshot; why we thought that BL stood for black and not blue, when the original Droid 2 is itself blue, is [...]
Here’s further proof that the upcoming Droid 2 Global Android 2.2 device will including the highest-clocking CPU on a smartphone yet with a speed of 1.2GHz. This internal Verizon document that compares the current Droid lineup clearly shows that the Droid 2 Global will indeed have a 1.2GHz CPU. Beyond that, it has 16GB of storage (made possible by 8GB onboard and 8GB on the included microSD), plus the camera will have low-light shooting capabilities.
Additionally, the software will be a bit different than what we saw on the Droid 2: you can segment your seven homescreens [...]
Verizon has dropped the price of two popular, high-end Android smartphones, the Motorola Droid 2 and HTC Droid Incredible, which may indicate that these models are being phased out to make room for replacements. Both handsets have been decreased from $200 to $150 on contract, and we know for a fact that a more-powerful Droid 2 Global is hitting the carrier this month, although it’s unclear if the original Droid 2 will be replaced or remain selling at the lower price.
As for the Incredible, it has already seen a somewhat disappointing change when its AMOLED screen became a [...]
It looks like the pair of SKUs listed on that alleged November Verizon rebate form for the Motorola Droid 2 Global may refer to different colors that the 1.2GHz handset will come in, according to a supposed Costco inventory screenshot. First published by the Boy Genius Report, the photo lists the Droid 2 Global as coming in both black and white, for $199.99 — the same price all previous Droids have originally sold for (although possibly not the upcoming Droid Pro). While no release date was listed in the image, we’ve previously heard that this model will see a November 11th [...]
After the 2.2.20 update two months ago, the Verizon Motorola Droid 2 is preparing to receive another firmware update this time upping the numbers to version 2.3.20.
You are encouraged to apply the update that will be pushed to your Droid 2 as it comes with lots of improvements (some quite critical, like battery life) and enhancements as seen below:
Improvements:– Improved battery life.– Heightened proximity sensor accuracy to enable faster screen response.– View the Weather widget in both landscape and portrait orientation.– Simpler setup, [...]
Motorola has released an update to its Media Link Software for Android devices. According to Motorola, the new version (1.2) has a host of new features and a fresh new look. Motorola Media Link software is only available for Windows PC users. The software is provided by Motorola to enable easier media syncing to their line of Android phones.
Some of the key features are
Sync your music, Podcasts and Playlists from iTunes and Windows Media Player. Reformat video to optimize the on device experience. Create custom ringtones, photo and video albums. Share media on [...]
One of the same tinkerers who earlier apparently overclocked the Droid 2 and Droid X to 2.0GHz now claims to have pushed his Texas Instruments OMAP chip to a seemingly impossible 3.0GHz, nearly three times its stock speed. According to Matt4542 of Team Defuse, the overclock is “somewhat stable,” although he says it has a tendency to “lag at times.” Haptic feedback breaks at speeds higher than 2.0GHz, states Matt4542, who had supposedly accelerated his Droid 2 to 2.5GHz earlier in the day. Benchmarking at this alleged speed seems to yield inconsistent results, [...]
There’s nothing quite as sweet as a desirable phone dropping to free on contract from a third-party vendor, and that’s exactly what’s happened with Verizon’s Motorola Droid 2 Android handset on Amazon, which is currently selling for one cent. The Froyo-powered, QWERTY-equipped Droid 2 normally goes for $200 with two-year contract directly from Verizon, and retails for $550 unsubsidized.
One reason for this drop could be the impending release of the Droid 2 Global, a world phone that works on both Verizon’s CDMA network as well as GSM networks [...]
We posted about the white Motorola Droid 2 World Edition as the Droid 2 was discontinued in its favor, sporting an alleged 1.2GHz processor which could easily chew anything thrown at it.
Thing is that – either due to a website error or a premeditated marketing catch – Verizon’s next wow-phone got part of its specs revealed before Motorola’s official announcement. We knew about the 1.2GHz processor but the Droid 2 Global packs a 5MP camera with auto-focus and dual-LED flash, a redesigned QWERTY keyboard and 3G mobile hotspot capability. Quad Band radio [...]
For owners of the Droid 2 who were jealous of the Droid X’s FM tuner functionality, a new hack has emerged on XDA-Developers that promises to bring your favorite broadcast radio stations to your Droid 2. In order for the hack to work, you do need a rooted device, and you can follow the instructions on XDA-Developers.