Users of the Motorola Droid 2 on Verizon should check for an update notification which could either appear on its own or could just manually check for its existence.
Verizon is pushing out the 4.5.621.A955.Verizon.en.US refresh for the phone and it contains a couple of bugfixes intended to make your experience better, smoother. Among the most notable features are a Google security patch, adjusted camera settings and reduced Out of Memory errors. However, here’s the full changelog:
Device Features- Device is enabled with the Wireless Alerting System.- A Google [...]
About a week ago, we learned about a new update being made available for Motorola’s Droid 2 Global. Some support documents on Verizon’s website heralded the updates arrival, and gave us a changelog so we’d know what to expect. At the time, the update was seemingly only in the works for the Global version of the phone, and not the original Droid 2. That may be about to change now, with Motorola sending out emails inviting owners of the phone to register their interest in helping to test a new Droid 2 update.
For the moment, at least, there’s no matching [...]
Users of Motorola’s Droid 2 on Verizon Wireless saw their phones receive an update to Gingerbread late this summer. That release followed Motorola’s announcement from back in May, outlining its plans to deliver Gingerbread to the majority of its lineup of Droid devices. That’s well and good for Verizon users in the US, but what about owners of the phone’s international version, the Milestone 2? According to Motorola, their days of waiting are nearly over.
Motorola took to Facebook to announce plans to begin Gingerbread distribution to Milestone 2 users in [...]
Late last week, it looked like the original Droid 2 was nearly ready to get Gingerbread, with Verizon preparing its support pages for the coming update. Everything seemed ready top go, just waiting for the green light to start heading out. It appears that time is now upon us, with Motorola posting that the update is currently starting to go out.
Those support docs are usually a good sign that an update is imminent, but it’s not always the case. We’ve seen Verizon put such files online, only to wait several weeks to actually get the ball rolling, or even revert the [...]
The road to Gingerbread for older Droid devices has been a rocky one this summer. Motorola let us know of its intent to release updates for the Droid Pro, 2, 2 Global, and X, but actually getting them out has been a little more problematic. We’ve seen false starts and buggy releases, along with a few early leaked ROMs, and the whole endeavor has seemed a little bit jinxed. Luckily, it looks like the tide may be turning, and we could soon have a Gingerbread update for the Droid 2 headed out to Verizon customers.
The carrier just updated its support documentation for the [...]
If you’re not familiar with the MIUI term or don’t know what MIUI ROMs or Ports are, we’ll tell you that it’s a ROM that offers a different user experience. It started out as a Chinese customized version of Android, a Frankenstein build if you will, borrowing stuff from several manufacturer customizations.
If you want to try a MIUI Port on your Motorola Droid X or Droid 2, you can now do that, thanks to the recent 2nd-Init custom ROM hack discovered. Both ROMs are built from CyanogenMod 7 nightlies but make sure to check out the source links for more [...]
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 [...]
These past few weeks are turning out to be an exciting time to be a Motorola Android owner if you’re into some custom ROM action. Earlier this month, the Droid X joined the ranks of smartphones running CyanogenMod 7. Now it’s time for the Droid 2 to follow suit, with the addition of Droid 2 project code to the main CM7 repository.
Work on the Droid 2 has been in the works on the fringe of CyanogenMod, thanks to the efforts of Android guru JBirdVegas. His code is being merged with the primary CyanogenMod development tree, and he’s tweeted that nightly builds of [...]
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’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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
According to a snapshot of a coupon book from Costco, there will be plenty of discounts coming your way between May 12 and June 5, ranging from $30 and going up to $250 off certain smartphones.
AT&T and Samsung have announced the Infuse 4G at yesterday’s event and the Android smartphone will be available on May 15, for about $200 on-contract. You’ll get $30 off the subsidized retail price at Costco for features like 1.2GHz Hummingbird CPU, 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen, 8.9 millimeters thickness and 4G capability.
The same way you’ll get up to [...]
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 [...]
Like its World Edition sibling, Verizon’s Motorola Droid 2 R2-D2 Edition is said to sport a speedy 1.2GHz OMAP processor, according to a tipster for the Boy Genius Report. The original Droid 2 is equipped with a 1GHz processor, which itself is an improvement over the first Droid’s 600MHz CPU. Some reports have the World Edition replacing the regular D2 in Verizon’s lineup, but apparently the R2-D2 model is a limited edition handset only, with participating stores receiving a reported supply of 200, non-replenishable units.
What’s more, there seems to be a [...]
If you’re still waiting out on the Motorola Droid 2 in order to get the Android smartphone in its limited edition white R2D2 edition, an homage to the handset’s Droid’s moniker, then you’ll be happy to know that Motorola and Verizon Wireless will also be launching a white desktop docking cradle that will follow the R2D2 theme. It’s good to see a white handset with white accessories, and also to see the theme being carried through to the docking cradle. The R2D2 Droid 2 edition could also use the regular Motorola Droid or Droid 2 desktop cradle as well. [...]
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)
Among some of the features and customizations of the R2D2 edition of the Motorola Droid 2 for Verizon Wireless is a new boot animation.
Also, it seems that the boot animation has been extracted into a zip file that can be installed onto the original Motorola Droid or even the Droid X. You can grab the file and follow the instructions–available for rooted and non-rooted users–on the Droid-Lige forums.
If you’re the owner of the Droid X or jumped ship on the Droid 2 before the special Star Wars R2D2 edition launched yesterday at select Verizon Wireless communications stores yesterday, then you’ll be happy to know that the custom lock screen available on the R2D2 Droid 2 edition has been ported to the Droid X and Droid 2. The hack, which will require a rooted handset, is detailed on Droid-Life with instructions and the necessary files.
Although the U.S. government has recently “legalized” rooting with an updated version of the DMCA rules, the hack [...]
Verizon has officially launched its Motorola Droid 2 R2-D2 Special Edition handset, which will go on sale September 30th for $249 after $100 mail-in rebate (that will arrive in the form of a debit card). Besides the Star Wars-inspired paint job, matching dock, and wired headset, this model will also come preloaded with R2-D2 sounds, notifications, clock widget, and video, a set of four live wallpapers, and an “exclusive binoculars app,” which we somehow doubt endows the camera with any sort of optical zoom. Oh, and the whole shebang comes packed in box that is said to [...]
The leaked Android 2.3 Gingerbread ROM for the Motorola Droid X and Motorola Droid 2 that saw the light of day earlier this week also brings a new motoBLUR feature to the table.
Turns out that when you reject an incoming call, you are presented with an option to send a text message to your caller. You can select to send predefined text messages or compose your own. While this is a great and welcome addition to Motorola’s own motoBLUR fans, this isn’t really something new as HTC had this implemented from the old pre-Sense days of TouchFLO 3D back on the HTC Touch [...]
Just one day after the leak of Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread for Motorola’s Droid 2 and Droid X, we get the nice surprise of a pre-rooted build. Similar to their recent Atrix 4G update, this update brings with it a patch to fix the security vulnerability used for rooting many android devices (rageagainstthecage, psneuter).
Team Black Hat worked around this patch by setting up a pre-rooted updater that deploys from recovery mode, instead of the usual SBF + RSD Lite method. Flashing your device back to the stock ROM is required prior to updating. The modified update deploys [...]
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 [...]