A little earlier today, we heard that a soak test was ramping-up for the Motorola Droid X2 and Droid 3 on Verizon, with e-mails going out to owners who had been invited to participate. Now, we get a better sense of what to expect from the new software for the Droid 3, at least, with Verizon updating its support pages for the phone to include the changelog for this new release.
As Droid 3 owners are all-too-aware by now, despite being under a year old, the handset didn’t make the cut for the official list Verizon has published of which phones on its network it expects to [...]
The Verizon Motorola Droid 3 was available for $199 from Verizon, with the two-year contract, that is until Motorola announced the Droid 4. If you’ve always wanted to grab a Droid 3 and you didn’t manage, now is the perfect time.
Instead of $199 you can now get the Motorola Droid 3 on Verizon for $99.99 — still requires a two-year contract — while the Droid 4’s exact availability isn’t known for sure yet. As a reminder, the Droid 3 features a dual-core 1GHz processor, four-inch qHD display, five-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard and an [...]
When we first started seeing signs of Motorola’s Droid 4 show up over the past few months, the timing seemed quite odd, considering that the Droid 3 had only landed on Verizon back in July. While the Droid 4’s launch is apparently stalled for the moment, the latest rumors suggest it will arrive in about a month. If a new leak that surfaced this weekend is any indication, the Droid 3 could already be on its way out by then, with a Verizon document showing the smartphone taking on end-of-life status this month.
The Droid 3 isn’t the only Verizon Android to get [...]
Motorola is planning a Droid 3 soak test as phone owners received notification of an upcoming soak test to try out the update with a limited number of users. Up on Verizon’s website, the update details are published which usually is a good indication of things to come (soon).
The update will be 5.6.890.XT862.Verizon.en.US and will include numerous fixes and improvements in the following categories: call features, e-mail and messaging, applications and widgets, as well as additional features. The most notable among the above is the addition of the long-waited Google Talk [...]
While taking a look at the just-beginning release of the Motorola Droid 2 Global’s Gingerbread update, we noted how Motorola’s luck seemed to be improving when it came to readying software updates for its phones on Verizon. It looks like the company’s sights are now on the new Droid 3, with plans to get an update out sometime this month.
Owners of the phone have reported receiving notification of an upcoming soak test to try out the update with a limited number of users. If everything goes smoothly, we should see the “Sept. 2011” update come out [...]
The Motorola Droid 3 has been rooted! What’s even more impressive was that it was done without the developer ever having touched a Droid 3. While that is impressive, the process itself is even more so!
After performing an audit of the platform, it was discovered that the contents of /data/local are group “shell” and group-writable. That means the contents of the directory can be modified using ADB. In Linux (and Android, by extension), you can replace a directory with a “symbolic link” (or “symlink”), essentially, a pointer to another [...]
Some Android smartphones see procedures for obtaining root released within hours of the device’s retail availability, while others stubbornly resist giving up their superuser permissions. The Motorola Droid 3 has been out for over a month now, and so far has been falling into the latter category. That’s all changing now, though, with the release of a relatively simple technique for rooting the phone.
The exploit relies on how the Droid 3 sets up some directory permissions. By replacing one of those with a symbolic link to a higher-level directory, we can trick the [...]
In 2009, Motorola and Verizon announced the original Droid — a highly popular device which kicked off, thanks to Verizon’s Droid campaign, a revolution in which not only geeks had Android phones.
The Droid 3 is the latest model in the line, and we have the review for you. It still has the Motorola Droid “tail”, and a slide out keyboard, but more has changed than has remained the same. How does it compare to its Droid siblings? Read on for the full review!
Other than the phone, the Droid 3 box contains very little in the way of [...]
Update: the Market comparison shown here turns out to be the new Google Market skin which, for some unknown reason, appeared on this device out of the box vs the original unboxed device.
While Verizon still has some of it’s bloatware installed, overall the Droid 3 from Motorola runs smoothly and efficiently. Bing has not been installed by default, and you can even remove some of the 3rd-party default apps. As for Motorola’s mini-Blur? It’s stable, easy to use, and snappy – which for basic Android users is going to be a big plus.
If you somehow missed or didn’t take advantage of Verizon’s own BOGO deal on the Motorola Droid 3, worry not, as there might be an even better deal for you. This time it’s coming from LetsTalk and you can get the smartphone for nothing.
The offer is valid only for the weekend and if you decide to take advantage, you can grab a Verizon Motorola Droid 3 for free. Of course, the offer is valid if you sign a two-year contract but if you only want to upgrade your individual plan, the phone will go for $89.99. If you wanted this phone, now is the time to get [...]
If you’ve got an eye on the sleek Droid 3, which has a qHD 960×540 display, dual-core TI OMAP CPU, 1GB of RAM, and a lot of other goodies, you’ll be excited to know that there’s a UMTS 850/1900 version of the device up for pre-order, allowing it to work over AT&T’s 3G network. We don’t expect that the Droid 3 will land on AT&T officially, and you know the drill: unlocked phones are expensive. You can grab a Droid 3 that works on AT&T for around $600 through Negri Electronics. Hit the source link for more info.
Source: Negri [...]
Even with a dual-core processor (allowing for even power-hungry applications to run more efficiently), dual-band and bright 4-inch qHD display, the Droid 3 has a very acceptable battery life (especially compared to 4G devices). While a little heavier than most keyboard phones, it is the slimmest we’ve seen thus far. Certainly a welcome upgrade in the Droid line.
It isn’t without problems, however. Even though it is easily viewable in bright sunlight, the PenTile display colors are washed out, and there is noticeable pixelation, especially with text and scrolling. [...]
In 2009, Motorola and Verizon announced the original Droid. A highly popular device which really kicked off, thanks to Verizon’s Droid campaign, a revolution in which not only geeks had Android phones.
The Droid 3 is the new successor to the line, and we have the unboxing for you. It still has the Motorola Droid “tail”, and a slide out keyboard (which seems a little stiff), plus a dual-core processor.
The Motorola Droid 3 is available from Verizon for $199 with a two year contract.
– Feels comfortable in-hand [...]
We knew it was coming as it was supposed to be launched today and Verizon itself managed to leak details a couple of hours prior to the official press release. The carrier has just announced the Motorola Droid 3, “the next Generation DROID delivering power and performance”
We’ve come a long way since the original Droid, at least in terms of specs, and the Droid 3 delivers a lot more horsepower under a relatively familiar hood. To offer all that power, there’s a dual-core 1 GHz processor for fast multi-tasking, an eight-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video [...]
The recently launched Verizon Motorola Droid 3, currently on a great BOGO deal at the carrier, has been dismantled to expose the same 3G chip that Apple is using in its iPhone 4.
Deep under the plastic of the Motorola Droid 3 lays silicone from Qualcomm. The chip is the Qualcomm MDM6600 3G model which is the same as the one to be found in Apple’s CDMA iPhone 4 variant for the same carrier. Unlike the Cupertino product though, the Droid 3 is a world phone that can be used in Europe too over GSM network. For those of you enjoying device teardowns, head over to the source [...]
Verizon launched the Motorola Droid 3 two weeks ago and the phone is already available, as of July 14, going for $199 on a two-year contract. What else could be better than this price? Getting another Droid 3 for free!
Verizon has put up a BOGO deal for the Motorola Droid 3. If you purchase a phone for $199 on a two-year contract you get an additional Droid 3 for free. Of course the second Droid 3 needs a contract too but you basically get a $200 discount on a phone featuring a dual-core 1 GHz processor, eight-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video recording capability, four-inch [...]
The Motorola Droid 3, officially announced by Verison at the beginning of July is also known as the Motorola Milestone 3 as it’s been launched under this name in China at the middle of June. It is now coming to Bell Canada under the name Motorola XT860 4G.
According to Motorola, the XT860 4G will be available exclusively to Bell Mobility clients this summer. Specs-wise it is what you’d expect from the Droid 3: Android 2.3 Gingerbread on-board, full QWERTY slide-out keyboard, eight-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video capture, 1 GHz Dual-core processor, 16GB on board [...]
Those who have been waiting patiently for yesterday’s announcement bringing the Droid 3 to Verizon’s line-up can be a bit bitter as it turns out the smartphone is shipping with a locked bootloader.
According to the Motorola Owners’ Forum Manager, the Droid 3 “does not have an unlocked bootloader”. With the entire recent buzz around Motorola and its bootloaders — the manufacturer promised unlocks as of late 2011 — we were expecting the Droid 3 to ship accordingly. Motorola reaffirmed its commitment to unlockable/relockable bootloaders but [...]
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 [...]
Verizon should make the Motorola Droid 3 public and available today, at least according to the things we’ve recently heard and the carrier seems to be well prepared to do just so. The phone is featured on Verizon’s website with details as well as pricing.
The Motorola Droid 3 officially appears on Verizon’s website under the New Products category but clicking brings you to a dedicated page that’s not currently live (yet). If you go to Droid Does on the other hand, you will see all the details you’re interested in plus a bonus: pricing. As [...]
As near as we can tell, Verizon is set to start selling the Motorola Droid 3 tomorrow, though you wouldn’t know it from asking the carrier; despite all the leaked screenshot of internal computers referencing the Droid 3, the leaked training documents, and dummy units showing up in Verizon stores, there still hasn’t been any official announcement for the smartphone. We’re hoping that’s all going to change tomorrow, as July 7 is rumored to be the day that Verizon will finally begin sales, offering the Droid 3 through direct fulfillment before it arrives in stores [...]