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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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)
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 [...]
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 [...]
The Droid–the device that arguably first brought awareness to the Android platform–is getting a proper successor today: the Motorola Droid 2. The Droid 2 features an updated, less cluttered keyboard design compared to the original Droid. It’ll be one of the first devices to come with Android 2.2. Beyond that, it has a 3.7″ WVGA capacitive display and 8GB of onboard memory with an extra 8GB included on microS. The new Droid 2 phone should feel faster with a bumped up 1GHz TI OMAP CPU, and 512MB of RAM for multitasking fun. It’ll also come preloaded with [...]
If you’ve got a Motorola DROID Original and are wondering about updates to your device, you haven’t been forgotten!
According to Verizon, an update titled “FRG83G” will begin rolling out to customers today. No, it’s not Android 2.3 Gingerbread, rather it’s Android 2.2.2 Froyo — which includes various fixes and well as a patch for the vulnerability that was recently exploited in the Android Market.
The update is fairly small, weighing in at only 3.4MB. To see if you’re eligible to download the patch open Settings, About [...]
Google’s Android mobile platform is enjoying a tremendous level of popularity as it continues to grow day by day, reaching more than 300,000 activations per day to slowly be the generally preferred smartphone platform.
Android Developers have posted a video infographic on their YouTube channel visualizing the evolution of the activations from the early launch days until the year 2011. The video features both global representations as well as regionalized ones, with special emphasis on the T-Mobile G1 launch — as the initial T-0 time — the Motorola Droid launch [...]
So you’re still rockin’ the DROID Original, but the user-interface is getting a little dusty. You know what you need? You need some Gingerbread for your DROID Original! Lucky for you there’s a ROM for that!
The Liquid Gingerbread custom ROM was just released. Based on CyanogenMod and Google source, it comes with a stock kernel that can be go as fast as 1GHz, but you can always replace it with another that you can overclock and/or undervolt.
Liquid ROMs have reportedly been some of the better custom ROMs available for the DROID Original. As such we have [...]
The DROID Incredible and DROID Original are both getting Gingerbread builds — not from Verizon, HTC, or Motorola, but from the open-source developer community. Who needs Verizon or device manufacturers anymore?
ROMs for both devices aren’t quite 100% functional yet (who needs GPS and camera functionality anyway?), but resolving the final few bugs is only a matter of time.
What do you think? Are you ready to take the plunge and replace your stock ROM with a custom ROM? Have you already done so?
Are you going to wait for Verizon to release an official [...]
Taking a back-seat to all the Android Gingerbread and Honeycomb news that’s being reported for every direction, is a Froyo update for the DROID X and DROID (original) that is quietly being pushed to users.
This update not only brings both phones up to the latest version of Froyo (2.2.1), it may also bring the Madden NFL app as well (make sure you let us know in the comments if your update included the game, or not).
If you haven’t gotten your update yet, turn off your Wi-Fi, open the dialer, and dial in *#*#CHECKIN#*#* to let Google’s servers know that [...]
A select group of Motorola Droid owners on Verizon will receive an official ROM update within the next 24 hours that will likely bump their platform version number to Android 2.2.1 as the update is build FRG830.
What will the update bring? Improvements: – Updated Twitter® application with new authentication support – Updated Amazon widget – Updated News & Weather widget – Improvements to Exchange ActiveSync®: — Handles server-side inactivity timeouts of 34 minutes or greater — Continues to sync emails after a policy [...]
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 [...]
We were at the Motorola event at CTIA in San Francisco, California when Motorola had announced its business-centric Droid Pro, a world phone that packs in a front-facing one-handed QWERTY keyboard for ease of messaging. Motorola’s goal in creating the device is to hopefully help customers carry one unified convergence device that adjusts between work and play.
According to Motorola executives, consumers, prosumers, and enterprise customers are still carrying multiple devices–perhaps a lighter phone or smartphone, and a messaging or enterprise-ready device such as a [...]
Time to add another device to the Droid franchise of Verizon Android phones. If you were a fan of the Motorola Q series of devices, you’ll undoubtedly be excited about the new Droid Pro, which has marries a full QWERTY keyboard with an HVGA touchscreen. Sure, the HVGA resolution is a bit on the low side, but with a size of 3.1″, the screen show have a pixel density great enough to produce clear text and graphics. Plus, how many other Android devices exist with this form factor?
In terms of specs, the Droid Pro is a world phone, meaning that it’s [...]
When the Nexus One and Motorola Droid hit the scene we all had high hopes regarding their cool car docks. The Nexus Dock was somewhat revolutionary using Bluetooth in the Dock to talk to Bluetooth in the phone, thus reducing the number of physical connections to just just a few metal contact points.
What was cool were the “magic gold dots” on the bottom of the Nexus One. These, when paired with matching dots on the Car Dock and Desktop Dock provided power to charge the device without having to chase down your microUSB cable and plug it into the device.
Google today debuted a new type of real-time predictive search called Google Instant, and while the technology is available immediately to desktop users, the company plans on making it mobile later in the Fall. According to TechCrunch, which was present at the launch event, engineer Othar Hansson argued that “typing on a phone is just slower, so the feedback is even more useful.”
The feedback he’s referring to are the search results that begin getting displayed even as the user is typing in a query; combined with Google’s current predictive text [...]
Our Verizon Wireless rep has informed us that the carrier has begun to push out the Android 2.2 Froyo update to bring compatibility with Adobe Flash, which has been long delayed, to the Motorola Droid. Users who update to Android 2.2 and would want access to Adobe Flash content would need to download Adobe Flash 10.1 from Android Market according to the rep.
“Verizon Wireless has begun pushing an update today to the DROID by Motorola (introduced November 2009) that will allow customers to download Adobe Flash 10.1 via Android Market. Flash Player 10.1 provides access to [...]
The latest tests done by Laptop Mag compares the battery life of some popular Android handsets in the United States, and Verizon Wireless’s latest Droid offerings come out on top with the Motorola Droid X taking top honors followed closely by the Motorola Droid 2.
With a modified battery life testing custom-created app, Laptop Mag doesn’t take into account phone calls, SMS messaging, or other features, but rather the app’s main focus was screen usage while surfing the web. They had prepped the phone with these conditions to create as even a playing field as [...]
At the time of its release, the Motorola Droid, which later became the first mainstream Android handset to capture Android fame, was initially speculated to have been designed for Windows Phone. Less than a year ago when the handset debuted, many still believed Microsoft’s forthcoming OS would be called Windows Mobile 7–that later evolved to Windows Phone 7–and it was believed by industry insiders that the Motorola Droid was awaiting a Windows Mobile brain. However, delays on releasing Windows Mobile 7/Windows Phone 7 by Microsoft led an impatient OEM by the name of [...]