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[Full Droid Review] Released in November 2009, the Droid by Motorola is the first in Verizon's growing series new of Droid phones. The Motorola Droid smartphone comes loaded with Google Android 2.0 with Motorola's Motoblur UI. Inside is a 600MHz Texas Instruments OMAP 3430 processor with 256MB of RAM and 512MB of ROM. Its color transflective TFT display has an FWVGA 480x854 resolution and measures 3.7-inches. The Droid phone also features a five-megapixel camera with LED flash and a landscape slide out QWERTY keyboard with a directional pad. Read on for the latest Motorola Droid reviews, smartphone news and videos:

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    Once in a while, we'll see a smartphone manufacturer come out with an unexpected update for an aging handset. While we harp on those companies for often taking so long to release updates in the first place, it's a great feeling when they finally arrive, breathing some new life into old hardware. Past a certain point, though, any sensible person gives up hope of ever seeing official updates released again. If you've been feeling that way about a first-gen Motorola Droid you've been holding onto, there may be a surprise in your future, as there are signs that Motorola's got something special ...

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    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 the ante in terms of specs, with the latest ...

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    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 camera for video chats. ...

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    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 Evo 4G with Android 2.2 • HTC G2 ...

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    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 learned earlier from Netflix, that ...

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    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 intention to enable the unlockable/relockable ...

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    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)

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    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 underneath the 16:9 aspect ratio ...

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    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 vulnerability privately three times prior to ...

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    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 Swype (one of our favorite ...

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    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 phone, System updates. If "no updates are available" it's either not ...

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    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 and the Samsung Galaxy S ...

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    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 very high hopes for this Gingerbread ...

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    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 Gingerbread ROM for your phone? How ...

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    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 you're online and waiting for it. The ...

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