Posts tagged with: Droid

[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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    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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    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 refresh --- Support for Exchange 2010 connections Enhancements: - ...

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    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 social networks ...

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    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 BlackBerry or another ...

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    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 capable of CDMA on Verizon, plus GSM ...

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    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. Both devices shipped with a new app ...

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    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 algorithm, many searches will be completed ...

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    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 millions of sites ...

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    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 possible: 1. First, we download ...

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    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 Motorola to use ...

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    Motorola has released a schedule outlining software upgrade plans for its entire current lineup of Android handsets. While more recent, high-end devices will see a bump to version 2.2 (Froyo) later this year, older models' upgradability depends significantly on geographic region and other factors. It's been known for some time that both the Droid and Droid X would get a taste of Froyo -- with the latter seeing leaked builds as early as last week -- but now US owners of such models as the Backflip, Cliq, and Cliq XT can rest assured that a 2.1 (Eclair) update is forthcoming in either Q3 or ...

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    Verizon Wireless is continuing to roll out its upgrade for the original Motorola Droid in batches. The upgrade will bring with it Android 2.2 Froyo, which will support Adobe Flash 10.1. According to Verizon PR, Flash 10.1 will be available later this summer from Android Market. The browser plugin will give the Droid a desktop-class browsing experience on Android's Webkit-based browser. The OTA firmware update for Motorola's Droid 1 will happen in batches so keep your eyes out for the update to hit your device. For now, interested users in Android 2.2 Froyo and Adobe Flash 10.1 can look to ...

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    Motorola and Verizon Wireless are about to extend their fruitful partnership with more Droid handsets in the near future if leaked screenshots obtained by BGR are true. New Motorola Droid smartphone models and a Droid tablet will be hitting the nation's largest carrier and made by US-based Motorola. The first model to get released is the Droid Pro, a handset that sports a 4-inch screen with a faster 1.3 GHz CPU and sports the model number A957. This device is probably the Droid X's brother with a slightly more pocketable screen (4-inch v. 4.4-inch) and world phone global roaming ...

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    According to speculation, Verizon Wireless will be rolling out the Android 2.2 Froyo update to the HTC Droid Incredible beginning next week. The sources say that Verizon Wireless team members already have Froyo installed on their handsets, and that the rollout will begin in limited batches starting next week. If you're a lucky Droid Incredible owner and have managed to secure yourself HTC's AMOLED device in spite of the shortage, keep your eyes out next week for Froyo. Android 2.2 is expected to give the handset a number of improvements, including speed improvements and compatibility with ...

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    Disney theme parks and resorts are starting to roll out re-badged Droid Eris smartphones by HTC on Verizon Wireless as tour guides. The Droid Eris guides utilized by Mickey and friends for resort guests are encased in a custom case. The Android-based device will utilize the GPS and connect to networks to give guests shopping discounts, bonuses, and alerts to wait times for rides. (via: Engadget)

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    How important is a brand name? In the context of cellular phones: very, very important. While standing in line at a local amusement park I sent a text to my wife, letting her know where the kids and I were. As I was putting my phone away I heard someone ask "Hey, is that a Droid?" "It's a Nexus One", I replied off the cuff. "Oh, it looks like my Droid," at which point he pulled out his MyTouch 3G. Realizing he meant "Android" and not "Droid", I replied, "Oh, yeah, mine runs Android, too." We then went on to show off our favorite apps and what we wanted for future devices. But it's the ...

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    We recently talked about unlocking the Froyo updated Droid Original using a very simple, very convenient tool: Easy Root. Unfortunately, UnstableApps' Easy Root app was recently pulled from the Android Market, with no explanation given to the developer. On their website, the developer said, "Google has suspended Easy Root. I am looking into it. Please be patient." After two days of hearing nothing from Google, the developer decided to take things into his own hands and has now officially released the app outside the Market, directly through his website. For US$0.99 paid via PayPal (which ...

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    The long awaited Motorola Droid 2, which had previously been spotted at a Best Buy, has emerged with pricing information from the electronics retailer. According to Best Buy, the second Droid iteration with the sliding keyboard form factor from Motorola will cost $199 for new contracts or eligible upgrades and $599 for commitmentphobes. Though August 12th has been a rumored date for sometime now, there has been no word yet from either Motorola or Verizon on when the Droid 2 will launch. The device is expected to launch with Android 2.2 Froyo out of the box on release. (via: Engadget)

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    If you're a super power-user you're probably already running CyanogenMod or some other custom ROM on your Droid Original. If not, you're likely VERY happy with the Froyo update that you just got (or should be getting any time now). If you're not quite ready to take that plunge, but still want the advantages that having root access gives you, there's a application for that! Simply head over the the Market and search for Easy Root, version 1.2.2 is the latest version (as of this writing). This app is reported to work with both the FRG01B and FRG22 Froyo builds. (Thanks to Nathan Grebowiec ...

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    It looks like there are now dummy units of the oft-rumored Motorola Droid 2 at Best Buy. Hopefully, a launch is imminent for those who are awaiting a slightly more compact version of the Motorola Droid X but with the Droid's sliding keyboard. The Droid 2 is rumored to ship with Android 2.2 Froyo out of the gate and is said to support the same widgets-based user interface found on the Droid X. (via: Engadget)

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