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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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, [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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.
This morning we reported provided step-by-step instructions to manually flash Froyo on your Motorola Droid without waiting for the over-the-air update. Now it turns out that the FRG01B update may have been canceled while a new version is prepared.
This shouldn’t come as a complete surprise, even Google’s own Nexus One went through several iterations before the “final” Froyo build was pushed out to everyone.
This raises a few questions:
Q. What if I already have the FRG01B Froyo build on my Droid? A. You will get an update OTA that will [...]
After being on the fence about bringing Android 2.2 Froyo build to European Milestone owners, Motorola has finally decided to bless our GSM counterparts with a firmware update. The European Milestone is similar to the Droid, and now like the Verizon Droid, Milestone owners will be able to get Froyo, with its support for Adobe Flash 10.1, in September, according German carrier O2.
Although updates to bring the original Motorola Droid to bring that device up to Android 2.2 Froyo will start coming out this week, Verizon Wireless has advised users that the Droid X requires additional hardware for tethering so it seems that wireless tethering–or the sharing of the device’s mobile broadband connection with either devices–will not be supported. A Verizon spokesperson advised Engadget that the Droid “doesn’t have hardware to support a mobile hotspot.”
It looks like if you’re interested in a mobile hotspot app without [...]
Verizon did a good job at making an interactive promotional site for their Droid devices. The latest upgrade includes a neat head tracking feature that works with your webcam. You calibrate a red light to the position of your head so that when you turn your head, the item on the screen tilts with it. It’s a bit of a novelty, but something interesting to try if you’ve got some downtime. Hit up the DroidDoes website and give it a try.
On Friday, we got an email from Verizon Wireless saying that the carrier intends on pushing its Android 2.2 Froyo update to the Motorola Droid next week, so that means hopefully we’ll see Froyo with Adobe Flash 10.1 running on Droids starting this week. Verizon’s announcement comes just right after Sprint had announced that Android 2.2 will be hitting its HTC EVO 4G flagship phone beginning on August 3.
(via: Verizon Wireless)
Verizon is rumored to be beginning its Android 2.2 rollout on the company’s high-end Android lineup, which includes the Motorola Droid, HTC Droid Incredible, and the Motorola Droid X, on August 6th and the rollout will continue through August 15th.
Verizon is expected to rollout Froyo onto its devices later this summer, and a screenshot has been posted on the Internet showing a Droid X with Android 2.2 running.
According to the tipster, this is not just a rumored, but is confirmed.
With a simultaneous rollout of Froyo on the 6th and rumors of a Droid 2 [...]
Motorola is still uncertain on whether it would bring the Android 2.2 Froyo build update to the GSM-based Motorola Milestone, a device that resembles the US CDMA Motorola Droid for Verizon Wireless, also called the Droid 1. According to Motorola,
Next European Milestone and 2.2 (Froyo). I have expressed over the last few days that the decision is pending. The team here has been collating key pieces of information and views from this community in the last month and providing input to relevant teams in Motorola so they are aware. I am pushing for that decision to be made as [...]
It seems like this summer has created a blockbuster of smartphone hits, from AT&T’s iPhone 4 to Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G and Verizon Wireless’s Droid X and Droid Incredible. We, of course, are all too familiar with the Droid Incredible’s AMOLED shortage, but what about the other handsets? Recent checks with Apple shows strong demand for the iPhone 4 is keeping the device off shelves and AT&T is only selling that smartphone on a preorder basis even weeks after the phone launched. Sprint is still listing the EVO 4G as out of stock on its online store and [...]
It looks like the oft-rumored Motorola Droid 2, which has been caught in numerous leaked photos, will be launching straight with Android 2.2 Froyo, the Google mobile OS edition that supports Adobe Flash 10.1 for a desktop-class browsing experience. Adopters of the Motorola Droid X will still need to wait until later this summer for Motorola and Verizon to push out Android 2.2 to their devices; an exact date hasn’t been announced yet.
In addition to being let out of the gate with Android 2.2 on board, it seems that the widgets-based UI system on the Droid X will also be [...]
With the portrait-oriented sliding form factor, Motorola and Research in Motion with its Bold 9800 model will be entering into a territory that has proven to be both attractive–in a nostalgic sense with the HTC Blue Angel of yore and uncertainty, as the Palm Pre and Microsoft Kin One have proven to be lackluster with rumored low sales volume. With MOTOBLUR on board and Android’s integration with Exchange, social networking sites, and Google services, the Droid Slider could give webOS a run for its money.
It looks like Google’s assault on Research in Motion, [...]
Reports are coming in that the original Motorola Droid may soon be listed as an end-of-life item nearly a year after the device initially launched in October of last year. When an item enters end-of-life (EOL) classification, manufacturing will begin to stop and the carrier will attempt to sell out remaining inventory.
While the just under 1-year lifespan of the Motorola Droid does seem short, Motorola and Verizon Wireless has been aggressively pursuing their relationship with Google to push out additional devices under the Droid brand and also outside of the Droid brand. Since [...]
It looks like Verizon Wireless is busy with this week with rolling out OTA Android updates, first with an announced Droid X update and now with an update for the HTC Droid Eris that will bring some fixes and improvements. The MR4 update is said to fix the silent call issue. The Eris update has already begun to arrive on some devices, though it may take some time to reach all Eris owners out there.
(via: Android Central)
The successor to the original Motorola Droid has been spotted and images has been extracted from a Flash file from a teaser site. According to Engadget Mobile, “Astute reader Dominic was just minding his business, hunting for hints in the Droid Does website source code, when what should he allegedly discover but an entire Droid 2 spread inside an Shockwave Flash file.”
The Droid 2 will be a Verizon Wireless device with the official model number of A955 and it’s unclear if there will be a GSM version for the international market. With the original Droid, [...]