All of Motorola's recent devices (save for the XOOM) have featured bootloaders that are locked down like Fort Knox, and despite publicly stating that they would be reversing that policy, the company has yet to take any action. Although they stated they wouldn't begin making bootloaders unlockable until late 2011, many people held out hope for the newly-released Droid 3. An apparently lost hope, unfortunately, as a Motorola Support forum admin has confirmed that the hot new Droid is as locked as its brethren.
Here's an interesting tidbit of information for the XOOM owners out there: there may be a system update heading your way within the next few days that bumps you up to Android 3.2. Details are pretty scarce right now, but here's what we can tell you: in the comments of AOSP issue number 16992 - which is in regards to the lack of Exchange support post-3.1 update on the XOOM - one line stands out.
Those (im)patiently awaiting the upcoming launch of the DROID 3 now have even more info on what to expect: thanks to Droid Life, we now know what the phone's pricing will look like, both on- and off-contract.
If you're cool with signing a new two-year agreement, you'll be paying the now-standard price of $199. Alternatively, if the shackles of a contract are enough to scare you away, you could purchase the phone off-contract for the fairly reasonable price of $459 (I say "fairly reasonable" since other carriers, such as Sprint, happily charge over $600 for an contract-free phone).
We've seen the XOOM hit some pretty low prices lately, but this one is rock-bottom. For a limited time, you can get the Wi-Fi version of the world's first Android Honeycomb tablet for a mere $450 from Staples when you use the attached coupon (see below). That's an insane deal for this tablet, as it's still one of the best Android tablets on the market:
- 10.1 inch 1280x800 display
- 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 Processor
- 1GB RAM
- 32GB built-in storage
- 5MP rear camera, 2MP up front
- Stock Android 3.1
There you go - print the coupon, head to your local Staples, and leave with a brand new XOOM.
The amount of leaked information about the Droid Bionic that we're seeing is growing at a rapid pace now - even further proving that a release is drawing near. Today's find, courtesy of This is my next, is a leaked Best Buy teaser that touts the Bionic as an "all-powerful, unstoppable machine" - clearly displaying that Motorola is coming out of the gate with guns blazing to promote Verizon's first dual-core LTE phone.
According to a leaked shot from Sam's Club that fell into the hands of Android Central, we should expect Samsung's newest Sprint device, the Conquer, to hit the streets on July 24th. The Conquer is a mid-ranger with modest specs:
- 3.5 inch 320x480 display
- 1Ghz single-core Snapdragon
- 3.2MP rear shooter, 1.3MP front camera
- Android 2.3
Also expected in July is the Motorola Photon 4G - but there is no exact release date as of yet.
Well, isn't this interesting... it appears that Android Central has gotten a hold of a leaked screen with some pretty promising release dates for some highly anticipated phones, including the Motorola Droid Bionic. Let's push that one of to the side for just a moment though and address the first phone on the list: the Droid 3.
We've basically known everything there is to know about the D3 for a while.
Update 6.30.11: This deal is back for another go! We've updated the links to reflect the new listing, so grab it while it's hot.
It's not often that we see Motorola's Honeycomb tablets on sale, so when I saw $100 off the dual-core XOOM Wi-Fi as this morning's eBay Daily Deal, I had to let you guys know as soon as possible.
The deal is for the larger 32GB version and brings the price down from $599.99 to $499.99.
As an Atrix owner, these past couple of days have been a bit of a "Christmas in (almost) July" celebration. First, we get confirmation that our bootloader will be unlocked with Android 2.3.4. After that, the phone is placed on sale on Amazon for one measly cent. Then XDA Developers say "screw that; we'll give you an unlock on Froyo!"
Now, in perhaps the biggest gift yet, the genius minds over at XDA have devised a way for users to install a pre-release build of Gingerbread 2.3.4 on their phones.
If there is anything that we don't know about the Motorola Droid 3 at this point, it's the release date. That last bit of the puzzle looks to have been found by Droid Attic though, as they have gotten a hold of an internal image from Best Buy that suggests a July 14th release date.
That release date is one week after VZW's rumored transition from unlimited to tiered data, so if you're thinking about making the switch to Big Red for this phone, get ready to watch those MBs closely.