The Droid Bionic. You've heard the name for about three-quarters of the year now, and the hype surrounding the world's first dual-core Droid has seen its fair share of ups and downs. Last week we found out that the device would finally be hitting the streets in September -- too little too late, if you ask me. I'm not entirely sure what market Motorola plans on competing with at that point, as the beastly Galaxy S II should be available on Big Red by then, along with the new iPhone.
So here we are, two days after the release of Sprint's newest dual-core WiMax device, the Motorola Photon 4G, and a clever dev by the name of edgan over at the XDA forums has already found a way to gain root access to the device. I must warn you, however, the process doesn't appear to be the easiest thing I've ever seen.
Before we get started with the full instructions, there is a list of must-have items in order to make this work:
- HD Docking Station
- USB Mouse
- USB Keyboard
- HDMI Cable (for HD docking station)
The Motorola Photon 4G has been anticipated for a few months now, as it's Motorola's first 4G smartphone to hit Sprint's WiMax network. Moreover, it's sleek, stylish, fast, and an all-around good device, according to the first round of reviews that we've seen. Below is a summary of those reviews, but first, a quick look over the specs:
- 4.3 Inch qHD PenTile display
- 1Ghz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor
- 1GB RAM
- 16GB on-board storage
- 8MP rear camera, VGA front cam
- Android 2.3.4
Without further ado, here are the reviews.
In an earnings call today, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha dropped the bomb that the Droid Bionic would be hitting the streets sometime in September. No exact launch date was specified, but this falls right in line with the September 1st launch date that has been rumored for the past couple of weeks. This is the first somewhat official date that we've heard come out of either Motorola or Verizon's camp, and with the Samsung Galaxy S II right around the corner, it looks like competition is going to get stiff very soon.
Update: If @VZWSupport is to be believed (and after yesterday's Galaxy S II fiasco, I have my doubts), then the update should be rolling out beginning today, reaching all DX2 owners by the end of the week.
Has anyone received the update yet? Drop us a line in the comments when (if) it hits your device!
When the Droid X2 first hit the street, most would-be owners were extremely disappointed when they found out that it didn't ship with Gingerbread.
It looks like yet another leaked image of the not-so-illusive Droid Bionic has surfaced over at Droid-Life, but it's really nothing that we haven't already seen:
What this does bring, though, is some new information -- and I can't say that it's welcome news. According to the tipster, the Bionic is sporting the PenTile display that we're not the biggest fans of. However, s/he did point out that there was less ghosting than on the Droid 3/X2 -- but we'll have to see that with our own eyes to determine whether it actually makes the PenTile display more acceptable.
If, despite those deals, you still haven't pulled the trigger on the XOOM, this latest offer may just tempt you even further. Daily Steals is offering the tablet brand new with Wi-Fi and 32GB of storage for just $429.99 plus $5 shipping until the end of the day.
In the slowly unraveling drama that is the XOOM 4G LTE upgrade, another chapter has been put in place. Rumor has it that VZW XOOM owners may receive an email today letting them know the the upgrade will happen in September -- but we have no confirmation as of yet.
Update: Here is the email we received confirming that the update should indeed start in September:
The original word on the street was that the upgrade should have happened only three months after launch, a deadline severely missed by Motorola/Verizon.
Better late than never, right? Motorola's first dual-core handset, the ATRIX 4G, has finally received the green light for Gingerbread - and the OTA is a go. If you head into your Settings menu, and hit About Phone, then System Updates - the update should be waiting for you. If not, just wait a while - OTA's often take several days or even weeks to complete the "rollout" process.
What does the update bring?
The technology that allowed custom ROMs like CyanogenMod on the Droid X/2 and Atrix - 2nd-Init - has now been ported to the Droid X2 by XDA forum member edgan. According to the source thread, it was a direct port from the Atrix, as the code was not modified whatsoever, only re-compiled.
Before I go any further, let's get one important piece of information out of the way: this does not unlock the bootloader or allow custom kernels; it simply brings full custom ROM support.