Unfortunately, the update comes at a price, as there’s no Wi-Fi support in the current build. The reason for this is because the original kernel has been replaced to protect the identity of the source. However, if that’s a price you’re willing to pay, head over to the source link and try out Froyo for yourself!
I wasn’t too kind to the Flipout when we first covered it here, and I can’t say that the official announcement has done much to change my mind.
If it weren’t for the strange form factor (why can’t Motorola just stick to what we know works?), the phone would be another mid to low-range Android handset. For those of you in the States that think it’s hip to be square (see what I did there?), you’re going to have to wait a bit before you can get your hands on this perplexing device as it’s slated to hit Europe first – apparently by the end of Q2 2010 (seeing as how it’s June already, the launch should be imminent).
In case you’re out of the loop, the Droid Shadow is said to be Motorola’s latest addition to Verizon’s Droid brand, which we’ve covered here and here (note that I incorrectly referred to the Shadow as the Droid 2 – from what I’ve read since, this is not the case). This time, Droid Life was sent a few pics from a tipster that claimed to have a bit more information on the phone’s software:
- Android 2.2
- 9 home screens
- No Motoblur
- Dedicated camera button
- “Very metal”
- HDMI out
The ‘No Motoblur’ part is a bit strange, especially since Motoblur was pretty prominently shown on the ‘Getting Started’ manual.
That’s right, if you head over to Best Buy’s site, you can find the product page for the Motorola i1, the first Android iDEN handset to hit the market. I’d imagine you’d have to be pretty crazy for the push-to-talk capabilities that the phone offers though, because you’ll have to pay $349.99 to pick one up once it hits Best Buy’s shelf. On second thought, you’d have to be crazy in general to want to pay $350 for a mid-range Android handset – you can nearly buy 2 EVO 4G’s for that price.
Time for another game of ‘Shop job or Shadow: Gizmodo’s received a picture from someone claiming that they found the upcoming Motorola Shadow on the floor at a Verizon corporate gym.
According to the tipster they had enough time to confirm most of the rumored specs of the phone before it was remotely locked down, though suspiciously, they only had enough time to snap one picture.
The tipster ‘confirmed’ the following specs:
- 8MP camera
- 4.3” screen
- 16GB of internal storage
- Snapdragon CPU
- HDMI port
Again, take the above information, or at least the new information (Snapdragon CPU/16 GB internal storage) with a grain of salt.
A user over at Howard Forums has leaked what appears to be a ‘Getting Started’ manual for an as of yet unknown Motorola phone. Rumor has it that this is the Motorola Shadow/MB810, a phone that we’ve seen in random leaks here and there for the last few months.
Apparently it’s an ultra-thin slider, which has some speculating that it will be Verizon’s follow up the original Droid. If this is in fact the MB810, then we know a little bit about the expected specs:
- 4.3 inch screen
- HDMI port
- 8 Megapixel camera
- 1080P Video Recording
- 802.11 b/g/n
The Flipout is supposedly running Android 2.1 with Motorola’s custom MOTOBLUR interface and will be available in a choice of black, green, or pink.
The specs given by HDBlog are the same as the ones that were leaked last month, so nothing’s changed there.
- CPU: OMAP3410, 700MHZ
- Networks: WCDMA/HSPA: 850/1900 GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900
- Display: 2.8” QVGA, 320 x 240
- Web: HTML, Flash with multi-touch
- Camera: 3MP
- Video: Capture/Playback/Streaming, H.263, MPG-4, WMV v9
- Internal Memory: 512MB of flash, 256MB RAM
- Memory Card: MicroSDHC up to 32GB
- WLAN: 802.11 b/g
- Bluetooth: 2.1 with EDR
- Battery: 940 mAH
- Special Features: MOTOBLUR 1.5, 3.5mm audio jack, removable/customized rear covers
The Flipout is rumored to be headed to AT&T, although a confirmation is still needed.
About 40 minutes ago, Motorola posted a message to its Motorola Europe Facebook group announcing the launch of the Android 2.1 update in the UK for the Motorola Milestone (known as the Droid to the US users).
update is not OTA is now available both OTA (over the air) and by executing a .exe file which seems to require a Windows computer and a MicroUSB Data cable (non-Windows users are out of luck?). Here is all you need to know:
- The page with instructions
- Android 2.1 software update file (.exe - download this to your PC)
- The "What's New in Android 2.1 " PDF
The update brings, among other things:
In this video, Wirefly compares the new HTC Droid Incredible (which you can get here for a better price than your Verizon store) to the Motorola Droid in a series they like to call "Schmackdown" (we won't even mention the cheesiness of the name here).
Here are the highlights from the video that I annotated in my favorite bullet point format:
- Comparable size-wise
- Motorola Droid is thicker and heavier
- Motorola Droid has a physical keyboard while the Incredible doesn't
- Both have a virtual keyboard
- Speech-to-text on both phones
- Both have a dual LED flash
- 1GHz and 512MB RAM on the Incredible and 550MHz and 256MB RAM on the Moto Droid
- The Incredible has an 8MP camera vs Motorola Droid's 5MP
- No MicroSD preinstalled on the Incredible, though it comes with an 8GB internal storage while the Motorola Droid comes with a 16GB MicroSD card
- Same buttons on the outside of the phones but the Incredible has a trackpad on the front while the Motorola Droid has it on the inside
- Both have a 3.7" display but the Incredible has a 480x800 px resolution while the Motorola Droid has 480x854 px
- Droid Incredible has an AMOLED display
- Battery life on the Incredible is not as good as the Motorola Droid
- Both are running Android 2.1
- Incredible has HTC Sense (with additional apps and widgets) on top of Android while the Motorola Droid has vanilla Android 2.1
- Incredible has Scenes which are like presets for your home screens while the Moto Droid doesn't have this feature
- Incredible has some Flash support while the Moto Droid doesn't (though full Flash 10.1 support is going to come with Android 2.2)
- Incredible seems to have a faster browser, probably due to hardware (both are on Verizon data network)
The video follows:
So, who wins?
While it’s still unknown when we’ll see a 2.1 update on the Devour, it looks like Verizon has dropped a minor update that should keep you busy in the meantime.
It’s the usual bug fixes and minor application enhancements that we’ve seen carriers drop from time to time, so nothing to write home about, but it’s always nice to know that carriers and manufacturers are paying attention to your device. I haven’t had the opportunity to play with a Devour just yet (I’ll be happy to provide you with my address, Moto!), so I’m not able to give any first hand thoughts on the update but I’m sure the changes are welcome.