The official German O2 Twitter account posted a tweet this weekend that the Motorola Milestone (better known as the Verizon Droid to us Yanks) will be getting Android 2.2 in mid-late September of this year. Also contained in the announcement was news that the HTC Desire will be receiving FroYo in mid-to-late August, and the Galaxy S in mid-September while the Flipout and X10 are still TBD. It’s great to see these phones receiving prompt updates to the latest OS version after the slower rollouts of some of the previous updates (We’re looking at you Eclair).
Looks like Verizon isn’t looking to be a distant second in the race to FroYo, as they’ve just dropped word that the original Motorola Droid is scheduled to receive the Android 2.2 (FroYo) update sometime next week. Given that FroYo is a huge step up from Eclair (2.1), and the Droid commands somewhere around 30% of the Android market, this is big news. Take it with a grain of salt, though – Verizon has a history of delaying updates.
Antennagate may be a little played out by this point, but you can’t blame Motorola for trying to capitalize on it for as long as possible.
After some pretty public back-and-forth between Apple and Motorola’s PR departments, Motorola has seemingly decided to get serious about the underlying issue, as well as work to address any questions and put any doubts to rest, by putting up a FAQ page dedicated solely to “Antenna Design and Call Quality.”
The FAQ seems to take the high road, steering clear of any references to specific devices or manufacturers.
As part of the Android's open source Apache license, manufacturers are required to publicly release all of their own modifications and improvements made to the Android core. Today, both Samsung and Motorola decided it would be the perfect time to drop the Captivate and Droid X code to their respective open source sites.
This will allow ROM developers to figure out all those little quirks specific to the hardware and incorporate them into their releases.
As usual, Droid-Life has come through with another leak – this time, it’s the Droid 2 user guide, available for your download and viewing pleasure here. We already know most of the details about it, including the launch date (soft launch on August 12), and the specs:
- 5 MP Camera
- 3G Mobile Hotspot
- 1 GHz CPU
- 8 GB onboard memory
- 8 GB mSD card installed, support for up to 16 GB
- Dark chrome color (rather than black)
- Roughly the same size as the original
Turns out that the Droid 2 will rock the same custom UI as the Droid X; as it doesn’t really have an official name, and it’s not MOTOBLUR, we’ll just call it NotBLUR.
When Apple released a widely criticized video of a Droid X death grip last week, Motorola suddenly found itself as a target of what could essentially be interpreted as a smear campaign. Here is the video for those who managed to miss it:
Of course, the video followed a similar smear aimed at HTC's Droid Eris during a recent Apple press conference focused on antennas and reception. Clearly, Apple is not singling anyone out while trying to defend itself.
A few enterprising hackers over at AllDroid have come up with a simpler method for rooting the Droid. Similar to SimpleRoot, it’s a small program that provides a GUI with 2 buttons – “Root Me :)” and “Unroot Me :(,” and bundles in all necessary drivers and bits of code – thus removing the need to download and install the Android SDK.
Once the zip file has been downloaded (you can get it from MediaFire here, or if you’re an AllDroid forum member, you can hit up the read link and login and download it), the instructions are pretty short and sweet:
Update: here is a mirror hosted by our friends at DroidXForums.
For those of you who have been wondering if the Droid X would ever be rooted, you can all breathe a collective sigh of relief. The folks over at AllDroid just posted that Verizon’s biggest and baddest Android device has been rooted!
So those of you new to Android and/or the DROID X, you might wonder what this “rooting” business is all about.
Smartphones are already commonly used in most workplaces, and now the folks at Google are working with military contractors to equip G.I. .Joes. Reuters is reporting that Google, Motorola and HTC have been working along side Raytheon, markers of the Patriot missile defense system, to develop software which could allow a soldier on the battlefield to gain important information via an Android OS device.
According to Raytheon, Google has helped push the limits of the phone and integrate features such as detailed satellite imagery, unmanned drone video and even tap into the Patriot missile system itself.