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.
Just like with any rumor, you should take this with a grain of salt… however, unlike some other recent rumors, this one seems fairly plausible. Droid Life is reporting that, according to “reliable sources”, the Android 2.2 update rollout for the Motorola Droid will begin on July 13, just two days before the launch of the Droid X.
When the Droid X was announced, they made it clear that the phone would receive the 2.2 update sometime in late August, while the original Droid would receive the update in late July.
MyDroidWorld founder p3droid is reporting that he has obtained an official Google update of Android 2.2 dubbed FRF84B. The version proximity to the Nexus One’s official Froyo update (FRF85B) is certainly uncanny. Based on the large file size, it appears to be a full ROM. Unfortunately, no official Google link for the client is available, only p3droid’s rooted (read: now technically unofficial) version. The update comes with superuser permissions for root only apps, as well.
The shot below, from the Verizon internal systems, shows that the original Droid will be receiving an OTA FroYo update sometime in late July. All things considered, that’s not a bad turnaround time if you ask me (especially when you consider that Samsung is just now upgrading the Behold from 1.5 to 1.6… slow as molasses in December).
The Droid X, on the other hand, won’t receive the update until late August.
The latest version of the popular CyanogenMod has been released, offering bug fixes and various improvements over the previous version.
If you’ve never used the Cyanogen ROM before, you can read our full review and installation guide here.
Available to download for the Nexus One, Droid, Dream and Magic, CM 5.0.8 sees some great speed increases on older devices that were still a little sluggish under the previous version.
A particularly noticeable addition to 5.0.8 is ADW Launcher, a home replacement app, which is now included in the ROM by default. Accompanying this is 720p video recording support, which we first saw appear in CM5.0.8-test3 earlier this month.
My Droid World is on a roll! Yesterday they brought us a working Froyo update for Motorola Droid but it came with a serious omission - WiFi was not included.
After taking a breather, a few hours later they produced another version, this time with support for WiFi and overclocking.
There are a number of download options, varying in the CPU frequency hardcoded into the kernel - from 800 MHz to 1250 MHz, so grab the one you want and see if it's stable enough (I promise you - it will be FAST).
Nexus One users had their taste of Froyo already (check out what Froyo is all about for more info) and now Motorola Droid owners can get a piece of the pie too, courtesy of My Droid World!
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.
Wirefly.com loves posting useful phone videos, and the latest one is no exception.
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:
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)