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Koush Releases Custom ClockworkMod Recovery For Motorola Droid X - Nandroid Backups And Restores Now Possible; Next Stop: Custom ROMs

This article mentions rooting, Nandroid, and flashing of custom ROMs. If you’re unfamiliar with some of the terms, hit up our primers on rooting, custom ROMs, and Nandroid backups.

The Droid X, Motorola's and Verizon's current flagship handset, has been rooted earlier this month (method 1, method 2), and today Koushik Dutta, the author of ClockworkMod recovery and the lead developer behind CM6 for Droid, released the first working recovery for this beast.

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Motorola Charm Coming To T-Mobile August 25th For $75

Are you in the market for a strikingly rectangular low-end messaging phone running Android 2.1 and Motoblur? Come on, you know you want one!

If so, the Motorola Charm - you know, that squat little Motorola messaging phone for T-Mobile with a 2.8 inch screen and a non-slide out physical QWERTY keyboard right below it - is now officially hitting T-Mobile on August 25 for what T-Mobile USA has said on Facebook to be an "affordable" $74.99, despite the rumors that it would be free on a new two-year contract.

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Verizon Bringing Video-On-Demand To Smartphones, Adding Some Cloud Storage

Verizon announced that they’d be releasing an app for a variety of devices that adds functionality for FiOS customers. For example, iPad users can watch TV on the device as long as they’re at home. More relevantly to our purposes, though: they’ll be releasing an app to allow some smartphone users to stream video-on-demand.

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There is a catch-22 though: the app only supports select smartphones - namely, those sold by Verizon.

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What's Around The Corner For Verizon

It's no secret that Verizon loves Android, so it shouldn't be a surprise that it's featured heavily in a leaked roadmap.

Yesterday, BGR confirmed the Droid Pro, Droid 2 World Edition, and Motorola Tablet, and now PhoneArena is reporting that they have a "trusty source" inside Verizon that has given them a sneak peek at the device release schedule for the rest of the year.

Let's start with September: we "should" see the Droid 2 World Edition released, and it will be the first Android phone to support both GSM and CDMA networks.

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Bucket Full O' Droids - Droid Pro, Droid 2 World Edition, And Tablet Found In Verizon's System

The custom used to be to release two, maybe three, at most four, new flagship smartphones every summer. Now, it appears that the custom is to release as many as possible, as soon as possible. And this latest batch of leaks indicates that Verizon and Motorola have no plans to change that anytime soon.

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First up for inspection, we have a screenshot of an internal document suggesting that a device with the model number A956 is in the works and will come in both black and white.

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The Eye Escapes - Get Droid 2 Live Wallpapers On Your Android Phone

It happened to the Droid X, it happened to the Galaxy S, and now it's happening to the Droid 2. The Droid 2's live wallpaper, the one with the evil red eye, has been extracted and is ready to be used on any other device running Android 2.0 or above.

Oh, and as if that wasn't enough, it now comes in nine versions, including:

  • the original wallpaper
  • modified versions called Evil Andy and Evil Grey Andy
  • a mod with the eye from the Droid X, only on the Droid 2's background image
  • a Cyanogen Mod themed one
  • a BlackDroid edition
  • a green theme
  • a gold theme
  • and a wallpaper where the eye is from the Droid 2 and the background is from the Droid X.
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Droid 2 Review Roundup: More Of The Same (And That’s A Good Thing)

After the huge success of the original Droid, the Droid 2 was one of the most hotly anticipated (and most leaked) handsets ever. So, we’ve decided to compile some reviews of the device to help you decide if it’s worth upgrading to the Droid’s sequel. A few minor complaints aside, the general consensus is that this is indeed a worthy successor to the most popular Android phone yet.

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Chris Ziegler was impressed by the Droid 2’s improvements over its predecessor, but still recommends the Droid X or Droid Incredible unless a physical keyboard is a must for you.

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Droid 2 Multi-Touch Keyboard Ported To Incredible And Other Devices

That was quick. Just two days after the release of the Droid 2, its multi-touch keyboard has already been ported to other devices, first the Droid Incredible and now the Droid, Nexus One, EVO, and Desire, though they only work on certain ROMs.

An easy method (done through your recovery) is already available, and the two reported bugs have already been fixed up; voice input is also working correctly now. If you want to try it out, download it here and flash it.

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Clockwork Recovery Successfully Loaded Onto DROID X, Custom ROMs On The Way?

We don't have a whole lot of info on this, but apparently Clockwork Recovery (a custom recovery image) has been loaded onto the DROID X. This could imply custom ROMs based specifically on Motorola's ROM may be finding their way to the DROID X. Also, this means if your phone "softbricks" (ie, bootloader not corrupted), you can makes a nandroid backup, and then restore it.

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To be clear, this doesn't mean the DROID X has been unlocked, nor has the encrypted bootloader been circumvented, it just potentially allows flashing custom software to the system partition (ROM).

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Second Droid OTA Coming, Brings Flash Support

It looks like the Droid has a second over-the-air update headed its way. The first, which started being pushed out yesterday, was FRG01B and brought Froyo to the most popular Android around. However, a Verizon email tells us that this second update will give Droid owners the ability to download Adobe Flash 10.1, leading us to believe that it is indeed the leaked FRG22 build.

If you’re already enjoying Froyo on you Droid, keep an eye out for a second update, and let us know when it comes.

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