Can’t wait to get your hands on the next Android superphone - Motorola Droid X? Then you’ll be probably be interested to learn that Best Buy has already begun their pre-orders for the newest addition to the Droid family, which will be arriving in stores on July 15th.
The biggest difference between buying the phone from Best Buy instead of directly from Verizon is simply the bonus of avoiding the mail-in rebate, as Best Buy is selling the phone for $199.99 flat instead of Verizon’s $299.99 with a $100.00 mail-in rebate. Read More
Some lucky new Droid X user has leaked a Droid X system dump (the phones internal files). As a result, you can now download anything found on the Droid X – wallpapers, ringtones, apps (such as the video editor, backup assistant, and photo app), and boot animations. Not only that, but the legion of Android hackers is hard at work porting various features from the X – such as the multi-touch keyboard (which has already been ported to the Incredible) and the boot screen. Read More
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. Read More
There have been plenty of leaks and rumors about the Droid X for the past few weeks, but now that it has been officially revealed, it looks even better. Here are all the official specs:
- 4.3” Screen (854 x 480)
- 720p recording
- 8 megapixel camera with Dual LED flash
- 1 GHz processor
- HDMI out
- Android Eclair 2.1 at launch, to be upgraded to Froyo 2.2 in “late summer”
- A radically changed version of Motoblur on top
- 8 GB onboard memory, and ships with 16 GB micro SD card
- 3 microphones, one used for noise cancellation
- Shipping with Swype
Price and Plans
The phone is going to run you the usual $199 after a $100 mail-in rebate, and the unlimited data plan will cost $29.99 a month, with the optional tethering plan to cost $19.99 a month for the ability to have up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices connect to the phone. Read More
In preparation for the Droid 2 and Droid X launch, Verizon has put out its first commercial, in the best Droid traditions, complete with the "Droid" sound at the end.
Did you even notice how much information this video just provided? Besides the flashing X symbol, pointing at the model being advertised, can you spot all the other easter eggs? Switch to full screen and up the video quality to 480p to see the details better. Read More
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. Read More
One of Gizmodo's readers Zack unexpectedly stumbled upon an upcoming Motorola Droid 2 at a tech show and didn't hesitate to snap some pictures and play around with this Droid successor.
Here are the main points of his review, in my favorite bullet point style, to save you some time:
- about the same size as the original Droid
- dark chrome overall color instead of the black
- feels really nice - more curves, fewer edges
- different button placement as the original, both on the outside and on the keyboard
- blue coloring around the keyboard instead of gold
- there is now a dedicated voice search button on the keyboard and the horrible d-pad is gone, replaced by cursor keys
- no more lip on the right side with phone open
- the Droid 2 name might change - Motorola reps are unsure of what it will be yet
- same 5MP camera, though noticeable faster
- most likely will come with vanilla Froyo - not Ninjablur
- 8GB internal memory, 8GB micro-SD card
- 1GHz processor
And here's Zack's full account if you want the original:
I am a summer intern at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA) this summer and today there was a tech show on the lab.
We’ve been hearing a number of things about the upcoming Droid X in the past few weeks, and Verizon have now updated their Droid site, giving us a few more details about their latest and greatest device.
The page confirms three things that we already suspected of the device. Firstly, it has a 4.3” display, most likely with a resolution of 854 x 480. Originally, when you hovered over the phone, you were told that it has a “720p screen”. Read More
If you’ve been paying attention to the news releases regarding the HTC Aria, you know that AT&T will once again be locking down the apps users can install by restricting unofficial app downloading. If you’ve been paying attention for a while now, you also know that they did the same thing to the Motorola Backflip – the only other Android phone they offer.
Both phones already feature smaller, lower def screens, when compared to their Android brethren available on other networks. Read More
In exactly a week, on June 23rd, the 4 giants of the Android world - Motorola, Verizon, Google, and Adobe are set to announce something really great, dubbed "the next generation of Droid" at a special invitation-only press event in New York.
We can only guess what the event will touch on - surely, Droid X and Droid 2 are at the top of the list.
However, noting the presence of Adobe, it makes us wonder whether something much-much bigger is coming, i.e. Read More