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Motorola Milestone Android 2.1 Update Finally Rolls Out In The UK, Brings 9 (!) Home Screens

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).

The 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?).

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HTC Droid Incredible VS Motorola Droid In A Video Schmackdown

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:

Hardware

  • 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

Software

  • 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?

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Devour Gets A Minor Update, 2.1 Still Nowhere To Be Found

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.

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CyanogenMod ROM 5.0.6 For Nexus One And Motorola Droid Released

A few moments ago, Cyanogen announced version 5.0.6 of his ROM for HTC Nexus One and Motorola Droid. This release contains a whole plethora of bug fixes and enhancements for the Nexus One and a few for the Droid.

The release follows the drama with Cyanogen and the Ultimate Droid ROM creator The BlackDroid, which you can read about here and here, which explains the note at the bottom of Cyanogen's announcement that reads

"PS: Expect Ultimate Droid v11 soon!

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Motorola Releases Official Android Update Timeline

Motorola customers with Android phones rejoice! It looks like the bulk of you can expect to have Android 2.1 rolled out to your handsets by the Q3 of this year, unless, that is, you own the DEXT (the European Cliq) or, surprisingly, the Devour.

Not a whole lot of surprises here, but it’s nice to a see a carrier be so upfront with their release schedule rather than forcing their users to dredge through seedy internet forums in order to hear what someone’s cousin’s friend’s brother who works at a cell phone stand in the mall said about the next update being released.

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Motorola Twist: Another Crippled Android Phone For AT&T?

Well, we finally have some specs to match up with the mysterious photos that have been floating around the web for last few days of a new and very square Motorola Android handset.

mototwist

Another Ridiculous AT&T Phone?

We held off on reporting on the picture itself, because the story of its existence and lack of any additional information made the entire thing seem suspect. Now, though, we have some more details as Android France has released the specs for the handset, purportedly named Motorola Twist, and if you look carefully, you can see that it supports the 850/1900 WCDMA radio bands, AKA: AT&T 3G.

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Motorola CLIQ Update 1.4.8 Released, Fixes Battery, Touchscreen, Bluetooth Problems

Those of you with a Motorola CLIQ will want to check your phone for new updates, as Motorola is rolling out version 1.4.8 to all users. Sure, it isn’t quite Android 2, but everyone loves bug fixes right?

The 1.4.8 update provides improvements to the phone's battery, touchscreen, and Bluetooth functionality.

The update can be installed over the air, which means you can get to it by going into Settings > About Phone > System Updates.

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Secret Unlock Codes Found For Motorola Droid - Make Your Android Superhuman

Wait, isn't an Android already superhuman or not human at all? Anyway… these videos were posted by a YouTube user DROIDshortcuts, most likely one of Motorola's marketing handles, and then sent over to us by the folks from M80 - a company that works with Motorola on promotions for the Droid.

These videos, shot in an amateur style, are actually quite funny and well made.

Our favorite is the pool one.

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Google IO 2010 Attendees Get An Early Gift From Google - A Free Android Phone

As one of Google IO 2010 conference attendees, I've been wondering what Google had up its sleeve for this year's big gift. The price of the conference last year was sweetened with a free Android phone given to everyone attending, and I was hoping this year wouldn't be an exception, secretly hoping for a Nexus One or even better - a pre-release version of a brand new phone.

My wishes came true a few minutes ago when I received an email from Google informing me that all registered conference attendees would be getting a free phone sent to them before the conference even begins.

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Droid Owners Have A Bittersweet Week

It’s been both a good and bad news week for Droid owners.

The Good News

The coveted Android 2.1 update has finally officially arrived to the device.

Android 2.1 was first available only on the Nexus One, a move that Google took some flack for. They were instrumental in pushing the Droid, and shortly after its release late last year, Google announced their first Google branded Android device, with features that other Android owners wouldn’t see on their phones for quite some time.

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