The folks over at BGR have managed to get their hands on a bunch of photos of the next Droid from Verizon the HTC Merge/Lexikon. From the pictures, this Droid from HTC looks similar to the Motorola Droid 2. The full slide-out QWERTY keyboard on the device looks very impressive as well. The handset will be powered by a Qualcomm MSM7630CPU and will sport a 4-inch screen. The phone will also sport a 5MP camera at its back along with a microSD card slot.
The device will be running on Android 2.2 with the newer version of HTC Sense UI on top of it. However, Verizon is seriously going to cripple this new Droid by removing all the Google applications usually found in an Android phone with Bing suite of applications.
BIG thumbs down to Verizon for this! I seriously don’t know why Verizon is replacing the Google suite of applications from a phone running on Google’s own OS with Microsoft’s services. LAME!
Motorola has just announced in a press release about the limited edition R2-D2 Droid 2. The special edition Star Wars branded Droid 2 will look like the iconic Astromech Droid from the Star Warsâ„¢ Saga’. This special edition Droid 2 will come in a custom box with a Star Wars media dock and a wired stereo headset. It was also rumored that the R2-D2 Droid 2 will come with the OMAP processor being clocked at 1.2 GHz. However, the phone’s processor will be clocked at 1GHz only like its normal’ sibling the Droid 2.
The handset will also come pre-loaded with some exclusive Star Wars content which includes 4 live wallpapers, a R2-D2 clock widget, Star Wars special ringtones, “The Best of R2-D2″ video and an exclusive Binoculars app.
The handset will be available from 30th September at some selected Verizon Wireless stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com. The R2-D2 edition Droid 2 will cost $249 after a $100 mail-in rebate on a two-year contract.
Ever since its launch, many people groaned about the lack of a FM radio on the Droid 2. There was a lot of speculation over at XDA-Developers forum that the FM radio hardware is present on the Droid 2 only that it needs to be activated. This was because the internal hardware of the Droid 2 is similar to the Droid X and the latter features FM radio.
Now over at XDA-Developers forum, a guy with the username slayher has managed to get the FM radio hardware on the Droid 2 up and working. Here are the step by step instructions on how to get FM Radio working on your handset. According to me, the steps are pretty complex and I will recommend newbie’s to wait until an easier automated method comes out. Nevertheless, Droid 2 owners who want to go ahead and try this mod should make sure that their handset is rooted with SuperUser installed.
Via – XDA Developers
At the beginning of this week, we reported that the Desire HD ROM has been ported to the HTC HD2. Now the Desire HD ROM has been ported over to other popular HTC devices which includes the EVO 4G, the Droid Incredible and the GSM version of Desire. Users of these handsets should thank the folks over at XDA-Developers for their hard work. The Desire HD ROM brings with it the new Sense UI, some clever new features and the ultra-fast boot-up time to these devices.
However, there are still some niggles in running this ROM on any of the handset stated above. This ROM makes the camera of all the three devices totally useless – the camera application just refuses to work. Both, Wi-Fi and 4G does not work on the EVO, thus severely limiting its connectivity options. The dialer application also looks a bit weird on all the three Droids.
However, I am pretty sure that with time the above issues will be sorted out and soon owners of the above three handsets will be enjoying all the Desire HD software goodness on their phone.
The successor to the original Droid Droid 2 was released hardly two months ago. Now, rumors are floating around that the Droid 2 will soon be replaced by a Global’ version, which means that the handset will have both GSM and CDMA antennas. The folks over at Droid-Life managed to get some exclusive pictures and benchmark of the device. The new Droid 2 Global will sport a new color combination of white and silver rather than the usual black or blue.
Apparently, the Global’ version will be running a 1.2 GHz OMAP processor instead of the 1 GHz processor found in the Droid 2. On its first run, the Droid 2 Global edition managed to score 1581 Quadrant score while it scored a whopping 1709 in its second run. That makes this device one of the fastest Android handsets ever. Impressive!
The Droid 2 Global edition will sport the same 5MP camera, 512MB of RAM, same keyboard and Moto Blur UI as its U.S only sibling Droid 2.
On September 15th, HTC announced the Desire HD and the Desire Z. The HTC Desire HD is the worldwide version of the popular HTC EVO 4G with updated hardware. The HTC Desire HD features a 4.3-inch S-LCD screen, 768MB of RAM, 8MP camera with dual-LED flash and a Qualcomm 8255 processor running at 1GHz with Adreno 205 GPU. The phone also features an updated version of HTC Sense.
Now, HTC has released a video on their official YouTube channel which gives us a closer look to the HTC Desire HD. The video is 7 minutes 35 seconds long and gives a brief overview of the various features of the device including Offline Maps, HTC Sense and 720p video recording etcetera.
The production quality of the video is just top notch and so is the device. After watching the video, I am pretty inclined on buying the Desire HD. Kudos to HTC for making such an awesome video!
It was just yesterday we had reported that Verizon and Motorola will be rolling out the Android 2.2 update within a couple of days. Verizon has officially confirmed now that the update has already been rolled out to all Droid X owners. The OTA (Over-The-Air) update weighs in at 67.6MB and will bring with it many new features to the X.
The good news for the modding community is that the Droid X can still be rooted after updating to Android 2.2. The rooting method is same as the Droid 2 one. The Android 2.2 update for the device brings with it Flash 10.1, better browsing experience, better 3G mobile hotspot performance and general performance improvements.
Users who tinker around with their phone are recommended not to downgrade their phone to Android 2.1 after updating it to Android 2.2. If they do so, there is a very high chance of their Droid X being bricked.
Finally Verizon and Motorola are going to roll out the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update for the Droid X. Verizon have updated their Droid X support page which states that the Froyo update for the device is ready to be rolled out soon. Sources suggest that the update will be rolled out within a couple of days. The software update version which will be rolled out is Verzion.2.3.15.MB810.
The Android 2.2 update for the Droid X will bring with it improved and faster web browsing experience including Flash 10.1. The update will also improve the 3G Mobile hotspot application on the Droid X. Hopefully; the update will also fix the Exchange server issues which have been plaguing the X.
This update will also install Verizon’s VZ Navigator application on your Droid X. The update will also improve the performance of the phone.
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It was just a few days ago that HTC had announced the worldwide version of the Evo 4G the HTC Desire HD. The Desire HD is powered by a Qualcomm 8255 1GHz Snapdragon processor and Adreno 205 GPU. The Qualcomm 8255 Snapdragon processor is manufactured on a lower fabrication processor (45nm) compared to the 1 GHz QSD8250 Qualcomm Snapdragon processor found in all other phones nowadays. The Adreno 205 GPU also offers a much better performance than its predecessor.
The folks over at HDBlog.it managed to benchmark a Desire HD and the device beats the crap out of all other handsets out there except for the Galaxy S series from Samsung. The Desire HD scored a whopping 1974 points in Quadrant benchmark, which is roughly 30% more than a Nexus One running Android 2.2. Only the Samsung Galaxy S handsets are capable of scoring ~1900 points in the Quadrant benchmark with a lagfix applied.
Also the folks over at XDA-Developers have managed to get their hands on the RUU of the Desire HD and they have already ripped it apart. They have even started porting the Desire HD ROM to the HTC HD2.
Verizon has decided that the HTC Droid Eris won’t be getting the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update. A Verizon spokesperson told Computerworld that Verizon has canceled all its plan of bringing Android 2.2 to the handset. According to the spokesperson, the reason for this is that Verizon have other options in Android devices, so this is part of the normal evolution of our portfolio.”
This news will surely be heart-breaking for all the Droid Eris customers out there. The Eris never managed to grab the headlines like the other top-dogs Android handsets in the Verizon line-up. Droid Eris owners who want to experience Android 2.2 need to either wait for some modder over at XDA-Developers to port it to their device or purchase a new handset pre-loaded with Android 2.2.
While Eris owners would want the former, Verizon definitely wants the latter to happen!