Surprise surprise! Motorola and Verizon have started rolling out a new software update for the old and forgotten, Droid 2. While a new software update is definitely good news, Droid 2 owners should not get their hopes too high about an Ice Cream Sandwich update. The software update does not bring any new features, but does fix some bugs and beefs up the security of your handset.
Below is the full change-log of the update via Android Police -:
+ Device is enabled with the Wireless Alerting System.
+ A Google Security Patch has been added to improve security level.
+ Fixed issue where the device may power ON without user interaction.
+ Adjusted camera settings will be saved, even after the device is powered down.
+ Resolved possible device resets while playing music.
+ Reduced Out of Memory errors.
Email, Messaging & Data
+ Improved ability to access and receive Gmail messages when the Mobile Hotspot is turned on.
+ Addressed error that replicated thumbnails in message threads.
Applications & Widgets
+ WAV files can be played from Visual Voice Mail.
+ Purchased ringtones are now able to be downloaded, saved and used where appropriate.
The OTA update is already live, and should hit your Droid 2 over the next few days. Users can also manually pull the update by going to Settings -> About Phone and then selecting the Software Updates option.
Motorola started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Verizon’s Droid 2, and the Droid 2 Global. It was only a matter of time before the limited edition Droid R2-D2 got some Gingerbread love from Motorola and Verizon.
The Gingerbread update brings the same new UI (ex-Moto Blur) as found on the Droid 2 and Droid 2 Global, post the Gingerbread update. Along with the usual Gingerbread goodies like a Download Manager app, Multi-touch key chording, Power Management details and enhanced security features like SD card encryption and VPN enhancements.
There are lots of other enhancements, and bug fixes. Below is the full change-log-:
+ Download Manager App:
â€¢ New App to manage all of your downloads from web browsing,
email attachments and other apps.
+ App and Power Management Details:
â€¢ Under Manage Applications, a new Runningtab displays a list of active
applications and the storage and memory being used by each.
+ Multi-Touch Key-Chording:
â€¢ New ability to enter numbers and symbols with keyboard shortcut combos,
instead of having to change to the numeric keyboard mode.
+ Improved Word Selection and Copy Functionality:
â€¢ New capability to select a word via press-hold. A second press of
the selected word copies the selected characters.
+ New User Interface and Color Scheme:
â€¢ New widgets, icons and screens with refreshed colors.
+ Dock Icons:
â€¢ Static Phone, App Launcher and Contacts icons are replaced within a customizable
dock. Three swappable icons and the App Launcher icon are fixed to the Dock at
the bottom of all home screen panels for easy and instant access.
+ App Groups:
â€¢ New App Menu allows creation of custom app groups, in addition to 3 default
groups: All Apps, Recent and Downloaded.
â€¢ Added Device and SD Card encryption. VPN enhancements integrate IPSec VPN
clients into device security settings.
+ Updated Calendar Options:
â€¢ Display Calendar and event times in your home time zone when traveling.
â€¢ Dismiss individual reminders, such as dismissing one meeting reminder
without dismissing other meeting reminders.
â€¢ Easy conference dialing simply dial and automatically enter a conference
code directly from your Calendar.
+ Email and Calendar
â€¢ Improved contact and calendar syncing from multiple accounts.
â€¢ Email pushes now work correctly when using Exchange ActiveSync.
â€¢ Exchange ActiveSync account setup will accurately present server option.
â€¢ Easily see Exchange ActiveSync Calendar appointments when created.
â€¢ Update Calendar appointments with Exchange ActiveSync without deleting them.
+ Device Features
â€¢ Improved battery life while using Wi-Fi.
â€¢ Keypad backlight turns on in low light conditions.
â€¢ Improvements in stability to prevent lockups, resets and Force Closeerrors.
â€¢ Improvements in screen display no longer causes display screen to turn black.
â€¢ Improved 3G data connectivity.
â€¢ Mobile Hotspot status is displayed accurately.
â€¢ Fixed issue that caused device reset and a black display screen after
over the air upgrades.
â€¢ Correct contact name is displayed when receiving SMS messages.
â€¢ Forward SMS message conversations accurately.
â€¢ Emoticons are correctly displayed in messages.
â€¢ Notification LED will flash when new message is received.
+ Applications and Widgets
â€¢ Clock widget updates time correctly.
â€¢ GPS apps and programs no longer cause unnecessary device resets.
â€¢ Reduced Force Closeerrors when using My Verizon application.
â€¢ Blockbuster ® movie rentals license remains active after download.
â€¢ Callback numbers now populate in Dialer app.
â€¢ Compass calibration within Google Maps syncs accurately with your location.
â€¢ V CAST Media Manager now comes preloaded.
â€¢ V CAST Apps now comes preloaded.
â€¢ Google Books now comes preloaded.
The new software update (v4.5.602.A957) is being rolled out to the limited edition R2-D2 via OTA.
Hot on the heels of the Motorola Droid 2 Gingerbread update, Verizon and Motoogle have started rolling out the Gingerbread update for the Droid 2 Global as well. Motorola did release the Android 2.3 update for the Droid 2 Global a month ago, but later pulled it, citing the build needed more testing.
Now, after enough testing and tweaking, Motorola and Verizon have finally deemed the Gingerbread build to be worth rolling out to the public.
Apart from the usual Gingerbread goodies like enhanced copy & paste functionality, Download Manager app, and improvements in the performance and battery life department of the phone, the update also brings a new and improved version of Motorola ex-Blur. The whole Blur-y UI has got a new color scheme, along with a new and improved launcher.
There is also a plethora of bug fixes and new security features including device and SD card encryption. Verizon has also made full use of this opportunity by pre-loading more bloat ware on your D2: Global, including the latest version of Blockbuster, Accuweather, Amazon MP3 store and Verizon VCast.
Droid 2 Global owners can wait for Verizon to push the update to their handset, or they can manually pull the update from Verizon’s server by going to Settings->About Phone and tapping on the Check for Updates option.
I recommend D2 Global owners to manually pull the update from Verizon’s server. You never know when Verizon may pull the plug on the update again!
Thanks to the folks over at Droid-Life for the update!
It was at the end of last month, that Motorola and Verizon started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Droid X. It was only a matter of time before the Droid 2 also got some Gingerbread love, because of its similar hardware with the Droid X.
Now, Verizon has started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Droid 2 Global. The software update will help in improving the performance and stability of the handset, along with adding some new features. Beside the bump in the Android OS version, the update will also include a Download Manager app, improved copy and paste functionality, and Multi-Touch key chording.
Motorola has also taken this chance to include an improved version of MotoBLUR with a new color scheme in this update. Post the update; users should also notice an improvement in battery life.
The update is an OTA one, and can be manually downloaded by going to Settings->About Phone>System Updates, and selecting the Check for updates option.
Sadly, this update does not apply to the Droid 2 CDMA version. Motorola and Verizon have not mentioned anything about the Gingerbread update for the Droid 2 CDMA, but it should arrive soon.
Now, Motorola only needs to roll out Gingerbread updates for the Droid X2, Droid 2 CDMA version, and the Atrix 4G. Hopefully, the company will do so before Google announces the next version of Android Ice Cream Sandwich.
Motorola Android phones are generally feature packed to the core, and sport decent specs as well. The Motorola Droid X was one of the most popular Android handsets in the U.S. last year.
However, Motorola phones have not been a favorite among the developers and modders, because of their encrypted boot loader. The encrypted boot loader meant that there was not much scope for a true Custom ROM’ for Motorola handsets. The company has been receiving a lot of criticism for the same, and they have promised to do something about this.
Now, a Motorola Droid X developer – @cvpcs – has managed to get the most popular AOSP based custom ROM CyanogenMod 7 – to the handset. He used a 2nd-init’ method to get the ROM up and working on the Droid X. However, this by any chance does not mean that the Droid X boot loader has been cracked. Due to this, he is forced to use the stock Motorola kernel that shipped with the device.
Below is a video of CM7 in action on the Droid X :
The developer (cvpcs) still has not made the CM7 port available for Droid X owners though. He is still testing the port for some bugs, and will soon release it to the public.
Other Motorola devices like the Droid 2 should also get this CM7 port up and working, since both the handsets are very similar. In fact, the Motorola Defy has already got a working CM7 port. Defy owners should head over to this thread over at XDA forums for more information.
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The original Motorola Droid and the Verizon’s Droid campaign way back in 2009 was one of the major reasons of Android’s monumental growth.
Original Droid was and still remains one of the most popular and successful Android phone. People had huge expectations from the Motorola Droid 2. Sadly, the Droid 2 was just another Android with a 1GHz CPU and a slide-out keyboard.
Original Droid owners and lovers expect that the Droid 3 from Motorola will be a radical overhaul from the Droid 2.
Now, a leaked benchmark of the upcoming Droid 3 has popped up on the Internet. The benchmark suggests that the Droid 3 will pack in a qHD (960×640) screen, and will be powered by a dual-core 1GHZ OMAP processor. The GPU inside the Droid 3 will be the PowerVR SGX540, same as the one found in the Galaxy S, albeit with a higher clock speed.
A few days ago, a picture of the Droid 3 also leaked on the Internet. The picture suggests that the Droid 3 will have a bigger screen that the Droid 2, and a five-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
Personally, I am a bit disappointed with the Droid 3 specs. The original Droid had a killer hardware which was pretty much unheard of that time. Sadly, the Droid 3 will again have specs which other high-end Droids will sport. I still hope that the Droid 3 has a special feature, which makes it stand out from other high-end Android handsets.
Via Droid Life
A few days ago, rumors were floating around on the Internet that Motorola will soon be releasing the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Droid X and the Droid 2.
Apparently, the update was then delayed because Verizon did not approve the update for some reason. Now, the folks over at MyDroidWorld have got their hands on a leaked Android 2.3 Gingerbread SBF (Firmware file of Motorola phones) files for the Droid X and the Droid 2.
As of now, the firmware is not rooted. Droid X and Droid 2 owners need to wait for some more time until someone manages to get root access.
Beside the bump in the Android version and the goodies brought by it, the update also incorporates a new version of MotoBLUR. Surprisingly, the new version is much better, functionality and performance wise, than the current BLUR version found in the D2 and DX.
The folks over at Droid-Life ran Quadrant on the Droid X and scored a commendable 1796 points! Yes, that’s more than the Nexus S score.
Both the firmwares are pretty good and bug-free. Droid 2 owners should head over to this thread, while Droid X owners should go here, to download and install Android 2.3 Gingerbread on their handset.
Remember the Droid 2 software update we talked about ten days ago? Well, Verizon and Motorola have finally started rolling out that software update to all the Droid 2 owners in batches. The software update is numbered V2.3.20. The software update is a pretty minor one and contains tons of improvements and bug fixes. The update aims at improving the battery life of the device and fix the proximity sensor issue which plagued Droid 2 owners.
Here is the official change-log from the big red (Verizon) itself :
*Improved battery life.
*Heightened proximity sensor accuracy to enable faster screen response.
*View the Weather widget in both landscape and portrait orientation.
*Simpler setup, improved user interactions, and better notifications for Visual Voice Mail.
*Background Email Sync during display inactivity for better user experience.
*Support for email domain suffixes containing more than three characters.
*Keep text messages organized with chronological in-box screen.
*Edit text messages after you’ve inserted a video file.
*Improved audio sound during recorded video playbacks.
*Stream Guided Tour videos on device in Help Center application with ease.
*Faster location tracking during GPS navigation.
*Faster transitions between Wi-Fi and 3G in data connection.
*New ability to add pictures from your Gallery to a contact.
*Export all your contacts to the SD card.
*View details of Social Networking contacts.
*VZ Navigator is now preloaded on device.
As you can see from the change-log above, the update brings quite a handful of improvements. The software update also includes Verizon’s Navigation software VZ Navigator.
Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha had promised that the company will release a phone equipped with a 2GHz processor by the year end. Well, Motorola might or might not be able to fulfil the promise but the Droid X and the Droid 2 modding community already has. Matt4542 of the DeFuse team has managed to overclock his Droid X and Droid 2 to a whopping 2GHz.
It was just a couple of days ago; we had reported that FreeWELL had managed to overclock the Droid X and the Droid 2 to 1.2GHz. Heck! These guys are trying to get the processor to run stably at 2.5GHz!!!
Along with this, another member in the Droid X/2 modding scene JRummy has released an app which allows Droid X and Droid 2 owners to easily overclock their phone’s processor. The application allows users to overclock their phone’s processor up to 1.45GHz as well as allow them to change the voltage supplied to the phone’s processor. The application also has Apps To SD support and an inbuilt Ad blocker.
The application is available on the Android market for a measly 0.99$.
Yesterday, we told you that FreeWELL has made overclocking the Droid X possible. Today, FreeWELL has posted another mod which allows Droid 2 owners to overclock their phone. The overclocking method of the Droid 2 is similar to the Droid X. Like the Droid X, the Droid 2 overclocking mod is also based on the Milestone Android 2.1 overclocking technique. Right now, overclocking the Droid 2 requires users to input some adb commands.
However, a member with the name darkonion has made a simple shell script which allows Droid 2 owners to overclock their handset in a very simple way. As of now, the shell script will work only in linux but darkonion has promised to release a Windows version soon.
Most of the Droid 2 owners have managed to overclock their handset to 1.3-1.4GHz but most of them prefer to keep the processor running at 1.2 GHz. Here are the steps to overclock the Motorola Droid 2.