The European sibling of the Motorola Droid the Milestone has got the Froyo love unofficially. The Motorola Droid is yet to receive the official Froyo update, but thanks to the modding community certain ROMs based on Froyo already exist. The Milestone getting an unofficial Froyo update is certainly big news since the phone has a locked down bootloader.
Dext3r from ModMyMobile forums has ported the Android 2.2 FRF91 build to the Milestone. The only problem with this unofficial Froyo update is that the camera won’t work. I guess this should give Motorola enough hints to start working on the official Froyo update for the Milestone. Motorola had earlier said that they still need to decide whether to bring Froyo to Milestone or not.
Since the Droid X, and the upcoming Droid 2 feature the same bootloader as the Milestone, we expect the modding community to achieve some kind of success in porting Android 2.2 to these devices.
The Motorola Droid has now been listed as end of lifein the Verizon inventory system. Yes, your beloved Motorola Droid is finally going to be phased out. In the upcoming few weeks, the Droid will be completely phased out from the Verizon inventory system. Motorola and Verizon will be replacing the Droid with the Droid 2.
Droid users should not be disheartened since the Motorola Droid is a very popular phone among the modding community. The Motorola Droid sold like hot cakes when it was launched. It was and still is one of the most popular android phone out there. The successor to the Droid the Droid 2 will feature a 1 GHz OMAP processor, and 512MB of RAM. The sad news is that the Droid 2 will feature a locked bootloader, which will severely limit its modding capability.
The Droid 2 is expected to be released in August, and will be announced my Verizon within the next few weeks.
One of the main reasons why the Motorola Droid sold like hot cakes in the U.S was because of its unlocked bootloader. The unlocked bootloader allowed the modding community to play with the phone to their hearts content. Thanks to the unlocked bootloader users could flash a custom ROM with tweaked settings, overclock their CPU etcetera. Sadly, the European version of the Droid a.k.a Milestone featured a locked bootloader due to which it did not do sell very well.
When Motorola announced the Droid X, the modding community hoped that the Droid X will also feature an unlocked bootloader. Sadly, it was found out that the Droid X uses the same bootloader as the Milestone. Now in a shocking move, Motorola has officially announced that it won’t allow Custom ROMs on their handset from now on.
Securing the software on our handsets, thereby preventing a non-Motorola ROM image from being loaded, has been our common practice for many years. This practice is driven by a number of different business factors. When we do deviate from our normal practice, such as we did with the DROID, there is a specific business reason for doing so. We understand this can result in some confusion, and apologize for any frustration.said Lori Fraleigh from Motorola.
Motorola even suggest people to buy a Nexus One or a Google ADP1 developer phone for flashing and playing around with their phone.
Bad move from Motorola here! I am sure the sales of Droid X and Droid 2 will take a huge hit due to this.
Officially, HTC still has not specified a date when the HTC Desire will be getting the Froyo update. Unofficially though, the Desire already has a custom ROM based on Froyo. A person with the username udk over at XDA forums has posted a video of Froyo running on the Desire. Along with Froyo, this custom ROM also brings 720p video recording to the Desire.
Here is a 720p video recorded from the HTC Desire –
No release date of the ROM has been specified, but hopefully it should be up for download in just a few days. Currently, a beta version (v0.3) of the ROM is up for download. The main advantage of a popular Android phone is that that many new features are added to it thanks to Custom ROMs from Modder.
In all probability, this custom ROM will be released by udk before the official Froyo update from HTC arrives.
Rejoice HTC-made-Google-branded Nexus One owners! Now you can record 720p HD videos on your Nexus One! This is not an official Google release though! The modding community has been working hard on bringing 720p HD video recording to the Nexus one, and they have been finally met with success.
The modder who made this possible is Cyanogen and charnsingh_online. Earlier, it was Cyanogen who had brought Wi-Fi n support to the Nexus One with his CyanogenMod. Users who want 720p HD videos recording capability must use the CyanogenMod firmware on their device. Modder charnsingh_onlinehas made a patch, which enables HD video recording capability on the Nexus One. The only requirement to get the HD video recording capability on your handset is to use the latest CM4.0.8test3 CyanogenMod on your Nexus One.
Sadly, this patch does not work with the latest Android version Froyo. It is expected that with future updates – Froyo support, higher fps, and better audio quality will be made possible.
Here is the download link to the patch. You can also find some videos shot from the Nexus One at 720p HD resolution here.