It was in late January that we reported about the original Motorola Droid Android 2.2.2 update is under testing from Motorola. Today, Droid-Life is reporting that Motorola and Verizon are done with all their tests, and will be releasing the OTA update to Droid owners today itself.
The FRG83G OTA update will update the Droid Android OS version to 2.2.2. The Android 2.2.2 was released by Google so as to fix the famous ‘SMS’ bug.
Here is the official change-log from the big Red itself -:
* Sporadic issues with unintended recipient list corrected for text, audio, picture, video and audio multimedia messages.
* Correct message populates when messaging application is quickly opened and accessed.
It is more or less certain that the Droid won’t get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update. However, it is nice to see Motorola still releasing minor Android OS update a handset which is more than a year old now.
The Droid is the first handset in the market to get the Android 2.2.2 update, excluding the Nexus One. Other manufactures should learn from Motorola and release the Android 2.2.2 update for all their Android handsets.
The FRG83G update for the Droid weighs in at 3.4MB, and will be pushed to all Droid handsets beginning from today.
It was nearly a week ago, that Google released the Android 2.3.2 update for the Nexus S and the Android 2.2.2 update for theNexus One. The 2.3.2 and the 2.2.2 update was a minor one and were mainly aimed at fixing the popular SMS bug. Now, it looks like Motorola is already working on the Android 2.2.2 update for the original Droid.
The company sent an email to a group of beta testers for a pre-launch soak’ testfor a minor software update before releasing it to the general masses. The company has not confirmed whether this update will fix the SMS bug or not, but I am pretty sure it will.
It is really nice to see Motorola already working on releasing an update for such an old handset the Droid. Hopefully, the company will also release the 2.2.2 update for its other Android based handsets like the Droid 2 and the Droid X. I hope other companies like HTC and Samsung will also release the Android 2.2.2 update for their handsets.
The Google-branded-Samsung-manufactured Nexus S will also be getting another OTA update in the next couple of weeks. This update will be aimed at fixing the random reboot issues which some of the Nexus S owners are facing (bug #13674).
Motorola just announced its first LTE phone for the Verizon network the Droid Bionic. The Bionic is one powerful superphone’ with a 4.3-inch qHD display sporting a resolution of 960×540. The phone has a dual-core processor (Nvidia Tegra 2, perhaps?) and packs in 1GB of RAM. The back of the phone sports an 8MP camera while the front features a VGA camera for all your video calling needs.
The handset also supports 4G, which is up to 10x times faster than 3G. The handset features a mini-HDMI jack so that users can hook the phone on to their HDTV display and enjoy full HD content.
DROID BIONIC is the epitome of speed, providing consumers with instantaneous access to their personal and work content, anytime and anyplace,said Alain Mutricy, senior vice president of portfolio and device product management, Motorola Mobility. By combining such a powerful mobile device with the performance and capabilities of Verizon’s 4G LTE network, we’re empowering consumers to define how they want to live their mobile lifestyles.
The Bionic also has a Mirror Mode’ which allows users to simultaneously stream video to their HDTVs and watch it on their handset. Sadly, the Droid Bionic will run on Android 2.2 Froyo when released. The Motorola Droid Bionic also packs in support for corporate email, remote wipe and data encryption and other security features which corporate users will cherish.
The phone also features the usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS and a 3.5mm jack. The phone is powered by a beastly 1930 mAh battery.
The Droid Bionic does look like a very impressive superphone. However, Motorola did not announce the release date or the pricing of the device.
At the beginning of this month, Motorola and Verizon rolled out software updates for the Droid X and the original Droid. Now, they are all set to roll a software update for another Droid branded handset the Droid Pro. The software update for the Droid Pro is a pretty minor one and mainly fixes some bugs and improves the stability and performance of the device.
The OTA update weighs in at 15.9MB and is numbered V2.26.60.
Here is the official change-log from Verizon itself :
* Improved audio on voice calls.
* Improved stability and performance.
* User interface display now refreshes when user switches from GSM/UMTS communication to Global Mode.
* Device now prepends 011 to Country Code to send SMS messages.
* Global Mode no longer resets when connecting to a USB charger.
* Visual Voice Mail now detects airplane mode while Wi-Fi is active.
* Prompt return to full screen brightness after wake-up
Droid Pro owners can pull’ the update from Verizon’s server by going to Settings->About Phone-> System Updates. Alternatively, they can wait for the OTA update to be pushed to their handset.
Via Droid Life
After the Samsung Galaxy S, the original Motorola Droid has got its share of Gingerbread love from the modding community. An original Motorola Droid owner neubanks89 has managed to build a Gingerbread ROM for his handset from AOSP. However, the ROM is not usable on a day to day basis as it has some issues like Camera not working, no Google Apps and the browser does not work properly.
However, from the comments of users who have flashed this ROM on their Droid, it looks like Gingerbread absolutely flies on the handset. Since the Droid has reached its EOL (End-Of-Life), Droid owners should not expect Motorola to update the handset to Android 2.3.
Nevertheless, I am pretty sure the modding community will definitely cook up a working Gingerbread ROM in the coming few days. Interested Droid owners can read about running Android 2.3 Gingerbread on their phone here.
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The Motorola Droid is the bestselling Android handset until date. The phone launched with Android 2.0 on board, and then later was among the first few handsets to get the Android 2.1 and 2.2 update early. Now, Motorola and Verizon are going to release another software update for the Droid.
The FRG830 update for the handset updates many of the applications and widgets and also fixes some bugs.
The update also brings with it support for Microsoft 2010 Exchange and a new Gmail user interface’ which sounds pretty interesting.
Here is the full change-log from Verizon :
o Updated Twitter application with new authentication support
o Updated Amazon Widget
o Updated News & Weather widget
o Improvements to Exchange ActiveSync and support for Exchange 2010 connections
o Added new Gmail user interface
The update is expected to be rolled out to all Droid owners via OTA (Over-The-Air) within the next 24 hours. In all probability, the update will also bump up the Android version of the Droid to 2.2.1.
CyanogenMod is a very popular custom ROM in the Android modding scene. The ROM is based on AOSP (Android Open Source Project) and is built completely from sources. The advantage of CyanogenMod (CM) ROM’s are that it removes all the bloat ware from the phone and is generally based on the latest version of Android. Readers who want to know more about CyanogenMod ROMs can read this.
CM ROMs are available for a wide variety of handsets and include a lot of nifty new tricks. Now, the latest version of CM6.1 RC5 for the original Droid has added another new nifty feature lock screen gestures. Lock screen gestures will allow users to directly start their favorite app or service right from the lock screen with the help of a gesture on the screen.
As of now, this new nifty feature is available only on the Motorola Droid. However, I am pretty sure this feature will find its way in many more CM builds for various other handsets.
It was nearly a month ago that the Nexus One got a minor Android update to 2.2.1. Hopefully, the Motorola Droid will also be getting the Android 2.2.1 update soon. However, impatient people – like me – can head over to My Droid World forums and download their just released Android 2.2.1 based ROM for the Droid.
Droid owners need to make sure that their handset is rooted. Both, deodexed and odxeded version of the ROM available for download. The ROM is a pretty basic one and is pre-rooted with Busybox installed. If Droid owners want to try Android 2.2.1 on their handset, they should have a look at CM6.1 RC3 ROM as it is also based on Android 2.2.1
According to the folks over at Droid-Life, the Motorola Droid 2 is soon going to get a software update. The software update will fix all the woes users are having with Microsoft Exchange on their phone. The software update version will be 2.3.15 and it is currently being rolled out in batches to all Droid 2 owners.
Here is the conversation between the Droid-Life member Kellen and Motorola’s live support guy Romella :
Kellen B: HI Romella, I’ve been having Exchange issues on my DROID 2. I know that the DROID X received an update to version 2.3.15 which fixed alot of these. Will I be receiving an update to this too?
Romella: Yes. There are sending in in batches that is maybe why you have not received the upgrade yet.
Romella: Try to go to your settings>about phone> system update.
Kellen B: Checking now
Kellen B: Looks like it’s not ready for me yet. But the update to 2.3.15 for the Droid 2 is definitely on the way?
Romella: It has been release. Let us just wait for the notification on the phone on how to download it.
Romella: We apologize for the inconvenience.
So any Droid 2 owners got this update? Any other changes do you guys see except for the Exchange issues with the phone being ironed out? Do let us know by dropping in a comment!
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.