The Motorola Milestone 3, known stateside as the Droid 3, has been rooted! The well-known kernel hacker and security researcher Dan Rosenberg, has posted the details of a simple vulnerability that provides superuser access to the device by using a configuration value that prevents the Android Debugging Bridge from de-escalating its root privileges.
The Droid 3 is the successor to the very popular Droid 2. It launched on Verizon back in July, with a locked bootloader preventing customized kernels and ROM cooking. The original Motorola Droid implemented security measures that required signed images for flashing. It took almost a year before it was rooted and Motorola stuck with their choice to alienate power users by enforcing signature checks on their Droid series of devices.
Featuring a spacious 5-row hardware QWERTY keyboard, qHD screen and all the methods of connectivity you can handle, the Droid 3 is a powerhouse of a device. Although none of the Droids are included in the guide to the Best Android Phones in India, the original Droid pushed Android launch sales over the iPhone and beat the Nexus One.
Now that Google and Motorola have joined forces, the Android community can expect more top-tier hardware built by Motorola and powered by unskinned, unmolested and bloatware-free Android, receiving timely updates directly from Google.
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.
Remember the Droid 2 Global? Well Verizon has made the device official in a very odd manner. Verizon customers who called the their helpline and were kept on hold heard the advertisement of the new Droid 2 Global. The ad only mentions that the Droid 2 Global will feature both GSM and CDMA’s antennas and will work in 221 countries.
Yea, you read that right 221 countries! Either my geography is extremely bad or Verizon goofed up the number of countries present in this world. The Droid 2 Global is rumoured to be running on a 1.2GHz OMAP processor. The rest of the specifications of the device is similar to the Droid 2.
The device will feature the same 3.7-inch LCD screen with 854*480 resolution, 512MB of RAM and 5MP camera with an LED flash. The Droid 2 Global is also expected to be available in the white color.
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!
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
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.
Just more than a week ago the Motorola Droid X got its first ever Custom ROM. The Droid X was a tough nut to mod because of it’s locked down boot loader. However, the modding community met with success in a relatively short period of time. Since the Droid X and the Droid 2 use the same locked’ down boot loader, it was only a matter of time for a custom ROM for the D2 to be released. The first custom ROM for the Droid 2 is known as the Epic Unleashed and all the credit for this ROM goes to Matt4542.
Since this is the very first custom ROM for the Droid 2, it does not contain many modifications. This ROM mainly included many scripts, and build.prop modifications. Matt4542 has also ensured that all the Verizon crapware have been removed from this ROM. This ROM also contains the Droid 1 boot loader screen for a retrofeel to it.
However, this ROM has one serious bug according to me. The backlight of the Droid 2 won’t turn off after you lock the handset. This is a pretty big issue for me since the battery life of the device will take a huge hit due to this bug. Nevertheless, the developer already knows about this big and is already trying to fix it.
Click here to read more about the ROM and how to flash it on your Droid 2.