Motorola Droid X Gets An OTA Software Update

The Droid X is yet to be officially launched. The handset is slated to be available at various Verizon retail stores on 15 July. However, pre-orders of the phone began quite sometime back. Surprisingly, some people who had pre-ordered the Droid X received the phone even before its launch. Now Droid-Life is reporting that Motorola has just rolled out a new OTA software update for the Droid X. The OTA (Over-The-Air) software update weighs in at 18MB.

Earlier Motorola had said that people who received their Droid X earlier than expected won’t be able to activate it. But the very next day the company said that users can activate their Droid X. As of now, no official change log of this OTA software update is available. Since no official change log is available we can’t say anything about this software update.

In all probability, this software update is just a bug fixer. We will update this post, once and if an official change log is made public.

Motorola Droid X Root Not Possible Yet

Bad news for all those people who have pre-ordered the Motorola Droid X. The Droid X uses the same bootloader as the one in Motorola Milestone which basically means no Custom ROM and recovery images. Motorola locks clip_image001 the bootloader on the Milestone by using a proprietary encrypted private key. This literally makes it impossible to unlock the bootloader without access to the encryption technology from Motorola.

The only way possible to bypass this encryption method is to find an exploit in the encryption process. As of now, an exploit with the name kexechas the highest chances of meeting with success. Modders have been working hard over the last few months to unlock the bootloader, but have not met with any major success. Even though the bootloader is not unlocked, the Motorola Milestone can still be rooted.

This surely is bad news for future Droid X owners. The Motorola Droid success rate can also be attributed to the high level of modding possible with the phone. Hopefully, the Droid X bootloader will be unlocked within a short span of time.

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Motorola Droid To Get Froyo Update On 13th July?

Rumors are flying in that the Motorola Droid will be getting the Android 2.2 (Froyo) love  from 13 July. The Android Eclair a.k.a Android 2.1 update for the Droid took quite sometime to be available widely. The release date of theMotorola Droid update was pushed back numerous times, before being rolled out to various regions in the world.

Hopefully, Verizon and Motorola will not be doing the same with the Froyo update. The keyboard-less successor of the Droid the Droid X – will hit the retail stores on 15th July. Motorola had already said that the original Droid would get the Froyo update in July, while the Droid X will get the update in late August.

The Motorola Droid is one of the highest selling, and the most popular Android handset in the market. Even though the phone is old hardware-wise, it still sells like hot cakes.

Top 10 Android Phones In The Market Right Now

is the next big thingin the mobile operating system field. The Android OS has been successfully able to compete with the Apple iPhone OS/. At present, the Android operating system share might not be much but the pace at which it has been gaining market share is something which surely has been troubling Apple. Currently around 160,000 Android handsets per day are being activated all over the world.

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The Android Application market is also the second largest in terms of volume, only behind the Apple App Store. The Android App Store has more than 55,000 applications, and currently more than 8000 applications are being submitted to the Android app market every month.

I am sure the above facts would have made you check out some of the Android phones out there. Well here are the Top 10 Android Phones in my opinion :

#10 HTC Legend: The HTC Legend is the successor to the highly popular HTC Hero. The HTC Hero was one of the highest selling and the most popular Android handset ever produced and had also won the Best Mobile Handset award at the Mobile World Congress 2010. The HTC Legend features a 3.2-inch HTC Legend capacitive touchscreen having HVGA resolution. The processor of the Legend is clocked at 600 MHz .The phone packs in 384MB of RAM, and 512MB of ROM. Along with this, the 5MP camera and the aluminum body of the Legend acts as an icing on the cake. The Legend also runs on the popular HTC Sense UI, which is the slickest UI I have ever seen on a mobile handset. Readers can purchase the HTC Legend from here.

#9 Motorola Droid/Milestone: The Motorola Droid was launched in late 2009, but it is still an awesome handset. The testimony to this is that the Motorola Droid is still selling like hot cakes. The Droid features a 3.7-inch TFT screen with WVGA resolution. The phone is powered by a 600 MHz ARM-A8 Cortex, and has 256MB of RAM. The main selling point of the Droid is that it is one of the few Android handsets out there in the market that has a full-QWERTY keyboard. The Motorola Droid won the TIME Magazine Gadget of the Year Award 2009 as well. Interested users can purchase the Motorola Droid from here.

#8 Sony Ericsson Xperia X10: The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 features a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, and packs in 384MB of RAM. The phone has a huge 4-inch TFTSony Ericsson Xperia X10 display, featuring a resolution of 852*480. The X10 is mainly a multimedia device. The phone has an 8MP camera, with a LED flash. The 8MP camera at the back is capable of taking decent snaps as well. The phone also features Sony Ericsson’s proprietary TimeScape and MediaScape UI. The only downside of the phone is that it still runs on the older Android 1.6 OS. However, Sony Ericsson has promised that the X10 will get the Android 2.1 update by Q3 of this year. Here is the link to purchase Sony Ericsson Xperia X10.

#7 Google Nexus One: Google has not made the Nexus One. The phone has been manufactured by HTC, but is rebadged and sold as the Nexus One. Google launched the phone at the beginning of the year, in an attempt to promote the Android OS. The phone features the usual 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, and 512MB of RAM. The phone has a 3.7-inch AMOLED screen, which is great indoors but is a major pain outdoors. The Google Nexus One was the first phone to be running on the Android 2.1 OS. It is also the first phone to get the Android 2.2 a.k.aGoogle Nexus One Froyo update. Interested readers can purchase the Google Nexus One From Amazon by click this link.

#6 HTC Desire/HTC Incredbile: The HTC Desire is similar to the Google Nexus One. In fact, we can say that the Desire and the Nexus One are the same phone. The only difference between the HTC Desire and the Nexus One is that the Desire has 64MB more RAM than the Nexus One, and lacks the second mica for noise cancellation. The Desire also has an optical trackpad, instead of the trackball on the Nexus One. Being an HTC branded phone, the Desire features the highly popular Sense UI as well. Here is the link to purchase HTC Desire from Amazon.

People who live in the U.S, should go for the HTC Incredible instead of the HTC Desire.

#5 Motorola Milestone XT720: If the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 does not suffice your camera needs, the Milestone XT720 surely will. The phone features a 720MHz OMAP processor, and packs in 512MB of RAM. The device has an 8MP cam, along with Xenon flash. Yes, you read that right! The Milestone XT720 is the first ever-Android phone to feature a Xenon flash. The phone is also able to record 720p HD videos. The phone has a 3.7-inch TFT screen, and features multi-touch keyboard as well.

#4 Motorola Droid 2: The only phone in this list, which is yet to be officially announced. The only information available about the Droid 2 until now is through leaks. The phone in all probability will pack in a 1 GHz OMAP processor, and 512MB of RAM. The Droid 2 will be the successor to the original Droid. From the leaked pictures, we can say that the Droid 2 resembles the original Droid closely. Motorola has just tweaked the design, and have thankfully replaced the golden d-pad found on the original Droid keyboard, with four arrow keys. Motorola will officially announce the phone sometime within the upcoming couple of months.

#3 HTC EVO 4G: The HTC EVO 4G is a U.S only phone. The device is the first ever-mobile handset to sport 4G connectivity. Along with 4G, the device has a mammoth 4.3-inch TFT display, and the usual 1 GHz Snapdragon processor. As of now, the device is available in the U.S on the Sprint network. Since it is a HTC branded phone, the device also features theMotorola Droid X slick and smooth HTC Sense UI. The phone has a decent 8MP camera at its back as well.

#2 Samsung Galaxy S: The Samsung Galaxy S is definitely one of the best Android phones out there in the market. The phone has a 4-inch Super-AMOLED screen. The Super-AMOLED screen on this device has a better sunlight legibility than the AMOLED screen found on other devices. In fact, the Super-AMOLED screen is considered a worthy rival of the iPhone 4G’s Retina Display. The device also has a 1Ghz Hummingbird CPU that is better than the 1Ghz Snapdragons CPU found in most phones. The only downside of the phone is that the camera lacks an LED flash, and the plastic-y build quality of the device.

#1 Motorola Droid X: The Droid X was officially announced by Motorola just a couple of days ago. The Droid X is the king of all Android phones. Hardware wise the phone has a 1 GHz OMAP processor that is build on the 45nm fabrication process. The phone also has a 4.3-inch TFT screen, an 8MP camera with 720p video recording capability. Multi-touch keyboard or Swype, DLNA and a mini-HDMI port are present as well. The phone is currently only available in the U.S on the Verizon network.

Q. Why did not the HTC Incredible made it to the list?

A.  The phone has a 3.7-inch AMOLED screen, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, and an 8MP camera. The phone is available in the U.S only under the Verizon network. The reason the phone did not made it to the list because it is available only in the U.S. This severely limits the market reach of the phone. The HTC Desire can be said a worthy equivalent of the Incredible in the European, and Asian markets. Therefore, I have included the Desire in this list, instead of the Incredible.

So which Android phone are you going to purchase? Do you have any other suggestions that you would want to add to this list? Feel free to tell me about them through your comments.

Android 2.2 Froyo open-sourced !!!

The highly celebrated and awaited Android 2.2 called Froyohas just been open-sourced. Earlier at New York, Motorola and Verizion unveiled their newest Android powered device the Motorola Droid X. Following this unveiling, it was said that Android 2.2 Froyo would be released shortly.

Contrary to earlier expectations,the Droid X is powered by Android 2.1 rather than Android 2.2. The Android market continues to grow as is evident by the huge number of Android devices to be sold each day(nearly 160,000 everyday).

With the Android platform flourishing, Andy Rubin of Google had this to say –

To celebrate, we are open sourcing the new 2.2 version of Android, which we call Froyo, to our partners who manufacturer Android devices around the world. Customers will enjoy great new features and improved browser performance. And developers will benefit from new tools such as Android cloud-to-device messaging (which makes it easier for mobile applications to sync data).

We want to thank our partners for joining us in our vision, for creating such compelling devices, and for continuing to push the limits of what is possible in a smart-phone.

The new Android 2.2 has various improvements vis-a-vis the older versions greater performance and speed, new enterprise capabilities, faster more powerful browser,new set of APIs and services and more additions to the Android Market.

All in all, Android 2.2 Froyo is looking to dominate the market once again following the overwhelming success of the earlier versions of Android.

Source : Google

To download : Android SDK

More information : Android 2.2 Froyo

Motorola Officially Announces The Motorola Droid X

Motorola along with Verizon, Google and Adobe have officially announced the Motorola Droid X. The event took place at New York, and was attended by Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha, Andy Rubin, and Shantanu Nayar – with EricMotorola Droid X Schmidt being a surprise guest. The Motorola Droid X has a huge 4.3-inch TFT display, with WVGA resolution. The phone is powered by a 1Ghz OMAP processor, and 512MB of RAM. Along with this, the phone also features an 8MP camera with dual LED flash.

Nine months ago, we made a commitment to our customers to bring the openness of Android to the Verizon Wireless network,said John Stratton, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless.   Since then, we have introduced the top-selling Android phone in the marketplace today the DROID by Motorola.   DROID X takes that commitment to another level with exclusive content, faster processing speeds, and, of course, the reliability of our network.

The phone features 8GB of onboard memory, and a 16GB memory card is bundled with the retail box of the device. The phone is able to record videos at 720p resolution. The phone also features a mini HDMI port. The Droid X will run on Android 2.1, but will get the Android 2.2 update by late summer. This beast of a mobile phone also features a 1540mAh battery.

The phone has a multi-touch keyboard, with Swype pre-loaded. The phone also has three microphones one for video, another one for calls, and the last one for noise cancellation. The phone is pre-loaded with NFS Shift, Skype and a few other softwares. The phone will be available from July 15, for $199.99 after a $100 rebate.