Adobe Killing Flash On The Motorola Droid?

Adobe has just updated the minimum requirement for Flash 10.1 on Android handsets and the change is going to affect a lot of Droid owners out there. Adobe and Motorola had initially stated that Flash 10.1 will be supported on the Droid. Motorola Droid However, the updated requirements from Adobe state that all mobile phones must be running an ARM Cortex A8 processor running at 800 MHz or above. This means that the original Droid or the Milestone won’t support Flash 10.1 since the Cortex A8 processor inside the handset runs at 550 MHz.

Nevertheless, Motorola had under clocked the A8 processor inside this handset and if the company wants they can make the processor run at 800 MHz, which will make the handset Flash 10.1 compatible. Heck! Even the stock kernel on the Motorola Droid allows overclocking up to 800 MHz (Rooted Users only!). There are also many custom kernels available for the Droid which overclocks the processor of the device to 1.1 GHz.

I seriously hope Motorola and/or Adobe do something about it since the Droid/Milestone is one of the most popular Android handset out there. Removing the Droid from the Flash 10.1 compatibility list will seriously not go down well with the Droid owners.

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CyanogenMod 6.0 Final Released

It’s here! It’s finally here! The final version of CyanogenMod 6.0 has finally been released. The final version of the CyanogenMod 6.0 supports many devices like the Nexus One, the Motorola Droid, the HTC EVO 4G, the DroidHTC EVO 4G Incredible, the HTC Aria etcetera. The CyanogenMod 6.0 ROM is based on the Android 2.2 OS. Users can download the ROM from either the Cyanogen forums or via ROM Manager.

Other features of CM6 rom include Browser incognito mode, FLAC playback support, Ad-hoc Wi-Fi support, OpenVPN support and many more. Here is the link to the full change-log. However, the final version of the CyanogenMod 6.0 is still not yet out for some devices like the HTC Incredible, Samsung Galaxy S (Vibrant) and the HTC Hero.

Hopefully, the final version of the CM6 ROM should come out for these devices within a few days.

Motorola Droid 2 Rooted

The folks over at Xda Developers have done it again. They have managed to root the Motorola Droid 2, only after two weeks of its launch. Users who are interested in rooting their Droid 2, need to have adb and the required Droid 2 drivers from Motorola installed. Users need to key in lots of command from adb to root their Droid 2. Rooting a phone allows users to remove all the crapware which an operator loads on the phone. It also provides the users with Wi-Fi and USB tethering for free.

Hopefully, the Motorola Droid 2 will now soon get the Clockwork Mod recovery and Custom ROMs. However, the locked down bootloader on the device is surely going to give the developers some sleepless night. The Motorola Droid 2 is the successor to the highly popular Droid. The original Droid was and still is a popular phone among the modding community due to its unlocked bootloader.

Here is the link on how to root your Droid 2.

Get Flash 10.1 On Your Motorola Droid

One of the major benefits of Android 2.2 is that it brings full flash to Android via Flash Player 10.1. However, not many phones have got their fair share of Froyo and Flash love except for the Google Nexus One. The Motorola Droid hasMotorola Droid already got its Froyo update, but the Flash update for the phone still has not been released. The Flash 10.1 update for the Droid was expected to be rolled out from August 18, but sadly it did not happen.

There are many leaked Flash 10.1 .apk’s floating around on the Internet which Droid owners can install. However, these Flash builds are not optimized for the Droid and thus result in a choppy experience. Nevertheless, users who want smooth and trouble free Flash experience on their Droid should install the latest version of CyanogenMod 6 a.k.a CM6 RC3. After installing the latest RC of CM6, users should search the market for the Flash player and install it.

Apparently, this Flash 10.1 player provides a much better flash experience on your Droid than the other leaked .apk’s do.

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Motorola Droid 2 Getting A Minor OTA Software Update

Motorola, along with Verizon have just rolled out a minor software update for the Droid 2. The Over-The-Air (OTA) software update will hit your phones within the next couple of days. Here is the small change log of theMotorola Droid 2 update :

Improvements:
* Enabled text and picture message scrolling.
* Streamlined set up of Visual Voice Mail feature.
* Improved contact sync with Corporate Exchange categories
and groups.
* View accurate contact pictures when reviewing Recent Call Log.

Users who manually initiate the update may get it right away. However, server initiated updates will start from August 24. The Droid 2 from Motorola is the successor to the original and the highly popular Droid. The Droid 2 is also the first Android phone to hit the market pre-loaded with Android 2.2. The phone is powered by a 1 GHz OMAP processor, and packs in 512MB of RAM along with 5MP camera and an LED flash.

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Motorola Droid 2 Suffers From Signal Drop Issues

According to the reports coming in, the recently released Motorola Droid 2 might have serious signal reception issues. In its review, Engadget noted that each of the review units suffered from “endlessly fluctuating bar counts”. MobileCrunch also noticed similar problems in its review units.

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It seems that modern smartphones are becoming increasingly adept at doing everything other than making phone calls. Earlier on, Apple was heavily criticized for the iPhone 4 deathgrip, which turned out to be a hardware issue. However, the problem with Droid 2 might be different. The signal drops appear to be random and not related in anyway to the grip. This suggests that a software fix might be able to address the issue.

If you have a Motorola Droid 2, don’t forget to chime in and let us know about your experience.

Verizon To Release Another Update For Motorola Droid

Few days ago, the Android 2.2 update for Motorola Droid was rolled out by Verizon. The users complained that Adobe Flash 10.1 and few other stuffs were missing. Now, Verizon will be releasing another update which will enable Droid users to download and install Adobe Flash 10.1 from Android marketplace. Adobe Flash 10.1 will be available by late summer.

The other features which will come with the update are new security options like Remote device wipe and lock, wipe out data after certain number of password attempts. The browser will be enhanced for quicker loading of heavy JavaScript pages.

Earlier, Verizon said that Wi-Fi tethering will not be featuring in Droid because the hardware doesn’t support it. Unfortunately, even though Android 2.2 supports this feature it will remain absent on Motorola Droid (by official means). Engadget reported that the hardware incapability is reported by Verizon not Motorola.

Motorola Droid, which was once doubtful to even get Android 2.2 update is slowly getting all the fun like the other high-end Android devices.

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Motorola Droid 2 Teardown by iFixit

It has been just a day since the Motorola Droid 2 went on sale in the U.S, and the folks at iFixit have already ripped the device apart. The Motorola Droid 2 features quite a lot of stuff inside it. Along with the pictures of Motorola Droid 2 Teardown the device in its totally ripped apart state, the iFixit folks have also given a step-by-step tutorial on how to do so. The Motorola Droid 2 features a 3.7-inch LCD with WFVGA (854×480) resolution.

The phone is powered by a 1 GHz OMAP processor, and packs in 512MB of RAM as well. The Droid 2 looks similar to the original Droid except for some subtle changes. The QWERTY keyboard on the Droid 2 has also been upgraded to make typing on it a much better experience. The iFixit folks have also marked and provided detailed specifications of the relevant things’ inside the phone.

Anyone who has received his/her Droid 2 and has already ripped it apart using the provided guide? Please do drop in a comment and share your experience.

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Motorola Droid 2 Officially Launched

Finally! After numerous leaks Motorola has officially launched the Droid 2. There is hardly anything left to be known about the Droid 2. The Droid 2 is powered by a 1 GHz OMAP processor, along with 512MB of RAM. The phoneDroid 2 has 8GB of internal memory and an 8Gb microSD card is also included in the retail box. The screen size of the Motorola Droid 2 remains the same as in the original Droid at 3.7-inch. The camera at the back of the phone also remains the same at 5MP. However, the keyboard of the Droid 2 has been improved over the Droid.

The slide-out QWERTY keyboard on the Droid 2 has 4-directional arrow keys instead of the heavily criticized 4-way D-pad found on the original Droid. The Droid 2 will also be the first phone to launch with Android 2.2 on board. The phone will be available for order on the official Verizon website from 11 August. The phone will hit the retail stores on August 12.

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Motorola Droid Is Officially Out Of Stock

The Motorola Droid is one of the best selling Android phones in the market. The popularity of Android can be to a certain extent credited to the Motorola Droid. The strong ‘Droid Does’ marketing campaign by Verizon andDroid 2 Motorola led to this device selling like hot cakes. However, with time the Droid has become old and it’s time to bid adieu to the device. Motorola and Verizon have now officially phased out the original Droid. Consumers can no longer order the Droid from the Verizon website.

Nevertheless, they can still try websites like eBay.com and Amazon.com to get their hands on the handset. The Motorola Droid is all set to be replaced by Droid 2. Rumours suggest that the Droid 2 will be launched by Verizon and Motorola on August 12.

The Droid 2 will feature a 1 GHz processor, along with 512MB of RAM. It will also be the first device to be launched with Froyo on board. The only thing left is Motorola and Verizon officially announcing the Droid 2.