Motorola Says No To Custom ROMs On Their Phones

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 heartsMotorola 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.

HTC Vision Spotted In The Wild

Looks like the Motorola Droid and the Droid 2 finally have some competition from HTC. The folks over at managed to get their hands on the HTC Vision. The HTC Vision is the keyboard-equipped sibling of theHTC Vision Desire. The phone has a 3.7-inch AMOLED display with 800×480 resolution. In all probability, the phone will pack in a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, and 576MB of RAM.

It is also said that the phone will have 1.2GB of onboard memory. The usual HTC Sense will also be present. Since the phone’s configuration is similar to the HTC Desire, the camera of the phone should also be 5MP. From the leaked pictures, it is confirmed that the handset will feature a 4-row QWERTY keyboard. Sadly, the device will run Android 2.1 a.k.a Eclair when launched.

HTC are yet to announce the phone officially, but hopefully it will not take too long. The expected price of the device will be around $650.

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.


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 Droid vs Droid 2 Comparison Video

Motorola Droid has been one of the first phones which really went ahead to show what one could do with the Android platform. Of course the was a much better implementation and HTC has been manufacturing Android phones left and right.

Motorola Droid 2

However, the attention has now shifted to Droid 2, which will be unveiled most likely on June 23. Droid 2 is the successor to the popular Motorola Droid and will be much better than its predecessor.

Motorola Droid 2 reportedly has a 3.7" screen with a 5MP Camera (come on we have 12MP camera phones these days) and will have a 1GHz TI OMAP3630 processor and 512MB of RAM. Catch the video of Motorola Droid 2 below.

(Android and Me via Engadget)

Motorola Updates Its Android 2.1 Update List With More Phones

Worried whether your Motorola phone will get the Android 2.1 update treatment or not? Well Motorola has just updated their roadmap to include a bunch of phones, which will be getting the Android 2.1 update. It is quite strange that the Motorola Milestone is getting the Android 2.1 upgrade treatment in some countries.

clip_image002 The device comes pre-loaded with Android 2.1. The Motorola DEXT, Backflip, and CLIQ users can rejoice, as eventually they will get the Android 2.1 update. Sadly, by the time these phones get the Android 2.1 update, most of the devices will come pre-loaded with Android 2.2. It is only the Motorola Quench, whose Android 2.1 update is under evaluationfor all the regions.

Most Droid/Milestone owners should be more interested in when their phone will get the Android 2.2 upgrade. The Motorola Droid already has got an unofficialupgrade to Android 2.2.


Motorola Droid 2 Specifications Confirmed!

Finally, we have some information about the successor of the Motorola Droid the Droid 2. We gave you a picture of the Droid 2 keyboard a couple of weeks ago, and now here is the picture of the whole device. The device has a 3.7-inch display (No AMOLED), along with 8 GB of internal memory. An 8 GB memory card will also be present inside the retail box.

Motorola Droid 2

The TI OMAP3630 processor running at 750 MHz powers the Motorola Droid 2. This is basically the ARM Cortex A8 processor with a PowerVR SGX graphics core. The device in all probability should pack in 512MB of RAM. The camera of the phone has not been upgraded, and is still at 5MP. In all probability, the Droid 2 will be able to record videos at 720p resolution.

Now moving on to the sad part, the device lacks an HDMI port and a front facing video-call camera. A new version of MotoBlur is also onboard. The test unit was reported to be running Android 2.1, instead of Android 2.2. We expect the device to hit the retail store sometime in Q3 of this year.


Motorola Droid Gets Unofficial Froyo Upgrade

The Motorola Droid has got its share of Froyo love, thanks to the folks at My Droid World! Until now, only the Google-branded-HTC-made Nexus One had got the official Android 2.2 update. The Android 2.2 updateMotorola Droid for the Motorola Droid is not an official one though. The folks over at My Droid World have released an unofficial Android 2.2 update for the phone.

This unofficial Android 2.2 update works like a charm on the phone, except that Wi-Fi functionality does not work. This is because the kernel of the phone has been replaced to protect the identity of the original source. The update is in nanandroid format, which means users must already have a Motorola Droid, which is rooted.

The unofficial Android update is already pre-rooted so users don’t need to worry about losing their super-privileges. The official update from Motorola is still a few weeksaway though.

Update : The folks over at My Droid World are on a roll! They have just released a new Froyo update for the Motorola Droid, which supports both Wi-Fi and Overclocking! The CPU speed has been hardcoded into the kernel, so the update is available in different clock speedversions. Here is a link to the thread.

Update 2-: Apparently, the Motorola Milestone cannot be flashed to use custom ROMs. So this “unofficial” Froyo update is only for Motorola Droid owners. Sorry folks!

Motorola Droid 2 Keyboard Picture Surfaces; Hits The Verizon Inventory As Well

As the Motorola Droid successor launch date is coming close, more and more information about the handset is popping up. Engadget got hold of the image shown below, which arguably shows the upgraded QWERTY keyboard of the Motorola Droid 2.


The top part of the image shows the keyboard of the original Droid, while the bottom part of the image shows the keyboard of the upcoming Droid successor. From the image, it is clearly visible that the keys on the Droid successor are more protruding, which will provide a better feedback. Engadget also reports that the Droid successor has a 3.7-inch screen.

In other Droid 2 related news, reports that Motorola Droid 2 (A955) has hit the Verizon inventory system. The MB810 a.k.a Motorola Shadow has also hit the Verizon inventory. As we reported yesterday, Motorola along with Verizon will launch two new droids in the month of July. The Shadow features a 4.3-inch screen, along with an 8MP camera. Not much info is available about the Motorola Droid successor, except for the updated QWERTY keyboard image shown above.