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Motorola Milestone Android 2.2 FroYo Update Rolling Out Now

Motorola Milestone owners rejoice! Motorola Europe has finally started rolling out the Android 2.2 (FroYo) update for your handset.

The update comes out nearly 7 months after the original Motorola Droid got its Android 2.2 update. There is hardly any major difference between the Droid and the Milestone in terms of hardware, except for their mobile radios, and the latter featuring a locked down bootloader.

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The Android 2.2 FroYo update will bring with it voice search, speech-to-text recognition, Flash player support, Wi-Fi tethering and performance and stability improvements. The update is being rolled out slowly in selected countries by Motorola. Users can check here, whether the Froyo update is being rolled out in their country or not.

Instructions on upgrading the Milestone to Android 2.2 can be found here. Milestone owners should NOT even hope that Motorola will release the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the handset.

If they want to taste Gingerbread on their handset, they need to flash a Custom ROM on their handset like CyanogenMod 7. Not only custom ROMs provide users with a taste of the latest version of Android, they also have many nifty features and are more faster and stable.

Motorola Milestone Android 2.2 Update Again Delayed

One major complaint with the Android ecosystem is the delay in the release of Android OS updates by phone manufacturers. Google released the latest version of Android Gingerbread – to the public more than six weeks ago. Still, the only phone officially running Gingerbread is the Google branded Nexus S.

While the majority of the Android handset owners impatiently wait for their handset manufacturers to release the Android 2.3 update, some are still waiting for the Android 2.2 update.

One such handset is the Motorola Milestone. The Milestone is the European version of the highly popular and successful Motorola Droid but unlike the latter, the former never got its Android 2.2 update. The update was pushed back many times and last year, Motorola stated that they will release the Froyo update for the handset in early Q1 of 2011.

However, the company updated its Facebook page to inform Milestone owners that the update has again been delayed. The reason behind the delay has not been explained clearly by Motorola as well.

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Nevertheless, the company does state that they will release the update before the end of current quarter. I wonder what is taking Motorola so long to release the Android 2.2 update for the Milestone. The original Droid was among the first few handsets to receive the Android 2.1 and Android 2.2 updates. There are not much hardware changes between the Droid and the Milestone as well.

Motorola Milestone Android 2.2 Update Delayed To Q1, 2011

The Motorola Droid is one of the most popular Android handset out there. The unlocked bootloader and the vanilla Android experience made it a favorite in the United States. Motorola did launch a European version of the Droid the Milestone. However, that phone was destined to meet doom right from the word go.

Unlike the Droid, the Milestone had a locked down bootloader. This meant that modding the phone was a very difficult job and it still is. While the original Droid got its Android 2.2 update right after a few weeks of Google announcing it, European Milestone owners are still waiting for their share of Froyo love.

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Now, the European division of Motorola has posted on their Facebook wall that the company is still working closely’ with operators and carriers to deliver the Android 2.2 update for the Milestone. The company says that they expect to roll out the update by Q1 of 2011.

With Motorola set to launch some killer handsets and tablets based on Nvidia Tegra 2 at the upcoming CES 2011, I wonder if the company will actually find it useful’ to work on the Android 2.2 update for the Milestone.

Milestone owners can vent out their anger on Motorola Europe’s FB page.

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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Motorola Milestone 2 Officially Announced

It was just yesterday that a leaked video of the Motorola Milestone 2 made it on the Internet. Today Motorola has officially announced the Milestone 2. The Motorola Milestone 2 is the GSM version of the recently releasedMotorola Milestone 2 Motorola Droid 2. The Motorola Milestone 2 is similar to the Droid 2 except for one change. The Motorola Milestone 2 will be capable of recording videos in 720p HD resolution which the Droid 2 does not.

MILESTONE 2 offers more power, more speed, with an improved keyboard, so users can send, access and share information even quicker than before to manage their work and personal life,said Alain Mutricy, senior vice president, portfolio and device product management, Motorola Mobility. This introduction not only reaffirms our commitment to innovate on Android but offers consumers the leading edge features they crave including fast web browsing, messaging, application downloads and multimedia.

The Motorola Milestone 2 will feature a 1 GHz OMAP processor, 512MB of RAM and pack in 8GB of internal memory as well. The Milestone 2 will replace its predecessor the original Milestone. The Milestone will run on Android OS 2.2 and on top of it the latest version of the MOTOBLUR will be present.

Hopefully, Motorola will enable 720p HD recording on the Droid 2 via a Software update soon. The device will be launched in Europe by Q4 of this year. However, Motorola did not announce the pricing of the device.

Here is the link to the full press release.

Motorola Milestone Gets Froyo Update Unofficially

The European sibling of the Motorola Droid the Milestone has got the Froyo love unofficially. The Motorola Droid is yet to receive the official Froyo update, but thanks to the modding community certain ROMs based on Froyoclip_image001 already exist. The Milestone getting an unofficial Froyo update is certainly big news since the phone has a locked down bootloader.

Dext3r from ModMyMobile forums has ported the Android 2.2 FRF91 build to the Milestone. The only problem with this unofficial Froyo update is that the camera won’t work. I guess this should give Motorola enough hints to start working on the official Froyo update for the Milestone. Motorola had earlier said that they still need to decide whether to bring Froyo to Milestone or not.

Since the Droid X, and the upcoming Droid 2 feature the same bootloader as the Milestone, we expect the modding community to achieve some kind of success in porting Android 2.2 to these devices.

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Motorola Milestone Doubtful Of Froyo Update

The Motorola Droid was one of the most popular Android phones of all time. The phone helped Motorola make a comeback, from the brink of shutdown. When it was launched, the device sold like hot cakes in the U.S. TheMotorola Milestone phone was a hit among the modding community thanks to the unlocked bootloader, as well. However, the European version of the Droid a.k.a Milestone did not do as well as its sibling. The locked down bootloader of the Milestone, did not help things either.

This made Motorola partial towards the U.S. only – Droid. The Droid got the software update to Android 2.1, and will soon be getting the Android 2.2 update. But it looks like the Froyo update for Milestone is still undecided. Motorola European Marketing Director James King said in the Motorola owners’ forum that the Froyo update for Milestone is still doubtful. He said that he is pushing for the decision to be made as quickly as possible. Here is the link to his whole post.

From James King statement, it is quite clear that Motorola has not even started working on the Froyo update for Milestone. Bad luck Milestone owners! Hopefully, the pending decision will be in favor of you guys!

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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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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.

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!