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Motorola Droid X Gets Its First Custom ROM

When Verizon and Motorola launched the Droid X there was a big hype and hoopla over the locked down boot loader of the device. As days passed by, it emerged that the Droid X uses the same boot loader as the one of theDroidX Motorola Milestone. This was a bad news considering that the Milestone’s boot loader was yet to be unlocked for allowing custom ROMs. However, the modding community, especially Birdman, did not lose hope and have finally met with success.

Birdman has released the first custom ROM for the Droid X. This custom ROM is based on the leaked Android 2.2 update for the Droid X. Here are the features of the custom ROM :

*OptiPNG optimized apk’s
*Deodexed
*Busybox
*Updated Superuser.apk (credits to chainsdd)

*Removed

3g hotspot
Kindle (market app)
Blockbuster (bankrupt company)
EMERGENCY (dial 911 for emergency’s…dont screw around with an app)
My Verizon (bad market app)
Maps (market app)
Voice search (market app)
Swype (removed for their constant anger towards rom devs)
Skype (market app)
Google search (market app)

Droid X owners can download the rom via ROM Manager. It is also recommended that users make a backup of their device before flashing this custom ROM on their device. Users also need to make sure that their Droid X is rooted. Keep in mind that this is not the final version of this ROM. This is only the Release Candidate 1 of this ROM. This custom ROM basically removes all those Verizon bloatware and improves the performance of your Droid X.

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Verizon’s Samsung Fascinate Up For Pre-Order At Best Buy

The Samsung Galaxy S is available in the U.S under the T-Mobile and the AT&T network. T-Mobile sells the device as the Samsung Vibrant while AT&T sells it as the Samsung Captivate. Sprint’s version of the Galaxy S the EpicSamsung Galaxy S 4G will hit the stores on August 31st. The only other major network operator in the U.S which still does not offer the Galaxy S is Verizon. Rumors suggest Verizon launching its version of the Galaxy S the Samsung Fascinate on September 9.

Giving strength to the rumor is the fact that the Fascinate is now up for pre-order at Best Buy. Verizon already offers a very impressive list of Android smartphones like the Droid Incredible, Motorola Droid 2 and the Droid X. The Samsung Fascinate will be a worthy addition to the Verizon line-up.

It was just yesterday we had reported that Samsung had managed to sell more than 1 Million Galaxy S handsets in the U.S.

Motorola MOTO KEY Leaked Specs Emerge

MOTO KEY is a low end QWERTY phone which is specially targeted at the text-savvy and online social networking crazy teens. This handset is said to be the rival of the Nokia’s latest low end QWERTY phone, the Nokia C3. It has a 3 megapixel camera, GPRS/EGDE connectivity, 32GB expandable memory and it runs on the Motorola’s proprietary OS. This handset is expected to be announced soon. Check out the leaked specs of MOTO KEY below.

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MOTO KEY Leaked Specs

  • 2.3 inch QVGA display
  • Dimensions: 61×109×12.35 mm
  • Frequencies: Quad-band GSM/EDGE
  • Weight: 102.2 gm
  • QWERTY keypad
  • MicroSD card slot
  • 50 MB internal memory
  • 32GB expandable memory
  • 3.0 megapixel camera
  • FM radio
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Talktime: 200 mins
  • Standby: 250 hrs
  • 930 mAh battery

The images of this handset is not available yet. The availability of this device is still unknown, but the price is expected to be around Rs.5000 (approx. $110)

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.

Root HTC EVO 4G Running On Android 2.2

HTC rolled out the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update for the EVO 4G a couple of weeks ago. The Froyo update bought with it tons of performance improvements and many new features as well. However, with this update HTC alsoHTC EVO 4G fixed the security hole via which the modders rooted the handset. Nevertheless, the folks over at XDA Developers have managed to root the EVO 4G running on Android 2.2. The process to root the phone is pretty complex and is similar to the Droid 2 rooting method.

Owners of EVO 4G running on Android 2.2 and interested in rooting their device need to flash a stock Android 2.1 ROM on their device first. During the rooting process, owners will also need to install the unrevoked boot loader on their EVO 4G.

Here is the step-by-step guide on how to root your EVO 4G running Android 2.2.

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’s Android Upgrade Schedule

One of the best things about Android is the constant OS updates. It has had about 5 major OS upgrades since its original launch. One of the worst things about using an Android phone is not knowing when your manufacturer will update your phone with the latest Android OS version.

Motorola seems to have understood this problem that many Android users have and has released a schedule of Android software upgrades for Motorola phones. It includes a list of all the major Android phones by Motorola (including the Droid X, Droid, Cliq, Devour, Backflip, Milestone and the Dext) with a list of countries and a timeline.

Motorola Android Upgrade Schedule

Motorola Android Upgrade Schedule

Source: Motorola via TNW

Motorola Kobe MB520: AT&T Gets a Mini Droid X

Details of the new Motorola Kobe, model number MB520 have surfaced on several websites. It will be offered on AT&T’s network and seems like a budget version of Verizon’s Motorola Droid X.

Motorola Kobe MB520

It will have a 3.5 inch LCD display with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels. It also has a 800 MHz TI OMAP processor, PowerVR SGX 530 GPU, 512 MB RAM and comes with 2 GB internal storage. It will have a 3.15 MP camera without flash, much lower compared to the Droid X’s 8 MP camera. It will have the basic connectivity options like 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with DLNA, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and GPS.

It runs Android 2.1 but will probably get the Android 2.2 upgrade. It sports the MotoBLUR UI, like the Droid 2 and the Droid X.

It should be a very nice budget Android option. It performs quite well on the benchmarks, scoring more than the Galaxy S.

Motorola Kobe Benchmark

Source: Engadget

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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Froyo Update For Motorola Droid X Leaks

Motorola released the Froyo update for the Droid a couple of weeks ago. Next in line for the Froyo update is the Motorola Droid X. The Droid X ships with Android 2.1 on board, and is expected to get the Froyo update byDroid X early September. However, users who can’t wait until early-September should rejoice! A leaked version of Android 2.2 for the Droid X has surfaced on the Internet.

Users who are interested in trying this leaked Android 2.2 update should make sure that their phone is rooted. If your Droid X is already rooted, then the method is a relatively simple one. Droid X owners should also keep in mind that this is not the final Android 2.2 version and so bugs and performance issues will be present.

Keep in mind that going back to Android 2.1 after this update is a pretty complex method. Here is the step-by-step process on how to update your Droid X to Android 2.2.

Verizon to Launch New Androids, Blackberrys and Tablets By the End of 2010

We had given you a glimpse of Verizon’s 2010-2011 roadmap about a week back, here on Techie-Buzz. Today, new information has surfaced about Verizon’s 2010 plans and it’s looking great.

Verizon Wireless Roadmap 2010

Verizon has a slate of Android launches planned for this year. It will also launch 2 new Blackberry devices and some Android tablets.

In September, we will see the launch of the globally compatible Motorola Droid 2 World Edition. We can also expect the Motorola Citrus WX445, a low end Android phone.

In October, RIM will launch the Blackberry Storm 3 9570 and the Blackberry Curve 3 9330, both running the new shiny Blackberry OS 6.

October will also see the launch of the Samsung Fascinate, a CDMA variant of the Galaxy S on Verizon’s network. The Samsung Continuum I400 mid-range Android phone and the low end Samsung Gem I100, a QWERTY Android handset will also be released around the same time.

The new Motorola XT610, a cheaper version of the Droid X with lower specs but the same 4.3 inch display, and the Motorola Droid Pro will be launched by the end of October. Even the Palm Pre 2 running WebOS should be available by then.

Finally, in November 2010, we will see the HTC Merge, a Android superphone with a 10 MP camera and two new Android tablets — the Motorola Z600 and the Samsung I800 (Galaxy Tab).

The enTourage eDGe (a dual display ebook reader + tablet with Android) and an enTourage Pocket device will also surface around that time.

With all this awesomeness, who needs the iPhone 4 on Verizon?

Source: Phone Arena

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.

Motorola-Droid-2

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 X Gets Clockwork Recovery

When the Droid X was released by Motorola, a lot of fuss was made about its locked down bootloader. The locked down bootloader on the Droid X meant no custom ROMs for the phone. The modding community was quiteDroid X shocked with this piece of information, since the Motorola Droid had an unlocked bootloader and that made it a popular phone. However, the modding community did not lose hope and started working on the Droid X. Within a couple of weeks of its launch, the Droid X was successfully rooted by birdman.

Now, the modding community has got another major breakthrough. ROM Manager developer koush has managed to get Clockwork recovery working on the Droid X. He even posted a picture of Clockwork recovery on the Droid X on his twitter profile. However, he did mention that the Droid X bootloader is still locked. He managed to get clockwork recovery working on the Droid X by hijacking the boot process of Android.

Sadly, this means custom ROMs for the Droid X is still sometime away.