So the Droid X isn't launching with Android 2.2. That's a bummer. And and it's not going to be available until "late summer." That's what we were told at Verizon's Droid X event, and it's what Verizon's saying in the internal document you see above. But the doc also says that the original Droid will get Android 2.2 (and Flash 10.1) sometime in July, which kind of goes against what we (are pretty sure we) heard today -- that the Droid and Droid X would get their updates together. But let's not look a gift horse in the mouth, m'kay? We'll take some Froyo for the Droid just as soon as we can get it. Big props to you know who.
Nexus One users should know the drill by now. Another incremental Froyo build has started rolling out over the air, this time it's build number is FRF83. Is this the fabled "final" version of Froyo for the N1? I have no idea yet, and I don't think anyone else does, either. (FWIW: It's doubtful, as the Froyo code was just released today, and, well, see Phil's other reasons here.) If you're feeling adventurous, download the OTA from Google HERE, make sure you're running the FRF50 update with the stock recovery, and follow the simple instructions Phil has worked up for us all HERE. Holler out in the comments with success and failures. [xda-developers]
Oh, you want to see the Motorola Droid X in moving pictures? We've got you covered, with 10 minutes of the Droid X in our hands, after the break, of course. (And don't worry, we'll have plenty of comparisons with the Evo 4G. It's coming, folks.)
What's a new phone without a few new accessories to go with it, eh? The Motorola Droid X will have desktop and car docks available at launch, for $49.99 and $39.99, respectively. And the desktop dock also will serve to stream media to your TV over HDMI our DLNA, so it's got that going for it, too, which is nice. Rest assured our own Android Central Store will have accessories, too, and you can check out what else Verizon will be pimping here. (pdf link)
How does Android's latest size up against the iPhone 4 and HTC’s Droid Incredible, Evo 4G, and Nexus One?
Now that we've got the Motorola Droid X in our fat little fingers, let's size it up against some of the other big boys out there. Above, the Droid X specs side by side with the iPhone 4, Sprint Evo 4G, Verizon Droid Incredible and Google Nexus One. (And if you're curious to see how the iPhone nation is reacting, check out the chart at TiPB.com.)
We're all disappointed at this news, but please -- no beating on the messenger. At today's big Verizon Droid X shindig we found out the the Motorola Droid X will be sporting Froyo and Adobe Flash, but not at launch. Not the most welcome news, but still not enough to spoil the excitement of a hot new phone on America's biggest carrier. The folks in the know haven't given any specific dates, but at the event it was announced that the Droid X and the original Motorola Droid would both be getting Froyo at the same time, and with the official source for Froyo dropping today, things seem to be moving right along. I know I wouldn't let this deter me from getting a Droid X, good things come to those who wait.
Another little bomb dropped at the Droid X event came from Google's Andy Rubin. There are now 160,000 Android devices being activated every day -- up from the 100,000 number he gave us at Google IO in May.
And on top of that, the Android Market now officially hosts 68,000 applications (which of course includes keyboards, skins, ringtones and other thing you wouldn't consider to be apps).
The important thing to take away from this: Android continues to grow in leaps and bounds.
The Droid X is finally official! It's an impressively large smartphone with an impressive spec list
A huge 4.3", 16:9, 854x480 screen (that's 400,000 pixels)
HDMI out and DLNA support
1GHz OMAP processor
Full Flash 10.1 (not available at launch)
8 gigs on board and a 16gig card included, but compatible with 32gig SD cards for a total potential memory of 40 gigs
8 megapixel camera that captures 720p HD video
Three microphones (outward-facing for video, noise-canceling, and regular)
a 1570mAh battery, which should be 'comparable to the Droid 1' on battery life
GPS, Bluetooth, WiFi, naturally
WiFi Hotspot with support for tethering up to 5 devices will also be available for an additional $20 per month with a 2 gig cap.
Included video apps will include Blockbuster for renting or buying movies, V CAST video, NFL Mobile, Skype, and Backup Assistant. Skype Mobile will be "deeply integrated" on the Droid X. The software keyboard will support multitouch and use the excellent Swype keyboard by default. The Droid X will also have full support for Exchange push email, remote wipe, and other enterprise-class device management.
Verizon, Motorola, Adobe, and Google all got together to announce the device and the team of executives on stage were all excited about the device, but moreso what it represents: Android's now-established place in the top tier of the competing smartphone platforms.
The Droid X will be available July 15th for $199 after $100 rebate. Data service will be $29.99 and mobile hotspot functionality will cost an additional $20 per month. Also, any Verizon customer whose contracts ends anytime in 2010 is eligible for the upgrade pricing.
Unfortunately, neither Flash nor Froyo will be included on the device at launch.
We're here in New York City at Verizon's Droid event, ready to bring you the expected announcement of at least one new Droid phone and given the display outside the event, we're feeling Droid X is a safe bet. Actually, we're expecting a lot more than that, as Android VP of engineering Andy Rubin is here, as are the CEOs of Adobe and Motorola.
It all starts at 1 p.m. EDT / 10 a.m. PDT. Join us after the break as we bring it all to you live!
Interested in seeing the parts of the the new Sony Xperia X10 Mini? Actually, this is actually the E10i model, which is the European version, but it has basically the same guts as its American cousin, the E10a. Clear? We Android lovers are tinkerers at heart, so we never pass up a chance for a good old fashioned tear-down.
According to iFixit, they had no problems taking this little guy apart, and told us that replacing components within the phone should be pretty easy as well. During the operation, a couple of semi-interesting things came to their attention: The 3.7V 950 mAh Li-Polymer battery’s capacity is 22 percent less than the iPhone 3GS’s, but both phones deliver the same 53mAh’s per gram (another point for Android efficiency, we suppose). Also, the digitizer (the touch screen sensor) has the exact same model number as the one in Microsoft’s Kin Two, which could come in handy if you would ever need to replace the screen. [Source: iFixit]
In our not-so-humble opinion, the HTC Droid Eris on Verizon never got the respect it deserved. It came in at a lower price point and a lower speed than the ballyhoo'd Motorola Droid and so seemed to get lots in the shuffle and now has pretty much been eclipsed by the HTC Droid Incredible. It was a shame, really, because the Eris was an inexpensive way to get in on both Android and HTC's Sense UI and a good looking phone to boot.
Notice all the past tense in that last paragraph? That'd be because the Eris no longer appears on verizonwireless.com and presumably is in the process of getting cleared out of physical store shelves too. It's not like we didn't already know this was coming, but that doesn't mean we can't say that the little tyke coulda been a contender. At least it managed to get some 2.1 action before it headed out the door, eh?
Heads up AT&T subscribers with an Android phone -- now it's your turn to help AT&T keep tabs on its network. Mark The Spot is the popular app originally for the iPhone that fires off some information and data about network errors you might be experiencing when you run it. This sort of user input is probably pretty helpful, and all conspiracy theories aside should be quite valuable, so if you use AT&T and often find yourself with less than perfect service, grab it and spend a minute improving things instead complaining about things online. OK, complain all ya want, just be sure to report it directly to AT&T, too.
While it's not the most exciting application in the world, it's refreshing to see Ma Bell didn't forget about it's Android users completely. The app is free of course, you can grab it here if you're using AT&T: [Market Link | AppBrain]
I love a feel-good story every now and then. All the phonesgettingrootedyesterday made me all warm and fuzzy. But that still didn't prepare me for this one. The insane idea of capping graphics performance of any kind on the Evo drives me crazy. Not that I even notice it (I like slow and easy games ) but the general idea of that big bright screen, with all that app space, and a processor that is plainly capable getting throttled back just doesn't sit very well with me.
And it looks like it might not have to very much longer. The wizards are at it again, this time dead set on unleashing the fps on the Evo, no matter what HTC might say about the possibility. And they almost have it. As you can see in the picture above, that Evo isn't capped at 30 fps. (Giggity) Certain hardware revisions (namely 003) have been fixed by a little bit of kernel hacking. Hopefully revision 002 is right around the corner.
If all this sounds like so much geek-speak, it simply means that the issue is not a hardware limitation, and once HTC releases the kernel source the community can deliver a fully working, and framerate cap free Evo 4G. Follow the break to see a couple videos, and let the discussion begin. [xda-developers] Thanks tehpsyc!
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