A handful of Verizon Android smartphones appear to have their end-of-life dates hung over their heads. Phones that already have shuffled off this mortal coil are the HTC Droid Eris (June 16) and original Droid (August 6). And a handful of phones -- the Droid Incredible, LG Ally, Droid 2 and Droid X -- apparently are slated for EOL on March 31, 2011. (Edit: Yes, 2011, not 2010.) That's give the...
Well, that didn't take too long. The Motorola Droid 2 (read our full review) has been rooted. We're not quite in one-click territory yet -- you're going to need to do a tiny bit of command line work, but really nothing more scary than following directions and copying and pasting. And that's not so bad, now is it? [XDA Developers via Android Community]
If you own a Motorola Droid 2, you may already have been prompted to install this OTA update, but that doesn't mean you don't want to know what it fixed. This minor update (version 2.2.20.en.US, for those playing at home) that Verizon is pushing out is not a complete update, but more so a fix for some of the issues that were reported at the release of the device. Improvements:
A worthy successor to the phone that launched 1,000 Androids
Without question, the the Motorola Droid -- and Verizon's marketing blitz behind it -- is what really put the Android smartphone on the map. It's safe to say millions have been sold, and you've been hard pressed to watch an hour of television without hearing the unmistakeable call of "DROOIIIID" announcing the arrival of yet another...
We are sure many of you have already gone out and gotten your hands on a Droid 2. However, perhaps you are holding off because you are not sure if the phone is worth the upgrade. If you fall into either camp, why not head over to the Droid 2 forum and post in our official Q&A thread? Early adopters and interested buyers are both welcome, so see you there! [Android Central Forums]
(Click this picture to open in full resolution in a new window)Taking panoramic pictures isn't unique to the Motorola Droid 2. But Motorola's way of doing it deserves mention. (Click here for our Droid 2 camera test.) The above picture was taken with the Droid 2, and it's dirt simple. You set the phone to panoramic mode and press the shutter button, which starts the process. The phone tells you...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 13 Aug 2010 9:40 am
Whenever a new phone rolls out, one of the first things that gets done (after the hands on video of course) is tearing it apart. The Droid 2 was no exception, and the guys over at ifixit have done the deed. A couple things of note they discovered:
Here you go, folks, a slew of benchmark tests with the Motorola Droid 2. We're doing this batch with a quorum of Android 2.2 devices -- the original Droid, the Droid 2, the Nexus One and the Evo 4G. One pretty major caveat, however, is that the Linpack test doesn't appear to be working properly with the Droid and Droid 2, both of which use TI OMAP processors. The Nexus One and Evo 4G are scored...
Just got some more pics in from the Star Wars convention going on in Orlando, and it looks like the date for the R2-D2 version of the Droid 2 is going to be Sept. 30. Good news indeed for you guys waiting on the little guy. And we've got fresh pics of the R2-D2 phone after the break, if you're into that sort of thing. Thanks to skippyrulz from the Android Central Forums for the pics!
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