Before we had the RAZR, Atrix and Defy, the Motorola Droid or known as the Motorola Milestone (GSM) here was an iconic android smart phone. After the first Milestone, there wasn’t really a high-end Motorola with a sliding keyboard in Malaysia. We had the Motorola Charm, Backflip and Flipout with QWERTY keyboards but came with mid-tier specs.
For those that are craving for a proper high-end Android smart phone with QWERTY keyboard, Motorola is about to release its 4th generation Droid. It features similar RAZR-like design, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4.0″ qHD screen and a sliding 5 Row LED backlit keyboard. However unlike the Motorola RAZR, this QWERTY keyboard version has a back plate where it covers your microSD and micro SIM slots. This would be appealing for those that prefer to type on a proper keyboard instead of a capacitive screen.
With the sliding keyboard, it is thicker at 12.7mm and it weighs 178 grams. From the pics, it doesn’t get that sexy Kevlar back that’s found on the RAZR. The Droid 4, like the Droid RAZR is a 4G LTE smart phone which is exclusive to Verizon in the US. But hey, who knows they will release a “Milestone” version for GSM markets like Malaysia.
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One of the anticipated features of Froyo is the ability to create your own WiFi Hotspot. Unfortunately Motorola Droid users will not have this pocket MiFi or even USB tethering when they upgrade to Android 2.2 Froyo, which is to be released this week.
Verizon explained that the Droid lacks a WiFi transmitter and there’s no connection on the PC side as a reason. However some had opposed such explanation accusing Verizon of blocking users from using more data. It doesn’t make sense to blame on the hardware as users reported tethering works well with 3rd party apps such as EasyTether.
Since this is a telco-tied model, we wonder if Motorola Milestone in Malaysia faces the same limitation.
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While HTC users in China get to enjoy Android 2.2 Froyo on the current HTC Android devices, HTC EVO 4G users have officially gotten their Froyo update in the US. This makes it the 2nd phone to get Froyo after Nexus One over that side of the world.
The new update gave the EVO 4G similar Android 2.2 features plus a few stuff from HTC, such as a Flashlight app, updates on FM Radio, MMS and Photo Gallery apps. Android Central has a detailed list of the new changes in their EVO 4G Froyo post. As mentioned earlier, we should be expecting HTC’s Froyo update for the rest of us anytime soon.
For those who are having Android’s best selling Motorola Droid/Milestone,
an update is expected to come next week. Verizon, the official carrier for the Moto Droid in the US has updated its support page in time for the upgrade.
We should be expecting more announcements of Froyo roll out in the next couple of days. Samsung too has announced that the Galaxy S is getting Froyo by September. So far, the only quiet one is Sony Ericsson which seems to be stuck with Android 1.6 until today.
This is it folks! Q3 is showtime for Froyo.
After the Nexus One, the next device that’s getting Froyo loving is the Motorola Droid, scheduled for July. This was reported from Android Central that managed to grab some new updates on Motorola’s Android OS update.
The newly launched Droid X was also mentioned to receive Froyo but only in late summer which is around October. Speaking of updates, barely 24 hours since launch, the Droid X already has a software update. Probably some last minute fixes which Verizon/Motorola didn’t have time to update before the launch.
Which reminds us, the rumour about the HTC Desire getting the Froyo on 23rd June remains a rumour. The only significant event for 23rd June is the announcement of Froyo going open source, which means developers have access to the codes.
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Another Android device has been launched called the Droid X. This becomes the 3rd Droid series on Verizon’s offering after the hot selling Motorola Droid (aka Milestone) and HTC Droid Incredible.
What we learnt from the event is that the Droid X features a 4.3″ screen, ability to shoot 720p video and it is powered with a 1GHz ARMv7 processor. Unlike the Motorola Droid, the Droid X does not come with qwerty slider keyboard.
Other key features of the device is a 8 Megapixel camera, 16:9 display, HDMI output, Flash 10, WiFi hotspot and support up to 40GB Memory with 8GB on board memory and 16GB storage media included. The Droid X will initially ship with Android 2.1 but with Android 2.2 Froyo update on the way.
Environmental Friendliness is another highlight for the device as it is claimed to be PVC, bromine, mercury and arsenic free. To drive that green statement further, 65% of its packaging is made out of recycled materials.
On Android’s popularity, Andy Rubin, the key guy for Android has also mentioned that 160,000 Android handsets are sold each day. This is a huge increase from its 100,000 per day figures mentioned at Google I/O. He also announced that Android 2.2 (Froyo) is being made open source today.
The Droid X will start shipping next month July 15 for $199.99. Users will need to subscribe to a smartphone service for $29.99 and additional $20 for mobile hotspot. It will be available in all Best Buy and Verizon stores in the US only.
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It goes to show how much the iPhone has changed the way we use mobile phones forever – everyone knows that. But more importantly, we’re seeing how camera phones are stepping up to the plate as a genuine point and shoot replacements.
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Head on over the jump to see some of the more interesting photos taken using cameras of smartphones.
The Motorola Droid or known as Motorola Milestone has an early upgrade to Android 2.2 (Froyo) but in an unofficial way. Some guys at MyDroidWorld had published the downloadable upgrade at their forum. Unfortunately WiFi doesn’t work with this version.
If you’re eager to get Android 2.2 on your Droid/Milestone and don’t mind to live without WiFi for the time being, head to their forum thread and follow the instructions given.
Of course we believe Motorola themselves are working on an official upgrade, the only question is when.
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