Welcome to the latest edition of the SlashGear Week in Review! There was a lot going on this week and much of it was in the smartphone world. We learned that the slick Blackberry tablet called the BlackTab is set to land in September. That launch date is a rumor and it comes with a price rumor pegging the BlackTab at $499.
We love surprises here at SlashGear, and so finding a new Verizon DROID 2 on our doorstep this morning made for a pleasant way to kick off the day. Motorola's latest QWERTY Android phone looks pretty similar to its first-gen predecessor, but there are some key changes, which could signal it out for relative greatness. Check out our first impressions and unboxing after the cut.
One of the first mobile phones to come from Motorola that people actually liked since the old flip phone Razer device was the original Droid. The Droid was on the market for about nine months, long enough for its replacement the Droid 2 to gestate.
We'll just go ahead and say it: Android 2.2 is just about to be on everything. And it looks like, unlike the previous updates to the Android version, every major carrier and manufacturer out there is taking the update to Android 2.2, or Froyo, very seriously. And that's perfectly fine with us. This time around, we've got official word from Verizon that the Motorola Droid is getting updated to Android 2.2 next week.
Motorola's first-generation DROID shook HTC's dominance of the Android segment and arguably reinvented the company after years of tired RAZR variants. Now, after a spate of low- to mid-tier Android devices, the company has unveiled their next high-end smartphone. The Motorola DROID X, again on Verizon Wireless in the US, scales up the screen, the camera and the processor, while simultaneously slimming down in the hand; it also faces strong competition from HTC, Samsung and others. Has Motorola done enough second-time around? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
Tonight's a bit of a phone night, and we really can't explain why. But, as you know, it happens. But, in any event, welcome to the eve of the rest of the week. In tonight's edition of The Daily Slash, tucked away in The Best of R3 Media, we've got what HTC calls plans for the future of Android and HTC Sense, the coolest ceiling fan in the history of ceiling fans, and the Droid Incredible's (shocker) been pushed back again. And then in the Dredge 'Net, scientists have created a ridiculously strong battery, the original Kindle patent spells doom and gloom for the competition, and some lucky Droid X pre-orderers are getting their devices early.
By now, you're probably already well into your fourth of July celebration. If not, you're already behind the curve, so start celebrating your long weekend! Most of you probably don't have work on Monday, so go ahead and take the time to relax -- you deserve it. We'll try and help you out tonight, in this edition of The Daily Slash. First up, in the Best of R3 Media, we've got some rumors about Android 2.2 and the original Droid, ColorWare wants to paint your new Xbox 360, and Verizon's been forced to fork out $21 million. And then in the Dredge 'Net, we've got a countertop that'll teach you things, a digital burial ground for the KIN, and some new information about Google Music.
We had heard mumblings that the next DROID would be announced some time soon, and it looks like Verizon Wireless was tired of waiting. We just got an invitation to the next big press conference, which will be hosted by Verizon, and feature speakers from Motorola, Adobe, and Google. Basically, everyone who would need to be talking to promote the next handset to feature the latest version of Android, on a big, big device.
The Wall Street Journal's got a hot tip that says Motorola isn't planning on just releasing one new Droid device in the near future. Apparently the company wants to make sure that they grab customer's attention, and what better way to do that then to release more than one handset in the same month? If the sources are correct, then that's exactly the game plan that Sanjay Jha and company are sticking to.
Co-CEO of Motorola, Sanjay Jha, decided to open up in regards to just about anything that his company might be thinking about for the future, which included HTC, tablets (of course), and where he and his company stand on that proprietary Operating System (OS) he mentioned a few months back. There's not a lot that we didn't see coming, and definitely no surprises here, but nevertheless it's always good to hear it coming from a company's Chief Executive, rather than the rumor mill.