Motorola Droid 2

Verizon Motorola DROID Pro, DROID 2 world-edition & tablet tipped incoming

Verizon Motorola DROID Pro, DROID 2 world-edition & tablet tipped incoming

Verizon's upcoming Motorola devices have been further detailed, after one of BGR's sources at the carrier revealed more news on the Motorola DROID Pro - a 4-inch Android smartphone - together with what looks to be a world-edition version of the DROID 2 and either a tablet or a tablet-style large-screen handset.  The DROID Pro has a 1.3GHz processor and is expected to have world-phone capabilities for international use.

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Froyo roundup: DROID 2 to launch with Android 2.2; updates for Galaxy S and Vodafone Nexus One dated

Froyo roundup: DROID 2 to launch with Android 2.2; updates for Galaxy S and Vodafone Nexus One dated

Lashings of Froyo rumor over the past twenty-four hours, with talk of Android 2.2 headed to various high-end handsets.  First off, spyshots have tipped the Motorola DROID 2 as launching on Verizon with Froyo preloaded according to Droid-Life, rather than the Android 2.1 OS we've seen on the DROID X, while elsewhere there's talk of Android 2.2 updates for existing devices.

That includes a Froyo update for the Vodafone Google Nexus One as early as next week, with the carrier-branded device finally getting what unlocked users have been enjoying for a few weeks now.  Handy, since Google has announced that they'll soon not be offering the unlocked version themselves, leaving it up to carrier partners to supply the phone.

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DROID X bootloader block bricks phones on Motorola’s orders

DROID X bootloader block bricks phones on Motorola’s orders

ROM-fondlers beware; Motorola aren't just frowning on unofficial firmware being loaded on devices like the DROID X, DROID 2 and future Android smartphones, they're actively making sure the end result is a bricked handset.  According to MyDroidWorld, attempts to install alternative ROMs, kernels or bootloaders will trip the Motorola eFuse, bricking the phone in the process; to return the smartphone to a functional state will require attention from Motorola themselves, and owners testing quite how flexible their warranty policies are.

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Motorola confirm locked DROID 2 and DROID X bootloaders

Motorola confirm locked DROID 2 and DROID X bootloaders

Hacking the Motorola DROID X and DROID 2 may be a significantly tougher prospect, thanks to the confirmation that the company will be locking the bootloaders of their future Android handsets.  The bootloader - which is used to install custom ROMs that add new, unofficial functionality or streamline the Android user-experience - will be secured so as to prevent non-Motorola ROMs being loaded, the company says, explaining that the open bootloader on the DROID was the exception rather than the rule.

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Verizon DROID 2 benchmarks suggest fastest Android so far [Video]

Verizon DROID 2 benchmarks suggest fastest Android so far [Video]

We're expecting Motorola and Verizon to take the wraps off of the new DROID 2 this coming Wednesday, but the smartphone has already shown up for some in-the-wild pre-testing.  Over at Android and Me they've been putting the 1GHz smartphone through its paces, and according to their benchmarking figures the DROID 2 is well on its way to being the fastest Android 2.1 handset to-date, as well as packing almost twice the graphical performance of its DROID predecessor.

Video demo after the cut

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Verizon DROID 2 spotted in wild: 1GHz & Android 2.2 tipped

Verizon DROID 2 spotted in wild: 1GHz & Android 2.2 tipped

It seems that while the majority of us have to wait for leaks to see the Motorola DROID 2, those at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab get a sneak preview courtesy of Verizon themselves.  The carrier apparently attended a tech show there, and a summer intern called Zack spotted the new DROID 2 on their stand.  Promptly filing a report for Gizmodo, Zack describes the DROID 2 as "smoother than the original DROID" and an easier keyboard to use thanks to the removal of the huge D-pad and a dedicated voice-command shortcut key.

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