Motorola Droid

Android 2.2 Froyo in testing; Google I/O release tipped

Android 2.2 Froyo in testing; Google I/O release tipped

Google are tipped to be already testing the newest build of Android, "Froyo" 2.2, on devices, with a release predicted to coincide with the Google I/O developer conference on May 19th.  Android and Me sifted through their visitor records and turned up numerous logs for Android 2.2. devices; they also apparently heard from separate sources that Google are indeed trialling the updated software, prior to an OTA firmware update for the Nexus One.  Among the changes expected are multi-color trackball notifications, more available RAM to the user, and fixes that address persistent touchscreen glitches.

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Droid Incredible Review (vs. Nexus One vs. Moto Droid)

Droid Incredible Review (vs. Nexus One vs. Moto Droid)

Incredible, they call it, and for once the marketing hyperbole may be right. The Verizon Droid Incredible by HTC takes a somewhat familiar spec sheet and squeezes out something different enough to stand out from the crowd. For our full review of the Droid Incredible, check out our dedicated Android Community coverage; if you're more interested in how this shiny new smartphone fits into the current Android line-up - and, more importantly, whether you should choose it or a rival device - then read on.

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Motorola DROID Android 2.1 firmware going OTA right now?

Motorola DROID Android 2.1 firmware going OTA right now?

What's that you say, an Android 2.1 update for the Motorola DROID?  Pretty demanding, aren't you.  Still, according to a leaked internal Verizon memo that Engadget somehow managed to acquire, your demands have been heard and - if all is going to plan - the first 1,000 people selected to receive the new firmware will have had an on-device notification.  That number will grow to 10,000 by midnight tonight, with broader availability promised for this coming Thursday.

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The Daily Slash: March 23rd, 2010

The Daily Slash: March 23rd, 2010

We do our very best here at SlashGear to bring you the latest intelligence from the huge, and still growing world of the tech industry. But, as it stands, we’re only human, and sometimes we’re just not able to bring you every single piece of information we get our hands on. It’s unfortunate, but we also don’t want to give you any kind of sensory overload throughout the day. We realized that there were still a lot of great stories out there, so we wanted to bring them to your attention, in a nice, orderly fashion. That’s why we have the Daily Slash, where we’ll bring you a daily wrap-up of all the cool, interesting, or just plain shiny stuff we find.

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“Sales failure” Nexus One shifts just 135k in 74 days?

“Sales failure” Nexus One shifts just 135k in 74 days?

Google's Nexus One has been something of a hit here at SlashGear - check out Ewdi's editorial on why he gave up his iPhone 3GS for the Android 2.1 smartphone - but ongoing sales analytics seem to suggest that the handset's appeal hasn't been felt by the public at large.  According to Flurry - who initially told us that Google had sold 20k Nexus One devices in the first week of sales - only 135,000 have been sold in the 74 days since the Nexus One launched.

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Quake 3 ported to Android [Video]

Quake 3 ported to Android [Video]

Just as running Doom has become a rite of passage for mobile devices in recent years, so to has getting Quake 3 to play.  kwaak3 is a port of Quake 3 to Android by developer Thunderbird2k, who has managed to get the classic 3D title running at over 30fps on his DROID.

Video demo after the cut

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USB Host mod for Motorola DROID promises accessory support

USB Host mod for Motorola DROID promises accessory support

Plugging a USB memory stick, keyboard, mouse or even a printer into your Motorola DROID could be possible very soon, thanks to a new hack that adds USB Host support to the Android smartphone.  Modder Chris Paget and friends discovered that Motorola had used USB-OTG compliant hardware for the DROID, crippling it only by virtue of the microUSB port; one thrown-together adapter cable and a tiny dongle that triggers the Host mode later, and the DROID will recognize USB peripherals.

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Motorola DROID costs $187.75 to make, claims iSuppli

Motorola DROID costs $187.75 to make, claims iSuppli

If teardowns are guilty titillation for the geek who likes to see must-have gadgets stripped to their component parts, iSuppli's versions are the respectable analysis that leave us believing we've actually learned something important afterward.  Latest across their bench is the Motorola DROID, and iSuppli reckon the Android smartphone costs Moto $179.11 in parts and a further $8.64 per handset to manufacture.

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