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
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.
Google’s been quite busy recently, days after the monumental Nexus One multitouch update, they’ve brought out the updated 3.4 version of Google Maps that finally gives support to multitouch pinch-to-zoom, well at least in Google Maps anyway.
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.
The iPhone’s software has been on the receiving end of many security flaw jokes, but now the Droid’s Android 2.0.1 (only this version) has developed its own glaringly open flaw that allows anyone to easily bypass your dutiful password screen with the mere touch of a button.
SlashGear is at Motorola's press conference at CES 2010 today, and the company has just announced the Motorola Backflip. While they're not mentioning carrier partnerships today, it's worth noting that the Backflip image shown now is the same as AT&T showed earlier today. Meanwhile Moto also confirmed that the CLIQ (aka the Motorola DEXT) will be upgraded from Android 1.5 to 2.1, and that Adobe Flash 10.1 will be pushed out to the DROID in future releases.
The Google Nexus One has only been official for a few hours - you can find our first impressions and a hands-on video here - but BillShrink have already done their usual calculations to work out how the Android 2.1 "superphone" stacks up against the competition. At $179 subsidized via T-Mobile USA, or $529 SIM-free and unlocked, the Nexus One not only undercuts the iPhone 3GS but the previous Android device of the moment, the Motorola DROID.
The recently released Motorola Droid is a jack of many trades but unfortunately stops short at the art of wireless tethering. An online tutorial over at DroidForums has incidentally appeared and evidently reveals how to enable the Wi-Fi tethering functionality on the smartphone.
Motorola's MILESTONE - aka the GSM DROID - is finally in stock at Expansys UK. The retailer currently holds the exclusivity agreement for the smartphone, which means UK buyers won't be seeing the Android 2.0 device in retail stores on the highstreet any time soon. It's priced at £449.99 ($732) unlocked, though Expansys are also happy to sell you a subsidized model with contract.