Motorola Droid

Motorola Backflip official; CLIQ getting Android 2.1; DROID getting Flash 10.1

Motorola Backflip official; CLIQ getting Android 2.1; DROID getting Flash 10.1

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.

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Google Nexus One gets BillShrink treatment: undercuts iPhone 3GS and DROID

Google Nexus One gets BillShrink treatment: undercuts iPhone 3GS and DROID

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.

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Motorola Droid hacked – Wi-Fi tethering within reach

Motorola Droid hacked – Wi-Fi tethering within reach

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.

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Motorola MILESTONE on sale in UK now

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.

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Moto DROID and Acer Liquid A1 get Android Root

An Android handset arguably doesn’t come of age until its been rooted by the modding community, and two recent devices have just now got their stripes.  Both the Motorola DROID and the Acer Liquid A1 have been granted pretty much one-click rooting, opening the door for the sort of hacks, ROMS and reskins that have flourished across the Android platform.

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DROID beats iPhone 3GS in TIME Top 2009 Gadgets list

DROID beats iPhone 3GS in TIME Top 2009 Gadgets list

In a move almost guaranteed to provoke controversy, TIME have announced their "Top 10 Everything of 2009" list and the Motorola DROID pips the iPhone 3GS to the post for the number one spot in the gadgets category.  In fact, Apple's latest smartphone slots into fourth position, trailing the Barnes & Noble nook in second place, and - somewhat bizarrely, for all that we appreciate the engineering involved - Dyson's Air Multiplier fan in third place.

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Motorola DROID OTA update fixes autofocus, more

Verizon have pushed out an update for the Motorola DROID, and among the changes are the much-anticipated fix for the Android smartphone’s unusual recurring camera bug.  The OTA update – AP:ESD56/BP:C_01.3E.01P – also improves battery life and speeds up visual voicemail notifiers, according to Verizon, together with generally addressing overall OS stability.

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Verizon DROID and HTC DROID Eris Android 2.1 update January 22nd?

Verizon DROID and HTC DROID Eris Android 2.1 update January 22nd?

We're filing this particular tidbit in the "we'll believe it when we see it" box, but according to Verizon the HTC DROID Eris will seen an update to "newer Android operating system software" in Q1 2010.  phoneArena's sources have suggested that the Verizon DROID, meanwhile, will get the Android 2.0.1 update on December 11th, while both it and the DROID Eris are expected to get Android 2.1 on January 22nd.

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Verizon OTA fix coming to address DROID photography woes

The Motorola DROID‘s bizarre date-related camera bug will apparently be addressed “within the coming weeks” according to Verizon, who are promising an over-the-air (OTA) firmware update that will prevent the cyclical “bad autofocus” issue from reoccurring.  The new software will also improve voice call quality, something the DROID didn’t have too much difficulty with in the first place.

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Motorola MILESTONE Expansys preorder confirms December 7th ship date

Motorola MILESTONE Expansys preorder confirms December 7th ship date

It looks like the tipped release date for the Motorola MILESTONE in the UK really is December 7th, as Expansys are advertising that the European version of the Verizon DROID will arrive in eight working days from now.  That tallies with the preorder listing spotted earlier this week, though the Expansys price is £10 higher at £449.99 ($743).

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Motorola MILESTONE hitting UK December 7th?

Motorola MILESTONE hitting UK December 7th?

Motorola's MILESTONE is yet to show up at any of the usual carrier subjects in the UK, but at least one UK supplier appears to be promising a launch date.  The Euro-spec version of the Android 2.0 powered Motorola DROID (currently doing duty in CDMA form on Verizon in the US) will, according to SuperETrader, land on UK shores come December 7th.

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Motorola MILESTONE gets second German carrier: Vodafone

Motorola MILESTONE gets second German carrier: Vodafone

There's nary a sign of the Motorola MILESTONE (the Euro-spec version of the Motorola DROID we've been so enamoured of) in the UK or indeed across the majority of Europe, but German buyers now have a plurality of choice should they want an Android 2.0 handset.  Joining O2 Germany is Vodafone Germany, who are now listing the MILESTONE priced from €99 ($148) with a new contract.

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