Motorola Droid

Motorola DROID camera woes a date-related bug [Updated]

While much of the Verizon DROID by Motorola impressed us, one less than satisfying aspect of the Android 2.0 smartphone is its camera.  Despite boasting 5.0-megapixel optics, the DROID's autofocus was sluggish and the final shots mediocre.  Now, an ostensibly simple fix is promising to address the issue, and you don't even need to whip out the screwdrivers: in fact, all that's required is a soft cloth to give the DROID's lens a proper clean.

Updated: There's now talk that the camera issues were addressed with a "silent" over-the-air (OTA) firmware update.  That's not been confirmed by Verizon or Motorola as yet.

Update 2: The bizarreness continues; according to Google Android team member Dan Morill the autofocus issue is date-related, with the DROID cycling between 24.5 day periods of "good" autofocus and 24.5 day periods of "bad".  Since today marked the beginning of a "good" cycle, the DROID's camera will behave for almost a month, and Dan is promising a fix will be available before things go murky and fuzzy again.

Motorola MILESTONE gets O2 Germany listing for €550

Motorola MILESTONE gets O2 Germany listing for €550

While the US goes DROID crazy after Friday's launch of the Android 2.0 smartphone, O2 Germany are not far behind when it comes to the GSM version.  The Motorola MILESTONE - as the DROID will be known outside the US - was spotted on the carrier's site last week and officially announced on Monday; it's now being listed on the O2 Germany site, priced at €549.99 ($816).

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Motorola Droid Review

Motorola Droid Review

If you can predict a device's success by site stats then we'd say the Verizon DROID by Motorola is going to be a hit. A week after launch and the DROID is still topping the charts for reader interest, and you've been peppering us with questions and comments about the Android 2.0 device. Set to hit shelves this coming Friday, the Verizon DROID is already being heralded as the device that will change Motorola's fortunes; is that hyperbole, or is the DROID really that good? We've been putting the smartphone through its paces, so read on for the full SlashGear review.

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Verizon confirm tethering for Motorola DROID in early 2010

Verizon's apparent intention to show up AT&T and the iPhone at every turn continues, with the latest snook to be cocked being confirmed tethering for the Verizon DROID by Motorola.  According to the CDMA carrier, early 2010 will see the Verizon Broadband Access Connect plan arrive on the Android slider, likely priced at the usual $15 per month on top of your regular data contract.

Verizon DROID “Stealth” commercial leaks [Video]

Verizon DROID “Stealth” commercial leaks [Video]

Bombing customers with the latest smartphone, frightening horses and destroying many seasons' worth of precious forest loam - it's all here in Verizon's latest teaser commercial for the Verizon DROID by Motorola.  Unlike their first attempt at publicity, which basically took pot-shots at the iPhone, this new "Stealth" ad instead hopes to drum up some interest with a sci-fi theme.

Video ad after the cut

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Motorola MILESTONE official: DROID for Europe

Motorola MILESTONE official: DROID for Europe

Having been spotted over the weekend, albeit unofficially, Motorola Europe and O2 have officially announced the Motorola MILESTONE, the GSM version of the Verizon DROID.  The MILESTONE will run Android 2.0, just as with the CDMA handset, and has been confirmed for Germany and Italy on - according to Motorola Germany - at least Vodafone and O2.

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GSM Motorola MILESTONE lacks turn-by-turn in Android 2.0 Maps [Update: Confirmed]

GSM Motorola MILESTONE lacks turn-by-turn in Android 2.0 Maps [Update: Confirmed]

US would-be DROID buyers now livid by the European version of the smartphone's multitouch support can take heart in the fact that while the Motorola MILESTONE gives with one hand, it takes away with the other.  Mobile-Review's Eldar Murtazin has revealed that - on his pre-release Euro model at least - Android 2.0 lacks turn-by-turn directions in Google Maps Navigation.

Update: A Google spokesperson has told us that the reason turn-by-turn is absent from the MILESTONE is because currently the beta is US-only.

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Motorola MILESTONE (aka GSM DROID) adds multitouch [Video]

Motorola MILESTONE (aka GSM DROID) adds multitouch [Video]

Having heard over the weekend that the GSM version of the Motorola DROID - the Motorola MILESTONE - would be landing in Europe later this month on carrier O2, Mobile-Review's always-on-the-inside Eldar Murtazin has pushed out a video of the handset in action.  As well as swapping the CDMA of the Verizon DROID by Motorola for GSM/UMTS, the new MILESTONE also gains multitouch support in Android 2.0.

Video demo of multitouch Motorola MILESTONE after the cut

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 44 2009

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 44 2009

The weeks are just flying by, time change is this weekend so I hope you aren't late for anything. The holidays will be here before we know it. This has been another busy week in the gadget world. HTC has confirmed that Android 2.0 smartphones are incoming and the HTC Dragon is the likely first Android 2.0 device to come from HTC.

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Motorola MILESTONE (aka GSM Verizon DROID) confirmed for O2 Germany

Motorola MILESTONE (aka GSM Verizon DROID) confirmed for O2 Germany

We're still playing avidly with our Verizon DROID by Motorola in preparation for the full review this coming week - check out some first-impressions and highlights in the meantime - but according to a leaked O2 Germany document the GSM European version may only be days away.  The document lists the Motorola MILESTONE - with a shot of what's definitely the Motorola DROID - as coming to the German carrier in the week beginning November 9th 2009; in fact there's already a page for the MILESTONE on the O2 Germany site.

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Verizon DROID by Motorola highlights

Verizon DROID by Motorola highlights

We've been avidly playing with the Verizon DROID by Motorola since its launch on Wednesday, and while we think it's still too early to give a definitive opinion on the Android smartphone either way, we wanted to share some highlights.  The Motorola DROID could be one of the most important smartphones of 2009, so check out our early thoughts on battery life, the QWERTY keyboard, some camera disappointments and more, after the cut.

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Verizon introduces the leader of the DROID army – First Take

Recently I asked, if a DROID could take on the Death Star? Now, Motorola and Verizon, along with some help from Google launched DROID. I've spent the day with a device and here's what I think so far. First, Verizon was clear that DROID is going to be a family of devices running Android, Motorola's device will be the only one called DROID, others will be known as the DROID-XXX. DROID is the first Android 2.0 device and the Google branding points to the fact that this is stock Android. And I do mean stock Android: there are zero Verizon services on this device (with the exception of a non-branded visual voicemail app). No VCast. No nothing. One wonders if Verizon were willing to go to this length a few years ago, would the iPhone have landed on Verizon? Android 2.0 is a great update and finally is starting to feel complete. Compared to V1 Android running HTC Sense, it's a mixed bag. HTC’s UI is lightyears ahead of stock Android in my opinion but the DROID performs so much better than any Android V1 phone I've used and is nearly feature complete that it's hard to recommend a V1x device at this point.

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