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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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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

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 DROID camera woes a date-related bug [Updated]

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.

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