Motorola sucks at launches almost as much as Sony did with the Move for the PS3. You’re right, that’s not accurate. Sony did WAAAAY worse. But still, we’ve got more than enough press shots, leaked documents, and even some official Verizon employee tutorial videos to make our own launch. Still, the time must come when a new device is official. Well, today is that day. Thanks to Motorola’s own site, we have confirmation that the Droid 3 (Milestone 3 when oot and aboot) is now available (for reals) in China via China Telecom’s CDMA network. All the confirmed specs are there, but here’s the short list of the stuff you’re too lazy (really?) to look up yourself:
Dual Core at 1ghz (Confirmed Tegra 2)
8MP Rear Camera with 720p (at least) Video Recording
16GB Internal Memory
World phone (CDMA/GSM)
4″ qHD Screen
And of course that gorgeous new 5-row keyboard
What I’m most interested in (being the kind of Android user I am) is whether or not Motorola is living up to its promise of unlocking those pesky bootloaders. Time will only tell, especially considering this phone will be on Verizon here in the states and they’re notorious for restricting their phones. Here’s to hoping you Motorola faithful!
Custom Gingerbread ROMs are abounding over at DroidForums.com! Yes, none are final but they are (in my humble opinion) finally ready enough for the real world. That means a featured post here on ADB! Both of the main ROM creators for the Droid 2/X have finally released some very decent, stable, and custom Gingerbread ROMs for your Motorola phone. Already got the OTA? No problem, these are just here to enhance your experience. Especially the Apex 2.0. His ROM had to be one of my favorites when I had my Droid 2. That favoritism continues with version 2.0 based on the latest Gingerbread available. His latest (RC2) build is really, truly 100% AOSP Gingerbread. No Blur whatsoever. This makes the pure Google experience of the Droid 1 totally possible and in my opinion is the ROM we’ve been waiting for. So long as there is at least one pure AOSP ROM for every phone, it will be a beautiful world. Bootloaders be damned, you can get a pure Google experience on your Droid 2 right now via the Apex forum here. Continue reading →
Anyone familiar with the bootloader situation for recent Motorola Android phones knows the sad truth of what happens when manufacturers decide to impede progress. They only slow us down. Yes, the outlook has been generally pretty bleak for anyone with a new Motorola phone, but XDA member kholk has given us new hope. I’m not even gonna try explaining it, but freemymoto.com has a great explanation here. As much as I can gather, it appears he has a way around the bootloader and all he needs now is a kernel to run. Which is great news for Atrix users and helps give hope to us Droid X/2 users. Kexec can work! Let’s pray eventually they get it running on our phones!
Oooh. That beautiful slab of black you see above is most likely the next in the heralded line of Droids from Motorola. Glossy black wrapped in chrome and sporting a great looking new 5 row keyboard, this beast of a phone has already been leaked. Yeah, I know my post about it is a little late and most certainly not exclusive, but I make up for it in original commentary. And my dashing good looks. Find out all my impressions, predictions, and fantastic wizardry with just a single click! Continue reading →
Well guys I know its been a while, but life happens ya know? And one thing you can always count no matter what happens in life is that the world keeps spinning. Including the tech world! One of our favorite devs, Fabdroid/@bigxie has done just that and released the “beta” version of his Apex ROM for the Droid X and Droid 2. Now this isn’t like what most people think of when they hear “beta”. Like he says himself, it’s “beta” in the Google sense of the world. This is no doubt a daily driver ROM. I’ve been going back and forth with other ROMs based off of various (read: waaaay too many) different leaks of the Gingerbread build from Motorola. ZombieStomped, Liberty GB, Rubix BlurryBread all come to mind and none have left me properly satisfied. Granted Liberty isn’t finished yet and I’ll of course be giving it a fair shot when it’s got some polish and finish. But until now there hasn’t really been “that” ROM based off Gingerbread for our Droid 2. In fact, this is one of the few I’ve tried that’s being made for the Droid 2. Most of the ones I’ve flashed that get updated are actually Droid X ROMs and then having the DXtoD2GB.zip flash file on hand. But this Apex 2.0 has really come along and I think you’ll be very impressed with how it looks, feels, and performs.
Keep clicking if you want to find out more in my in depth review and whether it’s worth installing for you or not! Continue reading →
I know it’s been a long weekend, but believe me I’m still kicking. I haven’t left here, I haven’t even started at my other blog yet! But I also have not been feeling the best. Sickness hit my workplace and after a long week of stay up probably a little too late I hit a wall and crashed hard. I’m recovering now, might be posting a lot later. We’ve had some great stuff happening for the Droid 2 (mostly the Droid X) over the weekend. But, thanks to Jboxen, we can try out any of those juicy new Gingerbread based ROMs on our Droid 2’s! I myself have taken him up on the promise of his DXtoD2GB converter file. This little magic file sets up the keyboard, camera, and other little fixes that make any Droid X ROM based on any Gingerbread link. That’s right, even that new leak that got sent out OTA to a few lucky Droid X users. You will have to double check in the .zip that there is no (RDL) folder or (BP) folders in the .zip according to Jboxen. Those are the files that upgrade the baseband for the radio and may in fact fry your phone’s. If they have those folders, try a different version. I can personally confirm that his latest update to include working bluetooth does work. I have a long night of flashing ahead of me, but I can confirm right now that the LexLight 4.1 (the version based on that latest GB OTA Droid X leak) does work on my Droid 2. Upon initial install the Market hot reboots on any app install, but a quick data/cache wipe fixes that up. From there it’s smooth sailing. I’ll be posting a lot more of my indepth Day 1 experience with this previously Droid X exclusive later. I’m loving it so far and will let you guys know how it goes. Anyway, just wanted to give you guys a heads up that I have NOT in fact left, you can still count on me for continuous updates throughout the week on all the Droid 2, Android, and tech/geek/nerd news you all can handle! I will also be starting writing for TechHog.com this week. You can check out my app reviews over there sometime this week. Till then:
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If any of you are following P3Droid on Twitter (and you should be) you may have noticed he’s been tweeting a lot about something he calls a “factory cable”. What exactly is it? From what I gather of his tweets, this special cable would connect to the device directly somewhere (I’m assuming the battery terminals?) as well as to the regular Micro USB B connection. This cable automagically puts the device into bootloader mode and allows for, wait for it, powering the device whilst flashing a ROM. This can be invaluable to the designated Android flash-a-holic in your family. I’ve already signed up to have my girlfriend buy me one for Christmas. He’s looking to get 100+ people interested to help drive costs down as (from what I understand) he and a friend will be making them by hand. This makes them both unique and useful. Costs are varying right now, but the goal is $20-$30. If you want to get in on the action, feel free to hit up P3Droid on his Twitter and let him know just how nerdy you are! Noobs need not apply.