Motorola DROID Pro software update now available

By on April 26, 2011 at 12:39 AM.

Motorola DROID Pro software update now available

Motorola has announced that there is a new software update available for the Verizon Wireless DROID Pro. Unfortunately the patch will not update your DROID Pro to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), but it should reduce the frequency of UI lockups, offer improved audio during calls, and the following fixes:

  • Improved audio on voice calls.
  • Improved stability and performance.
  • User interface display now refreshes when user switches from GSM/UMTS communication to Global Mode.
  • Device now prepends 011 to Country Code to send SMS messages.
  • Global Mode no longer resets when connecting to a USB charger.
  • Visual Voice Mail now detects airplane mode while Wi-Fi is active.
  • Prompt return to full screen brightness after wake-up.
  • Upgraded Bluetooth firmware.
  • Improved interoperability with Microsoft Internet Application Gateway (IAG) configurations.
  • Device string format for Exchange changed to include device name and version number.
  • Upgrade to Google applications Release 7

For more information on the software update, hit up Verizon Wireless’ support forums located at http://www.verizonwireless.com/droidprosupport. More →

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Samsung’s portrait QWERTY Android phone for Sprint spied

By on February 2, 2011 at 8:59 AM.

Samsung’s portrait QWERTY Android phone for Sprint spied

It looks like Verizon Wireless’ Motorola DROID Pro won’t be the only device to bring the beloved BlackBerry keypad to Google’s Android platform for very long. Samsung appears to be prepping a portrait QWERTY offering of its own that places everyone’s favorite mobile keyboard beneath a touchscreen display. Details are very scare for the time being, but the presence of Sprint branding leads us to the obvious conclusion that this smartphone is headed to… Sprint. With Mobile World Congress less than two weeks away, expect an official unveiling soon. Hit the break for two more images of this upcoming Android phone. More →

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Motorola DROID Pro now $49 from Best Buy Mobile

By on December 5, 2010 at 3:09 PM.

Motorola DROID Pro now $49 from Best Buy Mobile

‘Tis the season, we suppose. Motorola’s latest, and most enterprise-focused DROID device has now dropped to the very appealing price of only $49.99 with new two year service agreement from Best Buy Mobile. Both online and physical store locations are offering the deal, and from what we have seen so far, this is the lowest out of the door price for this handset. Now, you’re ultimately going to have to make the call between the DROID Pro or the Motorola DROID 2 Global (if global DROID devices are up your alley, that is), but the price gap has definitely just been made a bunch wider. Make sure to check out our DROID Pro review to help you decide, ok?

[Via Engadget] More →

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Motorola DROID Pro Review

By on November 22, 2010 at 10:37 AM.

Motorola DROID Pro Review

Motorola is up to bat with their most competitive corporate device in years — they’re aiming squarely at the fine boys and girls at RIM — and coupled with the latest Android OS and the nation’s largest voice and data network, they mean business. Does that mean they have come up with the best business-focused handset on Verizon Wireless? How on earth will you be able to choose between a Motorola DROID Pro, a BlackBerry, or another Android handset? Hit the break to find out our thoughts!

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Motorola DROID Pro first impressions

By on November 15, 2010 at 12:15 PM.

Motorola DROID Pro first impressions

Verizon Wireless shot us over a Motorola DROID Pro handset this weekend and after spending some time with it, here are our first impressions of the little bugger. For starters, the device looks better in person than it does in the press / online photos. It is a little awkward at first, being a vertically-oriented display as opposed to a horizontally-positioned screen on a traditional BlackBerry, but after you pick up the phone and start using it, you realize this is the only way the phone could work. As far as the screen goes, it’s probably our biggest disappointment — the resolution. We realize it’s not a huge screen but 480×320 pixels in a world of 960×640 and 800×480 isn’t doing the DROID Pro any favors. The display is also not terribly vivid or crisp, and it reduces the powerful impact the DROID Pro has. Besides the display, though, the Motorola DROID Pro continues to impress us. Not because it’s the greatest Android handset released, but because of the purpose it serves. We joked with someone that this is the RIM Antichrist on Verizon, and it is. It’s a direct assault on RIM, and as BlackBerry-loving individuals, we actually love this phone. The keyboard is almost identical to BlackBerry Bold keyboards, right down to the placement of each key (besides the ALT and Shift keys, which are swapped) and keys’ shape. The keyboard is pretty easy to type on, though the keys are a little bit firmer than we would have liked. Hopefully that changes a tad with continued use.

We love the weight of the device and the entire experience of using a candy bar Android phone with a QWERTY keyboard. We even like how there is a programmable application key (in BlackBerry terms a right convenience key) on the right side. Something we can’t move past, though? The ear speaker. Talking on the phone with the DROID Pro is probably the worst of any handset we can remember. The ear speaker crackles, is distorted, and it sounds like there is some weird noise cancellation going on. Sometimes, audio doesn’t even come through. We have to believe this is an issue with our specific unit — we can’t imagine they are all like this, though we did confirm with someone else in possession of a DROID Pro that they have noticed some weird ear speakers issues as well. We’ll let you know in our review how it turns out as Verizon is swapping our unit with a different handset. Check out the photos in our gallery below, including some shots with a BlackBerry Bold 9780 — it’s on!

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Motorola DROID Pro launching on Verizon Wireless for $299?

By on October 24, 2010 at 3:57 PM.

Motorola DROID Pro launching on Verizon Wireless for $299?

According to Droid-Life, yes. They seem to have come across a public test webpage URL on Verizon’s site that show the pricing for the soon-to-be launched Motorola DROID Pro at $299 with 2 year service agreement. Now, it’s possible the price is just a placeholder, but $299 for a primarily business-aimed handset wouldn’t be out of bounds in our opinion. Especially with global roaming capability. Thoughts?

[Via Engadget] More →

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Palm Pre 2, DROID Pro, DROID 2 Global and CITRUS to launch November 11 on Verizon Wireless?

By on October 19, 2010 at 5:27 PM.

Palm Pre 2, DROID Pro, DROID 2 Global and CITRUS to launch November 11 on Verizon Wireless?

While AT&T and T-Mobile subscribers are beginning to enjoy their first taste of Windows Phone 7 devices, Verizon Wireless reportedly has a bundle of new smartphones ready to help keep subscribers’ minds from wandering this holiday season. New rumors place four sexy new smartphones on Verizon Wireless store shelves early next month: the Motorola DROID Pro, DROID 2 Global and CITRUS, and the just-announced Palm Pre 2. All four of these fine phones are said to be launching on November 11, leaving plenty of time for shoppers to get familiar with them ahead of the holidays. While none of the aforementioned handsets have the hype or $500 million marketing blitz enjoyed by Windows Phone 7, they’re all respectable offerings that will help bolster Big Red’s lineup ahead of you know what. More →

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Motorola DROID Pro world-phone detailed

By on October 5, 2010 at 9:18 PM.

Motorola DROID Pro world-phone detailed

The official press release from Motorola has just landed for the DROID Pro. Here is what we are looking at: 1 GHz processor, 3.1-inch touchscreen display, 2 GB internal memory, 2 GB micro-SD card included, 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with dual-LED flash, 3G mobile hotspot capabilities, DLNA support, VPN support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Android 2.2. We’ve got the official press release and a few more images waiting for you after the break. Let us know what you think of the new DROID family member.

UPDATE: A few more specs: CDMA 800/1900 EVDO-Rev.A, GSM 850/900/1800/1900, WCDMA 850/1900/2100, HSDPA 10.2 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps, 1420 mAh battery (1860 mAh extended life battery available), 134 gram weight, 320 x 480 HVGA resolution, aGPS, and “dual diversity” antennae. More →

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Motorola DROID Pro, World Edition and Tablet all found in Verizon Wireless systems

By on August 16, 2010 at 10:30 AM.

Motorola DROID Pro, World Edition and Tablet all found in Verizon Wireless systems

One of our Verizon Wireless sources has done a little digging for us, and we have turned up some awesome information. We exclusively reported that Verizon Wireless is gearing up to launch a barrage of Android handsets and devices, and we are now able to further clarify that report.

The Motorola DROID Pro, the handset with a 4″ display, 1.3GHz CPU, and global roaming capability gets the model number A957, and is set for a November launch. Motorola is also apparently working on a more business-focused version of the DROID 2 with a World Edition global roaming feature, and it looks like that device will launch relatively soon with the model number A956. If that’s not enough, it also appears that the phone will come in two color choices, black and white.

Moving on to the Motorola Android slab device — it’s listed and we’ve found the model designation — MZ600. We aren’t able to definitively confirm at this time whether this is the Motorola tablet (unlikely just yet) or just the slab form factor device we reported on (much more likely). If it’s the slab touch screen Android phone, it should launch with Android 2.2 and also be a World Edition handset. It looks like there are over 170,000 of those devices on order from what we can see.

As always, we’re working on following up on the rest of the leaked Verizon Wireless roadmap — Samsung and Motorola tablets, anyone? Couple more images after the break! More →

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Exclusive: Verizon Wireless 2010/2011 roadmap!

By on August 9, 2010 at 10:41 AM.

Exclusive: Verizon Wireless 2010/2011 roadmap!

One of our Verizon Wireless sources has dropped a whole bunch of info in our laps. We’re talking intimate details of Verizon Wireless’ plans for the rest of 2010, 2011 and even some 2012 plans. Android tablets, LTE MiFi units, Android 3.0, video conferencing, and a whole lot more. Read on for the full details! More →

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