Last week, reports emerged of a Texas man whose Motorola DROID 2 injured him when it allegedly exploded next to his ear during a call. Today, PCMag reports that a source within Motorola told the publication that the man’s claims are likely false. While PCMag’s source is not involved with the investigation and has not inspected the device personally, he claims that the DROID 2 in question “was a phone that got dropped. [T]he guy didn’t notice the glass had cracked […] so when he put it to his ear, he cut himself.” This explanation doesn’t account for the loud pop the man heard when he put the phone to his ear, but images of the device certainly don’t give any indication that an explosion occurred. PCMag’s source goes on to say, “[T]he only things that could explode in a phone would have resulted in a phone that did not work, yet this phone worked. And there was no explosive damage to the device (things inside blown outward, etc).” Motorola has not publicly addressed the incident since stating last Friday that it would launch an investigation into the matter. More →
According to a report from a local Dallas-Forth Worth Fox affiliate, a man was injured Thursday morning when his Motorola DROID 2 allegedly exploded next to his head. Aron Embry was reportedly trying to make a call when he heard a popping sound come from his phone. He felt no pain initially, but immediately felt blood dripping on his neck. Upon further investigation, Embry realized that the display on his DROID 2 “had appeared to burst outward.” He then drove to his wife’s job to have her take pictures before before calling 911. Embry was in the emergency room for several hours, where he received four stitches in his left ear. He did not suffer any hearing loss as a result of the alleged incident, and he said his DROID 2 smartphone still works despite the damage.
Dallas-area cell phone repair man Daniel Harrison said, based on footage of the phone after the accident, the damage “looks like it was actually user caused.” Harrison gave no evidence to support his claim.
Motorola said it would be contacting Embry to investigate the matter. Considering he drove to his wife’s job to have her take pictures of the injury before seeking medical attention, Motorola can likely look forward to hearing from Embry’s lawyers as well.
Hit the jump for a video of the Fox report.
According to a well connected Android enthusiast with a solid track record, Motorola’s DROID 2 is on the verge of a software update that will bring with it some solid new functionality. While no information is currently available along the lines of a release date for the new OS build, two attractive new features have been revealed. The first is the presence of DROID Pro-like device profiles, allowing the user to easily switch between multiple home screen configurations. The second major change is the presence of USB tethering in addition to wireless tethering. USB tethering allows users to connect to a laptop or desktop computer via USB, and then use their phone’s cellular data connection to connect to the Internet. For the time being, the only other tidbit we have about this forthcoming OS build is also a welcome one: it’s “wicked fast”.