It looks like Big Red is doing a little wheeling and dealing with its entire DROID smartphone lineup. Via the company’s web store, Verizon Wireless is offering online-purchasers of any DROID-branded smartphone an additional $100 off the subsidized, two-year contract price. With the new, temporary pricing schema in place, the DROID X (CPO), DROID R2D2, and DROID Incredible (CPO) will retail for the always enjoyable sum of $0. If those three handsets aren’t to your liking, the DROID 2 Global can be acquired for $99.99, the DROID PRO will set you back $79.99, and the DROID X (non-CPO) will retail for $49.99. Of course, the DROID BIONIC (not to mention the HTC ThunderBolt) is right around the corner. But if you don’t have that burning desire for the absolute latest and greatest, why not save yourself some cash? More →
Well what do we have here? It looks like a video of Verizon’s Motorola DROID X running an early alpha build of Google’s latest mobile OS iteration, Android 2.3. The software being demoed has a build number of VZW-TestKeys-280657 and baseband version BP_C_01.09.07P. As the video maker notes, Motorola’s BLUR UI is playing a much less prominent roll in this particular build. It is described as “a background service used to improve the functionality and linkage of Google Apps.” Very exciting stuff. No indication of when a non-alpha, non-beta, production ready version will be ready for public consumption… but it’s good to know Verizon and Motorola are actively working on the update. Hit the break, the video is waiting for you!
UPDATE: As several commenters have pointed out, this could be the ApeX ROM (which is skinned to look like Android 2.3) loaded onto a DROID X. We’ve reached out to the video’s creator asking for a little more concrete proof and will report back if they respond. More →
Thinking about treating yourself to one of Verizon’s DROID smartphones right before the holidays? You’ll definitely want to check out this latest deal from AmazonWireless. The online retail giant has the full compliment of DROID devices from Big Red — the DROID Incredible, X, 2, and Pro – on sale for a single penny for those opening a new line of service. The offer is good now through November 22nd and includes free activation. If you’re thinking about jumping over to Verizon, how can you go wrong with a deal like this?
Now, if you’re already a VZW customer, and the DROID Pro has caught your eye, Best Buy is offering the new candy bar set for a very reasonable $99.99 with a signed two-year agreement; that is a full $80 below the on-contract price being offered by Verizon. It also looks like Best Buy’s $100 offer is being served straight-up, with no mail-in rebate or other forms required. Man the holidays are a great time to buy a cell phone.
Let us know what you think of the two deals!
UPDATE: Wirefly is selling the DROID Pro to new 2-year contract signers for an even lower $50. [Read] More →
Moments ago, Apple released its Mac OS X 10.6.5 update to its customer-base. Fixes in the point-upgrade include:
• improve reliability with Microsoft Exchange servers
• address performance of some image-processing operations in iPhoto and Aperture
• address stability and performance of graphics applications and games
• resolve a delay between print jobs
• address a printing issue for some HP printers connected to an AirPort Extreme
• resolve an issue when dragging contacts from Address Book to iCal
• address an issue where dragging an item from a stack causes the Dock to not automatically hide
• resolve an issue with Wikipedia information not displaying correctly in Dictionary
• improve performance of MainStage on certain Mac systems
• resolve spacing issues with OpenType fonts
• improve reliability with some Bluetooth braille displays
• resolve a VoiceOver issue when browsing some web sites with Safari 5
The OS update is — purportedly — the first step in a three-stage software rollout due this week from Apple; iTunes 10.1 and iOS 4.2 are also supposed be released. Hit the “Software Update” section in OS X to get the new goodies. Enjoy.
Wondering just how much juice could be squeezed from your Motorola DROID X or DROID 2 after seeing T-Mobile’s G2 up-clocked to 1.42GHz? Well, wonder no more. Droid-Life is reporting that two users from Team DeFuse have managed to over-clock both the DROID X and DROID 2 from 1.0GHz all the way up to 2.0GHz. The blog also noted that the duo is working to “make the release stable,” which would be pretty impressive. We haven’t seen any benchmark statistics emerge from the severely over-clocked handsets, but we’re sure it is only a matter of time. Hit the break to see a short video showing the D2 running at warp speed.
UPDATE: Matt from Team DeFuse just hit us up with an update. He’s managed to ratchet up the DROID 2 up to 3.0GHz. Nice work Matt, keep a fire extinguisher close by though!
UPDATE 2: According to a tweet by the developer of SetCPU, this is all a hoax: “Okay, the 2GHz video is a deliberate and obvious hoax, not even confusion.”
UPDATE 3: Matt hit us up again with another, very not fake, video of his DROID 2 running at 3.0GHz. We can’t take all this blogging drama on a Friday. Hit the jump for the new video. More →
The gang over at Droid-Life have gotten the official skinny on the DROID X, Android 2.2-update release date. That date is: September 22, 2010 at 12:00 PM ET. The instructions seen above also detail that starting at noon you can manually pull the update down by going to: Settings > About Phone > System Updates; it appears as though you will not have to wait for the OTA to roll out in waves. There you have it. More →
It looks like Verizon has updated their DROID X support page, as it now indicates that the Android 2.2 update many of you have been waiting on is now ready to go. Blog Droid-Life is reporting that the update will be hitting handsets on Wednesday the 22nd… as in tomorrow. The update will bring with it Flash 10.1 support, 270-degree screen rotation, automatic application update, Google Voice Actions access, and several other improvements. Who’s excited? More →
Apparently Motorola thinks the antenna issues that are plaguing the iPhone 4 are a laughing matter. Based upon this full page ad that was published in today’s New York Times, we’d have to agree.
“[...] And most importantly, it comes with a double antenna design. The kind that allows you to hold the phone any way you like and use it just about anywhere to make crystal clear calls. You have a voice. And you deserve to be heard.“
That’s gotta sting a bit, no? Hit the bounce to check out the ad in full-sized glory!
Thanks, A.! More →
Say it ain’t so! There’s a rumor going around this afternoon that Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile were forced to abruptly end all pre-orders of the Motorola DROID X. As we understand it, the problem is that the number of units requested by Android-crazed customers greatly exceeded the number of handsets that will be on-hand come launch day. We’ve not been able to independantly confirm this, so does anyone have first hand knowledge of what’s going on? More →
We know that a lot of you are itching to get your hands on the Motorola DROID X, especially after checking out our glowing first impressions. And while the bad news is that you can’t have one to call your own until July 15th, the good news is that Best Buy is now taking pre-orders for the most badass Android smartphone to date. No money is required up front, and you’re guaranteed you’ll be able to pick up your shiny new toy on that magical Thursday without having to deal with any of those those stupid mail-in rebates. Win. More →
It might not be the most exciting leak surrounding the upcoming Motorola Droid X, but these sample photos taken with the phones 8 megapixel are intriguing nonetheless. Thanks to EXIF data we’ve been able to rule out that these images are a hoax. And that’s a great thing, because anyone who remembers how bad the original Droid was with photos in the early days surely will be beside themselves with joy over these snapshots. Hit the jump to check out another sample. More →
Remember those leaked scripts for the Droid X commercial? Well Big Red has just posted a portion of one of them to its YouTube channel. Being a teaser, it doens’t really give us any information, though it does indicate the handset will be launching in July. You know, just like we said. We cannot wait to hit up the VZW/Motorola event this Wednesday to (hopefully) get all of the details. Hit the jump to check out the ad! More →
There’s not really a whole lot for us to say here, but Verizon’s official Droid website is now showing the Droid X as “coming soon.” The site mentions that the Droid X has a 4.3″ display, “720p display” and HDMI output, and also allows potential customers to enter in their email address to get further details about the phone. Perhaps a press release will be coming along sooner than expected?
UPDATE: Verizon has realized its mistake and “720p display” now reads “captures 720p”. More →