Tag - Droid 2
A Motorola spokesperson has quashed expectations that the Droid 2 Global was to receive an update from Android 2.2 (Froyo) to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). After indicating through its user forums that an update to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) was imminent, a subsequent post has killed off any hope that an update would arrive soon, or even at all. The spokesperson said that the update was not rolling out, and could give no indication when any update might arrive.
Unofficial Android 2.3 builds have surfaced for Motorola's Droid 2 and Droid X handsets. Users who want to preview the latest version of Google's smartphone OS on either device will need to have root access, as Verizon and Motorola have yet to release official updates. The downloads, which are posted on My Droid World, reportedly include an adaptation of Motorola's Motoblur overlay, though it remains unclear if the UI will match the official release.
Motorola may be preparing to update the Droid 2 UI with several new features, according to leaked images posted on myDroidWorld forums. The screenshots show a Profiles utility, already available on the Droid Pro, that allows users to switch between different themes for home, work or the weekend. A Blur-like launcher also appears to be a new addition, with a similar appearance to many of Motorola's other devices.
The Droid 2 Global, widely expected to launch in the near future, has been tied to a firmer release date of November 11. A leaked image posted on Engadget also corroborates earlier reports pointing to an upgraded 1.2GHz processor. The Thursday launch date appears to be limited to the blue variant, however, rather than the rumored white edition.
Verizon has slipped yet another indirect confirmation of the Droid 2 Global, as the carrier has already posted a VZ Navigator variant specific to the forthcoming handset. The company recently slipped an advertisement for the device, confirming support for GSM world roaming, while a separate leak suggests black and white color options will be available.
A new hack may allow Motorola Droid 2 owners to finally take advantage of the device's FM receiver, which was spotted in teardowns but officially disabled with the stock OS. The hack, posted on the XDA-Developers forums, requires a rooted handset and a list of files pushed to various folders.
The recently leaked Motorola Droid 2 World Edition has just received some more leaked specs and performance numbers, again through a leak. From the photos of the system screen and judging by the Quadrant benchmark sent to Droid-Life, the handset will have an ARMV7 CPU running at 1.2GHz that helped it score 1709 points the second time around and 1566 on its initial run. In comparison, the previously leading Droid X scored 1431.
The Motorola Milestone 2 handset, which is basically a GSM version of the Droid 2, has been leaked by Motorola thanks to a promotional video posted on YouTube, though it has since been made private. The Milestone 2 will arrive in Germany, among other markets, though exactly when hasn't been revealed. Regardless of when it arrives, it will carry Android 2.2, bringing with it the ability to record HD video and support Adobe Flash 10.1 in websites.
Motorola's rumored Droid Pro is allegedly the same handset referenced as the Droid 2 World Edition, a source has told Engadget. The reason for the discrepancy remains unclear, as both labels appear to be worthy of official branding rather than an obvious code name. The source claims the World Edition is an exact replica of the current Droid 2, but with GSM/HSPA components integrated alongside the CDMA radio for Verizon's network.
Motorola's Droid 2 has already been dissected by the iFixit team, revealing the new CPU and overall construction. Texas Instruments' 1GHz OMAP processor is tucked underneath the DDR Mobile RAM on the motherboard, which also now holds 8GB of on-board flash memory.