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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.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE