Motorola DROID owners may have a way to enjoy the virtues of multi-touch on their device if they are willing to roll up their sleeves and do a little ROM flashing. Courtesy of the resourceful members over at AllDroid Forums, DROID owners can look forward to adding multi-touch capabilities via some recent successful firmware hacking of the Motorola Milestone, the multi-touch capable European version of the DROID. The video below demonstrates their success and they are now working on cooking up a ROM for the rest of us mere mortals. Take a look for yourself and let us know if you plan on flashing your own DROID so you can pinch and zoom on your DROID:
Mass-produced consumer goods, particularly high-end smartphones like the Motorola DROID, should have fairly tight specifications and excellent quality control, but sometimes allowances in specs and even end-user handling can create undesired results. If you have a Motorola DROID and your battery cover is feeling loosey-goosey, you will want to take a look at the video below created by Bryan at The Gadgeteer. He demonstrates how, in a few short seconds and a flathead screwdriver, you can keep your DROID’s battery cover in place. Take a look and let us know if this works for you:
Perhaps you have already received the over-the-air (OTA) update for your new Android-powered Motorola DROID from Verizon, or maybe you are still waiting patiently for it to arrive on your phone. In either case, a source has reported to BGR that more than 10,000 DROIDS have received the update already and there is already a new update in the queue that is allegedly slated for an end-of-January delivery.
There is no confirmation yet that another update is forthcoming nor what it will likely contain, but we do know that it will arrive in the same fashion — as an OTA update that will roll out to DROID handsets everywhere sometime around the end of January 2010. Stay tuned!
If you have an Android-powered Motorola DROID from Verizon Wireless, it’s possible you already have the new 2.0.1 update which started pushing out from Verizon today. The rollout will reach all devices within the next 48 hours, so if you don’t have it yet, never fear — you should have it soon.
The changes are reported to be minor: camera improvements, better battery life, improved call quality, Bluetooth, and others. The update will arrive on your handset as it is delivered over-the-air (OTA). If you have received the update already, please chime in and let us know what you think!
Thanks to Mobile Android China, we can get a preliminary look at some photos of the Motorola Sholes Tablet, expected to make its way into the marketplace sometime in the near future (and we use “near future” with a significant amount of vagueness). Here is a rundown of the specifications for the Sholes Tablet:
550 MHz OMAP TI 3430 processor
3.7-inch touch screen with 800 x 480 resolution
3.5 mm headset jack
8-megapixel camera with xenon flash
The Sholes Tablet is expected to have Android 2.0 at a minimum and possibly 2.1 by the time it officially launches. Please hurry, Motorola!
It appears that the Motorola Milestone, also known as the Droid, is allegedly coming to the UK on December 7th via online retailer Expansys for £449.99. Rumors abound that T-Mobile and Vodafone plan to release the Milestone in the UK, but as of yet, there is no official announcement.
The Motorola Milestone features Android 2.0, 3.7-inch touch-sensitive display with 854 x 480 pixel resolution, a 5.0-megapixel camera with auto-focus and video recording, GPS navigation, media player, and a microSD and microSDHC memory card slot.
It may not be an iPhone-killer (yet), but Motorola DROID sales figures are impressive over the weekend since it’s release on Nov. 6th. According to Broadpoint AmTech Inc. analyst Mark McKechnie, Verizon Wireless had 200,000 DROIDs in stock and may have moved at least half that number just over the weekend. Mr. McKechnie predicts that Motorola will sell 1 million Android handsets in Q4 and another 10 million (!) in 2010. Wow.
Robust sales bodes well for Motorola, Verizon, and perhaps more importantly, the Android platform. More DROIDs out there in the hands of consumers means more Android handsets and apps to come. Did you buy a DROID over the weekend? How do you like it?
Slacker Radio announces that their free app is now available in the Android Market, ready for download on Android handsets like the Motorola DROID and Eris. Slacker Radio offers up a library of millions of songs for Android users to listen to their heart’s content. According to Slacker:
Slacker, Inc. today announced that the Slacker Radio app is available for Android phones. Music lovers* can now listen to their favorite Slacker stations anywhere they happen to be on their Android-powered smartphone. The free application is available immediately by visiting http://www.Slacker.com from a supported** Android phone or by visiting the Android Market. Verizon customers using the new DROID by Motorola can locate the free Slacker Radio application quickly by visiting the Verizon channel of the Android Market on that phone.
Check out Slacker Radio on your Android and check out some more screenshots after the break!
There is some good news for future DROID owners. Not only is the Motorola DROID launching this Friday, November 6th, but Verizon will be offering access to the Verizon Broadband Access Connect plan for DROID users in early 2010.
What will this mean for DROID owners? If you need to access the internet on-the-go with your laptop and you don’t have access to Wi-Fi, you will be able to tether your laptop to your DROID phone to access and surf the ‘net. The cost for this service is likely to be around $15 per month on top of your DROID data plan. Who plans on tethering?
Are you preparing to call in sick on November 6th so you can camp-out at your local Verizon Wireless store and be the first to buy a new Android powered phone at 6am? So if, you might not have to. One of our tipsters, which happens to work at a Verizon store with slow traffic, say they have received a large quantity of Motorola DROID (100) and HTC DROID Eris (50) as of now. Furthermore, higher-volume stores will probably get double that amount. So maybe it would be better to just go during your lunch break or after work instead. But if you are still worried, you can pop on over to BestBuy today and pre-order the Motorola DROID to be guaranteed one.