Motorola Droid X finally available today alongside TV spot

If you weren’t lucky enough to receive one of the early Droid X shipped last week; today is you chance to finally get your hands on Motorola’s latest and greatest android smartphone. The Droid X is now available on Verizon‘s website for £199 with a 2 year contract or $269 with a 1 year Contract. Motorola has also launched a TV advertising campaign last night with a tv spot that you can watch after the break:

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Samsung Captivate spotted in the wild with its retail package

With the Samsung Captivate launch date set to July 18th it isn’t surprising to see the first shots of the retail packed and device itself. AT&T’s version of the Galaxy S will set you back $200 with a 2 year contract but who wouldn’t want to grab the market’s fast smartphone? As we have seen a few days ago the device’s  Humingbird chipset coupled with the PowerVR SCX540 GPU are unstoppable right now. Retail package picture after the break:

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Motorola Droid X shipping early

A bunch of lucky Verizon users have just received their Motorola Droid X a full week before the official street day. The situation doesn’t seem to be really widespread so don’t get your hopes if you have ordered yours not long ago. The latest theory is that the lucky few are customers who originally ordered an HTC Incredible and later switched to a Droid X. So Verizon is apparently rewarding the patience with an early delivery.

Source: DroidLife

Quake 3 ported to the Samsung Galaxy S

Elootos over at MediaCenterHouse has managed to port Quake 3 Arena to the recently released Samsung Galaxy S and posted a video of it on YouTube yesterday. What is interesting here is that unlike the majority of the “Q3 ported to XXMobile device” videos we can clearly see that this time the game is set to the highest level of polygons detail (look at the rocket launcher). The  S5PC110A01(Hummingbird) chipset is currently the fastest overall mobile chipset on the market now ( can’t wait to see how the  stacks up against it). Video after the break:

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Motorola Droid X review

The Engadget crew wrapped up the first Motorola Droid X review exactly two weeks because before retail launch of the device on July 15th. The review is principally a Droid X vs HTC EVO 4G comparison which is quite logical given that both device have nearly the same form factor and specifications. What comes out of it is that Motorola’s latest offering is probably the best Android handset to hit the market this summer but Samsung’s massive Galaxy S launch will probably overshadow it. Check out the video after the break:

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Motorola Droid 2 launching on August 23rd with Android 2.2


The latest rumors are pointing at an August 23rd launch of the Motorola Droid 2 with Android 2.2 on board. As we have seen a few days ago the current handsets are still running Android 2.1 but with the expected July launch of the Froyo update for the Motorola Droid it’s only logical to think that the lastest Moto hardware will be up to date when coming out the gate.

Source: Androidandme

Android 2.1 for HTC Hero officially being rolled out

The day has finally come! HTC Hero owners in Europe are now able to update their handsets to Android 2.1. The update is currently being rolled out OTA if you have a sim-free device (carrier handset will get it in the coming hours/days) but you can already download the ROM from several location around the web (but don’t flash it on your phone, it has only been made available for development purposes).

Source: XDA-Devs here & here & coolsmarphone

HTC EVO 4G OTA software update pushed out

Sprint has just started to push out an Over The Air update to all HTC EVO 4G devices this morning. The update number version is 1.47.651.1 but nointhg much is known about it yet but it supposedly improves the WiFI and adds WiFi N support. The File is 21.43MB so it may take a little while to download if you are on 3G (switch to Wifi and be patient).

Via: Engadget

Samsung Fascinate: Verizon’s Galaxy S

It’s now Verizon’s turn to get its own variant of the Samsung Galaxy S. This time it’s called the Samsung Fascinate, features the hardware specs you probably already know by heart but adds a LED flash ot the 5Mpix camera like the Samsung Epic 4G and will come pre-loaded with Bing Maps and Bing Search (didn’t know that there was a Bing Maps app on Android….) thanks to the Microsoft/Verizon search deal signed at CES 2009 and a 6-axis sensor (which is probably already present in the original). Check the full press Release after the break:

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Samsung Vibrant announced: T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S

T-Mobile is announcing today its own variant of the Samsung Galaxy S; The Samsung Vibrant. Unlike AT&T’s Samsung Captivate this one doesn’t have a re-designed form factor and looks nearly identical to the original handset and only lacks the front facing button at the bottom of the device. The Samsung Vibrant will launch July 21 for $199.99 on a two-year contract and will come with a 2gb-SD card pre-loaded with the movie Avatar, The Sims 3 Collector’s Edition. Full Press Release after the break:

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Samung Epic 4G announced on Sprint: The Samsung Galaxy S Pro with WiMax


Samsung has just unleashed the most highly speced smartphone ever today with the Samsung Epic 4G. The Epic 4G is actually the rumored Samsung Galaxy S Pro we saw last week in a leaked picture and it turns out that it is actually real and will launch on Sprint in the near future. No date or price have been announced yet. On the hardware front the Epic 4G is pretty similar to the Galaxy S with its 4″ Super AMOLED display, the same S5PC110A01 (Hummingbird) chipset clocked at 1ghz, the same 5 MPix camera capable of 720P recording but this time with a LED Flash (the other Galaxy S models don’t have one), a 6-axis accelerometer, but this time the handset sports a sliding qwerty keyboard, front facing VGA camera and WiMax cellular radio and a 1500Mha battery. Similar to its Galaxy S cousins; the Epic 4G still lacks an HDMI output (but features DNAL support) which is IMO a real shame. The Samsung Epic 4G will initially ship with Android 2.1 but Sprint has already announced that an Android 2.2 update will be made available soon after. Read the full Press Release after the break:

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Android 2.2 for the HTC EVO 4G lauching the near future

An Sprint Employee has just post on the company’s message board that the Android 2.2/ Froyo upgrade for the HTC EVO 4G will launch soon:

As work on finalizing the software is under way, Sprint expects to launch Android 2.2 in the near future. It also will be available as an upgrade on the recently launched HTC EVO 4G.

With the Android 2.2 upgrade, customers can expect improvements to include the following benefits: updates to user interface, improved EAS Support, improved browser performance, including Flash 10x Support, voice dialing over Bluetooth and application storage on external memory.

An early hacked port of the vanilla Android 2.2 rom is already available for the EVO 4G but I wouldn’t recommend to use it.

Source: Sprint

Android 2.2 Froyo coming to Motorola Droid late July and Droid X in August

According the leaked picture above the official Android 2.2 Froyo update for the Motorola Droid is scheduled to be released in Late July while the Droid X will have to wait until August. The Motorola Droid X will initially ship with android 2.1 on July 15th but Motorola Droid users can already flash leaked Android 2.2 ROM on their rooted device if they are brave enough.

Source: DroidForums

Motorola Droid X 720P video samples


720P video recording seems to be THE feature on all the latest high-end handsets launching this year. We’ve already seen the iPhone 4, Samsung Galaxy S, HTC EVO 4G and Acer Stream but is time to see how the Droid X gets the job done. The videos posted below were all shot with the current rom (which probably isn’t final yet) and looks fairly good IMO (better than the EVO 4G and Acer Stream but with same nasty pink spot in the middle..).

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Motorola Droid X hands-on video

 

Here’s an extensive hands-on video of the Motorola Droid X shot during the launch event. The build quality seems too be really good and the screen is definitely better than the one found on the HTC HD2 and HTC EVO 4G (the Droid X’s screen has a higher PPI thanks to the 854×480 resolution and an IPS panel resulting in better viewing angles and contrast). The new MotoBlur UI doesn’t look too fancy and gets the job done IMO. Check out the video after the break (btw, the clicking sound that you will hear throughout the video isn’t coming from the handset but from the Autofocus of the DSLR camera recording the video…).

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Motorola Droid X officially announced: Shipping July 15th for 199$

Motorola is currently holding a press conference in San Frasicsco for the launch of the Motorola Droid X smartphone. The device will officially start shipping on July 15th for $199 with contract (and after a $100 mail in rebate). Unfortunately the Droid X will ship with Android 2.1 and not 2.2. The Froyo update (which includes Flash 10.1 support) is said to be coming later this summer. On the hardware side of things, there nothing we really didn’t already know know thanks to the numerous leaks since May. The Motorola Droid X packs a TI OMAP 3630 chipset clocked at 1GHz, a 4.3″ 854×480 capacitive touchscreen (but the device is physically bigger that the HTC EVO 4G and HTC HD2), 8gb of local storage (and Micro-SD expansion slot and a 16gb micro-sd card will be offered in the box), an 8Mpx camera with Dual LED flash capable of 720P video recording, HDMI out, aGPS, Wifi, Bluetooth, DNLA support, Wifi tethering, 3 microphones for noise cancelation and will come preloaded with the Swype on-screen keyboard (the regular keyboard also support multi-touch).

Source: Verizon

Samsung Captivate early hands-on preview


Engadget has posted and quick hands-on preview of the Samsung Gala… Samsung Captivate handset expected to launch on At&T this summer. The Captivate is the AT&T branded and re-designed version of the Samsung Galaxy S unfortunately the device they had in there hands was supposedly a prototype with a lower clocked S5PC1101A01 chipset and still unfinished software (looks like AT&T is adding some crap to the OS…) Check out the video below:

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Google Maps 4.3 for Android adds Latitude and Transit Transportation

Google has updated its Google Maps application for Android with a couple of new features including integration of Google Latitude and public transit transportation.  Google must me applauded for all the updates and added features that are being including nearly every month. Microsoft is also doing a good job latetly thanks to the new Bing Maps applications SDK that enables third-party developers to create Silverlight based applications for Bing Maps (application that can be easily ported to Windows Phone 7 like Weather Bug) but the Bing Team really has to work on local deals to add basic features like live traffic outside of the US and UK, public transit etc..The Google Maps 4.3 application is currently available on the Android Market for devices running Android 1.6+.

Source: Google Mobile Blog

Motorola Droid 2 vs Motorola Droid hands-on video, benchmarks and specifications

The closer we get to the official launch the more info we get about the Motorola Droid 2. Android and Me has wrapped up a quick hands-on preview of the device and a couple benchmarks comparing the performances of the Motorola Droid 2 vs Motorola Droid. On the GPU side you can see that the Droid 2 is far ahead of the original Droid thanks to its 1ghz TI OMAP 3630 (which packs a the same PowerVR SGX530 GPU as the 500 Mhz TI OMAP 3430 in the Droid):

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