After posting rumors of a new Motorola smart phone we felt it was only right to post something new from HTC. Chris Ziegler @ Engadget Mobile has made our day with news of a new Android 2.1 smart phone headed to Verizon. The codename was discovered in a leaked rom from HTC, but it could be simply an internal codename used by the developers.
Regardless of the name, this is a good sign that a new Android 2.1 phone is on the way. Earlier information suggested the Phone would be called the HTC Passion, HTC Bravo or HTC Dragon and would have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1GHz CPU equipped with a 3.5-inch multi-touch OLED display.
BGR reports today that the Motorola A55 Devour or also known as the Motorola Calgary could be the next Verizon Droid due for a release in early 2010. The Calgary was first introduced almost a year and ago and generated quite the Buzz. Lately rumors of this device have been almost non-existent. We thought this to be a "Mini-Droid" with an optical joystick, QWERTY keyboard, 3.5mm headset jack, GPS, digital magnetometer, Wi-Fi, microSD card slot and a spring-assisted slider. BGR says "The Devour will be the DROID’s little brother and is expected to arrive in early 2010 with Android 2.1, MOTOBLUR and a 3 megapixel camera" This appears to be more of an entry level phone from Motorola designed to compete with the HTC Eris price range.
Best Buy is bringing in the Holidays by offering the Verizon Droid Eris by HTC for FREE with a 2-Year new activation or $29.99 with an upgrade / add-a-line / 2 year activation. This offer is good until 12/26/2009, so if you haven't decided on which Droid to get or looking for a great xmas gift, this might help influence your decision.
HTC officially released a new set of widgets into the Android Marketplace yesterday designed exclusively for HTC Eris and HTC Hero. The free set includes Tip Calculator, Dice, Today in History, and Battery. This comes a day after HTC demanded that Beautiful Widgets developer, LevelUp Studio remove its Sense-like widgets from the Android marketplace.
Battery Version 0.95
Tap the widget to see more battery information. this widget is only
for htc hero & droid eris. quietly brilliant
Dice Version 0.90
Tap the dice first, and then simply shake (do not throw!) your phone
to "throw" the dice.
Tip Calculator Version 0.90
You can adjust the tip percentage and the number of people in the
group before calculating.
Today in History Version 0.96
In this widget, learn about significant events and famous people who
were born or who died on this day in history. Tap a link to view the
corresponding article on Wikipedia.
Indaba Music is running a competition to see who can make a song utilizing only the built in sound samples of either the iPhone or the Droid. We need to get the word out there so the Droid community can represent!
If you've got any musical skills at all, putting together a remix right now is the way to show it. You can find out more about the program here:
Do you have an HTC Eris and feel left out from all the Motorola DROIDs getting OTA updates? Well fret no more because one for you is on the way.
Verizon just let us know that an OTA update for the HTC DROID Eris is being pushed to handsets at about midnight this evening. The ROM is 1.16.605.1 and the radio version is 184.108.40.206.09 for those inquiring minds. Just as Motorola’s OTA update worked, the DROID Eris will as well — slowly to a small group of people, then expanding over the coming days. Here’s a brief list of some of the fixes and you can always check the documentation on Verizon’s site.
While on a call and the device is in screensaver mode, pressing the End key now takes the device out of screensaver mode, and a second press will end the call.
On-call mute and speakerphone icon functionality is enhanced.
Upgraded functionality after activation eliminates the delay users were experiencing in receiving their first call.
Device now switches effectively from 1x mode to 3G.
Device no longer requires users to reselect a default email after power cycling.
SMS and MMS messaging delivery is improved.
Eighty-character MMS/SMS message subject lines are now allowed
Improved picture messaging functionality allows messages from LG phones to be opened.
Rename the file to update.zip and place it the root directory of your SD Card.
Power off the phone.
Power on the phone, while holding the 'X' on the physical keyboard.
When you see the triangle and !, press Volume Up + Camera button.
Navigate to "apply update.zip" and press the gold button (center) on the D-Pad. Now it will install.
Reboot phone (should take 3-4 minutes).
Your DROID is now running 2.0.1 instantly without waiting.
DROIDFORUMS.net is not responsible for anything that happens to your phone by following the instructions above. Doing the update manually is at your OWN risk and the staff of these forums is not responsible for bricked or broken phones.
Before the Motorola Droid was released, discussions of rooting it were already in progress. 5 short weeks later and now it has been done! Zinx Verituse will be a name that goes down in history as the first to finally root the Droid. For more information, checkout our Droid Root discussion here: Droid Finally Rooted
For those that have no idea what I'm talking about, please take a look at the Droid Root FAQ and Warnings posted by Phamous: Droid Root FAQ
Ai.rs surprises us with great news today after the disappointing rumors floating around yesterday of the delayed HTC Passion. Turns out the HTC Passion aka HTC Bravo might now be available in the US as early as next month, three months ahead of the expected European release. Check out the new leaked photo (pictured above) of the phone.