DROID Incredible 2 Update to Build 4.08.605.3 Rolling Out Now

The DROID Incredible 2 has another minor update available for it as of, well, right now.  The update is 32MB and improves email synchronization along with a couple of other data-related bugs. It’s nothing major, but you should jump into Settings>Software update now to pull it.  Always good to be up-to-date.

And since I know that some of you will ask, I still have not received word as to when the Thunderbolt will receive Gingerbread.  HTC told us we would see it by the end of September, so that gives them another couple of long drawn out weeks.

Changelog after the break.   (more…)

DROID 3 Bootstrap Released, Get Your Recovery And Backups On

This morning we had the pleasure of the bootstrap for the DROID Bionic being released and now all you lovely DROID 3 owners can have some fun too. Thanks to HashCode, users can start backing up and restoring from SD Cards, and even flash some soon-to-be available ROMs. Make sure to be careful when attempting these procedures.


Download: DROID3Bootstrap.apk

Video showing off the newly bootstrapped DROID3:  (more…)

As of Yesterday Verizon Started Throttling its Top 5% Data Hogs, Doesn’t Affect 4G LTE or Tiered Data Customers

Back in February, there were reports of Verizon’s plans to start throttling (data speeds reduced) or using “Network Optimization Practices” on their top data hogs (5%).  Policies like this clearly are not taken well by customers, however, until today we had heard very little about them.  In our inbox, we just received word from Big Red on this new practice with every little detail you could imagine.  I’ll just say up front that the policy sounds like the end of the world, but from our understanding, it will only affect 3G customers on unlimited data plans.


Pantech Breakout Headed to Verizon with 4G LTE on September 22

The Pantech Breakout is Verizon’s next 4G LTE phone to follow the DROID Bionic and is looking like the option for anyone interested in having high data speeds without having to pay upwards of $300 up front. We gave you a quick preview of the specs on this phone a few weeks back, but now have the full and official spec sheet to tighten up any loose ends.  The Breakout won’t blow you away in this day and age with its hardware – I’m not sure it was built for that though.  At some point, Verizon was going to have to offer affordable 4G LTE phones and this looks like it will be the first.

With its 1GHz single-core processor, front and rear cameras, 4″ screen, DLNA support and Android 2.3, it’s actually on par with most of the LTE phones on the market.  In fact, other than the Bionic, it’ll be the only phone running Gingerbread – yikes.   (more…)

DROID3 Update is Ready: Includes Google Talk with Video and a Massive List of Bug Fixes

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Earlier in the week we learned about a soak test that was being performed on the DROID3 which is almost always a clear sign that an update is just weeks away.  Today, we are seeing the changelog for that update on Verizon’s servers – another good indication that the update should be here in no time.  Normally when these things go up, we see the soak test begin within a day followed by the mass rollout within a week; assuming all goes well that is.

So what can we expect?  Google Talk with Video is the star of the show.  Other than that, we get 30 or so bug fixes that will help to make the device and its newish Blur that much more stable.  I found it odd though that they fixed bugs in some of the bloatware.  Because the only fix that can truly be done to bloatware is by giving users the ability to uninstall it.  Just sayin’.

Soak testers, be sure to let us know when this starts going down!

The new build is 5.6.890.  The update is 57.6MB in size. More info.

DROID2 R2-D2 Gingerbread Update is Ready, Yeah It Still Exists

What, you thought the R2-D2 version of the DROID2 would be left out of the Gingerbread fun?  OK, I’ll admit that I did too, but apparently we were wrong.  The 2.3 update appears to be ready (a support page usually indicates that) and could start rolling out within the next couple of weeks.  Not sure if there will be a soak test or not.  Too our R2 owners, be sure to let us know if you see anything after going to:

Settings>About phone>System updates

Cheers ___!

DROID3 Update Coming This Month, Soak Test Set to Begin

DROID3  owners have been begging for an update after the device launched to hopefully help fix an odd battery issue and also add in Google Talk with Video.  According to an email that was sent out to a number of our readers, that update will arrive some time this month.  A soak test for members of Motorola’s Feedback Network will be invited to grab the update early (as in the next couple of days) and report back on any serious bugs.  After that, the rest of you will be able to enjoy.

Cheers M and E!

Sprint Files Suit to Block Proposed AT&T and T-Mobile Merger [from AL]

Sprint really hates the idea of AT&T and T-Mobile joining forces.  After months of public criticism towards the proposed merger, they have now filed suit as a related case to the one filed just last week by the Department of Justice.  Here is a quote from Sprint’s VP of litigation:

“Sprint opposes AT&T’s proposed takeover of T-Mobile,” said Susan Z. Haller, vice president-Litigation, Sprint. “With today’s legal action, we are continuing that advocacy on behalf of consumers and competition, and expect to contribute our expertise and resources in proving that the proposed transaction is illegal.”

Yeah, it has officially gone grimey up in here.  More coverage at Android Life.

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