10 years ago this month, Rockstar released Grand Theft Auto III to the world. An open world game where you were a lowly thug on the streets of Liberty City and things happened, bad things. No one knew that this game would change how almost every other game after it would play. So to celebrate this benchmark in video games, Rockstar is planning on releasing a mobile version of GTA 3 “later this fall” to a “select new generation of Android devices.” Those devices include the Motorola Droid X2, Atrix, Samsung Galaxy S II and even support for the Motorola XOOM, ASUS Transformer and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Rockstar says to “stay tuned for more devices to be announced” on top of that list. Noticeably missing though is the Xperia Play, a ‘Playstation phone’ made specifically for games. Seeing as how GTA 3 made a name for itself on the Playstation 2 this is an odd omission.
It will be interesting to see how well the mobile devices will run this game, but it is 10 years old after all and it did not have the same graphics or size that games these days have. As long as this is reasonably priced I will definitely be looking into this as a game for my XOOM.
The Android 2.3.4 update for the DROIDX2 is finally available to all. It has been out to soak test members for a week now, so the timing seems about right. You can grab it now by heading into Settings>About phone>System updates. Look at this slight bump in version as a stability enhancer. Nothing ground breaking to point out.
The list of bugs that are fixed can be found here.
Cheers to everyone who sent this!
If you are a part of Moto’s Feedback Network and own a DROIDX2, then you should be receiving an update for Android 2.3.4 this very minute. You can everything that it fixes here. If you don’t feel like waiting for the update to hit your phone, you can always run the SBF that has been leaked into the wild here. Just remember that that wipes your phone completely.
*Note – You will lose root when updating, but root is easily gained again using the DROID3 root method.
Not that this update is a surprise to anyone, but the 2.3.4 for the DROIDX2 finally received its changelog on Verizon’s site. The update – which already has an SBF available – will fix a dozen or so bugs that were introduced when it first picked up Gingerbread. Nothing major, but added polish is always accepted with open arms around these parts.
This week we found out that a “soak test” has been scheduled for owners of the DROIDX2. Details of what were to be included had yet to materialize, but this latest leaked SBF file (from the2dcour) for the device may give us a pretty good hint. The full SBF below will bring your device up to Android 2.3.4, is still locked, and does not appear to be the 3D Blur that we have seen on the DROID3 and Bionic.
Download: VRZ_MB870_4.5.1A-DTN-150-30_1FF_01.sbf.zip (334MB)
Good news is that you can still root with Pete’s root tool.
Another update for the DROIDX2 is on the way? I’ll be honest and say that I have no idea what it could be other than bug fixes. Is there a chance that the DX2 finally gets that 3D Blur love that the DROID3 and Bionic have been able to experience? Seems like it should knowing that it has equal specs to the D3 and should easily be able to run that version of Moto’s custom UI. I guess we’ll know in just a few days when the soak starts.
Cheers J, A, R and D!
Both the DROIDX2 and DROID Bionic are now supported by ROM Manager thanks to @koush and @cvpcs. You will need to be rooted and then bootstrapped in order to use it, but you probably already knew that. Official Bionic bootstrap should be out soon – the current version works just fine for now though.
For those new to ROM Manager, simply look at this as one of your best tools when it comes to switching ROMs, managing backups, and taking care of a variety of root-only tasks. One of the top 5 apps for rooted devices of all time, right here. Now we just need a whole bunch of ROMs to play with on both devices.
Cheers MistaWolfe, Mike, and Kevin!
Ahh yes, PenTile RGBW displays again – boy do we love talking about these. Instead of voicing our strong opinions on the use of these screens though, we wanted to try and stay positive this afternoon and pass along a tip that may help those of you with PenTile devices (Bionic, DROID3, DROIDX2). Over at the PenTileBlog, a recent post discussed the best way to save/extend battery life based upon the type of wallpaper that you use. As experts on the subject, they recommend that you choose wallpapers that use less highly saturated colors, meaning backgrounds withs lots of blacks or a mix of black and white are best:
In other words the worst case power consumption for a PenTile display is when you are displaying more than a minimal amount of highly saturated colors, regardless of whether it is red, green, blue or a combination of these colors. This is true even if the image is largely dark. The best power consumption, other than a totally black screen, would be to use unsaturated colors or simply black and white. The worst case power consumption for OLED is the best case power consumption for a PenTile RGBW display.
As an example, if you pop open the wallpaper app for your Bionic, you should try to skip almost all of them aside from the white and grey paper at the very end (pictured above). And if you need some other options, feel free to check out the Oreo Slice wallpaper pack that we featured a few months back.