Still hanging onto that old DROID2 or R2D2 while waiting for a phone that catches your eye? We’ve got some good news. Since it was updated to Gingerbread, rooting the D2 was a bit of a chore, but now a developer using ideas that gained the D3 root, has an easy way to root Android 2.3.4 on the DROID2. It also works on the R2D2 edition of the device as well, since they run similar builds.
On Windows, all you need to do is have the Motorola drivers and RSD Lite installed along with the file that developer phifc created. There is support for Linux as well for a bit of diversity. If you’re looking to root your phone to get a bit more use out of it, hit the source link below and happy flashing!
Still humming along on Tatooine, the DROID 2 R2-D2 edition has not been forgotten. Verizon and Motorola have both approved an update that will introduce a handful of security patches (likely breaking root), bug fixes, better data connectivity, and update VZ-branded apps. While this device will likely never see Ice Cream Sandwich, at least improvements to its current state are still being issued. After the update, your R2-D2 device will run Android 2.3.4. When support docs like this show up, an update is usually pushed within a week.
More info. The update is 12MB in size.
The LG Spectrum officially launched yesterday on Verizon for $199. The first commercial for it officially launched this morning, although we can’t stop scratching our heads over it. While the spot itself is actually worth a laugh, the fact that R2-D2 makes a cameo is simply odd (at first). After all, the Spectrum is not “DROID” branded and R2 comes straight out of Star Wars and and the mind of George Lucas where the word “DROID” is currently being licensed from.
In the end though, it’s obvious that Phantom Menace in 3D needed another plug and what better way to do that than through the wireless carrier Lucas is
in bed friends with. (more…)
And just as we reported last Thursday, the DROID2 R2-D2 Gingerbread update is ready and appears to be rolling out to users right now. A handful of readers reached out to us this morning to let us know that they received notification on their device to jump to 2.3 (blur version 4.5.602). Doesn’t appear to be any new Star Wars goodies included, but truthfully, we are just surprised and excited to see it even receive this 137MB update. (more…)
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
Poor special edition R2-D2 DROID 2. It’s now available for $99 after instant discount and having started it’s short life at $249. The device was supposed to sell out in minutes and even had parties thrown in its honor, but that apparently wasn’t enough to move the “limited” numbers available. Anyone interested?
Via: BGR, Verizon
We broke the news yesterday that the R2-D2 Droid 2 had seen a price drop to $199 and this morning, Verizon started telling the rest of world about it. Anyone on the VZW DROID email list should have received this email some time today to try to get them to buy this limited edition Droid. They even made it sound like the device would be sold as a “gift set” that includes a desk charger, ear buds and more, when we all know that stuff came with it from the beginning. Drop that bad boy to $99 and I may think about it.
Cheers Aaron and all others!
The R2-D2 Droid 2 looks like it may not have been such a hot item after all. With limited amounts of inventory apparently available at launch, the device was supposed to sell out within minutes, only that never happened. With devices sitting on store shelves for almost 3 months now and Verizon unable to sell them, the price has been dropped just in time for a last X-mas push to $199.