Update: The contest is up! If you want to win 1 of 5 R2-D2 Droid 2′s, all you have to do is retweet this @MotoMobile tweet. Winners will be announced on 10/20.
Motorola’s official Twitter account (@MotoMobile) is gearing up to launch a new contest which will give a lucky follower the chance to win a special edition R2-D2 Droid 2. Contest details have not been released, so you’ll want to follow them if this is something that interests you. What we’re wondering though, is why are there any left to give away? (more…)
Verizon informed us that the Star Wars Empire Strikes Back app was scheduled to be released on 10/4, but it looks like they had a slight push back to 10/5 as the app is now available in the Android Market. Well, for “select” Verizon Android phones that is.
The release of this app comes just 7 days after the R2-D2 Droid 2 launched and also celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Star Wars saga. We haven’t heard numbers yet, but you can still order the special edition D2 online, so we’re only going to assume that the device didn’t quite sell as expected. Maybe the release of this app will get the Star Wars fanboys excited?
You can find the app for free under the Verizon section in the market, but will cost you $2.99 after download to unlock certain featured content such as the live wallpapers, widgets and sound boards.. I should also mention that the $2.99 will be charged to your bill and not through the normal Google Checkout procedure.
Here are some of the features:
There are 4 sections based off of scenes from the movie Empire Strikes Back which include a live wallpaper, movie clip, photo gallery, soundboard, and widgets.
To celebrate 30 years of Star Wars, the R2-D2 Droid 2 hit stores yesterday, but during its announcement earlier in the week, we were told to expect a special Empire Strikes Back app to be landing on the market “soon.” The app will launch for $2.99 and feature a ton of Star Wars content like sound and photo galleries, live wallpapers, trivia challenges and even some widgets. We had no official date on the release, but today we were told from sources that Monday, 10/4 is current scheduled date assuming there are no setbacks.
The R2-D2Droid 2 lock screen has been pulled from the phone’s system dump and is flashable to both the Droid X and Droid 2 as a MetaMorph theme. The process is pretty simple, but at this time is only available to rooted users. I’ve included this in the instructions, but PLEASE MAKE A BACKUP. Any time you are tweaking framework on a phone, you need to have a backup ready to rock in case something goes wrong.
*Warning* – There is risk involved when flashing custom ROMs, themes or rooting your device. You accept all responsibility should something happen to your phone during this process. You’ve been warned.
4. Download and install MetaMorph from the market.
5. On your SD card, create a folder called AndroidThemes.
6. Download the lockr2d2.zip from above and unzip into your AndroidThemes folder.
7. Open MetaMorph, allow it to perform checks and give it superuser access when prompted.
8. Choose “Pick existing theme” and then tap the “lockr2d2.xml” file.
9. Tap on “SubTheme: framework-res.apk” and apply it.
10. Your phone will load the new framework and will more than likely reboot.
11. When it reboots, you should have your new Star Wars lock screen!
If you were interested in picking up the special edition R2-D2 Droid 2, then head over to verizonwireless.com now. The phone, which we gave you a walkthrough of earlier, is available as expected for $249 after instant $100 online discount or $599 full retail. With your purchase, you also receive the special edition multimedia dock, a set of Motorola headphones and pre-installed 8GB SD card.
Many have speculated that this device won’t stay in stock long, so you may want to jump on this immediately.
Anyone pick one up yet? Anyone at one of the parties? Send us your pics!
We had a few minutes of hands-on time with the special edition R2-D2 Droid 2 today and dug into one of the main rumors that was floating around about the phone’s processor. Is it clocked at 1.2GHz like the Droid 2 Global? The answer is no. The R2-D2 is at the same 1.0GHz that the original Droid 2 is at, but we have a feeling this will change in a later update. After all, these phones all have the same exact processor, the D2 Global is just clocked higher. Oh well right?
And back to the phone! It’s exactly as you have already heard (and seen), a Droid 2 that has been themed to look like an R2-D2 unit. I will say, that they’ve done a great job with the outside of the device and all of the special features tucked into the OS. For the first special edition Droid, Moto and Verizon have come up with a winner. This is definitely a collector’s item for all of the Star Wars gurus out there.
The phone launches tonight at midnight online and in select stores for $249 on contract after $100 mail-in-rebate. Full retail price is rumored to be $599.
If you purchase one, you’ll find a couple of extra goodies in the box including the special edition multimedia dock and a set of Motorola headphones. There is your extra $50 people. Stop complaining about the price!
Here you go Star Wars fans, the ultimate guide to finding the R2-D2 Droid 2 launch party near you. We’ve covered as many of the big places as we can, but we’ll be updating throughout the day as we get more info. And let us know in the comments if you find anything else out! (more…)
If you are in Portland, OR and want the chance to win an R2-D2 Droid 2 or just geek out with a bunch of Storm Troopers, then Thursday the 30th is your day. The special edition D2 launches and the Pioneer Place store is throwing a party.
Oh and if you don’t want the R2-D2 model, but wanted say the Droid X instead, you can buy that and get a free t-shirt. Fair enough right? Full press release after the break. (more…)