I was recently diving through many older Droid Life posts — like, 2009 and 2010 posts — and came across a device that everyone seemed very hyped about. At the time, the OG DROID was still a very popular device among Android owners, but many of them were getting ready to find a worthy successor to their new-found Android love. The Motorola Shadow, as it was known among the blogs, seemed to be the phone many of us wanted. (more…)
Engadget appears to be the first tech site to get a hold of the new Droid X by Motorola long enough to do a quick writeup. They put this beast to test by showing off it’s 720p video capabilities, new Motoblur, its size in comparison to competitors, a new keyboard, and so much more.
Some of the highlights…
- Hardware: Looks slightly bigger than the EVO and has far more exterior details.
- Screen: Might actually be 4.4″ and is incredibly crisp.
- Motoblur: Running Android 2.1 and not what anyone expected but seems to be solid.
- Camera: 8MP is nice, but the actual camera button made pics unclear at times.
- Keyboard: Official Swype comes preinstalled and includes multi-touch.
- Performance: The speed is remarkable.
Like I said, they put together a pretty good review for only having the device for a short period of time. They also have videos and an entire gallery that you must see.
Check out the rest of their writeup here.
We told you that the official Droid X announcement was coming next week. (Insert giant smiley.)
Next Wednesday, June 23rd, Motorola and Verizon will take the stage with Google and Adobe to announce their next lineup of Droid devices which we’ve given a ton of coverage to over the last few weeks. (Droid 2 exclusives anyone?) We won’t be there, but don’t worry, we’ll have plenty of coverage as always.
Coincidence that this comes the day before the iPhone is released?
Cheers Tabe and Eugene!
Usually our breaking news has to do with pictures or videos of new devices and their specs, but today, we’re going straight off of Verizon word. There has been a ton of speculation surrounding the release of the Droid X and Droid 2 by Motorola and we finally have a date for the release of at least one of them from multiple sources.
Over the last couple of days, Verizon stores were told to place t-shirt orders (like during the Droid Incredible launch) and prepare for an early opening with full staff on July 19th for the Droid X with new merchandising taking over store windows on the 18th.
The official announcement will be made by Verizon next week. (About time right?)
Start saving people, you have 34 days to find an extra lump of cash.
Who’s getting one?
In one of the new Droid X commercials just leaked by DL, we were introduced to a new multimedia app called EyeCon which sounded as if it could give you full control to every media device in your house. It also had us drooling. So what exactly is EyeCon?
We just received this EyeCon site from a reader which looks to be the exact software mentioned in that commercial spot. I recommend that you take a few minutes to browse through some of their video overviews and you’ll immediately see how amazing this app would be on a 4.3″ Droid X display.
You’ll also notice the “Android coming soon!” note in the top right corner.
Over the weekend we got a hold of the commercial slides and scripts for the new batch of Motorola Droid 2 and Droid X commercials that are slated to run as we get closer to launch next month. After reading the scripts on these slides, you get a great feel for the level of power plus the new user experience you can expect from these 2 devices. You should really be excited after reading these.
First up is the slide at the top of the post and is the new commercial called “Digits”, made specifically for the Droid 2 (or D2). The biggest details we get from this appear to be its newly found grasp of Email Exchange, the upgraded keyboard and a 1.0GHz processor. Yep, the same 1.0GHz processor our initial source mentioned back in April. Here is the voice over part of the script…
“‘Does’ used to do a lot. Now it does even more. Now it does Email Exchange, so you can be hooked up to everything thing you need to do. Now it does 1.0GHz speed on a sleeker, more intuitive keyboard. It does and does and does. And the only thing it doesn’t do is ask for time off.”
Does 1.0GHz change your mind on the Droid 2? It definitely helps ease mine.
Two more commercial slides for the Droid X after the jump! (more…)
The Droid X is popping up everywhere and in new fashions all the time. Check out the latest photos which compare it to the size of the EVO 4G, the iPhone and in a battle that brought instant cackling laughter, to the Droid Eris. If you thought the EVO was maybe a little too big and bulky, you can think again. The Droid X is well, big baby. (Not Davis.)
We also get a couple of additional details with these pics. That is definitely the new version of MotoBlur. You can see the Twitter widget on screen, plus a new calendar/clock/Beautiful Widgets looking thing. Damn that screen has some real estate.
And lastly, some specs from the postee (maddigital):
No front facing camera
Magnet sensors trigger dock and car mount modes
Quadrant System info reads..
CPU (if i keep refreshing the current cpu freq modulates)
Name: ARMV7 Processor Rev 2 (V7i)
Current Req: 1000mhz
Max req: 1000MHZ
Min FReq: 300 MHZ
Cores – 1
Vendor: IMAGINATION TECHNLOGIES
Renderer: PowerVR SGX 530
Version: OpenGL ES-CM 1.1
No Sim Slot
Power button and Home button wake the screen when locked
Source: Android Forums
Cheers Erik, Joe, Matrix2004!
Rumors just surfaced that the Droid X (Xtreme) will be launching sometime in July (Yay!) and will feature a custom UI which is now being called “ShadowBlur” instead of Motorola’s previously awful MotoBlur. That pretty much matches up to what our sources have been saying for quite some time now.
The second part of these latest rumors pegs an August release date for the Droid 2 which will surprisingly be upgraded to Android 2.2. And then this is where varying stories from sources make everything a giant mess.
Our sources are standing by a July release date for both the Droid 2 and the Droid X. It should also be pointed out that the Droid 2 that we showed you yesterday was still running Android 2.1, so unless there has been some sort of a last minute delay to include 2.2 and a pushed back release date, there is still a good chance we’ll see them both in a matter of weeks.
Either way, we should all be getting “Xtremely” excited for both devices. (Yes! My Friday cheeseball moment.)