Motorola puts kybosh on Droid 2, 2.3 update
A Motorola spokesperson has quashed expectations that the Droid 2 Global was to receive an update from Android 2.2 (Froyo) to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). After indicating through its user forums that an update to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) was imminent, a subsequent post has killed off any hope that an update would arrive soon, or even at all. The spokesperson said that the update was not rolling out, and could give no indication when any update might arrive.
Builds limited to rooted handsets
Unofficial Android 2.3 builds have surfaced for Motorola's Droid 2 and Droid X handsets. Users who want to preview the latest version of Google's smartphone OS on either device will need to have root access, as Verizon and Motorola have yet to release official updates. The downloads, which are posted on My Droid World, reportedly include an adaptation of Motorola's Motoblur overlay, though it remains unclear if the UI will match the official release.
Handset also said to add USB tethering
Motorola may be preparing to update the Droid 2 UI with several new features, according to leaked images posted on myDroidWorld forums. The screenshots show a Profiles utility, already available on the Droid Pro, that allows users to switch between different themes for home, work or the weekend. A Blur-like launcher also appears to be a new addition, with a similar appearance to many of Motorola's other devices.
Leak corroborates 1.2GHz spec
The Droid 2 Global, widely expected to launch in the near future, has been tied to a firmer release date of November 11. A leaked image posted on Engadget also corroborates earlier reports pointing to an upgraded 1.2GHz processor. The Thursday launch date appears to be limited to the blue variant, however, rather than the rumored white edition.
Latest confirmation of upcoming handset
Verizon has slipped yet another indirect confirmation of the Droid 2 Global, as the carrier has already posted a VZ Navigator variant specific to the forthcoming handset. The company recently slipped an advertisement for the device, confirming support for GSM world roaming, while a separate leak suggests black and white color options will be available.
Feature set now closer to Droid X
A new hack may allow Motorola Droid 2 owners to finally take advantage of the device's FM receiver, which was spotted in teardowns but officially disabled with the stock OS. The hack, posted on the XDA-Developers forums, requires a rooted handset and a list of files pushed to various folders.
Droid 2 WE to sport a 1.2GHz Qualcomm CPU?
The recently leaked Motorola Droid 2 World Edition has just received some more leaked specs and performance numbers, again through a leak. From the photos of the system screen and judging by the Quadrant benchmark sent to Droid-Life, the handset will have an ARMV7 CPU running at 1.2GHz that helped it score 1709 points the second time around and 1566 on its initial run. In comparison, the previously leading Droid X scored 1431.
Milestone 2 shows up in pulled promotional video
The Motorola Milestone 2 handset, which is basically a GSM version of the Droid 2, has been leaked by Motorola thanks to a promotional video posted on YouTube, though it has since been made private. The Milestone 2 will arrive in Germany, among other markets, though exactly when hasn't been revealed. Regardless of when it arrives, it will carry Android 2.2, bringing with it the ability to record HD video and support Adobe Flash 10.1 in websites.
Droid Pro identity still debated
Motorola's rumored Droid Pro is allegedly the same handset referenced as the Droid 2 World Edition, a source has told Engadget. The reason for the discrepancy remains unclear, as both labels appear to be worthy of official branding rather than an obvious code name. The source claims the World Edition is an exact replica of the current Droid 2, but with GSM/HSPA components integrated alongside the CDMA radio for Verizon's network.
Most components similar to original Droid
Motorola's Droid 2 has already been dissected by the iFixit team, revealing the new CPU and overall construction. Texas Instruments' 1GHz OMAP processor is tucked underneath the DDR Mobile RAM on the motherboard, which also now holds 8GB of on-board flash memory.
Special edition expected at launch
A leaked image allegedly shows the rumored special edition Motorola Droid 2 that is expected to be released in the near future. The Star Wars-themed device, linked via Twitter, features R2-D2 graphics placed on a white housing.
Adobe demonstrates Droid 2 with Flash 10.1
Adobe is showcasing the new Motorola Droid 2's ability to play Flash 10.1 out of the box in a new demo video (below). Other handsets, including the HTC Evo and Motorola Droid X, are currently in the process of getting the software update. The Droid 2 has hardware acceleration for Adobe's plugin, making for smooth videos and games shown off in the clip.
Diagrams show Android 2.2, Swype
Motorola's Droid 2 user guide has surfaced ahead of the handset's official launch. The document sheds light on a few unconfirmed details regarding the OS and other minor features. Diagrams appear to show the search menu for Android 2.2, corroborating earlier rumors that the device will ship with Froyo.
Droid 2 to ship with Android 2.2 on August 23
A new unofficial report from AndroidandMe has the Droid 2 launching at Verizon on August 23 instead of the previously believed July 19. This delay of sorts would be to have the first handset to ship with Android 2.2 preloaded, as the hardware looks to the finalized thanks to a hands-on review. The early phones were running on Android 2.1, but Motorola is believed to be working on getting Android 2.2 finalized.