Android 2.0

GSM version of Motorola DROID caught on camera [Video]

The Verizon DROID by Motorola may be getting all the headlines today, but we're already wondering when the smartphone might show up in GSM form.  One such device has already made an appearance in a Tinhte.com video, and while there's no extra detail about the DROID itself - bar the SIM card - it's certainly whet our appetites. Of course, what the video can't tell us is when the GSM DROID might arrive in the US or Europe.  An AT&T-friendly version has been tracked crossing the FCC's path already, though, so we're hoping it'll be sooner rather than later. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHLwcjXcJ9A[/youtube] [via SlashGear]

Android 2.0 gets Google Maps Navigation Beta [Video]

While we may have caught up with the main features of Android 2.0 earlier this week, Google have been keeping one surprise.  Google Maps Navigation Beta is an update to the company's free GPS app, initially exclusive to Android 2.0 devices such as the Verizon DROID by Motorola, adding in turn-by-turn directions, vocal prompts, speech-recognition and more. The software - which is likely to strike fear into the hearts of standalone PND manufacturers and GPS software providers - has Google search is built in; you can tap in - or, by holding down the search button, search by voice - an address, landmark or business and get a list of results.  Points of interest (such as gas stations) along the route are also given priority in searches, while both satellite mapping and Street View imagery is shown. You can place shortcuts to commonly-accessed destinations on the Android 2.0 homescreen, and of course there'll be integration from the Contacts.  There's also a new UI more suited for in-car use, which has larger icons and a predominantly voice-controlled menu system. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGXK4jKN_jY[/youtube] [gallery] [via SlashGear]

Verizon DROID by Motorola launches [Video]

As expected, Verizon have outed their first Android smartphone, the Motorola DROID.  The Verizon DROID by Motorola will be the first device to arrive with Android 2.0, together with a 3.7-inch 854 x 480 capacitive touchscreen, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and dual-LED flash, and OTA Amazon MP3 downloads. Connectivity includes EVDO Rev.A, Bluetooth, WiFi and USB 2.0, and there's also GPS along with Google's new Google Maps Navigation Beta for free turn-by-turn directions.  All the usual Google apps are loaded, and there's a 16GB microSD card in the box. The Verizon DROID by Motorola will arrive on November 6th, priced at $199.99 after a mail-in rebate and assuming a new, two-year contract.  We're meeting up with Verizon imminently, so expect hands-on video and photos very soon! [flv]http://medialink.vo.llnwd.net/o21/live/2009-10-28/37115_10Ny09-0004_Cesar_Droid_Final.flv[/flv] [gallery] [via SlashGear] Press Release:
Hello Humans: DROID by Motorola Arrives Next Week Verizon Wireless DROID By Motorola: World’s First Smartphone with Android™ 2.0 October 28, 2009 BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. – High-speed Web browsing, voice-activated search, customizable large screen, access to thousands of Android applications and hundreds of widgets and the best 3G mobile network in the country: DROID by Motorola arrives on Nov. 6. Verizon Wireless, the company with the nation’s largest wireless 3G broadband network, and Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT), a pioneer in the mobile industry, today unveiled DROID by Motorola, the first smartphone powered by Android™ 2.0. DROID by Motorola features the brainpower and breakneck speed of a modern smartphone, designed to outperform where other smartphones fall short. “We’re proud to work with Verizon Wireless and Google™ on the first smartphone to feature Android 2.0,” said Sanjay Jha, co-chief executive officer of Motorola and chief executive officer of Motorola Mobile Devices. “DROID by Motorola delivers a rich consumer experience with warp-speed Web browsing, a mammoth screen, and Motorola’s expertise in design and voice quality. Combined with Android’s open, flexible graphical user interface and the power of Verizon Wireless’ 3G network, DROID is a smartphone that simply doesn’t compromise.” “This is an exciting announcement for Verizon Wireless, as the DROID by Motorola is the first device that we are bringing to market under our ground-breaking strategic partnership with Google,” said John Stratton, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless. “DROID by Motorola gives customers a lifestyle device with access to more than 12,000 applications that will help them stay in touch, up to date and entertained, using the best 3G network in the country.” DROID by Motorola has a solid exterior, intelligent interior and is one of the thinnest full-QWERTY slider phones available. It is a no-fuss, high-tech, location-aware, voice-recognizing, over-the-air updating, multi-tasking machine – and it is available just in time for holiday wish lists. With DROID by Motorola, you can: Zip through the Web: Access the Internet at 3G speeds via the nation’s largest and most reliable 3G network or from any Wi-Fi hotspot. The multi-window HTML browser with a massive processor delivers the Web the way you expect. See it all in cinema-style: View the Web, e-mail, Google Maps™, videos and more in widescreen on a brilliant 3.7” high-resolution screen. Boasting a width of 854 pixels to reduce the need for side-to-side panning and more than 400,000 pixels total, DROID has more than twice that of the leading competitor. Run multiple applications at once: Customize your DROID with thousands of applications and hundreds of widgets available on Android Market™. Toggle back and forth between up to six applications at a time to juggle the universe and your apps. Perform Google Search™ at the speed of sound: Simply tell DROID what you’re looking for using voice-activated search, and it will serve up Google search results based on your location. If you want more, simply type what you’re looking for into the search bar on the home screen and DROID will also search content on your phone, such as apps and contacts, and the Web. Capture moments: Snap digital camera-quality photos with a 5 megapixel camera loaded with the works, such as a dual-LED flash, AutoFocus and image stabilization, or capture your friend’s antics in 16 million colors with DVD-quality video capture and playback. Store it all on the included 16 GB memory card, so you always have it on hand. Multi-task like a master: Keep tabs on all your messages with integrated Gmail™ and Exchange e-mail pushed directly to you, but don’t let them get in your way. With the handy Android notification panel, go straight to the message or simply ignore it, and get back to the task at hand. And, a smart dictionary learns as you type and automatically includes your contacts. Get where you need to go with Google Maps Navigation (Beta): DROID is the first device with Google Maps Navigation, providing turn-by-turn voice guidance as a free feature of Google Maps. It’s powered by Google and connected to the Internet. Use voice shortcuts and simply say “Navigate to [your destination],” and you’ll be on your way. See live traffic, use Street View or satellite imagery to view your route, and get access to the most recent maps and business information from Google Maps without ever needing to update your device. Pre-loaded Applications and Enhancements to Google Mobile Services: Google Maps: With layers in Google Maps, view geographic information, such as My Maps, Wikipedia, and transit lines, right on the map. Gmail: Multiple accounts support and undo for common operations. YouTube™: One-touch recording and playback from homescreen widget or app, one-touch sharing with friends, and the ability to view your own uploaded videos and high-resolution videos. Google Talk™: Easily switch between chats, search your chat history, and preview pictures and videos sent by links. Android Market: Browse and download applications created by third-party developers. Calendar: Ability to see who has R.S.V.P.’d to your meeting invitations. Facebook: Syncs Facebook contacts to your address book, and a live widget gives the ability to update status and view latest updates from friends. Amazon MP3 Store: Download the latest tracks over the air. Verizon Wireless Visual Voice Mail: Delete, reply and forward voice mail messages without having to listen to prior messages or voice instructions. Pricing and Availability: DROID by Motorola will be available in the United States exclusively at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online on Friday, Nov. 6, for $199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement after a $100 mail-in rebate. Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted. Experience the all-new DROID by Motorola at www.droiddoes.com. To get the most from DROID by Motorola smartphone, customers will need to subscribe to a Nationwide voice plan and an Email and Web for Smartphone plan. Nationwide voice plans begin at $39.99 for monthly access for 450 minutes and an Email and Web for Smartphone plan is $29.99 for monthly access. For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

Google out Android 2.0 Eclair [Video]

Google has announced Android 2.0 Eclair, and anyone with any doubts about the platform's prowess should take a look at the changelist to see just how serious the search giant is.  OS 2.0 brings with it support for multiple simultaneous Google and Exchange accounts, together with quick contact menus for speedier access to different methods of communication.  There's also a unified email inbox and SMS/MMS search. The camera now has native flash and digital zoom support, together with white balance, color effects and macro focus.  HTML5 support has been added to the browser, together with double-tap-to-zoom, and there are now thumbnails in the bookmarks pane. It's possible to set the SMS/MMS inbox to automatically delete old messages once it reaches a preset size, and there's support for Bluetooth 2.1 and the OPP and PBAP profiles.  We're expecting to see Android 2.0 appear with a flourish on the Verizon Droid by Motorola tomorrow. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opZ69P-0Jbc[/youtube][gallery] [via SlashGear]

Motorola Droid previewed while Verizon Droid army waits in wings

October 28th and the launch of the Verizon Droid by Motorola fast approaches, but according to the latest rumors, leaks and speculation there's a lot more Android 2.0 intrigue to come before 2009 is out.  BGR have previewed their Motorola Droid prototype and come away positively grinning; the smartphone has an excellent 3.7-inch display, highly usable keyboard and the best battery life and performance of any Android device they've tested so far.

Motorola Droid Android 2.0 boot up screen

Hot on the heel of recent Android 2.0 leaked screen shots comes the boot up video of the Motorola Droid (if this is indeed the real deal). Yes, this does indeed confirm the name of the Android phone heading to Verizon. There isn’t much to see yet but BGR noted, “more coming soon.”

Android 2.0 Eclair gets early preview

We'll never knowingly turn down a glance at the future, and when that future is what Google have planned for Android further down the line we're even more interested.  The BGR have obtained an early build of Android 2.0 Eclair, and set to detailing all of the major changes over the currently public OS 1.6 build.

Donut details continue: It’s not OS 2.0 and there’s no Multitouch, says official dev

After the excitement over finding new code in the Android development repository, it's now time for the usual clarifications, provisos and news tweaks that inevitably follow.  While Donut was initially suggested as being one and the same with Android OS 2.0, one of the Android framework engineers, Romain Guy, has spoken up to suggest than in fact Donut is not the same thing as 2.0. Perhaps more frustratingly for end users, Guy also maintains that there is no multitouch support in Donut, despite what initial feedback from the developer community may have said.  The touchscreen feature - which the current crop of Android smartphones are technically capable of supporting, though which Google's official Android code falls short of enabling - was initially believed to be present in Donut, along with such things as VPN support, CDMA support and more. The takeaway part to all this is the distinction between development branches and official releases.  As AndroidGuys explain, Donut is a development branch - a chunk of newly developed test code, patches and other tweaks - which Google is pushing out so that it can be tested, evaluated, and have OEMs check for compatibility with their hardware.  Some of those new features may find their way into an official release - we don't know if that will be 2.0 or any other release number, though Guy's comments suggest that it's not 2.0 as we expect it - while others will be put on the backburner or junked altogether. [Thanks Robert and simms22!; via Engadget]
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