Motorola Droid X

Motorola Droid X and HTC Incredible Pushed Back to August

One of the problems with having one of the most sought-after smartphones in the market, is the fact that the manufacturers tend to have a lot of problems keeping them in stock. It has actually been a pretty big problem since the beginning of the Summer, at least, and there doesn't look like there's a solution in the near future. While the Incredible's been out of "immediate satisfaction" categories since pretty much its inception into the market, there was a few people out there hoping that the Droid X wouldn't fall into the same territory. That's not happening, though.

Droid X Ad “Eagle Eye” Shows Off Blockbuster App

These advertisements for the Motorola Android devices, at least the ones that matter (not you, DEVOUR), are getting pretty ridiculous. And not in a bad way. We understand that Verizon's pushing out a lot of money for marketing, and that's why we're going to keep seeing these ads that have the same kind of production values as a moderately good Sci-Fi flick on SyFy Channel (maybe that is a bad thing?). Either way, here's another one for your viewing pleasure.

Motorola Droid X All Set for Software Update

A day before the Droid X went on sale, there were several folks out there reporting that the handset was already getting an OTA software update. As far as we can tell, it certainly hit every "test" device out there already available on the market, and now it looks like Verizon's all set to launch the same update for the rest of the Droid Xs out there.

Motorola: eFuse does prevent unofficial ROMs but won’t brick your phone

Motorola has denied the eFuse technology used in its Android smartphones will leave customers handsets "bricked" if they attempt to install unofficial ROMs, though the company concedes that the system will indeed be non-functional with anything other than Motorola firmware.  "If a device attempts to boot with unapproved software" Motorola explains, "it will go into recovery mode, and can re-boot once approved software is re-installed."
"Motorola's primary focus is the security of our end users and protection of their data, while also meeting carrier, partner and legal requirements. The Droid X and a majority of Android consumer devices on the market today have a secured bootloader. In reference specifically to eFuse, the technology is not loaded with the purpose of preventing a consumer device from functioning, but rather ensuring for the user that the device only runs on updated and tested versions of software. If a device attempts to boot with unapproved software, it will go into recovery mode, and can re-boot once approved software is re-installed. Checking for a valid software configuration is a common practice within the industry to protect the user against potential malicious software threats. Motorola has been a long time advocate of open platforms and provides a number of resources to developers to foster the ecosystem including tools and access to devices via MOTODEV at http://developer.motorola.com."
It seems the real difference between the rumors earlier in the week and the truth about eFuse - which is found in the DROID X, DROID 2 and other Motorola Android devices - is that users themselves will be able to "restore" their handsets rather than needing to send them off to Motorola to be reflashed.  That's certainly the implication from the official statement.  However, the end result is the same: if you want an Android device that's open to the various third-party ROMs available, Motorola probably shouldn't be your first port of call.

Motorola bootloader could brick ROM-tampered phones

When we wrote yesterday about Motorola's confirmation that the DROID X, DROID 2 and - most likely - all future Android handsets from the company would come with a locked bootloader and thus make hacking pretty difficult, we didn't realise quite how difficult it would actually be.  According to MyDroidWorld, Motorola's locking system uses a so-called eFuse chip that verifies the handset's firmware (i.e. the ROM), the kernel and the bootloader version.  If it detects that a non-Motorola ROM has been loaded, then that's when the problem starts. If any of those three elements have been modified unofficially, the eFuse "blows" and the handset is bricked to the user.  Now, the eFuse can be reset but that can apparently only be done with specialist hardware that Motorola themselves had; in other words, you'll have to test quite how happy the company is with you loading third-party ROMs and then trying to claim under their warranty.  Considering yesterday's information, we're guessing Not Happy At All is the answer.

Motorola DROID X goes on sale

Motorola's DROID X has finally gone up for sale, hitting Verizon Wireless' site for $199.99 after a $100 online discount (and with a new, two-year agreement).  Your money gets you an 8-megapixel camera, huge 4.3-inch 854 x 480 touchscreen, EVDO Rev.A connectivity - complete with a 3G mobile hotspot app to share it via WiFi - and Android 2.1 with Motorola's updated MOTOBLUR social networking integration. Still undecided about the DROID X?  Check out our full review over at SlashGear.

Leaked Verizon Catalog Showcases Droid 2 and Droid X

Well, how long has it been since our last leaked document? Not long, right? Then that means it's just about perfect timing to get our hands on yet another one. Thanks to a tipster sending in some leaked documents of a Summer device catalog, we get the first look at a Droid 2 standing front and center (well, behind a Droid X), showcasing its shiny frame, and, oddly enough, Bejeweled.

Motorola Droid X Launching with Limited Inventory

Here's your friendly reminder for today: Motorola's Droid X launches this Thursday. However, while the device itself is high profile, it doesn't look like Verizon locations around the country are getting high profile numbers in the inventory category. According to some screen shots sent over to Droid Life, it looks like quantities are being kept at a pretty respectable level.

Droid X for Verizon Gets Reviewed by SlashGear

By now, everyone should know about Motorola's Droid X. The 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen display should be more than enough to get people's attention. Our fine friends over at SlashGear got their hands on the Droid X for Verizon, and they've gone ahead and put up their review of the device. Basically, it's just a bunch of good wrapped in a shiny package.

Motorola Droid Getting Android 2.2 on July 13th, Rumor Suggests

We'll put this out there first: The Motorola Droid X launches on the Verizon network on July 15th. With that being said, a new rumor has popped up that suggests Motorola is all set to release the official Android 2.2 for the original Droid on July 13th. The reason we wanted to point out that the Droid X is coming out two days after the supposed release of Froyo, is because that can either work in favor of the rumor, or against it.
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