We are not sure why Verizon and Motorola haven’t made the September 8th release date official, but as this point why bother. Many Verizon stores are already receiving their first shipments, along with demo units and marketing materials. It is possible if you beg them enough, they might let you put your hands on one a little early.
It will certainly be a week of hype as we are less than two hours away from the beginning of the augmented reality scavenger hunt which will end on the September 7th.
Verizon is giving 4G LTE smartphone users special access to NFL Mobile Premium for the entire upcoming season. This premium video service includes:
- Live streaming video of NBC’s Sunday Night Football and ESPN’s Monday Night Football all season and eight NFL Network Thursday Night Football games;
- Live streaming video of NFL Network, the only network devoted to football 24/7; and
- NFL RedZone with live look-ins featuring every touchdown from every game on Sunday afternoons.
If you’re on 3G, you can still get access to the premium service for $10 a month. Hit the break for the app’s QR code and full press release.
If you’re considering picking up a Droid Bionc, but were worried about rooting it, worry no more. The folks over at MyDroidWorld have gotten the Droid 3 exploit to work for the Bionic as well. This is of course great news for future Bionic owners to see this before the device is even released. Stay tuned, as I’m sure easier methods for the faint of heart will be appearing soon. For full details, hit up the source link below. If you’re excited about this let us know!
The latest MAP (minumum advertised price) list has leaked for Verizon Wireless. Last month’s version had an HTC device with ADR6325 as the model number. At that time, we though it might be the white DROID Incredible 2. With this latest version, we now know it is the HTC Rhyme, of which, we recently reported that HTC filed for the “Rhyme” trademark.
So what is the HTC Rhyme? Based on the model number it will probably be a mid-level phone similar to the DROID Incredible 2 and Merge. Based on the name I am expecting it to support Beats by Dr. Dre, but without the headphones as $199 seems too cheap to include headphones. I am not expecting it to be a 4G LTE device.
Also on the MAP list is the Motorola XOOM LTE version, which will be priced at $499 with a 2-year contract. It is likely that it will launch next Thursday along with the Bionic.
I know it has been a long wait for DROID Incredible owners, but Gingerbread might finally be ready. It seemed ready a little over a week ago only to get delayed until September. Trust me, this was a good thing because you don’t want to be plagued by bugs like the DROID X Gingerbread update.
Now it looks like HTC moved a little quicker than expected because support documents are back with a new build (4.06.605.3). It may have started last night so check to see if it is available by going to Settings/About Phone/System Updates. If you were able to pull it, please let us know.
[via verizon support]
We just posted that the DROID 2 Gingerbread update is rolling out, but I’m sure a handful of you have rooted, removed bloatware, etc. If so, the OTA update is more than likely going to fail. In order to update, you’re going to have to roll back first and we’re going to tell you how.
Warning: This method utilizes the flashing of an SBF file. Flashing an SBF will wipe your device and is potentially dangerous if performed incorrectly. Follow the directions as outlined and make sure your phone is fully charged.
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Motorola Droid 2 owners, it’s time to start hitting your update button. Gingerbread 2.3.3 is rolling out right now! Aside from the upgrade to Gingerbread you’ll also be treated to:
- New Download Manager App
- Under Manage Applications, a new “Running” tab displays a list of active applications, as well as the storage and memory being used by each.
- Multi-Touch Key-Chording
- Improved Word Selection and Copy Functionality:
- New User Interface and Color Scheme:
- New widgets, icons and screens with refreshed colors.
- Three swappable icons and the App Launcher icon are fixed to the dock at the bottom of all home screen panels for easy and instant access.
- New App Menu allows creation of custom app groups
- Added Device and SD Card encryption.
- VPN enhancements integrate IPSec VPN clients into device security settings
Let us know what you think of it. Initial reports are saying that everything is running smoother, so enjoy!
Boy, it has been a long wait for Motorola Xoom owners looking to upgrade their device to 4G LTE. When the Xoom was announced in January, the word was that a 4G LTE upgrade would be available in Q2. Thanks to an Android Central reader, an image of a Motorola Xoom rocking 4G LTE has been captured. We are unsure if this is part of the pilot group we talked about last week, but in either case it looks like 4G LTE on the Xoom is almost here. As you can see above the speeds are an impressive 33Mbps down and 10Mbps up (also catch the 4G icon the the bottom right). Hopefully the wait won’t be much longer, so keep your eyes peeled. Who’s been waiting for this upgrade patiently?
Have you gotten your fix of Droid Bionic news yet? OK, well here is some more. Android Central has posted some training documents on the Bionic for your viewing pleasure. There really isn’t anything new here, but hit the break to check them out. Remember, Costco is rumored to be getting Bionic stock on the 8th with a killer deal if you missed it.
Thanks to Droid Life, we have an image of what the fully unlocked Droid Bionic DroidDoes.com site will look like after all the codes have been entered. It seems each code entered will reveal a new part of the scavenger hunt I talked about in my previous post. The DroidDoes site will still be a surprise to some people right? Hit the break for a newer version of the video from the site as well.