The update to Android 2.1 for the Motorola Droid has arrived for a small portion of the Droid user-base. However, if you want to manually update your Droid, you can do so quite easily. If you decide that you cannot wait until the weekend when all Droid users are expected to have the update, then perform the following steps.
1. Download the official OTA. 2. Rename the file you downloaded (signed-voles-ESE81-from-ESD56.fa406da6.zip) to update.zip 3. Put the files in the root of your SD card 4. Turn on your Droid by pressing the “x” on the keyboard AND the power botton. You should observe a triangle with an exclamation point inside on [...]
Weekend warriors with a Motorola DROID can point their browsers to the Cyanogenmod forums where Koush has ported the latest Cyanogenmod to the Motorola DROID. Other than having to switch to Clockwork recovery, the install is pretty straightforward for the experienced flasher and the resulting ROM is reportedly fast and super stable. If you take the plunge, your first impressions on this latest DROID ROM are welcome in the comments.
This isn’t exactly hard hitting news, but it seems that Verizon is trying to temp people into buying a Motorola DROID by offering some discounts on its accessories. If you buy a new DROID for the $199.99 price with contract, you can get $10 off of the desk charger ($19.99) or the car mount ($19.99), or $20 off of the price of the car charger ($9.99).
So if you buy all four accessories you can save up to $40 in total.
Not the kind of deal that is going to swing somebody, but if you are already in the market for a DROID, these deals would be good to know about. More details on the Verizon website.
There have been a few articles circulating the web on what Franz Och, Director of Google’s translation services, has said about Google’s future of voice to voice translation and that it was a goal of the company to implement it within the next few years. For those impatient types (and aren’t we all?), let’s forget a few years and grab this feature now. By downloading two free apps from the Android Market, you can start enjoying this technology at this very moment.
The first app, Google Translate, is directly from Google and can do the sort of things you expect a translation service to do, and works much like Google’s current online translation [...]
DROID owners that don’t mind voiding warranties can head over to areacellphone.com and following the nine step process to overclock your DROID. The process requires you to root your device and flash your phone with the aptly named evilboot8.img to overclock your DROID to 800MHz, evilboot9.img to reach 900MHz or evilboot1g.img for blazing 1GHz. As with any hack that modifies the stock system, proceed with caution and do so at your own risk.
[via Phone Arena]
Cyanogen fans who have made the jump to the Nexus One have cause to rejoice and a reason to flash their phones today. Making its debut at xda-developers is the latest and greatest offering from Cyanogen – the CyanogenMod 5.0 for the Nexus One. The ROM has a bunch of tweaks and optimizations for the Nexus One and can be used with or without the Google application suite. The full list of changes is after the jump. Happy flashing!
[via xda-developers and Lifehacker]
For all of you non Nexus One owners out there wanting to get a little more of the 2.1 experience on your device, scan the barcode to the right with a QR Code recognizing app and voila, you’ve got the Google News & Weather app and widgets. This trick has been around for about a month now but I have seen little about it posted on the internet, so I figured that I would share it here. Along with this, remember that you can also get the 2.1 Gallery with updated interface as well. In order to install, you will need to allow your phone to install applications from unknown sources, and it should work on any device running 1.6 or above. Enjoy and tell us what you [...]
DROID owners clamoring for some multi-touch like their European counterparts should take a close look at a lively discussion over at AllDroid. Apparently, member t3hSteve was able to hack the multi-touch enabled browser of the Motorola Milestone onto the Motorola DROID. The hack is not for the faint of heart as it requires a rooted device and some familiarity with adb but if you are up for the task, a enviable multi-touch browsing experience will be your just reward. Hit the jump for a short video of the pinch and zoom in action.
Remember that ultra sleek gallery app you’ve seen in the many Nexus One videos that have been posted in the last 2 weeks? Well, now you can have that app on your Android 2.0 or 2.0.1 device, but mainly the Motorola Droid. The team over at Droidmuff.in have discovered that it has been ported and is rather easy to install. There is no rooting necessary but I should note that it is slightly unstable. Here are the step by step instructions:Download gallery_flan.apk to your computer. Copy gallery.apk file to your sdcard. On your phone go to Settings, then Applications and enable Unknown Sources. On your phone, use a file manager such as Astro to browse to [...]
Good things come to those who root and enjoy walking that fine line of hacking versus bricking a phone. Served up for us this time is a free WiFi tethering solution for the Motorola DROID. Functioning like the popular PDANet application, the hack will allow you to share your DROID’s 3G connection with your laptop or other portable device. The hack is not for the faint of heart as it requires you to root your DROID, install a custom recovery image, install a custom kernel, and finally install android-wifi-tether from the Google code project. Those who are undaunted by the prospect of a bricked DROID should grab a cup of coffee, pick up your DROID, and head over to [...]