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If you own a Motorola Droid 2, you may already have been prompted to install this OTA update, but that doesn’t mean you don’t want to know what it fixed. This minor update (version 2.2.20.en.US, for those playing at home) that Verizon is pushing out is not a complete update, but more so a fix for some of the issues that were reported at the release of the device. 

Improvements:

  • Enabled text and picture message scrolling.
  • Streamlined set up of Visual Voice Mail feature.
  • Improved contact sync with Corporate Exchange categories
  • and groups.
  • View accurate contact pictures when reviewing Recent Call Log.

If you have not received your OTA update for your device, head to settings, scroll down to about phone, click on system updates and then download. This will be the same as awaiting the OTA, just, well, without the wait! [Verizon Wireless via Droid-Life]

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Evo captures car chase

A car plows through traffic on the Pulaski Skyway in Jersey City, and the Evo 4G is there to capture the aftermath. It’s a hell of a story, and Jerzyiroc tells it in the Android Central Forums.

"Literally no more than 3 seconds after I moved over I look at the rear view mirror and see police lights, then I quickly look to the side view mirror and what do I see… A car PLOWING through other cars trying to squeeze through then passes right by me. Had I been 3-5 seconds late in moving to the left, I definitely would have gotten rammed. When the cops drove by all I could smell was burnt oil and burnt trans from the poor police cars. As soon as he passed me I grab my phone and start recording."

Another reason why having a great phone with a great camera is important these days. Check out the entire tale and a quorum of videos (Warning: there’s a bit of salty language) in the forums. (And check out a second guy with an Evo in the second video. Classic.) [Android Central Forums]

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The week in Android news

21 August 2010

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The end of the week, already? What a slow week, under 10 devices announced and released, ugh. Okay, so seriously, the news just never ends, we are seeing new devices announced what feels daily, new applications hitting the market, and tons of great new Android development. Let’s take a look at what you may have missed this week.

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motorola kobe

The Motorola Kobe, also known as the MB520, looks to be a mid-level Android phone that’s beginning to show its face. Looking to be directly attached to AT&T’s network, and Engadget’s tipster says it’s running the same sort of “Philblur” hybrid UI that is found on both the Droid X and Droid 2.  The MB520’s slate style design will feature a 480×854 resolution on a smaller-than-average 3.5-inch LCD touch screen. Also, as expected with most the current Motorola Androids, it features a sturdy TI OMAP processor clocked at 800MHz. Utilizing the PowerVR SGX 530 – the same GPU found in the Droid 2 – its graphics performance should be well above par, and the 2GB of internal storage along with an included 2GB microSD card is a fairly nice addition as well.

The only problem for the Android enthusiast might be the 3-megapixel camera without flash – but as you might know, megapixels don’t always mean everything. With the included Swype and Vlingo software plus DNLA support, the Kobe seems to be a solid new device for the Android novice or simply those looking for a smaller screen. Check out the full deets at the source, but a slight caveat: Don’t read too much into the Linpack scores. We’ve found that it’s not properly reporting the TI OMAP processors with the Droid X and Droid 2.  [Engadget]

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 New AppBrain front page

Anyone who browses the Android Market from their phone knows one universal truth: it’s a mess. Outside of search, there really is no easy way to find great apps that might be floating just under the surface. No longer content with simply making installing apps to your phone directly from your browser insanely easy, AppBrain is looking to change all that nonsense by adding some major new features to their site.

The new sorting bar at the top allows quick access to popular and top rated apps. Clicking on any of these links will then allow you to further sort the list by category (games, social, etc) as well as free or paid apps. You can even sort the list to only turn up newly released apps to make sure you stay on top of the latest great apps. There are tons of more options, so click past the link and check it out. While you are there, check out my apps here. [AppBrain]

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 Android Market Error

Looks like a good many of us had problems with the Android Market overnight, either seeing limited connectivity or just flat-out not being able to do anything. Lots of variables get thrown into the mix here — carriers, phones, ROMs — so share your experience in the comments, and let us know if things are back up for you this morning.

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Here we go again.  If you though the shots we showed off a few hours ago were a little too blurry to enjoy, Engadget has been treated to a handful of new images of the T-Mobile G2 which give us a much clearer look at the device.  The new pictures actually give us a glimpse of how the sliding mechanism for the QWERTY keyboard works.  Rather than simply sliding up, the screen appears to pop over the keyboard when transitioning between the open and closed positions.  The new pictures also give us a more clear view of the keyboard and the mysterious dotted buttons on the bottom row.  We can’t know for sure, but we’re pretty certain that the three buttons will be used to left, center, and right on the home screen. 

The images of the back and side of the T-Mobile G2 reveal the camera, LED flash, microUSB port, volume rocker, and a rubber/metallic design similar to what we have seen on the HTC Desire HD and HTC Schubert

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Android Forums from Android Central

You guys and gals have been kicking so much arse in our forums lately, we decided it was time to clean up our act a bit to keep up. And so, we did. Now, when you visit forum.androidcentral.com, you’ll find it’s easier than ever to find what you’re looking for, be it the latest discussions regarding your phone, apps, hacks, rumors, you name it.

If you’re not registered (you can do so here), you’re missing out. It’s that simple. We’ll see you in the forums!

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The very decent Blackberry Bold 9700 has all the best features of the smartest smartphone. It has great processing capabilities and an excellent camera.


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Motorola Droid 2 review

20 August 2010

A worthy successor to the phone that launched 1,000 Androids

Motorola Droid 2

Without question, the the Motorola Droid — and Verizon’s marketing blitz behind it — is what really put the Android smartphone on the map. It’s safe to say millions have been sold, and you’ve been hard pressed to watch an hour of television without hearing the unmistakeable call of "DROOIIIID" announcing the arrival of yet another commercial.

And now we have the Droid 2. Launched with little fanfare compared to its older brother and its cousins in the Droid line — the HTC Droid Eris, HTC Droid Incredible and the Motorola Droid X — the Droid 2 keeps with the look and feel of the original while adding some needed improvements.

So join us after the break as we take a closer look at the Droid 2 its place in Verizon’s Droid line.

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