Details of Motorola’s upcoming DROID3 smartphone have been leaked, courtesy of some premature benchmarking of what’s assumed to be a prototype device. According to the stats at Nenamark, spotted by Blog of Mobile, the Verizon Android smartphone will have a qHD 960 x 540 display, just like the Motorola ATRIX, as well as use Imagination Technologies’ PowerVR SGX 540 GPU.
That clears up one lingering question about the DROID3, namely which chipset it would use. Unlike the ATRIX, which is based on NVIDIA’s Tegra 2, it seems Motorola has used the 1GHz Texas Instruments OMAP4430, an alternative dual-core processor.
OS is Gingerbread, at least at time of testing, and the phone scored 45.7 (though, since we’re guessing the firmware isn’t final at this stage, that should probably be taken with a pinch of salt). Other expected specs include a 4-inch display and a front-facing camera for video calls; still unclear is when, exactly, Motorola and Verizon will announce the new QWERTY slider.
If you’ve been eyeing the Motoroala Atrix 4G and its slick little Lapdock but didn’t exactly feel all warm and fuzzy at the $399 a la carte price tag, things are looking up. According to this screen shot we just received, the Lapdock will drop to $299 on May 1, and the total cost of the Atrix with Lapdock falls to a more palatable $399. Someone feeling a little Transformer heat, perhaps?
It’s hardly been a secret that Motorola’s been testing an update for the Atrix 4G on AT&T — we’ve been going over the changelog — and now it looks like it could officially be pushed out tomorrow, April 29. Need a reminder of what’s in the 188.8.131.52 update? Here ’tis:
- Data Speed Increased speed at which data can travel on the network.
- Data Connection Improvements to prevent interruptions to data connection.Screen Improvements to prevent screen from freezing.
- Email Improved ability for users to receive email notifications so you know when you have a new message. Also, improvements were made so that you are now able to use the same email login to access both MOTOBLUR™ and YouTube.
- Skype Improvements to call audio function so it is easier for the person you called to hear you. Please note this application is not pre-loaded on the phone, but is available for download from the Android Market.
- Wi-Fi Increased functionality by enabling Yahoo Email to be sent over a Wi-Fi connection.
- Display Improved International Roaming Warning Message by simplifying user notification so that it only appears on the screen when you move to a new network.
- Happenings Widget Improved Happenings Widget to ensure that you receive the latest updates across the social networks you are connected to such as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter.
- Calling Improvements were made to incoming and outgoing call functionality to ensure a more seamless experience.
So be on the lookout starting tomorrow, and sing out if you get it.
If you are a big fan of Android smartphones and followed along at CES this year, you may have noted the Motorola Droid Bionic that surfaced at the show. The smartphone had the same common style that we see on all smartphones on the market today, and that really isn’t a bad thing at all. Most smartphones have the familiar bar style with a touchscreen. Motorola announced not too long ago that the Droid Bionic was being delayed for unspecified changes to be made to the device.
Motorola offered us no official hints at what changes would be made to the device. It only said that the changes to be made were based on feedback received on the smartphone after the show. The device in the photo here is the Bionic that surfaced back at CES. Apparently, the Bionic is still coming, and it will get a new form factor as part of the enhancements being made. There aren’t too many form factors that are popular with smartphone users today.
Apparently, the prediction is that the Bionic will take the same form factor that has surfaced recently with leaked images of the Targa from Motorola. The Targa is the same basic shape as the original Bionic with a different profile having a bulge at the top near the camera and getting thinner below. The Bionic page was updated from CES with this tidbit, “Based on compelling feedback since the show, we are incorporating several enhancements to make this an even better consumer experience. This includes expanded features, functionality and an improved form factor. Motorola Mobility and Verizon Wireless are very excited about bringing the ‘new’ DROID BIONIC to market.”
[via Android Community]
You all remember that Sprint branded Motorola Xoom right? Of course you do — back then, we had no idea of when it would be showing up on Sprint for people to purchase but now, that’s a slightly different story if the info seen in this image is any sort of accurate. May 8, is the expected release date for the WiFi only Motorola Xoom on Sprint but again that $599 price tag is lingering. With other tablets such as the HTC Flyer and the ASUS EeePad Transformer now or soon to be on the scene, is anyone still going to be picking up a Xoom from Sprint?
The Solana, which is suspected to be the working name of the Motorola Droid 3, is entering the early stages prior to release. The Motorola XT86 was approved for Bluetooth certification, and it’s believed that this phone will be the Motorola Droid 3.
The Droid 3 is expected to have a different keyboard and slimmer body. The screen will running about 4 inches, and it’s expected to have a dual-core TI-OMAP4 processor. It’s going to be rocking Froyo, and has been approved for Bluetooth 2.1.
Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) provides full 2D hardware acceleration in applications, andRomain Guy explains the ins and outs of enabling it in your app at the Android Developers Blog. Mr. Guy is a software engineer for Google’s Android project, and is heavily involved in the graphics rendering code for both Gingerbread and Honeycomb, and seeing him take the time to further application development for Android is great. He’s also one hell of a photographer, and some of his work has been used as the stock backgrounds on Android phones.
Developers should check out the source link for all the details, but we’ll keep it a little more end-user friendly here. Hardware acceleration has been around for a while in Android for things like OpenGL games, but now normally coded apps can use and benefit from it as well. On the Motorola Xoom, all the stock applications already use accelerated 2D graphics, and third party apps can take advantage of it with a single line added to theAndroidManifest.xml file in the source code. If the app is using the standard set of drawables, all operations will then use the GPU when drawing them on-screen.
There are some other things to consider if you’ve written custom drawing code, which is why hardware acceleration is disabled by default. Mr. Guy takes the time to explain what you need to do as well as what operations are supported if you need to go this route. Looks like we’re going to be seeing some awesome third party apps coming up for tablets running Honeycomb. [Android Developers Blog]
T-Mobile UK will begin carrying the Motorola Atrix from June, according to a recent update to the carrier’s “coming soon” page. Previously the Atrix has only been available on T-Mobile’s sister carrier Orange. In 2010 Orange and T-Mobile merged to form Everything Everywhere, and now subscribers to one carrier are able to freely roam on the other’s network.
We already know that European retailer Carphone Warehouse has clinched the exclusive on the Motorola XOOM 3G, but it seems PC World has snatched up the WiFi-only version of the Android 3.0 Honeycomb slate. The retailer is advertising pre-orders for the XOOM WiFi, priced at £449.99 ($734).
However, it doesn’t seem that you can actually pre-order the slate yet, and there’s no sign of a release date. Carphone Warehouse has previously suggested the UK XOOM 3G will arrive in April 2011, but that’s not to say the WiFi-only version will drop at exactly the same time.