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Motorola Droid X gets Android 2.2 upgrade

Sep 22, 2010 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 1 views

Android 2.2 (“Froyo”) began rolling out on Verizon Wireless' Motorola Droid X smartphone today, a month after it was initially promised. Customers can have the upgrade pushed over the air to the 4.3-inch, 1GHz Droid X or pull it manually from their phone, says Verizon.

Google's Android 2.2 operating system began rolling out on the Motorola Droid X smartphone Sept. 22, more than two months after Verizon Wireless launched the handset (pictured) as its midsummer Droid update.

Verizon Wireless spokesman Albert Aydin confirmed the upgrade, telling eWEEK that the software bump is happening in waves over the air. Droid X users can also "pull" the update today by pressing "Menu" > "Settings" > "About Phone" > "System Updates."

Verizon began selling the Droid X with Android 2.1 July 15 after executives from the carrier, Motorola, Adobe, and Google introduced it at a glitzy launch event in New York City June 23.

Like the HTC Evo 4G Sprint launched before it, the device features a 4.3-inch screen, making it a mini multimedia consumption machine. The device also records high-definition video in 720p and comes with an HDMI port to play video through HDTVs.

The device proved extremely popular, selling out for the first several weeks of its availability. However, the handset launched with Android 2.1, catching the tail end of that build cycle.

Verizon would proceed to launch the Motorola Droid 2 in August with Android 2.2. Verizon's original Droid and HTC Droid Incredible devices also received the upgrade.

Android 2.2 affords users better enterprise capabilities, faster web browser and application processing, a cloud-to-device messaging API for programmers to play with, and mobile hot spot capabilities.

The Samsung Galaxy S devices from the four U.S. carriers are the remaining smartphones to get the Android 2.2 bump before Google revs a release for Android 3.0 later this fall.


Froyo is available now on the Motorola Droid X, says Verizon Wireless. More information on the upgrade may be found at its Droid X support web page here.

Clint Boulton is a frequent contributor to our sister publication, eWEEK.

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