A number of Motorola customers who have purchased a Droid PRO, Droid X or Droid 2 have been complaining that the corporate sync email data push functionality on their device has not been working as advertised. According to complaints noted on the Motorola support forums, their phones do not seem to be pushing new emails even when they are explicitly set to carry out the function. Considering that these handsets are primarily seen as Blackberry alternatives for the corporate customer, the lack of proper email push functionality could be a huge deal breaker.
Here are some complaints that could explain the issues better
“I’ve confirmed my settings and I have “Data push” checked, I do NOT have “Sync over WiFi only” checked. I’m runnning the “performance” battery setting and my company uses Exchange 2003 (v6.5), Build 7638.2: Service Pack 2. My phone, Droid Pro, is running Andriod 2.2; version 2.26.2.XT610.Verizon.en.US. Mail is not “pushed”, I have to open the mail app and then, and only then, will it begin to sync. Once I leave the email app, I no longer get pushed email.”
“Well, I swapped the Pro for the Droid X yesterday (due to tiny keyboard and screen size) and exchange works with the same effectiveness…NONE. In fact, I disabled “push” and set fetch to 15 minutes. I did this 30 minutes ago, I’ve received 12 emails on Outlook and my phone still has not synced. So Push doesn’t work and Fetch doesn’t work…this is consistent with the Pro last week and now the X…both running Blur over 2.2. So basically, I’m having to manually sync my corporate email…”
Motorola has said that they have been working to replicate this issue at their end and thereby resolve the same. But considering that the issue is so widespread, it is surprising that none of the handsets tested by Motorola engineers at HQ seem to be able to helping in troubleshooting the problem.
A number of things that we wrote about the Droid 2 Global in September are apparently turning out to be correct. Firstly, such a phone is indeed coming. Secondly, the phone could actually be coming out in a white variant as earlier predicted. And finally, what we didn’t know this far, is that the unit could be sold at a price of $199.99 – presumably with a contract.
These details come from a leaked screenshot of an inventory database at popular American membership warehouse club Costco. The details revealed from the screenshot include the fact that the upcoming Android device will be available in two colors and that it will be available at a $200 price point.
The Droid 2 Global is considered to be a world-ready phone that will support GSM as well as CDMA functionalities and it has often been rumored that Verizon could shelf its original Droid 2 in favor of this upgraded variant.
Do you find the battery life on your new Motorola Droid 2 unsatisfactory? Then a fix is just around the corner. Or it has hit you already. The latest software update version 2.3.20 is now being released in batches to all Motorola Droid 2 customers that will offer a number of fixes and enhancements to the device apart from enhancing the battery life of the smartphone.
Steve Jobs may disagree, but truth be told, Android is an open source platform that anyone can willfully tinker with, modify and release with their own customizations. Carrying on with the tradition, Motorola has released their latest Android 2.2 source code that has been used for Motorola Droid X.
If you are a developer who is curious to see what’s inside the phone that you are carrying or a hacker looking for ways to create more hacks for the Droid X platform, you can check out and download the source code by clicking here. The application is being released with the release id rel1489 and contains close to 67 files in all.
While at it, if you are looking to download the older version of the Droid X, here is the link.
If you own one of the MOTOBLUR infused Android 2.2 handsets like Droid X or Droid 2, chances are that your phone has this minor security vulnerability. Some users have noticed this exploit that lets user access Google’s Voice actions on the phone even when the device is locked and requires the user to enter a passcode to proceed.
How do you do it? Simple. When prompted for the passcode, simply press and hold the search button (virtual or physical) for around 4 seconds. This will open up the Google Voice actions open to abuse. So once you have made this back-door entry, you can for instance say, ‘Call Home‘ in order to make a call to the phone addressbook entry named ‘Home‘. Check out this video for a demo.
Were you stuck on a Motorola logo while rebooting your Droid X after the FroYo upgrade? Did your Droid-X keep rebooting randomly? There have been quite a few issues that Motorola Droid X owners have been reporting ever since they upgraded their mobile phone to the latest Android version. While not all these issues have a fix as of now, Motorola has acknowledged that these issues are taken note of and that they are working towards fixing them.
A post on the Motorola Support forums notes that following issues that the company is aware of –
Froyo is finally hitting the Motorola Droid X phones. If you are one of those who own a beautiful Droid X, you can head over to the ‘Settings‘ on your phone and tap on ‘Check for Updates‘ to get started on the upgrade process. As you know, the latest Android 2.2 update will finally bring Adobe Flash 10.1 Player compatibility to the phone besides letting you use your Droid X as a mobile hotspot.
The latest update was very much anticipated especially over the past week when several users started to receive messages from Verizon pointing them to a page on the official DroidDoes website that read,
“Great news! Verizon Wireless has released the new Android™ 2.2 software update for DROID X by Motorola. The new Android 2.2 software update – also known as “Froyo” – includes many new features for your phone and tons of shortcuts.”
Verizon is likely to have jumped the gun on that count but it does not matter now. Go ahead and download FroYo for your Droid X rightaway.
Rumors are doing the rounds that Verizon is mulling over a proposal to discontinue its sale of the new Motorola Droid 2 that was released just last month and instead replace it with the upcoming Droid 2 World Edition in its stores. Logistically, it is a sane move considering the cost involved in managing additional models. But it is also likely that Verizon continues to sell the older Droid 2 lest it will rub the early adopters the wrong way.
Details about the upcoming Motorola Droid 2 World edition have not been comprehensive though we do know that this is a world-ready phone with both CDMA and GSM capabilities. In addition to the blue/black units, the handset is also likely to be sold in white. Rumors also point out that Droid 2 World Edition is the same as Droid Pro which is another handset that has made some noise in the past.
Despite all this, do note that this is all in the rumor mills and may turn out to be a false alarm.
Earlier this month, there were rumors that the new Motorola Droid Android tablet computer – codenamed StingRay – could be launching as early as October of this year. The speculations came about following leaked screenshots from a Verizon inventory system that contained references to the new Droid tablet. However, it now looks like that rumor was false. In a recent chat, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha has indicated that a Droid tablet may not make it at least until next year till the company was done perfecting all the features. Jha said,
“I will only develop a tablet if it is sufficiently compelling. Hopefully, that is early next year.”
What Jha could be referring to is the fact that the current version of Android OS does not seem to be customized for tablets. Google director of mobile products, Hugo Barra had exclaimed this recently and it is possible that Motorola is waiting for Android 3.0 aka Gingerbread to release before making the new Droid Tablet available in the hands of the public.