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All US Cellular Phones Free Dec. 17-24

Christmas is fast approaching and it’s time for you last minute shoppers to find the best deals on cell phones. US Cellular’s announced a promotion where, starting on December 17th and leading up to Christmas Eve, all of their phones will be free.  That’s five Android phones to choose from, if you didn’t know: The LG Optimus U, the LG Apex, the HTC Desire, the Samsung Acclaim, and the Samsung Mesmerize.

Not shabby at all. Not only are those phones free, but US Cellular will credit you $100. That’s, like, two free months of service depending on your plan.


Dell’s promotion isn’t as exciting, but you’ll still want to grab a Motorola Droid X from them if you fancy getting a $25 gift card back. The phone itself is free, so they’re essentially paying you to take this phone. (And I didn’t mean for that to sound bad at all.) Go ahead and take advantage of that deal at Dell’s site today.

Hands on Madden NFL 11 for Android

EA Mobile’s Madden NFL 11 just came to Android in the recent Droid X update and now we are getting our first look at it. This game remains a Verizon exclusive where they are selling it for $9.99, but evidence suggests that EA Mobile will eventually start selling their games in the Android Market.

We already spotted that Need for Speed Shift was headed to the Android Market this year, so we would hope to eventually see Madden NFL 11 unless it remains a Verizon exclusive (which really wouldn’t surprise us).

For an idea of what you might be able to purchase and play one day, check out the hands on video from Kellen of Droid Life. The graphics don’t look that mind-blowing, but it’s the best looking football game I’ve seen on Android and I’m excited to one day play Madden on my phone.

Androidandme is conducting a poll on how much are people willing to spend for a premium Android game. So far 41.88% (majority) of  the voters say that they are willing to spend up to $5 – $10 on a premium Android game.  Madden happens to be at the top end of the range. We’ll just have to wait and watch what the verdict is on the final price  once it hits the Android Market.

VIA | Androidandme

Free Droid Giveaway From Verizon? #IWANTADROID

Hey guys check this out! Verizon is giving away a free DROID. Read the rules and regulations below to get started.

Good luck!

Do you want a free Droid phone from Verizon? #IWANTADROID

The title says it all. I get the feeling some of you are tired of these Twitter contests, but how can you turn down a free Droid phone from Verizon? The carrier is bringing back their @droidlanding account we saw them use during the Droid X launch, and this time all you have to do is tweet a reason you want a Droid to win one of the seven phones Verizon is giving away.

You can find the full rules on the official site, but here are the basics:

Who wants a Droid? Tweet why you do & begin responses with #IWANTADROID. You could win one & be featured in an upcoming web ad.

  • Visit and follow @droidlanding
  • Tweet the message, “#IWANTADROID____________” (fill in the blank)
  • Users must use the hashtag #IWANTADROID to enter the Contest
  • Limit 10 entries per Twitter Account per Entry Period
  • Subject to Twitter character limitations

There are four entry periods before the end of the year and the first one ends tomorrow.

  • 12:00:01 am ET on 12/1/10 through 11:59:59 pm ET on 12/9/10
  • 12:00:00 am ET on 12/10/10 through 11:59:59 pm ET on 12/16/10
  • 12:00:00 am ET on 12/17/10 through 11:59:59 pm ET on 12/23/10
  • 12:00:00 am ET on 12/24/10 through 11:59:59 pm ET on 12/28/10

Sponsor selected judges will then choose the best tweets based on the following criteria:

  • 50% – feature or use that makes Droid desirable
  • 50% – creativity of written entry

Prizes include:

  • Grand Prize (7x) – Verizon Wireless Droid Phone (model to be decided by Sponsor)
  • Runner Up Prize (28x) – A $50 Verizon Wireless Gift Card

We are in no way part of this contest, but we will be following your contest tweets and retweeting the most annoying entries.

VIA | @droidlanding, and DroidDoes

Motorola and Verizon Score Gingerbread Exclusive

Just like last year, Motorola and Verizon will launch a Droid phone for the holiday shopping season that will be the first device to feature a new version of Android.

Motorola is ultra secretive when it comes to big product launches so I might have a few details that are slightly off, but they have left clues all over the place and I’m just fitting the pieces together using my Android-powered brain and intel I’ve gathered from my growing team of ninjas.

This superphone, which I’m calling the Droid T2, will be the first to ship with Gingerbread (most likely Android 2.5), the first to feature NVIDIA’s dual-core Tegra 2 platform, and the first to offer 1080p video encode/decode. Users should also expect all the high end features found in the Droid X with the addition of a front-facing camera.

Some of you may remember that Motorola Co-CEO Sanjay Jha boasted about delivering a 2 GHz phone in time for Christmas, but we recently discovered that was a slip of the tongue and he was actually referring to the two cores (clocked at 1 GHz each) found inside the Tegra 2 platform.

We also know that Motorola and NVIDIA are feverishly working on the next Android kernel. At first I thought this was for a tablet project, but we now know that the real Android tablets (those with Honeycomb) will not appear till 2011.

Google traditionally targets a specific product launch for new releases of Android because it is easier to develop for a single device (then they release the source code so other hardware partners can port it to their devices). Verizon is the largest U.S. carrier and Motorola knows how to execute a big launch, so Google has chosen them to deliver Gingerbread to the masses.

Little is known about Gingerbread at this point, but we expect it will feature a refined user interface and some of the features we saw demonstrated at Google I/O such as Google Music and the online Android Market. Other possible additions could be the rumored services like Google Games and Google Me.

Overall, I think Gingerbread will be a minor update (although still exciting) and this is why it will be branded Android 2.5, while Android 3.0 is being reserved for the full tablet experience coming next year.

Other than Motorola, we only know that LG is planning a Tegra 2 smartphone, but I don’t think they will deliver it this year. HTC was also rumored to be going dual-core with the myTouch HD, but it’s looking more and more like that was a typo and it will feature the same 2nd-gen Snapdragon found in the Desire HD.

If you want the best dual-core smartphone with the latest version of Android, then keep an eye on Motorola. They have a press event scheduled for October 5th at CTIA, but that is likely too soon to announce their Tegra 2 phone. It is more likely we will hear solid info around mid-November.

Does it sound a little far fetched or do you believe Sanjay Jha and Motorola will deliver the premier Android experience this Christmas?

VIA | AndroidandMe

HTC Droid Incredible Review Roundup

Here’s a roundup of the Droid Incredible made by HTC and released on the Verizon network. Everyone seems to be impressed. Why am I not surprised at all?

Droid Incredible Review-Engadget

It’s better than the Droid, better than the Nexus One, and certainly beats the pants off of any previous generation handsets like the Eris, myTouch, or Cliq.-Joshua Toposky

HTC Droid Incredible Review: More Like Impressive-Gizmodo

The calculus is relatively simple: If you’re on Verizon and want a smartphone (and aren’t stuck with BlackBerrys), the Incredible is pretty much the one you should buy.-Matt Buchanan

HTC Droid Incredible Review-InfoSync

HTC has finally knocked some Sense into Android, as the HTC Droid Incredible for Verizon Wireless is the first smartphone to feature the latest Android 2.1 platform and HTC Sense tag team-InfoSync

Verizon HTC Droid Incredible Review-Android Community

With a name like the Droid Incredible by HTC, Verizon aren’t exactly pulling any punches when it comes to their latest Android smartphone.-Ewdison Then

Review: HTC Verizon Droid Incredible-Android Central

And the Incredible brings with it the latest version of the Sense user interface, making Android even easier, more customizable and more eye-pleasing than ever.-Phil Nickinson

How-To Force the Official Android 2.1 Update for the Motrola Droid

This is a guide on how to force the official Android 2.1 update to your Motorola Droid. I have tested every aspect of this and it works. Go slowly and read through the entire guide before you begin. This process should take no longer than 10 minutes. To see a complete list of everything included in this update, take a look at the official Verizon Support page!

*Instructions on how to install the update to your phone without using your computer can be found at the very bottom of this post.

What You Will Need:
-MicroSD Card inserted into your Droid
-USB Data Cable

1. Download the File:
-To begin, you will first need to download the file and save it to your computer.
-You will need to have file extensions showing if you should have to rename the file, otherwise you effectively name the file This is what causes errors with the instillation. When extensions aren’t on, it assumes that anything you type in for the file name should go before the extension. Both Windows and OSX have options for this in Explorer and Finder respectively.
-This should not be necessary though since the file will already come downloaded to you bearing the proper name by default. SO DO NOT RENAME THE FILE!

Note: If you are a Mac user using the Safari browser, you’ll need to do the following before downloading the file:
Safari > Preferences > General > Uncheck “Open Safe Files After Downloading”

Download locations:
Location 1 | My Droid Does
Location 2 | Mobile World Buzz
Location 3 | Android Overdrive

*If you would like to make a mirror of the file, send me the link and I’ll add it to the OP.

2. Mount Your MicroSD Card:
Connect your Droid to a PC via USB. You will be notified that there is a USB connection. Drag down the notification panel and select “USB connected.”

You will now see an option to mount your phone; do so at this time by selecting “Mount.”

This will turn your Droid into a mass storage device. Your computer should automatically recognize it and an auto-run popup should appear on your desktop. Select “Open folder to view files” and it will open the folder containing all of the files on your Droid’s MicroSD card.

Then, drag the file that you already downloaded onto the MicroSD card folder you opened on your computer. After the file has finished transferring to your MicroSD card folder, continue to the next step.

3. Turn Off MicroSD Mounting:
Slide down the notification shade and select “Turn off USB storage.”

An option will then popup allowing you to “Turn Off”–select this now.

If you haven’t closed the SD Card folder on your computer, the window should close automatically once you turn off USB storage.

4. Prepare for the Update:
Once you have unmounted the phone, it is now time to prepare the Droid to perform the update. You will be accessing Recovery Mode to do this. Start by powering down the phone completely.

While holding “X” on the physical keyboard, hold the power button to turn on the phone. You may let go of the power button, but do not let go of X.

After a few seconds, an Exclamation Mark icon will appear. You may now let go of X. To access Recovery Mode from the exclamation mark icon, hold the volume up button and then press the camera button.

5. Perform the Update:
You will then open a text menu with four options. Using the directional pad, navigate to “apply” and push the gold, center button to select it.

The update process will begin immediately and should take no longer than a minute or two. It will let you know when the process is complete.

You might get this error:
E:Can’t open /cache/recovery/command

DON’T worry about it… it just blows right past it and installs fine.

From here, navigate to “reboot system now” and select it. Your phone will shut off and reboot.

6. Congratulations!
Your Droid has now been updated to the official Android 2.1 release! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns what so ever, please post them to this thread!


How to install the update without the use of a computer:

1. Install Astro File Manager from the Android Market if you don’t already have it.

2. Download the file from one of the locations listed above in step 1 straight from the internet to your phone.

3. Open Astro File Manager, click on the downloads folder, click and hold on the file, select edit then copy. Now click the Astro up button so you’re in the root directory, click the Astro edit button, then paste. The file should now be in the root directory.

4. Continue on from step 4 above.

Special Thanks To…

-ugot2go123 and Speeddymon for the file
-Inphosys, Mobile World Buzz, and Android Overdrive for File Hosting
-Trident for this Guide
-Trident and Root Your Droid for the Various Images Used

VIA | Android Forum

Manually Update Your Motorola Droid To 2.1

The long awaited 2.1 update for the Droid has finally arrived. The  OTA update has been pushed out to a fraction of Droid users. All users should receive this update by the weekend. If you can’t wait to get your hands on official Android 2.1 update then you can just manually update to 2.1. Why wait when you can have it now? Remember you don’t need to have your device rooted to update it manually. these simple instructions to get your Droid running on 2.1:

1. Download the official OTA here or use this from AllDroid. MAC users don’t use the Safari browser, it will extract the files and you don’t want that.
2. Rename the file Remember .zip is the file extension, make sure it’s not renamed
3. Put the files in the root of your SD card. Make sure it is not in a folder.
4. Power on your device while holding down the letter “x” on the keyboard and then hold down the power button. If you do this right you will see a triangle with an exclamation point inside.
5. Press the volume up button and the camera button at the same time. You may have to do this a few times until it goes to the bootloader.
6. Navigate to the file by using the D-Pad, do not interrupt the process once it starts.
7. Enjoy the bliss that is Android 2.1

Tell us what you think of Android 2.1…

VIA | AllDroid

Motorola Droid Gets 2.1

Verizon to Finally Update Droid to Latest Android 2.1 OSThose of you that have been waiting for Motorola Droid’s 2.1 update get ready to hear some good news. 2.1 update will soon be released. Verizon has posted a PDF of 2.1 update details on its System Update Motorola Droid page.  The update is expected to roll out tomorrow.

Full 2.1 update PDF detail can be seen here. It might take some time before the update gets to you so be patient.

The update has a version number of AP: ESE53/BP: C_01.3E.03P. Yes, Live Wallpapers is listed! Expect lots of new improvements.

Get the most out of your Motorola Droid:

- Pinch-to-zoom is now available when using the browser, Gallery, and
Google Maps.TM
- New Weather and News application plus widget.
–The Weather and News app pulls the information you want from the
Web and brings it to your fingertips. You get weekly and hourly
weather forecasts based on your location, and news headlines.
- New support for voice-to-text entry.
–Whenever a text-entry box appears, simply tap the microphone
icon on the virtual keyboard and speak.
- New Gallery application with 3D layout. View and share photos taken
with your phone and images from your online Picasa Web albums.
- Live Wallpapers offer richer animated, interactive backgrounds on the
home screen. Access them with a long press anywhere on the home
screen. Tap Wallpapers, then Live Wallpapers.
- Free Yahoo!® Mail is now supported—simply sign in with your Yahoo!
email address and password.1
- Google Maps update.2
–Personalized suggestions and synchronized starring with
—Starred items are stored and synced automatically between Google
Maps on your device and on your computer,
making it easy to search for places you’ve searched
for before.
–New night mode in Google Maps Navigation automatically changes
the screen at night for easier viewing.
- Improved pattern-lock functionality.
- Improved handset audio when disconnecting a wired headset.
- Email accounts no longer need to be re-entered after an
over-the-air update.

We would like to hear from you when you receive the update. Tell us what you think.


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Droid Eris 2.1 Leaked weeks ago I mentioned how some of the Droid Eris users were getting Android 2.1 OS update. Some of us began to wonder if the OTA update was finally being delivered to the Droid Eris users. But that wasn’t the case. With Android 2.1 OS OTA around the corner we come across leaked 2.1 OS update. Yesterday an HTC employee in China supposedly posted the ROM on XDA, what he posted was a valid 2.1 OS.

You can follow these directions to get your very own Android 2.1 OS. Follow these simple direction.

You can always go back to the original source for help XDA-Developers

Motorola Droid users you’re in for a surprise too. Phandroid has mentioned that:

Over at DroidLife, Kellex had to do a factory reset on his Droid and used the “fresh start” as an opportunity to test out the Motorola Droid 2.1 Update that had been leaked and posted a few days ago.

You can follow those links and get yourself started on it too.


I highly recommend that you back up everything from your device before performing any of these steps.

A lot of you have been asking if you update your Droid Eris on your own, will you still be able to get the VZWs (Big Red) official Android 2.1 OS push?

The answer is no. If you loaded this IMG file you should not receive the OTA update when Verizon pushes it. Your phone will show that it is already up to date. Unless they change something major you will have to revert back to 1.5 and then wait for the OTA. But with this IMG you should be able to receive any future fixes from Big Red just not the 2.1.

I was going to give this a shot but I think I’ll wait for the official release by VZW. If the Big Red takes forever with the  official push then I’ll just update it myself.

VIA | XDA Forum, Thekrtek, Phandroid

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