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Gadget University gets its hand son the Motorola Droid Xtreme (Verizon)

First there was the Motorola Droid; and it was good. Then came the HTC Droid Incredible, which brought a sleeker shape and ditched the slide-out keyboard. This morning, we brought you news of the followup to the original Motorola Droid: the Motorola Droid 2.

Now, there is yet another smartphone which is set to take on the "Droid" name and it should be arriving shortly. Gadget University has laid its hands upon the Motorola Droid Xtreme which has been circulating around the web for the past few weeks.

The Droid Xtreme is said to feature a 750MHz Texas Instruments OMAP3630 processor, 4.3" display, hardware buttons, 8.0MP digital camera (with HD video recording capabilities), and HDMI-out. Phandroid offers up some additional information, stating that the display's resolution is listed at 480x854. The site also notes that the phone measures 2.5" x 5.01" and is 0.39" thick. Weight is listed at 5.47 ounces.

According to both sources, the Droid Xtreme is running Android 2.1 with Motoblur. It's quite disappointing that these brand new smartphones like the HTC EVO 4G, Droid 2, and Droid Xtreme aren't shipping with the superior Android 2.2 operating system, but there always has to be a cutoff point when adding new functionality for a production smartphone -- so we'll have to cut these guys a little bit of slack on this point.

We can only hope that Motorola and HTC won't make customers wait too long to get their Sense and Motoblur-tinged copies of Android 2.2.



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RE: Fragmentation
By tayb on 6/12/2010 1:01:25 PM , Rating: 1
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Hardware fragmentation is not an issue at all. New phone hardware usually means absolutely nothing to developers as everything is wrapped in the API's and most developers do not bother with hardware specific features. OS fragmentation can occasionally be an issue, but usually isn't.


Hardware fragmentation is man issue. With so many different configurations out there developers are forced to ignore new features and program for the lowest common denominator. OS fragmentation is an even bigger issue for Android but carriers definitely share some of the blame for not releasing updates. Soon we'll have a multitude of phones running 1.0, 2.0, 2.1, and 2.2. It will be extremely frustrating for a developer if Google can't get together with carriers and figure this out.

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If you think too much choice is going to hinder Android and favor iPhone, just take a look at the PC vs. Mac market.


It will. To tech savvy people it won't but for the general public having too many options is overwhelming. You can either buy an iPhone from Apple or choose from one of these 20 different Android handsets all with different specs. People who visit a site like this won't have a problem weeding through the data and picking the best phone but having too many options can and will be a problem if the pace keeps up.


RE: Fragmentation
By bodar on 6/13/2010 8:12:44 AM , Rating: 2
And Apple doesn't have the same issues with older hardware? There's always going to be users on older versions of the iPhone, and even on the iPod Touch which has different hardware (e.g., no camera).

http://mobile.venturebeat.com/2010/06/09/iphone-no...


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