Droid Droid Droid

Verizon and Motorola are set to release a new phone on the 23rd, one day before the big release of Iphone 4. We have already seen many images of the Droid 2 and the Droid X. It’s no secret the big release is going to be one of these two phones.

Droid 2

Droid X

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Current Droid owners are all chomping at the bit to receive the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update (me included). Motorola has officially announced the current Droid will receive the update, but give no timeline. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see the 2.2 update when we see the Droid 2. I would imagine the Droid and Droid 2 should be close enough that one rom would work on both. The Droid 2 has been seen with some kind of new UI often called ninjablur. It would make sense that Motorola would cook up some kind of UI for its new phone and put it on par with the HTC Sense UI.

My best guess is on June 23rd we will see the Droid 2 hit the shelves and the current Droid will receive the 2.2 update.

The original Droid launched a mere 7 months ago (November 6, 2009). The news of a new Droid so soon has me a little upset. The current Droid was met with loads of hype and myself like many others adopted it early. This feels slightly like a slap in the face, releasing a new version of the same phone so soon. The only way I will feel any better about this, would be if Verizon offered some kind of upgrade option for the current Droid owners that bought the Droid when it was first released.

If for some reason the Droid 2 launches, with Android 2.2, and the current Droid doesn’t receive a timely update, I will feel more betrayed. Some users have rooted the Droid and Installed a custom 2.2 rom. The future might take me down this path if we dont see an update anytime soon. Not only can you take advantage of what 2.2 offers, but you can overclock the stock CPU in the Droid. Some people are seeing stable performance running at 1ghz. Below is a video of a Droid user running 2.2 at 1ghz.

The current life cycle of Android is fast and furious, but that is no excuse to leave the people who paved the way for the success of the Droid hung out to dry.

If you are a current Droid owner what are your thoughts? Do you feel a little isolated if they launch a new Droid so soon?

The brand name Droid is a trademark of Lucasfilm licensed to Verizon Wireless.

UPDATE

After posting this I found an update to the Droid Does line up website. This seems to confirm that we will most likely see the Droid X on the 23rd and not the Droid 2. The official page lists the Droid X as coming soon and does not mention the Droid 2.

http://phones.verizonwireless.com/droid/x/

Audible Beta for Android

Audible has quietly rolled out a public beta for its Android app. With no surprises, the app downloads, plays and organizes your Audible audiobook collection.

To join this open beta you must join the Audible for Android Google Group. Once you join the group you will get a download link. The group has several email options- luckily, it has a “no email, I’ll read it online” option.

The app is pretty basic. Once you have signed in with your Audible account, your audiobooks will be loaded onto your SD card.  Audible for Android has a nice interface and allows for pretty good organization of your books. The books play in the background, of course, so you can browse the web, check your email or anything else you might want to do while listening to a book.

To get the Audible for Android app, join this Google Group

Image via Android Central.

*This is app is for playing Audible Audiobooks. Audible accounts start at $7.49/month

This app is still a beta and is not complete. To be fair I’m going to hold off on rating the app until it officially launches.

Need a book to get started with? I highly recommend Ring World, by Larry Niven or World War Z, by Max Brooks.