Motorola Verizon Droid X (& D2?) on June 23. New Blur, Android 2.1.9 and Flash support inside?

We told you will have to wait a bit, (until July 19th) to get your hands on the latest and greatest Verizon Motorola Droid X.

And we still stand by that.

But all those unending Moto Droid X leaks, that were getting a bit old already, are about to end next week, on June 23.

That’s the day that Verizon, Google, Motorola and Adobe (?!) have scheduled to “unleash the next generation of Droid”. Who knows, we may even see Moto Droid 2 announced next Wednesday, as well.

One interesting thing about the upcoming announcement is the presence of  Adobe CEO. That could only mean that the new Droids will be be able to run Flash. But in all the new Droid leaks we’ve seen, both Motorola Droid X and Droid 2 have been running Android 2.1. And we all know, that Adobe Flash isn’t supported until Android V2.2/Froyo. So what Mr. Narayen will be doing at the event?

There are a couple of possible explanations for this.

  1. Motorola Droid will actually come with Android 2.2 since day one. But, at this point,  it’s a bit hard to believe. The leaked Droids have been seen to have the new version of Moto Blur UI, on top of Android 2.1. Tweaking the Blur to Android 2.2 is no trivial task, and I don’t see how Motorola could be able to do that.
  2. Hence – the more likely explanation. Motorola Droid X will still come with Android 2.1. But the new Moto Blur UI, with additional Android 2.1 customizations, will provide Flash support throughout the handset.

I certainly wish that I was wrong, and #1 possibility was the real one. But, IMHO, that won’t happen and we will have to live with the improved, Flash supporting  Blur on Moto Droids  for now.

Actually, Motorola Blur/Android thing, running on the next generation Droids, might be neither 2.1, nor 2.2, but something in between.  Let’s call it Android 2.1.9.

Motorola has been rumored to work on Google Nexus Two model, which was either postponed, or cancelled, due to poor Nexus One sales. So they must have had access to early Froyo builds, and, most likely, tweaked the final Moto Blur/Android combination accordingly.

Still, as far as the official Android 2.2 Froyo version goes, my guess is, that we will not see it in any of Motorola Droid handsets, at all.  Current Droids will  skip Froyo, and go straight to the Android Gingerbread or higher, at the end of this year.

What do you think?

via: Engadget

Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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  • Andromax11

    Motorola has been rumored to work on Google Nexus Two model, which was either postponed, or cancelled, due to poor Nexus One sales. So they must have had access to early Froyo builds, and, most likely, tweaked the final Moto Blur/Android combination accordingly.
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  • AdamZ

    Uhmmm… I'm sorry to call you out for not doing enough research, but I've been using Froyo on my Droid for quite a bit now. And yes, it is a true version from Motorola and configured for the Droid – it is a leaked test build. FRF57. It was actually leaked quite a while ago and runs very well – and Flash (now on Beta 3) is just great.

    Also… the Droid 2 is supposedly being released with Android 2.2 pre-installed.

    AdamZ

  • http://www.staska.net Staska

    Well, sure, I might be wrong about Motorola/ Froyo. That was just my
    theory, so we'll have to wait and see.

    And the original Droid, without Moto Blur may get Froyo upgrade eventually.
    I still doubt that, but getting stock Android Froyo version to run on Droid
    shouldn't be too difficult, so it's a possibility.

    However, I still do not believe that any handset running Moto Blur
    (including Droid X), will get Froyo.

    As for Droid 2, it depends on when will it launch, and whether it has Blur.
    If it's August and no Blur, Froyo is a possibility. If it's November,
    Gingerbread should be out by then and Droid 2 should have that, or even
    higher, unfinished version, as it was with Android 2.0 on original Droid.