November 23, 2014

Is the Droid X Really Running Froyo?

Engadget has just posted some exclusive hands-on goodness of the Motorola Droid X. In their post, they make it very clear that the device is running Android 2.1, and not 2.2 (aka Froyo).

The perplexes me for one simple reason. Take a look at the screenshot below. It was taken from one of their videos showing the device in action. Notice the widget circled in green. Recognize it? It’s the same widget Google introduced with Froyo (see 2nd pic).

It could just be that Ninjablur, which will be Motorola’s custom UI for the Droid X, was given this Android 2.2 widget independently of Froyo. However, since the AOSP version of 2.2 has yet to be released, I find it hard to believe that this is the case. Then again, that could also mean that Motorola doesn’t have Android 2.2 to actually develop with. Hmm…

Keep in mind that Verizon’s upcoming Droid event on the 23rd will include Adobe. Doesn’t Adobe make Flash? Wasn’t Flash made for Froyo? Did Engadget actually get to check the software version in the phone’s settings, or are they just reporting what they were told by whoever let them use the phone? Maybe Engadget was sworn to Froyo secrecy. Whatever the case, I’m still scratching my head.

Anyone care to chime in? Perhaps you, Motorola. No? How about Verizon?

  • boxy

    yeah man, thats exactly what i was thinking. left a comment on the engadget page hopefully they clear this up. but that widget seems like froyo to me. plus the phone is very snappy. er, um omappy. lol

  • WalterSobchak

    All froyo shots I have seen though have am/pm on the clock in the notification bar(including the froyo droid in my hand) I guess they could have this phone on 24hr format though.
    ok this makes no sense.

    • http://twitter.com/BenjRubenstein @BenjRubenstein

      Huh? Ninjablur is a custom UI on top of Android. They can make it look like whatever they want. I don't think this is really a disproof to the phone running Froyo. I definitely hear you though. Nice observation.

    • String

      That is indeed a simple settings item, with no bearing on Android version I'm afraid.

  • http://twitter.com/kpoz @kpoz

    Great catch, although Walter (above commenter) makes a great point that may squash your argument.

    • http://twitter.com/BenjRubenstein @BenjRubenstein

      See above :P

  • Godlesss

    That sure looks like FroYo to me.

  • JP10

    also wasn't mobile hotspot introduced in froyo? I saw that icon in the pics.

  • Yeahhh-Buddy

    I would Masterbate to this phone!
    This thing is sexy!
    It shouldn’t be called the Droid X, it should be called……………… The Droid XXX

    • The_Omega_Man

      TMI!

  • old

    Is this phone GSM/CMDA/…???

    • Danw

      cdma

  • String

    Also, look at the USB debugging icon in the notification bar. Definitely Froyo.

  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/w7info w7info

    This bad boy has a TI OMAP 3630 w/ PowerVR SGX530… no wonder its so fast!! I'm liking the nice screen. Wish it was Super AMOLED, though. http://briefmobile.com/motorola-droid-x

  • http://www.mrchnd.com chris

    This phone looks awesome, but personally I don't care for custom UI's. Before potentially buying this phone I'd make certain I could revert to stock android.

    • http://twitter.com/BenjRubenstein @BenjRubenstein

      I know how you feel. I was in the same boat with the EVO. I took the plunge and won't look back. Can't wait for devs to toast me some Froyo, if ya know what I mean…

  • Miguel

    Actually, Google must have gottten the idea of that widget from Motorola. The Motorola Cliq had a similar widget when it launched last year, and it runs 1.5. So I wouldn't be surprised if Motorola simply upgraded their widget.

    Besides, it's not even exactly the same. The Motorola version has a Trash can while the Froyo version has what looks like a gripper.

    • http://twitter.com/BenjRubenstein @BenjRubenstein

      "Besides, it's not even exactly the same. The Motorola version has a Trash can while the Froyo version has what looks like a gripper. "

      The widget cycles through different features of the OS and explains how to use them. Trash can is one of the things that it explains. This means nothing. It's the same exact widget as seen in Froyo.

  • Lessthantito

    It just might be 2.2 didn't 2.? launch with a motorola device on verizon as the 1st 2. device

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  • http://www.best-home-furnishings.com/ lily

    Cool, i like Motorola Droid X!