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Motorola XT720 Announced, Android 2.2 Gets Ported To Droid

Douglas Carter
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Good news for Droid owners and Motorola fans in Europe today! Motorola announced in a press release that the Motorola Milestone XT720 (which managed to slip under my rader) is headed to European markets very soon. In related Motorola Milestone news, MyDroidWorld released a solid build of an Android 2.2 ROM for the Motorola Droid which is sure to please many Droid owners.

The Motorola Milestone XT720 (picture above and below) is Motorola newest Android phone, which appears to be a hardware updated version of the Droid, without a QWERTY keyboard.

Specs on the device taken from BoyGeniusReport and Motorola's press release include:

  • Android 2.1
  • 8MP camera with Xenon flash
  • 10x digital zoom
  • 3.7" 480 x 854 pixel display
  • 720p HD camcorder with HDMI out
  • 8GB microSD included
  • up to five home screens
  • 512MB onboard storage and 256MB RAM
  • 550MHz Cortex A8 processor
  • 1390 mAh battery
  • FM radio

MobileCrunch notes that the phone is "scheduled to be released in the EU/UK next month, with no other details on price or worldwide release available at this time."

Engadget writes that "the ergonomics of the phone feel all wrong. The surface of the touchscreen had too much friction to it, preventing the featherlight swipes that characterize the finest devices in this class, and the redundant protrusion on the lower right of the phone also doesn't help things." They also note that the phone's bands are compatible with T-Mobile USA's 3G network, which could mean the US market will see this phone in the near future.

Head on over to YouTube to check out an advertisment for the device.

Those Droid users who can't wait for Motorola to officially push out FroYo onto their phones can get to installing Android 2.2 onto their phones now, thanks to MyDroidWorld getting a working port of FroYo onto Motorola's Droid. At first, Wi-Fi was not supported, but AndroidandMe is reporting that the Wi-Fi isse has already been addressed, and you can go here to get it.

AndroidCentral mentioned that this is "an exciting day for all the Droid owners, though having an official release would be nice, too."

Just in case you didn't hear it already, we are just giving you the information to get on your way if you want to try this. The risk of bricking your phone should not be taken lightly (unless you have money to waste.)

Other Sources: AndroidandMe, AndroidCentral, BoyGeniusReport, Engadget, EuroDroid, MobileCrunch, MyDroidWorld

Images from EuroDroid and AndroidandMe

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