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Good old Pete is back, and as promised, delivered the long-awaited Bugless Beast .5 ROM for any Droid 1 owners to consume.

This thing is packed full of all kinds of features most of us wouldn’t think of even wanting but will be glad to have.  A few important updates are:

  • Automatic app install after wiping data and cache
  • Apps installed to data instead of system for easy uninstallation
  • Includes 3 of his paid market apps:  sound recorder, video camera, testing menu

There’s obviously a ton more going on in this thing than those three options.  For a full writeup on the release head on over to Pete’s site here.  And for his actual changelog, check here.

Please note beforehand, you HAVE to wipe data and cache to install this since it’s basically built from source.  No questions asked on this one, BUT if you pay attention to the first highlight, this ROM will automatically search known locations for previously installed apps and then proceed to automatically re-install them.  So ultimately you’ll be losing your programs settings but the ROM should reinstall the apps you had for you.

With that, this all occurs after the first reboot once the ROM is successfully installed.  You HAVE TO let it do its thing at this point, and not think it locked up or pull the battery.  If you do, you’ll have to re-flash the ROM again.  It’s not only installing your previous apps, but also installing the system apps to your data folder so they can be easily uninstalled if you so desire, as mentioned above.

This is already up in Rom Manager, so go on and grab it now!

Also note this should stop any users from seeing the popup to update their phone to the latest Froyo build as this is built from the current FRG22D build.

Enjoy!

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Luckily as you can see from the screen shot above, Adobe has still included the Droid as capable and supported Flash 10.1 smartphone.  So after the outrage over the weekend of whether or not there would be support going forward on the Droid 1, it appears the answer is yes.

For the most part this should be a non-issue since most if not all of you Droid 1 owners already have the flash player installed.  They won’t magically uninstall it from your device even if it did become officially unsupported at some point, so you will never lose the ability to play flash content anyway.

So keep on keepin’ on and enjoy your flash sites on Droid 1. They’re not going anywhere, anytime soon.

Source: Droid-life
Via: AndroidCentral

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Droid 1 No Longer Supports Flash?

Posted: September 6, 2010 in Droid 1
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So this is an interesting find.  Over at droidforums.net they’ve found that Adobe has updated their requirements for mobile Flash player support.

As you can see in the picture above, WVGA displays now require an A8 800 Mhz or better processor.  Motorola has the processor in the Droid 1 underclocked to 550 Mhz (which anyone is still yet to figure out why) but as droid-life points out, Motorola could push out a kernel update for the phone that would up the processor to 800 Mhz, I’m not so sure they will do that though considering the device has hit EOL status already.

I would assume either Adobe or Motorola will make some kind of statement regarding this once it gets a little more attention, as I’m sure there will be a few people unhappy with this, if it does in fact mean no further Flash support for the Droid 1.

With that, fear not, as the Droid 1 has developed one of the biggest independent support communities of any smartphone, so even if Motorola, Verizon and Adobe try to leave this device in the dust, rest assured there will be an entire community ready to pick up the slack and continue moving forward.

Source: Droid-life.com
Via: Droidforums.net

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Well I didn’t see this one coming.  According to Androiddoes.net, starting tomorrow (9/2) you can go into Verizon, buy almost any smartphone, and activate it on a pay-as-you-go plan.  Pictured above is the list of devices that will be allowed to be used for this plan type.  Below you can find the pricing comparison between different pay as you go offerings from other networks.

This is a great way for someone with bad credit, no credit, or simply might not be old enough to get mom or dad to sign a 2 year contract for them.  If you think you can foot the bill, but just couldn’t find a way to get in before, this is your chance.  As you can see from the list, you can grab any of the popular Droid series phones, as well as BlackBerry’s and other’s.  Also note if you happen to have one of these lying around from a recent upgrade, used phones can be activated on one of these plans as well.

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Everyone was highly disappointed when Froyo finally got pushed OTA to the Droid 1, only to find out it didn’t support the Flash player.  Well in reality it did support it, but it wasn’t discoverable in the Android market.  With that, they’ve finally started pushing out the FRG22D update that will enable Droid 1 users, among other things, to install the Flash player directly from the market.

If you don’t feel like waiting for the OTA update to hit your phone, we’ve got the link directly from Google themselves if you want to update manually.

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Did you just recently get your fill of Froyo on the Droid 1, or through the leaked copy on the Droid X?  Or maybe you just picked up a fresh new Droid 2?  Whatever the case may be, you mind some things different or out of place when coming from Android 2.1 to 2.2, and we’re not talking about just the obvious addition of Flash.  Here’s just a few tips and insights into Froyo, how it differs from 2.1 and how you can maximize all that performance of the beast within Froyo.

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Droid-life.com is reporting some of their followers sending in tips that they’ve been able to swap out there defective Droid 1 and Droid Eris for a Droid 2 or Droid Incredible.  They also make note to point out this is a straight warranty exchange, not an insurance claim.  So no deductibles involved here, pretty much a completely free upgrade.

I’m not one to promote insurance fraud or essentially do something you aren’t entitled to be doing, but I know of a few buddy’s I work with that I’m passing this news on to.  How can you turn down a completely upgraded phone for absolutely free?

Now they do say the people who were able to do this were on their 3rd or 4th refurbished device at this point so it may not be a first time deal if you’ve never had issues with your phone, but if you have had to send it back a few times already, I would definitely look into seeing if you could just get a free upgrade.

We should make it clear, as they did on Droid-life.com, that you cannot go out and physically break your phone and expect to swap it out, that would be an insurance claim.  A warranty swap is for when the device isn’t function properly and you did nothing to cause it.

Source: Droid-life.com

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