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Motorola Connected Music Player for Android is packed with awesomeness

Motorola's new Connected Music Player isn't the first leaked audio app we've seen -- but it's certainly got a leg up on the one we saw from Google. CMP goes way beyond shuffling through your music and video library, building in a ton of (predictably enough) connected features. Let's start with the radio. CMP includes both SHOUTcast integration and the ability to tap into your phone's FM radio...

Motorola acquires maker of ZumoCast and ZumoDrive, MotoBlur will get new features

Motorola has acquired Zecter, Inc. -- a company whose name you probably haven't heard before, but which is behind two very cool services: ZumoDrive and ZumoCast. While we haven't covered ZumoDrive before, it's basically a cloud backup and sync solution that gives you 2 GB of space for free, and has very nifty mobile clients to make sure your files are with you wherever you go. Lee looked at...

Microsoft sues Motorola and its Android phones for patent infringement

In a continuing, drawn-out, and rather banal storyline that's reminiscent of a cheap daytime soap, Microsoft has sued Motorola for infringing nine patents in its Android phones. The patents cover functions such as "synchronizing e-mail, calendars and contacts." This all comes just a few days after Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's annual bonus was slashed due to poor performance in the mobile...

The Great Android Conspiracy -- a thrilling ride through six back-to-school Android apps for students!

Download Squad contributor Mark Bowytz decided to go freestyle with this rundown of Android apps -- please enjoy his geeky thriller ... and the apps, of course! Agent McCormick is to meet an informant who has some secrets to share about his Android phone...but will they make it out alive? The air in the Imperial Palace restaurant was a pungent mixture of fried dumplings and chemical fumes...

Motorola on Droid X self-destruct controversy: it won't brick your phone, just put it in recovery mode

Our sister site, Engadget, has done some laudable reporting on the Droid X "self-destruct" controversy I covered yesterday. The Droid X was rumored to brick itself if a user modified the bootloader, but Engadget asked Motorola about those rumors and found out they're only half-true. Yes, the eFuse chip in the Droid X will "protect users" by forcing the phone into recovery mode, but it won't brick...

Android modders beware: Droid X bricks itself if you try to modify it

Android fans love that their OS is much more freely modified than a relatively closed system like Apple's iOS, but the new Droid X is reportedly far from mod-friendly. Droid X has a self-destruct sequence built on a technology called eFuse, which disables the bootloader and bricks the phone if you try to tinker with it. The only way to get your Droid X working again after eFuse has been triggered...

Verizon's Motorola Droid users finally get Android 2.1!

After much flip-flopping from Verizon about the release date of Android 2.1 for Motorola Droid owners, our sister site, Engadget, says that Droid Does...finally get a firmware update this week. A limited rollout has already started, and most customers should see the update starting on Thursday. It's an over-the-air release, so don't worry about having to download and install it manually. Make...

Google and Android: The messy truth of open-source

Speaking on Cranky Geeks, a ZDNet-owned online television show, Google bigwig Chris DiBona quite plainly admits that Android open-source development isn't plain sailing for its developers. "We could do better," he says, but he isn't apologizing. And rightly so: he would be apologizing for moving too fast. It would be like a pussy-whipped man apologizing after cleaning the house, but forgetting...

Droid Does... only have 256MB of storage for apps

Motorola's Droid is a sweet piece of hardware that's hyped to give the iPhone a run for its money, especially since it's running the new Android 2.0 OS, and works on the Verizon network in the US. We care about software here at Download Squad though, and there's some dismaying news about the Droid on that front: it has only 256MB for app storage. Seriously. The Droid reportedly only packs a...

Windows Mobile 6.5 coming next year?

Something odd is going on in the world of Windows Mobile development. Last I'd heard Microsoft was working on a new product called Windows Mobile 7 that would be due out in the second half of 2009. But Motorola's CEO of mobile devices Sanjay Jha mentioned something interesting during an earnings call today. He said phones based on Windows Mobile 6.5 will be available during the second half of...

Vringo does video ringtones

When Mom calls the cell phone, you might have a special ringtone just for her--like Squeezebox by the Who. When Dad calls, maybe it's Simple Man by Skynyrd. For your significant other, maybe it's a cheesy 80's power ballad. Ringtones are fun, and they've become a huge segment of business for the music industry. Of course, who's willing to settle for ringtones that employ just audio, when you can...

IBM buys wireless software firm Vallent Corp.

Big Blue has been eyeing a wireless software company called Vallent Corp., and is working to close a deal for early 2007. Vallent, a software company from Washington that develops network monitoring tools for wireless service providers, has developed software that is capable of monitoring traffic, identifying network bottlenecks, and protect against any service interruptions. Vallent's current...

Yahoo to Go on Windows Mobile smartphones

Yahoo! has just announced it's Yahoo to Go service on Windows Mobile smartphones (like the sleek Motorola Q). The application has been around on some Nokia phones for a while, and was previously announced to be pre-installed on some Motorola handsets next year. This release will expand the service to the millions of devices running Windows Mobile 2003 SE & 5.0. The application brings together...

Greenpeace: your guide to green electronics

OK, this isn't exactly a download. But all that software has to run on something, right? Greenpeace has released their first ever global "e-waste" scorecard that ranks computer and electronics manufacturers in terms of how much effort they are putting into shrinking their environmental toxin profiles, and how successful they're being. Many people probably don't realize it, but most consumer...

Stay informed with 4INFO mobile search

Getting up to the minute news and accessing information on your mobile device is great. Always being up to date by accessing all the hottest news, sports, movies, flights, and your package deliveries are great features to have on a mobile device. One company that provides this mobile service is 4INFO. Through downloading the 4INFO search application onto your mobile device, you are presented with...