why is motorola devour running android 1.6

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i was just wondering does anyone have any clue why it has android 1.6 in this phone? shouldn't it have 2.0 atleast? it's basically the same price as the droid and came out after it but not the same OS this makes no sense to me at all. anyone shine any light onto this situation as to why the hell they would do this?
 

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Exactly. Integrating 2.1 with MOTOblur has probably presented a problem. It is cheaper than the Droid at third party dealers, it is also aimed at a different clientele.
 

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Because its a manufacturer skin of Android, they must take time and resources to update their skin to the newest release. It has taken HTC a year minimum to get Sense mostly working with 2.1, and that's with an advanced release of 2.1 for them to play with.

Morotola just got MotoBlur working with 1.6, so it will be awhile until they update it to 2.0 or 2.1. I bet they are not really worried about it, however, because the Devour and BLUR are focused at a different market than the Droid; one that cares more about social networking and less about having the fastest/snappiest phone on the market.
 

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Exactly. Integrating 2.1 with MOTOblur has probably presented a problem. It is cheaper than the Droid at third party dealers, it is also aimed at a different clientele.


What is the Devour aimed at. I have heard is is for younger users who place a large importance on social networking, FB, etc. Is that true ?

Would a businessness person ever want to chose a devour over a droid ?

What about a Android HTC phone over the Droid ? ( Is the only difference the lack of a qwerty keyboard - I have heard many Droid users say that they don't use the qwerty keyboard.
 

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The phone most likely is aimed at the non-tech elite. The phone has facebook, twitter and picasa integration on a widget on the home screen with MOTOblur, which is similar to the Sense UI on some of the newer HTC phones.

I don't see why a business person wouldn't choose a devour over a droid, if they liked the look and feel of it better. It definitely is more attractive than the droid. Many people have said, and I agree, that the keyboard is better on the devour. Whether you would opt for one of the HTC touchscreen-only phones is really a matter of preference. There are some exciting HTCs in the pipeline right now, but I jumped on the devour and have been happy with it. My only gripe is that Verizon hasn't done a thing to market it.
 

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What is the Devour aimed at. I have heard is is for younger users who place a large importance on social networking, FB, etc. Is that true ?

Would a businessness person ever want to chose a devour over a droid ?

What about a Android HTC phone over the Droid ? ( Is the only difference the lack of a qwerty keyboard - I have heard many Droid users say that they don't use the qwerty keyboard.

Think of it as an Android Sidekick. Yes it is marketed at the younger crowd bit I can see a business person choosing it over the Droid for two reasons: 1. The keyboard is a lot easier to type on 2. the phone itself feels more durable.
 

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i could never see a real business man choosing the devour over the droid. that's just my opinion tho. but you are absolutely right about the phone being durable. i was holding one yesterday at my local verizon store n it was like holding a damn brick in my hands.
 

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perfect devour?

I think all of the phones' drawbacks could be fixed if someone could gain root and port a 2.1sense ui... i have absolutely no idea how to do it, and im sure its hard but for me i would love the phone.
 

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2 things they could change that I would love:

the camera (it's a friggin "smartphone" Motorola) give us AF/flash for it;
the reception is weaker than any other Moto I've ever used.

If they wanted to make the screen a bit bigger that would be fine but really the 2 above changes would satisfy me. Oh and invent a new "magical" kind of battery to give us more than 10-12 hours of heavy use.
 

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If they wanted to make the screen a bit bigger that would be fine but really the 2 above changes would satisfy me. Oh and invent a new "magical" kind of battery to give us more than 10-12 hours of heavy use.

Like a Direct-methanol fuel cell battery?
 

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2 things they could change that I would love:

the camera (it's a friggin "smartphone" Motorola) give us AF/flash for it;
the reception is weaker than any other Moto I've ever used.

If they wanted to make the screen a bit bigger that would be fine but really the 2 above changes would satisfy me. Oh and invent a new "magical" kind of battery to give us more than 10-12 hours of heavy use.

Glad I'm not the only one with reception issues. The thing seems to drip 3g for no reason whatsoever and as stated the connection is MUCH slower than the droid. Battery life is pitiful (and I can't seem to find replacement batteries anywhere). I was hoping that software upgrade would help but alas it really hasn't. :-(
 

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if it had eclair it would be a great phone. lets face it 1.5 is outdated

1.6 actually ;-)

But yeah it is outdated and limited. The 1 Google account for the phone really sucks.

And yes the problem is that when work on the device was started last fall 1.6 was the current OS. We now have to wait for them to upgrade Motoblur to work on 2.1 (2.2?)...
 

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Motoblur is what's holding it back. Anytime you put a custom UI on top of the OS it will take longer to upgrade.

I think though that the target market for the devour is also what's holding it back. Motorola is obviously more concerned by getting the Droid updated first, then going back to work on the the motoblur phones. I would be that most devour owners, (except for the savvy ones who frequent sites like this) couldn't care less what OS version the phone has, let alone the OS at all. It's just a social networking phone, not a poweruser phone, or a techy phone, or an enterprise phone. It's aimed at young people who like to let all their friends know that they found a lonely duck on their farm. At least that's what my wife uses it for :)
 

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Of course with the camera on this thing she won't be taking a pic of said duck. Man this camera is terrible...I think the rest of the phone being so nice and fancy-schmancy makes it stand out even more how terrible it is.
 

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It's kinda sad, because it is a really cool form factor. I like how the main body is on peice of metal. I would bet 2.1 by end of summer though. At this point though, I'm just more anxious for someone to root the thing instead so my wife can stop complaining about my phone having cool roms and hers having Motoblur.
 

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Well.

A motorola devour is for everyone. and yes tech elites use it too.
th3ere is many secrets behind the motorola devour that newbies dont know about.
 

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