Verizon Wireless has officially unveiled the Motorola DROID, the first Android 2.0 device to be officially launched and the first device to feature Google Maps Navigation, Google’s new GPS navigation service. The new uber-Android smartphone will cost $199.99 when it becomes available on November 6th.
I’m about to catch a train to New York to meet with Verizon and Moto in just a few minutes and will, god willing, return with a DROID to review personally.
For now I am just going to link off to our MobileBurn.com story on the DROID, where you can get up to speed on specs and features.
The BGR continues to pillage its sources within Motorola. This time, they bring us technical specifications and screenshots taken from Motorola’s own website of the up and coming ‘Droid’ device which they were raving about the other day. It turns out Motorola prematurely released information on Droid and then took it offline. This did not prevent someone grabbing screenshots while they were there, though. The advertisement campaign which Michael has highlighted in his previous post is something rather bold, and entirely revolves around the iPhone. Lots of ‘iDont’ and ‘Droid does’. Despite the fact that this clearly shows that Motorola are playing a long distant second fiddle to [...]
As if the website and TV commercials weren’t enough indication that Verizon is going to make a big push with the Motorola DROID, I just received a remote control Star Wars R2D2 toy from the UPS guy. Verizon packaged the toy with some batteries, some bubble wrap, and a card that says “11.09 www.droiddoes.com” – and nothing else in the box.
You’ll forgive me if I don’t post a review of this particular DROID, but rest assured that I will certainly be playing with it later today… after I finish with the Samsung Moment that I picked up this [...]
I noticed that Verizon is running a TV commercial that offers the same basic content as its promotion website for the Motorola DROID while watching Amazing Race this evening. The only difference is that instead of a countdown timer, the commercial says “coming in November.”
This could mean that we’ll see an unveiling on October 30 and actual device availability in November.
The website that Verizon has launched for its new Android 2.0 (Eclair) based smartphone, the Motorola Droid, might be a bit cryptic, but it does appear to suggest that the new handset will be announced on October 30th – based on the weird countdown timer it displays.
The website takes a number of swipes at the iPhone (“iDon’t have a real keyboard”, “iDon’t run simultaneous apps”, etc) and reveals a few details about the device. We know it has a 5 megapixel camera and runs Android 2.0, we also know that it will play music, do video, and feature a “high-res” display. [...]
Not much detail yet, but the Boy Genius has posted a photo to his twitter feed that shows a picture of the Motorola DROID he has in his posession. Interestingly, the device appears to be running Android 2.0 – Eclair. We haven’t seen this version of the OS on any other devices so far, and 1.6 just very recently started making it onto the market on devices like the HTC Tattoo.
More details when we get them.