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Motorola Droid 2 shows up again, this time in a catalogue

14 Jul

Motorola Droid 2 on Verizon WirelessMotorola might not be ready to take the covers off its upcoming Droid 2 (Milestone 2 for us) but Verizon Wireless, the exclusive carrier in the US for the Droid range of phones, seems a bit impatient. BGR has received the carrier’s summer catalogue that features the Droid 2 in all its glory. Yeah, we have known about this sequel to the first generation Droid but some info coming directly from Verizon does help.

So what we are looking at is basically the Milestone in a new chasis and with 8 GB of internal memory, a 1 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM and with an ability to act as a Wi-Fi hotspot. We have a hunch that Motorola might just take a little more time and launch it with Android 2.2 aka Froyo in tow. Now that would be nice, wouldn’t it?

via Mobile Crunch

Did Apple throw AT&T under the bus cuz there is a CDMA iPhone on the way?

5 Jul

In its ‘letter regarding iPhone 4‘ Apple wrote everything but admit that there is a genuine reception issue problem with the iPhone 4. Instead, it put the blame on its sole carrier partner in the US (AT&T) by implying that users were facing dropped calls and network bars disappearing because they might be in an area with poor network reception. Judging by the number of complaints that we are reading about, it seems that would be across the country and not just some pockets.

Now why would Apple do that to its exclusive partner. Why now, after three iterations of the device have made the iPhone the most popular smartphone ever. Why now, when Apple knew since 2007 that AT&T’s network was being overwhelmed by the traffic its iPhone toting users generated and whatever the carrier did was just not enough to satiate the data guzzling smartphone?

Till now Jobs and company were content to simply smirk when people complained about AT&T. But never did they go to the extent of blaming the carrier for the poor reception quality of Apple’s “best iPhone yet.” But now they just did.

So here’s what I think: Apple is on the verge of closing a deal (or might have already inked it) with Verizon Wireless, AT&T’s closest rival that uses a competing CDMA network known for its strong reception and data throughputs. Verizon already has a robust EVDO network and is on the verge of launching an LTE network (4G) in the US.

Apple has done its bit for AT&T (and vice-versa, as it is believed that Apple first approached Verizon for the iPhone but the carrier at that time refused) and now it seems the right time to move on from their exclusive relationship. Verizon will offer Apple a new set of customers to sell the iPhone to and also offers the company a future growth path.

On Verizon, Apple could first launch an EVDO version of the iPhone later this year or early next year and tap into its millions of subscribers who just could not switch to AT&T but were dying to use an iPhone. Then, in late-2011 or early-2012, Apple can launch an LTE version and then keep adding new features just like it did with the GSM iPhone. A simple 2G version in 2007 (iPhone), a 3G version (iPhone 3G) in 2008 and progressive feature improvements in 2009 (iPhone 3GS) and 2010 (iPhone 4).

A move like that would not only give Apple a bigger addressable market in the US but also help it secure more carrier partnerships in other countries like India, where CDMA carriers are yet to get a ‘killer’ smartphone that would enable it to keep its high value customers interested in their services.

That is what I think. What do you think?

Moto Droid X: Makes calls, no matter how you hold it

1 Jul

Wonder what Motorola meant by the last few lines in this ad copy? (:P)

And most importantly, it comes with a double antenna design. The kind that allows you to hold the phone any way you like and use it just about anywhere to make crystal clear calls.

via Motorola’s Facebook page

Motorola and Verizon officially launch the Droid X

24 Jun

First it was the HTC Evo, then the Samsung Galaxy S and today, Motorola and Verizon Wireless have lifted the covers off the latest flag bearer for Android – the Droid X. Yeah, we had already seen glimpses of the device and now with the official announcement, it is time for the Full Monty.

The Droid X has a 4.3 inch WVGA display (the same resolution as the Droid aka the Milestone), a 1 GHz processor, an 8.0 MP camera with dual flash that can shoot videos in 720p HD resolution, an HDMI port for connecting it to an HD TV and all possible connectivity options that you can expect from a high-end smartphone. Surprisingly, the Droid X still runs on Android 2.1 but both Motorola and Verizon Wireless promise an over-the-air update to Android 2.2 by the end of summer. Motorola has so far had a pretty good track record with Android updates, unlike HTC, which is yet to roll out an Android 2.1 update for the Hero in all markets.

The Droid X has 8 GB of internal memory and the sales pack comes bundled with a 16 GB microSD card. The superphone will be available on Verizon Wireless at a subsidized price of $199 in July. We hope to see a GSM variant for Europe and Asian markets being announced very soon. You can check out the spec sheet of the Droid X here.

Motorola Droid 2 caught on film days before launch

21 Jun

Not a day passes by when we hear of yet another Android superphone being launched somewhere in the world. After the Samsung Galaxy S and the Motorola Droid X, it is now the Motorola Droid 2 that has reared its head somewhere in the US. Expected to be announced as early as this week and a possible launch in August (probably later this year in India as the Milestone 2), the Droid 2 looks exactly like the first Droid with minor design tweaks and some significant bump in hardware specs.

The folks at Android and Me have done a good job at comparing the two models. In a nutshell, here’s what the Droid 2 is all about:

The Droid 2 has a curved bezel with a metallic chrome finish. The keyboard has been revamped with arrow keys instead of the D-pad and the keys are slightly raised when compared to the Droid. It now runs on a TI OMAP 3630 1GHz processor and the RAM has been doubled to 512 MB. Rest remains the same as the Droid. The Droid 2 currently runs Android 2.1 but will be quickly updated to Android 2.2.

While we wait for the official announcement, check out this video comparing the Droid 2 with the Droid.

Moto Droid 2 for Verizon poses for pictures at NASA tech event

18 Jun

We ain’t sure how this is happening but on a day when Verizon Wireless put up a page for the Droid X without issuing any press release, elsewhere at a NASA tech event its representatives were busy showing off the Droid 2. A Gizmodo reader noticed the device and proceeded to click some pictures of the device.

So here’s what the Droid 2 (or Milestone 2 in India or whatever it will be called) is all about:

A new dark chrome finish with smoother edges.
A 1 GHz processor
A new more spacious keyboard without the D-pad and a new voice command key
8 GB of internal memory
Still has a 5.0 MP camera
Currently runs Android 2.1 but will be updated to Android 2.2

Head over to Gizmodo to check out some more shots of the phone.

Motorola Droid X gets real, shows up on Verizon Wireless

17 Jun

We all knew it was coming but no one could have guessed it was coming so soon. We are talking about the Droid X aka the Droid XTREME, the second generation of Motorola’s Droid series of Android phones (better known to us this side of the world as the Milestone). What’s surprising, however, is that Verizon has simply flashed it on its site rather than issuing a kick ass press release and telling the world what it is all about. The new iPhone, after all, goes on sale in a week and what could have been better than releasing a lean, mean, Android beast on a network that is better than the iPhone’s home in the US.

Verizon does not reveal anything about the Droid X that we don’t already know about. The phone will have a 4.3 inch display, 720p HD recording and HDMI out. What we don’t know at the moment is whether it will run Android 2.2 or Android 2.1. We have a hunch that this beast will run Android 2.2.

Hmm, seems like a good deal to us but it won’t be long before the Droid 2 is announced and that’s when we will take a call on which one to pick up.