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OFFICIAL: Verizon Wireless and Motorola announces the DROID 2 Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 10.08.10 - 16:21:43 CET under 04 - Android News - Viewed 11528x
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Following the DROID by Motorola, Verizon Wireless and Motorola today announced the DROID 2 by Motorola. The DROID 2 is a feature-packed device that helps manage work and social life with an enhanced QWERTY keyboard, ultra high-speed Web browsing, 3G Mobile HotSpot capabilities, full push corporate E-Mail, intuitive social messaging and Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for access to the full web - all built on Android 2.2. Customers can watch content on the 3.7" capacitive, multi-touch touchscreen or share content captured on the 5-megapixel camera with enhanced functionality and DVD-quality video capture with DLNA connectivity to share on compatible devices.

DROID 2's super-slim design helps customers E-Mail, text and tweet with ease. DROID 2 offers a redesigned symmetrical keyboard with raised keys for more responsive typing to push out notes and status updates. Speech-to-text input and the virtual multi-touch keyboard allow for quick messaging; or customers can also use Swype for even easier text input. In addition, full push corporate E-Mail delivers enhanced features such as remote wipe and password enforcement so that information remains secure.

Customers can also download favorite apps from Android Market, which has more than 70,000 applications, and store them on 8 GB of preloaded on-board memory and the 8 GB microSD card, which can be upgraded to a 32 GB SD card for a total cargo capacity of 40 GB. Popular apps available on DROID 2 include NFL Mobile (downloadable), Skype mobile and BLOCKBUSTER On Demand presented by V CAST Video. Customers can even manage their wireless accounts or their contacts from their phones with My Verizon and with Backup Assistant.

Adobe Flash Player 10.1 lets mobile users experience millions of websites the way they were meant to be seen - with rich Internet applications (RIAs), content inside the browser, including games, animations, data presentations and visualizations, e-commerce, music, video, audio and more.

In honor of the iconic Astromech DROID from the Star Wars Saga, Verizon Wireless will offer a limited-edition R2-D2 version of the DROID 2, available only online in September. The special version of the phone will feature exclusive Star Wars content and external hardware designed to look like the trusty DROID from the film saga. Visitors to the upcoming Star Wars Celebration V in Orlando, Fla., can see a preview of the limited edition phone and sign up to receive alerts when the phone is ready for sale.

DROID 2 by Motorola will be available at on August 11, and it will be in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores beginning August 12 for US$ 199.99 after a US$ 100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Furthermore, customers can add the optional 3G Mobile HotSpot service to their DROID 2 smartphones for US$ 20 per month. In addition, current Verizon Wireless customers who have contracts ending by December 31, 2010, can upgrade to any smartphone, including DROID 2, without penalty.

Yet not announced but expected to be launched soon too is the GSM/UMTS version of the DROID 2 which is most likely called Milestone 2.

Cheers ~ Arne

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