Motorola today unveiled DROID by Motorola, the first smartphone powered by
Android 2.0 (Eclair)
operating system. DROID by Motorola features the brainpower and breakneck speed
of a modern smartphone, designed to outperform where other smartphones fall
short. DROID by Motorola has a solid exterior, intelligent interior and is one
of the thinnest full-QWERTY slider phones available. It is a no-fuss, high-tech,
location-aware, voice-recognizing, over-the-air updating, multi-tasking machine
- and it is available just in time for holiday wish lists.
With DROID by Motorola, you can:
- Zip through the Web - Access the Internet at 3G speeds via the
nation's largest and most reliable 3G network or from any Wi-Fi hotspot. The
multi-window HTML browser with a massive processor delivers the Web the way
- See it all in Cinema-style - View the Web, E-Mail, Google Maps,
videos and more in widescreen on a brilliant 3.7" high-resolution screen.
Boasting a width of 854 pixels to reduce the need for side-to-side panning
and more than 400,000 pixels total, DROID has more than twice that of the
- Run multiple Applications at once - Customize your DROID with
thousands of applications and hundreds of widgets available on Android
Market. Toggle back and forth between up to six applications at a time to
juggle the universe and your apps.
- Perform Google Search at the Speed of Sound - Simply tell DROID
what you're looking for using voice-activated search, and it will serve up
Google search results based on your location. If you want more, simply type
what you're looking for into the search bar on the home screen and DROID
will also search content on your phone, such as apps and contacts, and the
- Capture Moments - Snap digital camera-quality photos with a 5
megapixel camera loaded with the works, such as a dual-LED flash, autofocus
and image stabilization, or capture your friend's antics in 16 million
colors with DVD-quality video capture and playback. Store it all on the
included 16 GB memory card, so you always have it on hand.
- Multi-task like a Master - Keep tabs on all your messages with
integrated Gmail and Exchange E-Mail pushed directly to you, but don't let
them get in your way. With the handy Android notification panel, go straight
to the message or simply ignore it, and get back to the task at hand. And, a
smart dictionary learns as you type and automatically includes your
- Get where you need to go with Google Maps Navigation (Beta) -
DROID is the first device with Google Maps Navigation, providing
turn-by-turn voice guidance as a free feature of Google Maps. It's powered
by Google and connected to the Internet. Use voice shortcuts and simply say
"Navigate to [your destination]," and you'll be on your way. See live
traffic, use Street View or satellite imagery to view your route, and get
access to the most recent maps and business information from Google Maps
without ever needing to update your device.
Pre-loaded Applications and Enhancements to Google Mobile Services:
- Google Maps - With layers in Google Maps, view geographic
information, such as My Maps, Wikipedia, and transit lines, right on the
- Gmail - Multiple accounts support and undo for common operations.
- YouTube - One-touch recording and playback from homescreen widget
or app, one-touch sharing with friends, and the ability to view your own
uploaded videos and high-resolution videos.
- Google Talk - Easily switch between chats, search your chat
history, and preview pictures and videos sent by links.
- Android Market - Browse and download applications created by
- Calendar - Ability to see who has R.S.V.P.'d to your meeting
- Amazon MP3 Store - Download the latest tracks over the air.
- Verizon Wireless Visual Voice Mail - Delete, reply and forward
voice mail messages without having to listen to prior messages or voice
DROID by Motorola will be available in the United States exclusively at
Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online on Friday, Nov. 6, for US$
199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement after a US$ 100 mail-in rebate.
Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt,
customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.
To get the most from DROID by Motorola smartphone, customers will need to
subscribe to a Nationwide voice plan and an E-Mail and Web for Smartphone plan.
Cheers ~ Arne