Return of the Droid: Motorola Droid 2 on Verizon Wireless

Wednesday 11th, August 2010 / 11:46 Written by
Return of the Droid: Motorola Droid 2 on Verizon Wireless

It seems like it’s been ages since Motorola announced the first Droid, for Verizon, which was followed by it’s GSM counterpart,the Milestone (couldn’t they come up with something cooler than that? What was the Milestone?). Since then, Verizon has introduced the Droid Incredible by HTC, and the Droid X, again by Motorola. And then they had plans to put the old Droid out to pasture.

Now the Droid is back. And it’s got a lotta new stuff too!! It’s called the Droid 2, has a new, revamped keyboard, runs Android 2.2 aka FroYo and has Flash 10.1. Adobe says this is the first Android device with flash 10 pre-installed!

Here’re some Specs:

  • 1 GHz Processor
  • Android 2.2 (FroYo)
  • Adobe Flash 10
  • 8GB Built In Memory, expandable upto 32GB with a MicroSD card
  • 3.7″ Multitouch Display
  • 5MP Camera (no HD video recording)
  • CDMA 1X 800/1900, EVDO rev. A  (Hopefully they’ll announce the GSM version soon, and call it something cooler than the Milestone 2!)

Like I mentioned before, this is the first Android device which comes with Flash 10.1 built in, and Adobe showed off the Flash integration in a video:

Visit the Droid 2 product page over here.. Motorola Droid 2

And there’s more!!

There will be a Limited Edition “Star Wars – The Empire Strikes Back” version of the Droid 2, called the r2-D2!! It’ll have content from the Movie, along with external design to match the name! Visit the promo site here! And I mean NOW!

Here are some more images of the Droid 2:

What do you think? Would you wait for the GSM version of the Droid 2? Let us know by commenting below, or you can catch us on twitter, we’re @myportableworld.

UPDATE: Thanks to this tweet, we now have an Image of the r2-D2 version!! I wants!!!

Press Release:

See What DROID(TM) Does Next: DROID 2 by Motorola Pre-Sale Starts August 11 at verizonwireless.com

Built on Android 2.2 with Adobe(R) Flash(R) Player 10.1, DROID 2 Comes Equipped with More Power, More Speed and an Improved QWERTY Keyboard

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and LIBERTYVILLE, Ill., Aug 10, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX News Network/ — Verizon Wireless, the company with the nation’s largest and most reliable wireless 3G network, and Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT), a pioneer in the mobile industry, today announced that DROID(TM) 2 by Motorola will be available for pre-sale on August 11. Hitting all the right keys, 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(R) Flash(R) Player 10.1 for access to the full web – all built on Android 2.2.

“When we announced DROID X last month, we reaffirmed our commitment to continue to bring unique Android experiences to the Verizon Wireless network,” said Jeffrey Dietel, vice president – wireless device, marketing and development for Verizon Wireless. “The DROID by Motorola was our first Android device, so it is important for us to include the successor to that phone in our portfolio. DROID 2 is not only a continuation of our commitment to Android but offers customers the features and form-factor they crave on the Verizon Wireless network.”

“With the new DROID 2, we’ve taken a big leap forward from the original DROID,” said Bill Ogle, chief marketing officer of Motorola Mobile Devices and Home Business. “We listened to consumers and are providing an even more robust experience built on Android 2.2 that includes a new keyboard, increased processing power, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 and 3G Mobile HotSpot capabilities to send, access and share information even quicker than before.”

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.

DROID 2 packs power and speed. Customers can enjoy the freedom of wireless with the 3G Mobile HotSpot and the ability to connect up to five compatible Wi-Fi(R) devices, and watch content on the full multi-touch 3.7-inch brilliant display, 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.

Customers can also download favorite apps from Android Market(TM), which has more than 70,000 applications, and store them on 8 GB of preloaded on-board memory and the 8 GB microSD(TM) 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(TM) and BLOCKBUSTER On Demand(R) 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(SM).

“It’s great to see amazing new smartphones like the DROID 2 come pre-installed with Flash Player 10.1,” said David Wadhwani, senior vice president and general manager, Creative and Interactive Solution Business Unit at Adobe. “With the completely redesigned and hardware accelerated Flash Player 10.1, DROID 2 users will be able to experience the full Web on the go.”

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.

R2-D2 DROID 2

In honor of the iconic Astromech Droid from the Star Wars(TM) 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.

Pricing and Availability

DROID 2 by Motorola will be available at www.verizonwireless.com on August 11, and it will be in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores beginning August 12 for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. 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. In addition to subscribing to a Nationwide Talk plan or a Nationwide Talk & Text plan, customers will also need to subscribe to an Email and Web for Smartphone plan. Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 monthly access. Email and Web for Smartphone plans start at $29.99 for unlimited monthly access.

Customers can add the optional 3G Mobile HotSpot service to their DROID 2 smartphones for $20 per month. The 3G Mobile HotSpot allows customers to turn their phones into a wireless modem for up to five compatible Wi-Fi(R) devices. In addition, current Verizon Wireless customers who have contracts ending by December 31, 2010, can upgrade to any smartphone, including DROID 2, without penalty.

For more information on DROID 2 by Motorola, go to www.droiddoes.com.

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