It looks like that countdown clock on the Droid website was ticking down to the official announcement of the Verizon Droid. Verizon just sent out invitations to the media that confirms what we already know--the Droid is made by Motorola headed to Verizon and going to be one of 'must-have devices of the year'. So come October 28th, be ready for the onslaught of Droid.
In a separate promotional mailer from Verizon PR, 11.09 is listed on the backside. And since November 9th comes after October 28th, we're deducing that the later date could be the actual release date of the Droid. We make pretty good detectives, don't we?
And lastly, to show how serious Verizon is about the Droid, check out the video of the package they mailed to MobileCrunch after the break! What can say 'Droid' more than that?
Meet the Dell 'Streak', a 5-inch Android-powered MID that packs a 800x480 capacitive touchscreen (with multitouch!), 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 5-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, and runs Android 2.0 'Eclair'. There are also 3 touch sensitive buttons on the right side and what appears to be a front-facing camera for video conferencing. This isn't a complete surprise since we've heard of Dell's interest in creating an Android-powered, iPod Touch competitor before, but it's certainly an exciting proposition.
Now that's how you design a dual-screen E-book reader! Barnes & Noble just announced their own E-Book Reader called 'Nook' and its fresh design offers both a 6-inch E-ink display with a 3.5-inch color touchscreen for navigation and controls. Unlike the E-book reader we reported yesterday, the Nook looks amazing and blends the two screens amazingly well.
We're very impressed with the Nook and hopeful that with Android in its corner, it can knock the Kindle and Sony E-readers off their perch. Like most E-book readers these days, the Nook packs 3G and Wi-Fi for wireless downloading but unlike most, the Nook offers LendMe technology that allows you to lend books to friends for 14 days. Other features include a microSD slot, 3.5 mm headphone jack and mp3 player, PDF support, and 1 million books available for purchase.
The Nook will be available for $259 at the end of November. We're hoping that since Android powers the Nook, we'll see some applications designed to extend the scope of E-book readers.
Verizon isn't kidding about the Droid. After launching commercials in primetime over the weekend, it looks like they'll follow up with promotional mailers that give a clear look at the Droid and lists what the Droid does. It's interesting to note that other than the Verizon logo on the phone, we can't find another logo on the leaked mailers. We guess we're just supposed to know when the color red is used, it's Verizon. And as successful as we believe the Droid will be, does anyone else think they're going a bit overboard with the terminator-esque theme?
Also, thanks to code-cracking geniuses, it looks like the listed date on the Droid website has moved up. Previously, the countdown was ticking down for October 30th but has now moved up to October 28th. We're expecting that date to be an official announcement rather than a official launch but we'll keep our ears out.
More pictures of the Droid promotional mailer after the jump!
The video goes through the basics, it gives you the tour of the Sense UI and also shows off some of the hardware. For a low-end Android phone, the HTC Tattoo seems to be a decent offering. Has anyone got their hands on this?
The HTC Hero came to the US with a brand new hardware design and a CDMA carrier. Many were disappointed in the design change considering how daring and cutting edge the European GSM HTC Hero was. But could there be a chance that we'll see the original version of the Hero in the US?
Phonearena thinks so. According to their tipsters, the HTC Hero is headed to AT&T in early 2010. Considering that AT&T is a GSM network, maybe we'll see that sweet chin around after all. It's much too early to get excited over this, especially since AT&T has not even officially acknowledged Android and reportedly canceled one of their Android phones, but we're going to keep an eye on this.
How would you feel about the GSM HTC Hero on AT&T?
Say hello to the Motorola Calgary, Verizon's other Android phone in the works. We've seen it before, albeit in a much more glamorous light, but this Motorola Android device is reported to pack MOTOBLUR, something not available on the Droid. It looks like Verizon is positioning itself to offer two different Android experiences--the high end, iPhone 3GS-competitor in the Droid and the lower end, featurephone replacement in the Calgary.
The picture above shows that the Calgary has 3 touch-sensitive buttons along with an optical joystick. It's a QWERTY-slider device so keyboard fanatics won't lose their buttons. BGR reports that the Calgary will also have a 3-megapixel camera, 3.5mm headphone jack, Wi-Fi, GPS, and microSD.
To us, the picture of the Calgary looks like a prototype. We're betting that Motorola will add a bit more flair to the commercial release. With that said, it looks like Verizon and Android are going to be sitting in a tree this holiday season. We can't wait.
What do you guys think? Anyone interested in the Calgary? Or will it be all Droid?
Hit the jump for more pictures of the Motorola Calgary!
The spotlight for Android is certainly busy these days. After the Droid ad onslaught this past weekend, all eyes are on Verizon's Droid. But with the Motorola CLIQ now available, the CLIQ is jumping back into the mix. And that's not even mentioning the best Android phone currently on the market, the Sprint HTC Hero, being released just a week ago. So is there room for any more Android phones?
T-Mobile certainly thinks so. According to this leaked slide, the Samsung Behold II will be released on November 18th. The Samsung Behold II is going to pack a 3.2 inch AMOLED screen, 5-megapixel camera and comes running Samsung's own TouchWiz UI. TouchWiz is supposed to give easy access to frequently accessed applications and of course, offer widgets galore.
We weren't excited about the Behold II before but since the purported November 18th release date is less than a month away, we're a little more optimistic. With the CLIQ being a QWERTY-slider device and the Behold II being a touchscreen only phone, are these two devices the new T-Mobile G1 and myTouch 3G?
If you're interested in the Samsung Galaxy Lite I5700 aka the Spica, you'll be happy to know that it's went through the video treatment. Though the music choice in the video is a surprise, the video itself is worth a look if you're keen on learning about this Android device. It runs through the basic design and hardware of the Galaxy Lite and showcases our favorite OS, Android.
From the looks of it, the AMOLED screen looks vibrant and wonderful but the mere 100MB available for apps is very disappointing. We're still not sure if the Galaxy Lite is ever come to the states so if you are interested in this device, don't get your hopes up!
We've seen Android in so many different platforms already--smartphones, netbooks, MID's, set top boxes--that it's surprising we haven't seen it power an E-book Reader already. Luckily for those who still read, Spring Design has just announced their dual-screen, Android-powered 'Alex' E-book reader that houses two different displays (one with e-ink technology, the other a touchscreen LCD), comes with 3G and Wi-Fi for wireless downloading, and a whole lot of ambition.
We love the idea of having a dual-screen E-book reader since those screens offer completely different experiences, but we're unsure of the execution, it just looks a little convoluted, design-wise, in our eyes. But we're definitely going to keep an eye on Spring Design's 'Alex' E-book Reader because it's simply a great idea in a burgeoning market. Being powered by Android obviously helps.
If you're already a T-Mobile customer, you can pre-order the Motorola CLIQ right now. The Motorola Android handset packs a QWERTY slider keyboard and heavy social networking features in MOTOBLUR. If you're eligible for an upgrade, it'll cost you $199.99 with new 2 year contract, if you're interested in purchasing it off contract, the CLIQ will run for $449.99. Obviously your own pricing will depend on your contract status.
The quick bullet point highlights are that: it runs Android 2.0, is very thin for a QWERTY slider, is the fastest Android device available, has a wonderful screen and usable keyboard, and pretty much sets the standard for future Android phones. We're confident that the Verizon Droid is going to be a hit because it combines the best carrier (network-wise) with our favorite smartphone OS. Word on the street is that it makes the Motorola CLIQ look downright elementary (no surprsie). How can you deny that?
What do you guys think about the Verizon Motorola Droid? Excited? Nonplussed? Let us know in the comments!
Hit the jump to see more pictures of the Motorola Droid!
With the hype of the HTC Hero officially stolen by the new Android-focused, iPhone attacking Verizon commercials, we're wondering what HTC has in store for future Android phones. And we consider it wonderful timing to see a brand new, completely unknown HTC Android phone pop up. What could this HTC Android device be?
From what we can gather, the screen looks to be magnificent, the camera seems to be equipped with flash, the Android hardware buttons look touch-sensitive, and there's the omnipresent trackball. We're hoping this is the HTC Dragon, the Android device that packs a 1GHz processor (Snapdragon) and will likely re-define speediness in Android hardware.
What do you guys think? Is this the HTC Dragon? How do you like it?
Hit the jump to see the back of this mysterious HTC Android phone!
The glove are off. After attacking AT&T, Verizon just released a commercial attacking/mocking the iPhone as an 'iDon't' device that doesn't have a real keyboard, can't multitask, can't take 5-megapixel pictures, can't take pictures in the dark, can't customize, can't run widgets, and can't interchange batteries. And guess what? Everything that the 'iDon't' can't do, the Droid does.
No shots of the Droid (previously known as the Sholes) were actually shown in the commercial but there is no doubt that Verizon is betting big on their first Android device. We're absolutely certain that interest in the Droid will soon reach a fever pitch and come November, it's going to be one of the most anticipated devices of the year. Expect more commercials and ads about what the Droid does and what the 'iDon't' cant.
What do you guys think? Smart move by Verizon? If anything, 'iDon't' is catchy as heck.
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