Verizon Wireless and Motorola have made the Motorola Droid official, revealing that the phone will offer Android 2.0 and more.
Verizon Wireless recently announced that the carrier would soon offer Android phones, and leaks have suggested that the first phone will be the Motorola Droid. Through a marketing campaign, Verizon Wireless now reveals (and confirms) a range of key features of the Motorola Droid here.
TV ads for this upcoming smartphone began running during the Baseball playoffs game tonight, and will continue to run tomorrow during NFL games.
The theme for this campaign will be contrasting the features of what Verizon’s upcoming device will offer and what the Apple iPhone does not, including a physical keyboard, multi-taking third-party apps, widgets, and a replaceable battery.
The TV ads direct people to a website — DroidDoes.com — that gives more details, including the fact that this smartphone will run Android 2.0, an as-yet unreleased version of Google’s operating system. The site, at www.verizonwireless.com/droid, contains a countdown clock in code using ten symbols, each of which represent a number from 0-9. If you decode the symbols, the clock is counting down to midnight at the beginning of October 30, 2009. (At 9:20 PM on October 17, the clock read 12 days, 2 hours, 39 minutes, and some seconds.)
The Motorola Droid will offer a slide-out QWERTY thumbboard, similar to the recently reviewed Motorola CLIQ. However, while the Motorola CLIQ is powered by Android 1.5, the Motorola Droid will be the first phone to be powered by Android 2.0.
Some of the new features that Android 2.0 seems to bring to the Motorola Droid includes native sync support for Exchange and Facebook, a new Maps application, a new UI makeover and much more. Boy Genius Report has a nice walkthrough with screenshots of what could be a relatively fresh build of Android 2.0 here.
Verizon Wireless says that the Motorola Droid will sport a 5-megapixel camera with night shot capabilities, as well as a high-res screen that could possibly mean a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels (WVGA) like Acer’s new Liquid for Europe. Whether the Motorola Droid will also match the Liquid’s 1GHz Snapdragon processor is not yet known.
According to Boy Genius Report, the Motorola Droid for Verizon Wireless will hit store shelves on October 30. The price has yet to be announced, but the carrier tends to price its new smartphones at $200 with a two-year contract and a qualifying plan nowadays.