There is good news and bad news for those who are looking forward to Verizon’s release of the Motorola Droid 2.
The bad news is that this model will reportedly launch in August, not July as had been first thought.
The good news is that this delay will give time for this smartphone to debut with Android OS 2.2, not version 2.1 as had been originally rumored.
A Recent Change
This rescheduling has apparently been done very recently — just a couple of weeks ago, Motorola co-CEO Sanjay Jha promised that Verizon Wireless is going to introduce two of his company’s Android OS-based smartphones in July. One of these is now supposedly going to debut a month later instead.
The other model, the Motorola Droid Shadow, is reportedly still on track for release in July.
After they are both on the market, Verizon customers will have a choice between the the Droid 2, which will have a sliding keyboard, and the Droid Shadow, which will have a very large display.
Preliminary Overview of the Motorola Droid 2
This upcoming high-end Android OS smartphone will apparently improve on the original Motorola Droid in many ways without being redesigned.
According to several pictures of this device that have appeared on the Web, this model will be a slider with a 3.7-inch WVGA display and a landscape-oriented keyboard like its predecessor.
However, the Droid 2 will drop the D-pad from the sliding keyboard, giving room for larger keys which have been made convex (see a comparison). This modification has likely been made in response to wide-spread criticism of the current Droid’s keyboard.
The processor is also supposedly be improved slightly, to a 750 MHz Texas Instruments OMAP chip.
The Droid 2 will launch with a feature that will be a first for a Verizon smartphone: software to make the device function as a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, sharing its connection to Verizon’s 3G network with other computers.
Unlike its predecessor, the upcoming model will allegedly include MotoBlur, Motorola’s software that pulls together messages from social networking sites, texts, and e-mail.
The original Droid comes with a 16 GB microSD memory card, while its successor will reportedly have 8 GB of internal storage and an 8 GB memory card.
Its 5 megapixel camera is not an upgrade, and this device won’t sport a front-facing camera, even though Motorola’s CEO has promised that many upcoming smartphone from his company will support video calling.
The Droid 2 will almost certainly include many of the features of its predecessor, such as a GPS receiver, 3.5 mm headset jack, and a swappable battery.