Information about a follow-up to the popular Motorola Droid has been leaking out for several weeks. This upcoming high-end Android OS smartphone will apparently be improved in many ways without being redesigned.
According to several pictures of this device that has 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. 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.
Prototypes in the field now are reportedly running Google Android OS 2.1, but an upgrade to version 2.2 before the release is theoretically possible. An upgrade at some point is virtually certain.
The Droid 2 will launch with a feature that is part of the next version of Google’s OS: software to make the smartphone 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.
Coming in July?
Motorola co-CEO Sanjay Jha has promised that Verizon Wireless is going to introduce two of his company’s Android OS-based smartphones in July.
One of these will almost certainly be the highly-anticipated Motorola Droid Shadow, and the Droid 2 could be the other.
An Overview of the Motorola Droid
The Motorola Droid is this company’s flagship model, and sports a large, high-resolution capacitive Touchscreen and a landscape-oriented QWERTY keyboard. Nevertheless, it still has a slim design.
This smartphone runs Google Android OS 2.1, and has a suite of applications that can wirelessly synchronize with Google’s services, including Gmail, Calendar, Contacts, and Maps, as well as Microsoft Exchange. An extensive catalog of third-party apps is also available.
Verizon Wireless is the exclusive U.S. provider of this smartphone.