IPHONELESS MOBILE OPERATOR Verizon has outed Motorola's successor to its Android powered Droid handset.
The creatively named Droid 2 will be launched on Verizon's network sometime next week and will see both Motorola and Verizon try to build upon the success of the original Droid. That handset has become the most popular Android phone and is still highly rated almost a year after its launch.
Since then Verizon has embraced the Linux based Android operating system, putting out a number of well-received phones such as the Droid X. However the Droid remains popular among business types who want a hardware keyboard to input large swathes of text.
It seems that Motorola hasn't changed much in terms of design, though the colour scheme Verizon has chosen makes the Droid 2 look a little Mickey Mouse. Nevertheless, the aggressively styled 'lip' still remains, although the device seems to have softer edges.
Since Verizon runs a CDMA network, a change of radio will be required before the Droid 2 heads over to Blighty. In the past that trip resulted in the Droid being renamed the Milestone and it's likely that a similar name change will also happen this time around.
Confirmed specifications of the Droid 2 are scant, however the US retailer Best Buy has revealed that it intends to flog the device for $199 (£125) when signing up for a multi-year contract. It is expected that the device will go for about $600 (£380) without Verizon's subsidy.
Rumours abound that the Droid 2 will tip up next week, though it is not known when the device might turn up in the UK. µ
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