Motorola Droid

Motorola surprise with Q3 financial report

Motorola surprise with Q3 financial report

We've been waiting for Motorola's Android range to go on sale to turn around the company's ailing fortunes, but it turns out just the promise of Android models seems to have done the trick.  The company have announced their Q3 2009 financial figures, and they've surprised investors and analysts alike with news of net income amounting to $12m; that might not sound like much, but it's a significant turnaround compared to the $397m loss in the same period twelve months ago.

GSM Motorola DROID caught flaunting SIM on video

GSM Motorola DROID caught flaunting SIM on video

All eyes are on Verizon, Motorola and Google this morning, with the official launch of the Verizon DROID by Motorola, but as soon as the dust has settled you know people will be asking where the GSM version of the smartphone is.  The existence of a GSM DROID is already known; however one of our readers has pointed us in the direction of a Tinhte.com video showing the handset in action.

Video demo after the cut

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Verizon DROID by Motorola official: $200 from November 6th [Video]

Verizon DROID by Motorola official: $200 from November 6th [Video]

Motorola and Verizon Wireless have officially announced the Verizon DROID by Motorola, the first Android smartphone for the carrier and what's promising to be one of the most interesting.  The Verizon DROID has a 3.7-inch 854 x 480 capacitive touchscreen, slide-out QWERTY keyboard and EVDO Rev.A, and will arrive on shelves on November 6th priced at $199.99 with a new, two-year agreement and following a $100 mail-in rebate.

Update: Video overview of Verizon DROID by Motorola after the cut

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Android 2.0 Eclair officially launches [Video]

Android 2.0 Eclair officially launches [Video]

Google have launched Android 2.0 Eclair, complete with SDK support for developers.  Key changes for the new version of the OS include multiple Google and Exchange account support, two-way contacts sync, the ability to pull in contacts from multiple accounts, the ability to switch methods of communication and accounts within threaded conversations, and a unified email inbox.  There's also new camera functionality, including macro focus and integrated flash support.

Video overview after the cut

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BlackBerry Curve2 confirmed in Verizon leaked holiday line-up

BlackBerry Curve2 confirmed in Verizon leaked holiday line-up

Verizon's holiday line-up has leaked, and it includes not only a full page spread of the Android-based Motorola Droid but confirms the incoming Curve2, aka the WiFi enabled 85xx series BlackBerry Curve.  Already announced over at T-Mobile, there's no specific launch date attached to the CDMA Curve2, but we're hoping that its presence in a holiday guide indicates a release before the end of the year.

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Verizon Droid gets previewed; AT&T version spotted; Droid army predicted

Verizon Droid gets previewed; AT&T version spotted; Droid army predicted

By now we know that the Verizon Droid not only looks good, but has plenty of technical promise too, and BGR have followed up their preliminary hands-on with a more comprehensive preview of the Android smartphone.  The Motorola Droid gets praised for its "sharp, vibrant, bright and really, really responsive" 3.7-inch capacitive touchscreen, while the keyboard may lack travel and feature closely-packed buttons but it's good enough for "efficient" typing and is better than the T-Mobile G1.  Meanwhile the charging dock/multimedia station (which you can see in a video demo after the cut) automatically turns the Droid into a weather station.

Droid feedback, plus news on AT&T's Droid and a whole Droid army after the cut

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Verizon Motorola Droid product page prematurely published

Verizon Motorola Droid product page prematurely published

Either someone at Motorola suffers from premature posting, or they're running a particularly arch teaser campaign; the product page for the Motorola Droid for Verizon has appeared and then been rapidly pulled, but not quickly enough to prevent its specs from going public.  We now know for certain that the Verizon Droid has a 3.7-inch 16:9 aspect 480 x 854 touchscreen, 5-megapixel autofocus camera with 4x digital zoom and dual-LED flash, and a 1,400mAh battery which, Motorola claim, is good for up to a respectable 385 minutes of talktime and 270 hours standby.

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Can a Droid take on the Death Star?

Can a Droid take on the Death Star?

Since it's introduction, the AT&T logo has reminded many users of the Death Star. Sure, that's not what it's supposed to look like but no matter how many times they tweak it, I just see the Death Star. So it was amusing to me when over the weekend the first leaks (or release depending on your point of view) came about Verizon’s latest campaign about a phone called the Droid that's poised to take on the iPhone.

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Verizon Motorola Droid live: “the Android device to beat”

Verizon Motorola Droid live: “the Android device to beat”

With Verizon's ad campaign for the Motorola Droid kicking off in earnest over the weekend, and a launch date of October 30th tipped, it comes as little surprise to see a pre-production handset arrive over at the BGR.  They're mightily impressed, too, calling the Droid "the fastest Android device we've ever used" courtesy of its TI OMAP3430 chipset, branding its capacitive display "awesome" and "huge", and concluding that it's "the Android device to beat".

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Verizon Motorola Droid promo sets iPhone firmly in its sights

Verizon Motorola Droid promo sets iPhone firmly in its sights

Verizon have launched an offensive against the iPhone, with a new campaign called DroidDoes.com for their upcoming Motorola Droid Android smartphone.  The handset, previously known by its codenames of Tao and Sholes, is being promoted as offering everything the iPhone eschews: an open development platform, the ability to run background processes, a flexible, open App Store and replaceable batteries, among other things.  Verizon have also set up a countdown timer which suggests that the Motorola Droid will arrive on October 30th 2009.

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