Having heard over the weekend that the GSM version of the Motorola DROID – the Motorola MILESTONE – would be landing in Europe later this month on carrier O2, Mobile-Review’s always-on-the-inside Eldar Murtazin has pushed out a video of the handset in action. As well as swapping the CDMA of the Verizon DROID by Motorola for GSM/UMTS, the new MILESTONE also gains multitouch support in Android 2.0.
Video demo of multitouch Motorola MILESTONE after the cut
We’re not sure why the European version of the DROID has multitouch and the US version doesn’t; Eldar doesn’t appear to have added or modified his handset in any way, so we’re left thinking that this was a conscious decision by Motorola. It’s not the first time we’ve seen an Android handset manufacturer add in multitouch capabilities where the underlying OS doesn’t offer them as standard; HTC did so on the Hero, with multitouch in the browser, but the function was present on both European and US versions of that device.
Otherwise we’re expecting specifications for the MILESTONE to drop in line with the CDMA handset, which means a 5-megapixel camera (which we’re not especially impressed with so far), 3.7-inch capacitive touchscreen running at 854 x 480 resolution, slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a similar processor as the iPhone 3GS and Palm Pre. According to the leaks we’ve seen, the handset will arrive in Germany on O2 come November 9th.