Verizon could roll out three Droid phones by end of year
On Tuesday, several bloggers reported that Verizon Wireless would provide service for three Droid phones, one of which will reportedly be built by HTC.
One Droid, two Droids, three Droids. How many Droid phones will Verizon unveil before the year is out? Depends on which blogger you ask. Today, the tech blogosphere swirled with rumors that the Verizon Droid will be soon be joined two additional Android-powered smartphones, including one manufactured by Taiwan-based manufacturer HTC.
It will allegedly have an 3.2-inch HVGA screen, Wi-Fi, 5-MPx camera, and a GPS receiver, but no hardware keyboard. This model has the code-name HTC Desire, and it was under that designation that it received FCC approval late last month. It will run Google's Android OS, but the standard user interface will be replaced with HTC Sense.
At the same time, Engadget has reported on a second Motorola phone, this one featuring an Android operating system and BLUR capability. The BLUR system, which powers the Motorola CLIQ, is designed with social network users in mind. The interface facilitates access to sites such as Facebook and MySpace; photo and emailing capability are also streamlined.
Verizon is currently saturating airwaves with commercials for the Droid, which will hit shelves by the end of October. The iDroid commercial campaign takes direct aim at the Apple iPhone – in the TV spots, the Droid is lauded for having a sleeker interface, a full QWERTY keyboard, and more versatility than the iPhone.
“iDon’t have a real keyboard. iDon’t run simultaneous apps. iDon’t take night shots. iDon’t allow open development,” reads the ad copy. “iDon’t customize. iDon’t run widgets. iDon’t have interchangeable batteries. Everything iDon’t, Droid does.”
Last week, Motorola accidentally posted photos and specs of the Droid, and just as quickly, removed down the offending information – but not before a handful of tech sites, including PC Magazine, managed to grab some screen-shots.