“Look Droids.” It isn’t often that I quote any movie, but being part of Generation X I felt the need to quote the original Star Wars, even if I’m not exactly a fan of the galaxy far, far away. But the quotation was necessary in part because I’m curious whether George Lucas will have any comments about the name of Motorola’s choice for its latest handset.
Motorola has officially announced the DROID, the first device powered by Android 2.0, and according to the company will be one of the thinnest full-QWERTY slider phones available. It will offer high-speed mobile Web browsing, voice-activated search and a large touch screen. Of course, it will be compatible with the thousands of apps available from the Android Market. The handeset will be available next Tuesday, November 6 for Verizon Wireless, and be sold online and at the Verizon store.
Dare I say that for users looking for the power of a smartphone in a slider phone profile, the transforming DROID might indeed be the “droid” you’re looking for.
?clair How Sweet it is?
Speaking of Google Android, the Motorola handset will be the first to run Android 2.0, which had previously been codenamed ?clair – it seems that Google has some sort of sweet food fetish. But regardless of the name, the truth is that this is very sweet indeed.
The most notable change is the new user interface to the Android mobile Web browser, which now includes HTML5 support and client-side SQL databases, as well as geo-location API support. There is full-screen video tag support and the Android 2.0 browser will now include an actionable address bar, bookmarks that can be sorted by thumbnail and a double-tap zoom command.
Android 2.0 features several notable updates to the operating system, including a Bluetooth API allowing apps to function via the wireless technology, and this includes the ability for developers to make peer-to-peer and proximity-based applications. The operating system further features tweaks to the camera app, and this will offer digital zoom and built-in flash support.
All this, along with new Exchange support, makes Android 2.0 look mighty fine, and dare we say almost delicious.
T-Mobile G1 Ready for Update?
So this leaves us the T-Mobile G1, the could-do handset that was the first to run Google Android arriving about a year ago. The rumor online is that while the phone had gotten the Donut (Android 1.6) upgrade – again, what is up with the sweet food names anyway – it might not be able to handle Android 2.0.
But instead of following the herd online and ranting why this is a bad thing, it is worth noting that many Windows XP computers can’t run Windows 7, and the upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7 can still be touch and go with some computers. Upgrades are always a tricky thing. In this case there is one handset that might be left behind, but mobile devices aren’t U.S. Army Rangers, sometimes leaving something behind is better for everyone. And since I started with a Star Wars quote, I’ll end with a Star Trek quote, because sometimes “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.”