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Verizon Droid. Android 2.0 MIDPhone…with Google Maps Navigation Beta.

Posted on 28 October 2009 By Steve Chippy Paine


Encompassing much of what the MID market stands for and reaching out in terms of screen size and CPU power to become a very interesting contender is the Verizon / Motorola Droid.

$300 + a 24 month commitment brings you the ‘phone’ and you’ll get $100 back if you remember to mail-in the coupon.

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I’m going to quote SlashGear here and send you over there to wait for some live hands-on as they have a meeting with Verizon set-up. If that keyboard is good then wow! If the camera is good then double-wow. If you can fit this in your pocket, you’ve got yourself an incredible device.

The Verizon Droid will be the first smartphone to arrive with Android 2.0, the latest version of the open-source OS, with native Exchange support and Google Maps Navigation Beta.  The latter is Google’s new turn-by-turn directions app, which offers free verbal directions controlled by voice shortcuts.

There’s also Bluetooth, WiFi and USB 2.0 connectivity, and Verizon are bundling a 16GB microSD card.  The usual bevy of Google apps – including Google Talk, YouTube, Gmail and the Android Market – are also preloaded, and there’s a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and dual-LED flash.  We’re catching up with Verizon later on today to grab some hands-on time with the Droid, so keep reading SlashGear for that!

Don’t miss that important news that Google is launching a turn-by-turn navigation applications. This is every PND manufacturers / map providers nightmare coming true.

Hoping this crops up in a GSM/UMTS version very soon. Looks like the U.S. beat Europe to it on this one!

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