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Unthinkable - ‘Droid 2’: no keyboard, even better Android OS

?Droid 2?: no keyboard, even better Android OS

The touchscreen smartphone world continues to be divided almost religiously between touch-only models and those with physical keyboards, and many phonemakers have played it safe, offering screen and Qwerty keyboard even at the expense of some bulk. However, HTC and Motorola are both pushing Android models for both sides, and details are surfacing of a Droid variant that will do away with the keyboard.

Motorola already has one touch-only Android model, the Cliq, but that is relatively low end, so the ?Droid 2?, which is sometimes referred to by the original Droid?s codename, Sholes, is really meant to go up against the BlackBerry, targeting the business/consumer crossover territory of its sister device. As the new product won?t arrive until late in the first quarter of 2010, it will be able to take advantage of the latest in Android OSs, release 2.1 ? even before some vendors have upgraded to 2.0.

This shows Motorola trying to stay ahead of the Google OS release curve, associating the benefits of the updated software platform ? such as better media and graphics support in both 2.0 and 2.1 ? with its own handsets. By contrast, Sony Ericsson was forced to launch Rachael with the older Donut version, despite saying it was inadequate for some high end media apps, and Samsung may not update its Galaxy to 2.0 for some months either.

As well as the shiny new OS, Droid 2 will have the same sized screen as Droid 1, at 3.7-inches, and, it seems, the same highly Google-dominated user interface, rather than the socially geared Motoblur of the Cliq. Other features will include 5-megapixel camera ? still no sign of a really cutting edge photo phone from Motorola ? FM radio and HDMI port.

The initial launch market should be the US, with Verizon Wireless, but as Motorola has had some success in getting the Droid into European and other markets, labelled as the Milestone, it is targeting even wider distribution for Droid 2. This is partly because physical keyboard phones are less popular outside north America, so the touch-only version could get bigger uptake. Also, this will be the highest spec?d phone yet to be launched in China by Motorola, and is likely to be carried, in CDMA2000 and W-CDMA variants, by China Mobile and China Telecom. Motorola has promised about 12 Android models, plus many low cost gadgets, for China in 2010, and it looks as though Droid 2 could kick these off.
 

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I'm still happy with my Droid, I'd hate to change phones if the form factor changes too. I'd hate to give up my Otterbox.
 

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Yea I love my Droid as well, and the otterbox, I just got mine too. Nice it is..
But wouldn't you know it, as soon as they come out with a great phone, they have to try and 1 up themselves...
 

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That's the shoes tablet its old news think it was set to launch in China soon if it hasn't already not a big enough of s jump to call it a Droid 2 and wasn't it supposed to have an 8mp camera rather than 5
 

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It is the Motoroi or motoroli. It's Korean only currently, had has HDMI output, etc. It's not supposed to come to these shores.
 

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The Droid2 will most likely have a keyboard, albeit a better one. I feel like that will be a Droid staple, the slideout keyboard.
 

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I call complete and utter bull**** on that article. First and foremost, Motorola is already into Q2 of 2010, so much for it coming out in Q1. Also, they just updated all the Droid's to 2.1 -- and the article did not speak of any improvements -- they simply state it will be the current droid with no keyboard and 2.1.

I will be pretty surprised if Motorola does away with the physical keyboard on the Droid, that feature alone separates the Droid from the rest of the high-end smart phones, and I know it keeps a ton of consumers, including myself, loyal to the Droid.
 

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Well, if they put a better keyboard on the Droid for the Droid 2..it really would be the ULTIMATE Google device.

All they need is:
A: A regular screen ratio (So apps can breathe freely in the Market instead of "Enhanced for Droid users)
B: A larger screen to match the new Sprint Device
C: More RAM
D: 1ghz Processor
E: A functional Keyboard
F: I say Keep the D-Pad (Great for gaming) or goto a Optical Tracball

And that's it. The BEST google Device PERIOD!
 
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I Want One!

Well, if they put a better keyboard on the Droid for the Droid 2..it really would be the ULTIMATE Google device.

All they need is:
A: A regular screen ratio (So apps can breathe freely in the Market instead of "Enhanced for Droid users)
B: A larger screen to match the new Sprint Device
C: More RAM
D: 1ghz Processor
E: A functional Keyboard
F: I say Keep the D-Pad (Great for gaming) or goto a Optical Tracball

And that's it. The BEST google Device PERIOD!

I've been debating between the Moto Droid and the HTC Incredible. This will be my first Android phone. And I want it in my hands before my trip to Houston in early July.

Now that I have found AndroidCentral I hear rumors of the Droid 2. If that phone turns out to be what you describe here, I want one! I hope the rumors are true and it comes out around or at least near Father's Day.
 

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I've been debating between the Moto Droid and the HTC Incredible. This will be my first Android phone. And I want it in my hands before my trip to Houston in early July.

Now that I have found AndroidCentral I hear rumors of the Droid 2. If that phone turns out to be what you describe here, I want one! I hope the rumors are true and it comes out around or at least near Father's Day.

We all hope it does but i would not get your hopes up. Ive been switching off between my droid and my incredible and i like my droid more hands down. Maybe i will like the incredible more once it gets rooted


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I've been debating between the Moto Droid and the HTC Incredible. This will be my first Android phone. And I want it in my hands before my trip to Houston in early July.

Now that I have found AndroidCentral I hear rumors of the Droid 2. If that phone turns out to be what you describe here, I want one! I hope the rumors are true and it comes out around or at least near Father's Day.

Same for me.
 

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