The flagship Android handset will launch with Android 2.1, rather than 2.2, and features an 8 megapixel camera, 1GHz processor, and 4.3-inch touch screen.
(click image for larger view)
Verizon Wireless and Motorola promised that the Droid X would run Android 2.2.....eventually. That's a major disappointment. Many were hoping it would be the first Android 2.2 device to hit the market. It will instead launch with Android 2.1 and a heavily revised version of Motorola's Motoblur software. It will get Android 2.2 and Flash Player Mobile 10.1 via an over-the-air software update by the end of summer.
Looking at the rest of the specs quickly, the device is a home run. It comes with a huge 4.3-inch display at WVGA resolution (854 x 480) pixels. Customers will be able to use Swype software to compose messages on the software QWERTY keyboard.
The Droid X has an 8 megapixel camera with autofocus and flash. It can record video in 720p HD, and share that with HDTVs via an HDMI port. It will have 8GB of storage built-in, and supports microSD cards up to 32GB. That makes the total potential internal storage for media of 40GB (which is more than iPhone 4). That's a huge amount of storage space.
According to Verizon Wireless, the large screen on the Droid X is all about watching video content. To that end, it will come packed with video features, such as the BlockBuster application, V CAST Video, NFL Mobile, as well as other apps including Skype Mobile. It will of course run Google's native Android applications and services.
The Droid X will be available July 15 for $200 after a $100 mail-in rebate. What's really interesting is that Verizon Wireless is copying AT&T with its upgrade policies for this device. It is allowing all customers whose contracts end in 2010 to upgrade to the Droid X at the $199 price point (rather than pay full retail price). This is yet another clue that suggests Verizon Wireless will indeed be offering the iPhone in 2011.
Building A Mobile Business MindsetAmong 688 respondents, 46% have deployed mobile apps, with an additional 24% planning to in the next year. Soon all apps will look like mobile apps – and it's past time for those with no plans to get cracking.
InformationWeek Must Reads Oct. 21, 2014InformationWeek's new Must Reads is a compendium of our best recent coverage of digital strategy. Learn why you should learn to embrace DevOps, how to avoid roadblocks for digital projects, what the five steps to API management are, and more.