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Verizon, Motorola, Google, Adobe Intro Droid X

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.

Droid X
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Droid X

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.

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