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Droid 2 Leaks As Motorola Reveals Plans For 2GHz Smartphone

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Droid 2 Leaks As Motorola Reveals Plans For 2GHz Smartphone

The Droid (Milestone in the UK) was the handset which pulled Motorola off the smartphone scrapheap and now we've got details on its successor...

The logically named Droid 2 has been leaked to the dedicated chaps at Droid-Life and while Motorola has been keen to throw out swanky Android handset after swanky Android handset I have to say this brings me an extreme sensation of meh.

Key specs are a 3.7in display (res unknown), 750MHz OMAP processor, WiFi (with tethering), 8GB of internal storage + an 8GB SD card, a 5MP camera and updated keyboard. Sadly it looks like the XT720's flirtation of a vanilla Android UI was just that since the Droid 2 once again has the company's I just don't care MotoBlur skin slapped onto it and will ship with Android 2.1 not the far more exciting 2.2. The Droid 2 also lacks the HDMI port seen on the XT720 or a front facing camera.

Yes, you've probably gotten more excited about cups of tea... and why not?

Of some consolation, however, is news Motorola co-CEO Sanjay Jha is looking to push the smartphone envelope considerably further with new handsets before the end of the year. ConceivablyTech.com reports Jha as saying at a public speaking event at the Executives Club of Chicago that his company plans to ship a smartphone in Q4 which will "incorporate everything that is technologically possible in a smartphone today."

According to Jha that includes a 2GHz mobile CPU, Tegra2 chipset, HD res display, HDMI output, Flash 10.1, gyroscope (as seen in the iPhone 4) and 8MP-plus camera. Sounds exciting to us, so let's just hope they don't put MotoBlur on it...

Sources:

Droid-Life

http://www.conceivablytech.com/1231/products/motorola-responds-to-the-iphone-4-a-2-ghz-android-phone/

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Peter 20

June 11, 2010, 7:28 pm

"that includes a 2GHz mobile CPU, Tegra2 chipset, HD res display, HDMI output, Flash 10.1, gyroscope (as seen in the iPhone 4) and 8MP-plus camera" Sounds like you're gonna have to carry around a spare Car battery just to keep it running for few minutes.

Gordon394

June 11, 2010, 7:31 pm

@Peter may be worth it... as long as MotoBlur isn't on it!

Aidan5ea

June 11, 2010, 7:55 pm

Is MotoBlur really that bad? I understand the frustration with manufacturer skins and subsequent delays in Android updates, but they aren't all created equal. Yes, TouchWiz is univerally panned but HTC's Sense frankly has a better UI than vanilla Android. Android desperately needs to get to the point where the UI doesn't tempt manufacturers to improve upon it.

Geoff Richards

June 11, 2010, 8:01 pm

@Aidan: that's precisely my question about TouchWiz. I can't wait to try it out on the Galaxy S and judge for myself.

Gordon394

June 11, 2010, 8:26 pm

@Aiden @Geoff - yes it is, and TouchWiz is worse. HTC Sense was an enhancement of Android until v2.2 - now it also lags behind.

Chris

June 11, 2010, 9:26 pm

Yeah, I'm actually willing to drop Sense in favour of vanilla 2.2. However, I'd still like to see Google learn a lesson from HTC's cosmetic improvements. IMHO, the vanilla interface still feels a little clunky, inconsistent and even ugly in places. I can certainly put up with that, but some polish wouldn't go amiss.

Gordon394

June 11, 2010, 9:33 pm

@Chris - Google already has learnt this lesson ;)


http://www.trustedreviews.com/...

Chris

June 12, 2010, 6:42 pm

@Gordon - Good news for sure, but I'll believe it when I see results :)

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