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Multi-touch Motorola Droid Europe Bound As 'Milestone'

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Multi-touch Motorola Droid Europe Bound As 'Milestone'

Where October left off November is continuing as the flood of Android news doesn't look set to stop any time soon...

Following last month's unveiling of Samsung Spica, not to mention Android 2.0 is Motorola giving an European update on the Droid. Much like the confusing rebranding strategy that accompanied the Dext ('Cliq' in the US), Droid will be known as ‘Milestone' in Europe.

This is a brassy tag, but given what is on offer it is not hard to see why Motorola is feeling so cocky. Central to this is Android 2.0 integration which brings a flood of new functionality, including Facebook contacts integration, a revamped look and layers to Google Maps (though not Google Maps Navigation which is currently US only). That said, the hardware itself also deserves a mention. The Milestone sports a huge 3.7in 854 x 480 capacitive touchscreen, 3G, WiFi, GPS, a five megapixel camera, 3.5mm headphone jack and microUSB charging. It is also purportedly the slimmest Qwerty slider on the market at just 13mm making it thinner than the iPhone 3G/3GS at its widest point.

Equally tantalising is the Milestone will come with multi-touch functionality (at least in Europe) as well as official Google branding. This last part is significant because up until this point Google has stripped its logo from any handset which looked to implement it (notably the HTC Hero), suggesting the dam may now have broken.

We've still awaiting news of an official UK carrier(s) for the Motorola Milestone, but it is believed O2 (which has the handset in several European countries) may not pick it up in here. That said, it seems all credible consumer friendly, high-end smartphones pack iPhone-esque wallet busting tariffs these days so don't expect to get off too lightly whoever wins out.

Link:

Motorola MilesStone Product Page

Kaurisol

November 2, 2009, 9:09 pm

Any chance of a comparison review with 3GS, N900 et al?

jopey

November 2, 2009, 9:29 pm

WTF. Why is turn by turn navigation US only? What happened to Android being an "open platform"? This is ridiculous.

Helmore

November 2, 2009, 10:06 pm

@jopey - That's because Google Navigation currently is a US only Beta and thus not available over here. Just like Google Music search and Google Voice for example. Has little to do with how open Android is.


There's nothing stopping you from putting any other turn by turn navigation software on the device, but they usually cost money to keep up to date.

lifethroughalens

November 2, 2009, 11:45 pm

Must admit as time goes on, especially over the past few weeks, it's getting harder and harder to choose the best handset to commit to for the next year. I was hell bent on getting the HD2, but it's taken so long to get to market since the O2 false start that i'm looking around now and thinking that WM6.5 would actually be a really stupid idea now with WM7 coming in the next 6 months and Android taking off in a big way (at last).





I like the look of HTC HD2 (even with WM6.5), the N900 (nasty resistive screen), the Sony X3/X10 Rachel (looks brilliant but i'm convinced that Sony will find a way to ruin this handset!), and this Moto looks alright if only they'd ditch that awful keyboard & D-pad.





Choices, choices....I think a wise move would be to wait till after Christmas.

Helmore

November 3, 2009, 12:13 am

To make if even easier on you lifethroughalens, Motorola will also be releasing a version of the Sholes that does not have a slide out keyboard. You will get a better camera and a thinner phone, but it will stay the same for the most part. It will still take a little while before that comes to the market though, just check this little roadmap over here: http://www.engadget.com/2009/1...

rav

November 3, 2009, 12:33 am

@lifethroughalens


UK Google Navigation will be here long before WM7!

Gordon394

November 3, 2009, 1:25 am

@lifethroughalens - or until tomorrow at least... *hint*

Helmore

November 3, 2009, 2:40 am

You already have a SE Rachael/Xperia X3/X10? Or what are you hinting at?

lifethroughalens

November 3, 2009, 2:47 am

@ Helmore - thanks for that! I just had a look and I saw something gob-smacking...the Moto Sholes has a Xenon flash listed on that road map. At last something to surpass the K800i at last!





@ravmania - Yep, i'm inclined to agree...maybe even cold fusion :D





@Gordon - Ah, the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X3 Announcement...please don't screw it up *again* with some nasty last minute proprietary hardware!

Ohmz

November 10, 2009, 6:18 pm

"Much like the confusing rebranding strategy that accompanied the Dext ('Cliq' in the US), Droid will be known as &#8216Milestone' in Europe."





It's going to be sold under the name "Milestone" here in Canada too for some reason even though we share a continent with the US... I think they think we're Europe Lite? :)

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