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Android 2.0 Review: Almost Human

If  your already on Verizon, lucky, and your looking for a new phone, your going to buy Droid. If you don’t buy a Droid then I’d have to say you shouldn’t be allowed to make your own decisions anymore. -Greg

A year ago, Android was an unfinished OS for nerds, bursting with potential. With Android 2.0, it’s evolved into something sleeker, more refined and focused—but still something not quite human.

Over the last year, Android’s evolved more rapidly and appeared in more shapes than any other smartphone OS. Every major update has made Android more capable and advanced, while custom interfaces from companies like HTC and Motorola, mean it’s constantly and continually shifting shapes. When you look at the bucket of bolts everybody started with, some of the oh-so-shiny end results were kind of amazing. Android 2.0 blows all of that away, and lays down a platform for the next year that’s wildly more compelling, even as it retains a lot of the same fundamental weaknesses.


Verizons: Motorola Droid Specs.

So apparently Verizon / Motorolas Droid phone counting down website went live by “accident” and showed its colors, and they are AWESOME! Seriously folks, once I started to read a bit more about Android I knew that it was going be my next phone of choice. I just have to wait for Dell to finish designing their first entry into the cell phone market. Why, because Dell is creating a phone with Android for AT&T. However, after reading the specs on the Motorola Droid for Verizon, I have 2 thoughts. 1. “OMG” I want this phone and I’m almost willing to part ways with AT&T and head to Verizon to get it. 2. Imagine if I wait for the AT&T Dell created Android phone,  it’s Dell. I’m mean I would have to assume that their first entry into the cell phone market would be a powerful one at the least, that would have to match and beat their current competitors, which at this point would really only be the Motorola Droid. ‘Nuff said, I’m going to impatiently wait for the Dell Android phone, and spend my extra time drooling on the Droid at my nearest Verizon store after its officially released. Hurry up Dell, I’m awaiting to speak those infamous words, “Dude, I’m getting a Dell!” -Greg

So here is the specs as found on the Motorola Droid site, that “accidentally” went live. 

  • Google Android 2.0 (Eclair)
  • CDMA 1X 800/1900, EVDO Rev. A
  • Sliding QWERTY form factor
  • 5 megapixel camera with image stabilization, 4X digital zoom, dual LED flash, auto-focus
  • Video capture/playback capability: DVD quality up to 24 fps; D1 (720×480) resolution
  • Music player
  • Formats: AAC, H.263, H.264, MP3, MPEG-4, WAV, WMA, eAAC+, AMR WB, MIDI, AMR NB, AAC+, streaming audio and video
  • Battery life: up to 385 minutes continuous usage. 1400 mAh Li-ion; up to 270 hours standby
  • E-mail: IMAP, POP3, Exchange
  • MMS, SMS, IM incl. Google Talk
  • Predictive text
  • Image formats: BMP, PNG, GIF, JPEG
  • Standard voice mail; Verizon Visual Voicemail capable
  • Stereo Bluetooth v2.1+EDR
  • Sync with: MS Exchange, Gmail, corp. calendar (Exchange ‘03 and ‘07), Google Cal
  • 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi
  • microUSB connector (USB 2.0)
  • aGPS, sGPS
  • Webkit HTML5 web browser; Flash 10 available 2010
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • Caller ID, picture ID, ringer ID
  • speakerphone
  • speech recognition, voice dialing
  • auto-answer, auto-redial, conference calling, emergency dial, on hold call, speed dial, vibration
  • dual microphone noise reduction
  • Unified contact list/phonebook (Gmail, Exchange, Facebook)
  • Google services: Android Market, Gmail, Calendar, Contact, Maps + Street View, Search, Voice Search, Talk, Turn-by-turn directions, YouTube
  • QuickOffice Document Viewer
  • Amazon MP3 Store, Facebook
  • Backlit TFT 3.7-inch WVGA (480×854) 16:9 widescreen display (267 PPI)
  • Dedicated keys for volume, camera, back, search, menu, home, lock
  • Haptic feedback
  • Ambient and proximity light sensors
  • Virtual keyboard
  • Voice commands
  • Ringtones, wallpapers
  • Weight: 6.0 oz.
  • 2.4 in. wide by 4.6 in. tall by 0.5 in. thick
  • Color: “Licorice with brown sugar accents”
  • Internal antenna
  • Accelerometer
  • 550MHz processor
  • 16GB microSD removable storage pre-installed; up to 32GB
  • Calculator
  • Alarm clock
  • Flight mode
  • Android opens doors for Google's next-gen search

    I wonder when Google will become self aware? -Greg

    Posted by Sam Diaz @ 3:15 am

    There’s no question that there’s been some pretty astounding growth around Android, Google’s open-source mobile phone operating system. A year ago, there was only one Android device out there – the T-Mobile G-1. Today, Android is powering 12 devices in 26 countries with 32 carriers – and there’s more on the way.

    During the company’s quarterly earnings call with analysts yesterday, CEO Eric Schmidt said it plain and clear: “Android adoption is literally about to explode.” And he may be right. Earlier this month, Gartner predicted that Android – which currently runs on less than 2 percent of all smartphones – will power 14 percent of the global smartphone market in 2012.

    That would make Android second only to Symbian. Yes, that means it would surpass the iPhone, Blackberry, Windows Mobile and others.

    The key, in part is the applications. Apple has already proven that the app experience is a winner in mobile devices. So far, there are about 10,000 applications for Android and its touch-screen interaction is probably the best I’ve experienced aside from the iPhone. (FTC disclosure: Google gave attendees at its last developer’s conference a free Android phone. I picked one up and activated my own pre-paid account to take it for a test drive.)

    Also see: Android bolsters its app market as device lineup swells

    Android has good engaged base for future app growth

    For other consumers to experience Android, it’s important to get the devices into as many hands as possible. Unlike Apple, which has one device on one carrier in the U.S. (but other carriers worldwide), Google is offering multiple devices across multiple carriers, including a major launch with Verizon earlier this month.  Once the devices – which have deep ties to Google’s other services, such as Mail, Maps and Search – go mainstream. Google will be positioned to capture a lead in the mobile search advertising business.

    Execs yesterday boasted that mobile searches grew 30 percent quarter over quarter. It was interesting to hear them acknowledge that it’s not always obvious how the company’s big investments tie together. But there are connections. On the call, CFO Patrick Pichette said:

    The combination of the Android platform with all the smart phones and the momentum in there, as well as the iPhone and the rest of them, I mean, they’re just basically transforming how people live on a mobile basis… If we move forward the adoption of these smart phones by having a lower cost infrastructure because it’s open-source and you bring that, instead of taking seven years—I’m just kind of giving an illustration—all this happens in four years. Think of all the searches that will happen so much faster. So the ecosystem is incredibly vibrant right now and truly what’s interesting about these phones is there are a lot of new types of searches because you are location-specific, you are activity-specific, you are local-specific. Just a new set of areas that are to create a new set of monetization opportunities.

    So, to be clear, we’ve got location-specific, activity-specific and local-specific searches being conducted on mobile devices. You also have the Internet’s No. 1 search engine integrating its own services – such as search – directly into the phone’s operating system. At the same time, the mapping application – where many of those location-based queries occur – is also deeply integrated.

    And finally, don’t forget that Google is working hard on new advertising products that allow businesses to reach out to and find customers wherever they may be (even if it’s at a red-light down the street) and provide them with turn-by-turn directions on how to reach that business and a link to launch a Google Voice call to that business.

    Put it all together – search, maps, voice and a mobile operating system that probably has the best chance of truly challenging the mighty iPhone – and I’d be bullish, too.

    It’s no wonder that Schmidt thinks Android is about to explode.