Android is quickly becoming
the OS of choice for many mobile phone makers and after much
mudslinging at the iPhone in a series of ad campaigns, Motorola and
Verizon have gone official
with the DROID. The handset is set to hit on November 6 on
Verizon for $199 with a new contract after a $100 mail-in
DROID will run Android 2.0, which has been widely
anticipated for a while. Other features of the handset include Visual
Voicemail, a 3.7-inch 854 x 480 resolution display, 5-megapixel
camera with dual-LED flash, and a 16GB memory card bundled in the
box. The handset will also ship with a beta version of Google Maps
Navigation. The DROID has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, WiFi,
voice-activated search, and Amazon MP3 download capability
Google Maps Navigation turns GPS smartphones
into full turn-by-turn navigation systems. Gizmodo offers more
on the free Google Maps Navigation app that Google is offering on
the DROID. The app has street and satellite view and voice controls
for search. The app will work with Android 2.0 only for now.
Addresses can be entered by typing or by voice commands. The
app can also reportedly work with soft commands like "that
museum that has the king tut exhibit" reports Gizmodo.
The Maps are cached along the way so if you lose connectivity you can
keep navigating. Street View images are also featured to give you a
look at the actual street on which you are driving.