First there was the Motorola
Droid; and it was good. Then came the HTC
Droid Incredible, which brought a sleeker shape and ditched the
slide-out keyboard. This morning, we brought you news of the followup
to the original Motorola Droid: the Motorola
Now, there is yet another smartphone
which is set to take on the "Droid" name and it should be
arriving shortly. Gadget University has laid
its hands upon the Motorola Droid Xtreme which has been
circulating around the web for the past few weeks.
The Droid Xtreme is said to feature a
750MHz Texas Instruments OMAP3630 processor, 4.3" display, hardware buttons, 8.0MP digital camera (with HD video recording capabilities), and
offers up some additional information, stating that the display's
resolution is listed at 480x854. The site also notes that the phone
measures 2.5" x 5.01" and is 0.39" thick. Weight is
listed at 5.47 ounces.
According to both sources, the Droid
Xtreme is running Android 2.1 with Motoblur. It's quite disappointing
that these brand new smartphones like the HTC
EVO 4G, Droid 2, and Droid Xtreme aren't shipping with the
Android 2.2 operating system, but there always has to be a cutoff
point when adding new functionality for a production smartphone -- so
we'll have to cut these guys a little bit of slack on this point.
We can only hope that Motorola and HTC
won't make customers wait too long to get their Sense and
Motoblur-tinged copies of Android 2.2.
quote: I had high hopes for the Droid phones and Google's Android OS, but it seems like there is a new phone coming out every 2 weeks. Each phone adds a slightly different twist, making it harder to pick the 'best' phone.
quote: The other problem that is quickly worsening is the fragmentation in the hardware base. Each new phone only adds weeks (months) to the release date of Android updates for every phone.Similarly, application developers have yet another platform they have to learn, test, support, and develop workarounds for. Even if you are able to determine which is the best to buy, with so many variations, it's difficult (impossible?) to predict which phone will be supported best by carriers and developers.
quote: At the rate they are going now, the market will be flooded with far too many variations than can be easily supported by carriers and developers. While Android may have a larger market share, the overall quality will certainly suffer, which will ultimately help Apple sell iPhones.
quote: Hardware fragmentation is not an issue at all. New phone hardware usually means absolutely nothing to developers as everything is wrapped in the API's and most developers do not bother with hardware specific features. OS fragmentation can occasionally be an issue, but usually isn't.
quote: If you think too much choice is going to hinder Android and favor iPhone, just take a look at the PC vs. Mac market.