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Motorola Droid X
Motorola Droid X priced at $199 after MIR, Google witnessing 160k Android activations per day

We've been talking about the Motorola Droid X for quite some time, but Motorola today officially its latest Android-based smartphone. The Droid X will launch July 15 on Verizon's 3G network and will be priced at $199 after a $100 mail-in rebate (and a two-year contract). For those that don't want to deal with the hassle of a rebate, we're quite certain that some retailers -- like Best Buy -- will offer the phone at $199 without the need for a rebate.

The Droid X features a Texas Instruments OMAP3640 processor running at 1GHz, a 4.3-inch display (480x854), 8MP camera (w/dual LED flashes), HDMI-out, and 720p video capture. When it comes to storage, the Droid X comes with 8GB of storage space onboard and a 16GB microSD is included in the box brining total standard storage capacity to 24GB.

The Droid X will also be able to operate as a 3G "Mobile Hotspot" -- that functionality, however, will cost you an additional $20 per month. Thankfully, Verizon Wireless is continuing to offer its smartphones with an unlimited data plan -- something that AT&T is no longer offering with new smartphone contracts.

The Droid X will ship with Android 2.1. However, Motorola and Google both state that an upgrade to Android 2.2 will be pushed out over-the-air later this summer. 

Tucked in the press release for the Droid X was this little tidbit of information regarding Android sales. According to Andy Rubin, Google's VP of engineering, Android smartphone activations are moving along at a blistering pace.

"It has been an exciting time for Android momentum and global consumer adoption since the announcement of DROID by Motorola nine months ago," said Rubin. "There are 160,000 new Android-powered devices activated daily and Android Market has grown to over 65,000 applications."

In other smartphone news, Apple has announced that white iPhone 4 smartphones will ship in mid-July:

White models of Apple’s new iPhone 4 have proven more challenging to manufacture than expected, and as a result they will not be available until the second half of July. The availability of the more popular iPhone 4 black models is not affected.

The iPhone 4 officially launches tomorrow, although some folks received their phones yesterday and many are receiving their phones today.

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The article should have also mentioned...
By mcnabney on 6/23/2010 3:44:24 PM , Rating: 2
that there is Froyo-love coming to the existing lineup of Androids. I am guessing that the native Android, Droid, will get it first with the Blur and Sense equiped handsets following behind by a few weeks.
Still it is the gift that keeps on giving. I bought my Droid in November and the device has gained new sets of features every few months and that isn't even mentioning the android marketplace. 65k? Damn, a 6x increase in just half of a year.

RE: The article should have also mentioned...
By MindParadox on 6/23/2010 4:22:02 PM , Rating: 2
yeah, its for this very reason, along with the fact that Verizon isnt capping their data service for smart phones, and that the best droid phones are on Verizon, that im leaving AT&T.

i just hope that the Verizon service is as good as AT&T's is here in atlanta :P havent used verizon since they charged me 7k for one single phone call back in 01. had to take em to court over that :P

By mcnabney on 6/23/2010 4:39:30 PM , Rating: 2
Consumer Reports has rated AT&T last in the Atlanta market and Verizon first. I am going to guess that you will be happy, however wireless is still wireless. You will need some degree of line of sight.

If you still have that screwed-up bill you should take it with you. Don't mention the lawsuit, just say you left and that this was why. I bet the store would get a big laugh out of that, might even throw you a bone/deal.

Also, Verizon is rolling LTE out starting some time in 4Q. I have no idea when Atlanta will get it, but you just know there will be all kinds of awesome devices to capitalize on real 4G this time next year. If you have a moderately good plan I think they let the primaries upgrade every twelve months or so....

By SSDMaster on 6/23/2010 4:32:01 PM , Rating: 2
The Nexus One already got it.

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