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X2 is the first dual-core 1GHz Android smartphone on the Verizon network

Motorola has made a big comeback thanks to Google’s Android operating system. The latest offering from Motorola is heading to the Verizon network very soon and it is an impressive device.

The smartphone is the Motorola Droid X2 and it will be available online starting tomorrow. It will land in stores to purchase on May 26. The smartphone will cost $199.99 with a new 2-year agreement and the purchase of a compatible data plan. The X2 has a bunch of very nice features.

It will be the first dual-core 1GHz smartphone to operate on the Verizon network. It also has a 4.3-inch qHD screen that is covered by Gorilla Glass. The X2 will be powered by Android 2.2 at launch and will later get an update to Android 2.3. The phone has an 8-megapixel rear camera and can record HD video.

Other features include a mirror mode for sharing photos and other content on a big screen TV. The device supports enterprise security policies and has support for all the Google services expected of an Android smartphone. The Droid X2 can also act as a mobile hotspot for sharing the 3G connection with up to five other devices.

The required voice plan will cost $39.99 monthly and the unlimited data plan will cost $29.99 monthly.

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RE: 2.2?
By Souka on 5/18/2011 1:09:02 PM , Rating: 2
Does it really matter if it ships with 2.3 or 2.2?

It'll come with 2.2 and get 2.3 in the coming weeks/months...

I had a droidX for a few months...great phone, great battery life.

This one will be even better.... hope to get one.

Wish it had front facing camera, but don't really need it currently so no big deal I guess (for me)

RE: 2.2?
By SkullOne on 5/18/2011 1:15:36 PM , Rating: 3
How many months is acceptable though? It's not like Android 2.3.x was released last month. For the DX2 to be Froyo is totally unacceptable. Same with my Thunderbolt. However, thanks to an unlocked bootloader my TBolt no longer has that problem.

RE: 2.2?
By theapparition on 5/18/2011 2:55:48 PM , Rating: 2
And the DX also has 2.3 Gingerbread goodness available, so not a problem there either.

Since the leaked version is Moto signed (because of the locked bootloader), that tells everyone that 2.3 is right around the corner.

Doubt you'll see it taking months.

RE: 2.2?
By Souka on 5/18/2011 5:16:31 PM , Rating: 3
For the DX2 to be Froyo is totally unacceptable.

What is unacceptable about 2.2 Froyo?

RE: 2.2?
By SkullOne on 5/19/2011 9:21:32 AM , Rating: 2
Nothing. It's unacceptable that the new Droid flagship isn't 2.3 when 2.3 has been out for 6 months.

RE: 2.2?
By Aloonatic on 5/20/2011 5:39:23 AM , Rating: 2
Does it really matter if it ships with 2.3 or 2.2?
From a security standpoint, it might, as your assumption that an update will actually coma along "in the following weeks" is something that I think that we all know is BS, as updates on Android have become notoriously inconsistent.

Even assuming that and update does come along fairly quickly tho..

There was a story on here about a facebook, calender exploit where "any Android version prior to 2.3.4 (the most recent version of Android "Gingerbread") was susceptible".

I'm not saying that this one case alone means that it's an amazingly big deal, but that's just one exploit that has been found and publicised.

I don't profess to know a great deal about mobile OSes, or operating systems from a technical security standpoint, but I think that we all assume that the latest version of any OS is usually more secure than it's predecessor.

Would it really matter if you didn't update your copy of windows if you had a new PC? Would you be happy to have it connected to the interment unpatched, even if it was just for a few "weeks/months"?

I doubt it.

I remember loading a fresh install of XP on a laptop that was a verion of XP release prior to service pack 1a and then connecting it to the internet to see what happened. Within 5 minutes it had pop-ups and all sorts of things going on.

Again, I'm not saying that this, or anything like it, will definitely happen to an Android phone that is released the latest version of the OS. Nor that even if the phone did have the very latest version of Android, that it would be somehow invulnerable to attack but... the later the version of the OS the more secure it (usually) is, and that's good for everyone.

Why take the chance? Is it really that hard to get a newer version working on a phone?

And, anyway, from a simple marketing standpoint... When someone walks into a phone shop and sees that one phone has Android 2.2 on and another has 2.3, they are going to immediately assume that the phone with 2.3 on is newer and better (and probably faster) regardless of whether that is really true.

"It looks like the iPhone 4 might be their Vista, and I'm okay with that." -- Microsoft COO Kevin Turner
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