On the Android front, Verizon announced the latest addition to their Droid family, the Droid 2 on Tuesday morning. Along with the original Droid and the Droid X, Droid 2 will be on the network starting Thursday, August 12th.
The device will be available for pre-orders starting Wednesday, August 11th via Verizon’s website and it will be available in-stores on August 12th. The device will ship with Android’s latest OS 2.2 Froyo, including support for Adobe’s Flash, something phones like the iPhone cannot offer. Droid 2, like other Droids will include the mobile hotspot functionality, offering up to 5 devices to connect to the device via WiFi to access 3G services, for an additional $20/month.
On the specifications side, the Droid 2 measures 4.58 inches tall by 2.38 inches wide by 0.54 inch thick and features a 3.7-inch WVGA (480×854) capacitive touch screen. The smartphone comes preloaded with Swype, a keyboard input method that allows users to enter a word by sliding a finger from letter to letter, lifting only between words. Other additions include a faster 1GHz TI OMAP processor 512MB of RAM.
The Droid 2 will feature a 5-megapixel camera, DLNA support, 8GB of onboard memory and the Android Market will feature more than 70,000 apps for the user to choose and download from.
Verizon will offer a limited-edition R2-D2 version of the Droid 2 starting in September. Exclusive Star Wars content and hardware designed to look like R2-D2 will be available to purchase; this can be done online.