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Motorola, Verizon Ready Next Droid

6/22/2010 10:30:00 AM Eastern

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. — Verizon
Wireless plans to unveil its nextgeneration
Motorola-made Droid on
Wednesday.

The carrier didn’t disclose details but
said speakers at a launch event in New
York would include Verizon Wireless executive
VP/chief marketing officer John
Stratton, Google engineering VP Andy
Rubin, Motorola co-CEO Sanjay Jha and
Adove CEO Shantanu Narayen.

Verizon currently offers five Android-
based phones: Droid by Motorola,
Droid Eris, Droid Incredible by
HTC, Motorola Devour and LG Ally.

Motorola’s current Droid features
the Android 2.1 OS, but the new model
might ship with the 2.2 version of
Google’s Android OS, recently unveiled
by Google. The updated OS will
operate faster, turn Android smartphones
into mobile Wi-Fi hot spots,
support Adobe Flash within the browser
and add new camera/camcorder features,
Google said during a recent developers’
conference here.

The upgraded 2.2 OS also supports
voice dialing over Bluetooth, supports
Microsoft Exchange for enterprise users,
and lets users make room for more
apps by storing them on memory cards.

Android 2.2 phones could also be used
as a wireless modem when connected to
a laptop via USB cable to share a wireless
data connection, the company said.

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