Motorola Droid X: 'Meaningful for CIOs'

Motorola Droid X: 'Meaningful for CIOs'

Summary: We're here live at the launch of the Motorola Droid X smartphone, the successor to the original Droid.

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We're here live at the launch of the Motorola Droid X smartphone, the successor to the original Droid, on Verizon Wireless.

Here we go...

1:15 pm ET: Google CEO Eric Schmidt makes an introductory surprise appearance!

"You need an incredibly fast and [responsive] network."

"This is our second generation, and it works. You've got to have a software platform that scales. A real operating system."

"This is not a toy. This is not just an app engine. What it is is a really important operating system."

"It's not one product. It's not one network. It's not one application. It's the sum of it all."

"People are thinking mobile first."

1:25 pm ET: Some specs. 4.3 inch screen, full HD capture and playback. Verizon Vcast video on the device. Verizon inked a deal with Blockbuster. Also inked a deal to preload NFL Mobile app. Skype mobile. Back-up assistant.

1:30pm: One exec whose name I didn't catch (Update: John Stratton): "When you have a screen and form factor like this, it certainly screams video."

"Skype mobile has been integrated, deeply integrated on our product."

1:30pm ET: Motorola CEO for mobile Sanjay Jha is up.

"We're going to deliver an unparalleled experience."

Motorola's 11th smartphone.

"Every time I launch a smartphone, I get more and more excited about what is possible, in terms of computing power."

"Becoming the digital mainstream device for consumers."

"You go back to your home to pick up this device."

"Much more personal, much more connected and more mobile."

"We're in the early days."

Jha speaks about convergence - internet, mobility, computing, media.

"This is the largest opportunity in technology today."

"More people now access the Internet using their mobile devices."

"91 percent of home now have wireless. 23 percent of them don't have any land line at all."

"Media is going mobile."

Preloaded with Swype -- "I'm personally excited that Swype comes with this."

Wi-Fi hotspot, too.

"All of these things make it more meaningful for CIOs."

"We have taken our game to the next level."

1:38pm ET: Andy Rubin is up. Cites teamwork for the release; notes 160,000 Android devices a day.

1:40pm ET: Shantanu Narayen, president and CEO of Adobe, is up.

"They want [content] wherever they want."

"Where Adobe comes in is about enabling all that content on the web."

"Flash continues to be the world's most pervasive software."

"We have 70 percent of the world's casual games, including FarmVille from Zynga."

Mentions enterprises and how software is being overhauled for engagement, but doesn't get specific.

"We want to bring the power of content to this particular platform."

"We had to completely rewrite Flash Player 10.1"

"Unfettered access to content."

1:44pm ET: More details. Shipping July 15. $199.99 after $100 rebate, $29.99 smartphone service, mobile hotspot for 5 devices is $20 extra.

"Any customer who has a contract that comes up anytime in 2010 can immediately upgrade to the device at launch. Our goal is to get as many of these in customers' hands as we can."

1:46pm ET: It's Q&A time.

Question 1: When will there be a Google desktop client to aggregate contacts?

Answer 1 from Jha: "We will deliver a client with this device which will enable you to do that."

Question 2: About pricing and data caps.

Answer 2: For $29.99 a month, you get unlimited EVDO and with mobile hotspot, devices are $20 for 2GB.

Question 3: Motoblur?

Answer 3 from Jha: Comes with Motoblur! Ships with Android 2.1.

Question 4: About battery life. Earlier, Jha had touted this phone's leading battery.

Answer 4 from Jha: "We think the battery life of this will be comparable" to the original Droid, despite a bigger display. Adds that bigger battery may come, adding a millimeter of thickness to device.

Answer 4 from John Stratton: passes the "hammering phone all day" test.

Question 5: About upgrade policy.

Answer 5: If contract ends in 2010, upgrade allowed immediately.

Question 6: About Android developers' take (millions or billions?).

Answer 6: We haven't disclosed any of those numbers. Rubin: Android is "everybody's operating system."

Question 7: About Motoblur delay for up-to-date.

Answer 7: Jha: Froyo upgrade available "late summer."

Question 8: Worldwide launch?

Answer 8: Jha: U.S. only device only for Verizon. Some devices overseas may look similar, but no exact replication.

Last comment about data overages for tethering: 5 cents per megabyte.

1:54pm ET: And that's a wrap! We have a hands-on demo scheduled for 2:45pm ET. Stay tuned!

1:55pm ET: And the official press release is live:

JULY 2010: DROID X BY MOTOROLA LANDS ON THE NATION'S LARGEST & MOST RELIABLE 3G NETWORK

DROID X Delivers More Browsing, More Connectivity, Personal HD Video and Enterprise Features – All on a 4.3" Widescreen

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. – Verizon Wireless, the company with the nation's largest and most reliable wireless 3G network, and Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT), a pioneer in the mobile industry, today unveiled DROID X by Motorola. DROID X does more with ultra high-speed Web browsing; a fast 1GHz processor; 3G Mobile HotSpot capabilities; loads of memory; intuitive social messaging; Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 ready; and access to Android Market™, which has more than 65,000 applications, along with a host of unique Verizon Wireless applications such as NFL Mobile, Skype mobile™, V CAST Video, EA Need for Speed Shift™ and more.

"Nine months ago, we made a commitment to our customers to bring the openness of Android to the Verizon Wireless network," said John Stratton, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless. "Since then, we have introduced the top-selling Android phone in the marketplace today – the DROID by Motorola. DROID X takes that commitment to another level with exclusive content, faster processing speeds, and, of course, the reliability of our network."

Sanjay Jha, co-chief executive officer of Motorola and chief executive officer of Motorola Mobile Devices and Home business added, "Motorola designed DROID X to push the extreme limits of Android innovation, and enable you to do even more with your mobile device. We are breaking down barriers so that you can experience the Web the way it was meant to be and create, share and view content like never before, either in your hand or in your home. Enterprise users will also find DROID X appealing with features including push e-mail and live widgets for e-mail and calendar updates."

DROID X gives customers a 4.3-inch high-resolution screen for viewing the latest movies and video from BLOCKBUSTER On Demand® presented by V CAST Video, the newest addition to the Verizon Wireless V CAST application, which also includes access to favorite TV shows. The DROID X video capabilities let customers capture spontaneous fun, combining a dual-flash, 8-megapixel camera, HD camcorder, as well as DLNA and HDMI connectivity to download, stream and share personal HD content.

DROID X customers will also receive Android 2.2 and Adobe Flash Player 10.1 with an over-the-air update in the latter half of the summer. With the update, the Flash Player will allow mobile users to experience hundreds of sites with rich applications and content inside the browser, including games, animations, rich Internet applications (RIAs), data presentations and visualizations, ecommerce, music, video, audio and more.

"It has been an exciting time for Android momentum and global consumer adoption since the announcement of DROID by Motorola nine months ago," said Andy Rubin, vice president of engineering for Google. "There are 160,000 new Android-powered devices activated daily and Android Market has grown to over 65,000 applications. Plus later this summer, Verizon Wireless and Motorola will update all the DROID by Motorola phones to the latest 2.2 software. For customers, this means great new features and improved browser performance. For developers, this will provide new tools such as cloud-to-device messaging and enhanced enterprise functionality."

"We are excited about full Flash support coming to the DROID X and other devices from Motorola," said Shantanu Narayen, president and chief executive officer of Adobe. "Flash Player 10.1, which is one of Adobe's most anticipated releases ever, has been redesigned from the ground up to deliver the kind of highly engaging experiences that consumers now expect from their mobile devices."

Once updated to Android 2.2, business customers will find DROID X offers the features that turn the device into a workhorse with support for both Exchange and Gmail™ for business. Corporate users can enjoy push delivery of e-mail; live widgets that stream messages to the home screen; filter widgets to differentiate work and home e-mail; corporate directory and Global look-up along with a unified calendar for Enterprise and sync with Google Calendar™. Security protocols allow remote password control and wipe via Exchange server.

Pricing and Availability DROID X by Motorola will be available at www.verizonwireless.com and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores beginning July 15 for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Customers will receive the mail-in rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted. In addition to subscribing to a Nationwide Talk plan or a Nationwide Talk & Text plan, customers will also need to subscribe to an Email and Web for Smartphone plan. Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 monthly access. Email and Web for Smartphone plans start at $29.99 for unlimited monthly access.

Customers can add the optional 3G Mobile Hotspot service to their DROID X for $20 per month. The 3G Mobile Hotspot allows customers to turn the phone into a wireless modem for up to five compatible Wi-Fi devices. In addition, current Verizon Wireless customers who have contracts ending by December 31, 2010, can upgrade to any smartphone, including DROID X, without penalty.

Topics: Smartphones, Hardware, Mobility

Andrew Nusca

About Andrew Nusca

Andrew Nusca is a former writer-editor for ZDNet and contributor to CNET. During his tenure, he was the editor of SmartPlanet, ZDNet's sister site about innovation.

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  • RE: Motorola Droid X: 'Meaningful for CIOs'

    any word on when the droid X will be coming to Canada?
    rkmoray
    • RE: Motorola Droid X: 'Meaningful for CIOs'

      @rkmoray Don't hold your breath :(
      striker67
  • RE: Motorola Droid X: 'Meaningful for CIOs'

    LMAO....the iPhone 4 hasn't even been delivered to folks yet and already its blown out of the water.....AGAIN!
    storm14k
    • RE: Motorola Droid X: 'Meaningful for CIOs'

      @storm14k <br>Oh please. What are you talking about? The iPhone 4 is delivering now and the Droid "X" is vapourware. <br>
      And blown out of the water? Hardly.
      <br>You make no sense.
      rossdav
      • Re:The Web is Full of FLASH...... iPhone 4 has NONE!

        @rossdav@... Although Apple's iPhone4 will now be getting FLASH Ads (whether Jobs likes it or not) with some innovative programming, it's still far from having the ability to surf the web unrestricted. There are few if any Business sites that don't use FLASH VIDEO... now today and even into the Future. It's now accelerated (even under Apple's ignorant nose) using less energy and far fewer CPU cycles, w/ Khronos Group's OpenGL WebGL, that Jobs voted against including it as the only member. Proving ONE BIG IGNORANT ARROGANT IDIOT is not so powerful afterall!<br><br>Most of the other members on that board are also on Android's Open Handset Alliance (over 70) and most of those support the Open Screen Project. As the only corporation not on Khronos Group, Microsoft has lost the Mobile World to OpenGL ES, OpenVG, OpenSL, etc. Now as the only corporation ignorant and arrogant enough to let Market Cap go to their heads against the World of FLASH (like Hitler's Nazis), Apple and their pig headed leader, Steve Jobs will get dumped on BIG TIME!<br><br>The verdict on this debate is already going down and even though Apple is selling some nice hardware. They have become the epitome of the Sony Exclusivity Mentality and..... that's going to kill them. Remember Sony once had the #1 Customer Satisfaction status in the World. Their Quality Innovative products led the World too. But when you restrict those, as they did with PS3, their Music Division, etc... they become just another BetaMax Loser. Such is the case for Apple's Future (whether any of you Apple Fantards see it or not). History like in the defeat of Hitler will inevitably repeat itself with Apple. The World HATES FASCIST ARROGANCE in an OPEN FREE WORLD!<br><br>Because the only way FLASH or Motorola DROID X is Vaporware is "Down the Memory Hole" of Apple's "Ministry of Truth (1984)" white out of the competition in their own Empty Minds...... Droid Does!!! What Apple CAN'T and WON'T!!! <img border="0" src="http://www.cnet.com/i/mb/emoticons/wink.gif" alt="wink">
        i2fun@...
      • RE: Motorola Droid X: 'Meaningful for CIOs'

        i2fun@... You know- there are a wide variety of decaf options available out there that taste just like the "real thing" ...
        Just saying- seriously, chill just a little bit
        www.dfwsupergeek.com
        unclefixer@...
    • RE: Motorola Droid X: 'Meaningful for CIOs'

      @storm14k

      Those whole "My Phone is better than your phone" playground crap is getting old. People are too focused on specs but when it all comes down to it most of the phones running either Android or iPhone or Palm Pre, blackberry, WinMobile or whatever offer very similar functionality. Some do things better in one area while others do it better in other areas. My brother was bragging about his EVO and his 8MP camera versus the iPhone 4 with its 5MP camera which I will pick up tomorrow. I have seen the Droid X as we had Verizon here at my work as we are thinking of switching from Sprint because Verizon can offer us better services due to their education state contracts. The rep showed us the Droid X he has had for 3 weeks. It is a nice phone but really it does not do anything special that other similar phones do not. So everyone needs to get over it and quit this little pissing match about which phone is better and which phone OS is better. It is rather childish and unnecessary.
      bobiroc
      • RE: Motorola Droid X: 'Meaningful for CIOs'

        @bobiroc

        My friend, you are FAR too level headed, adult and reasonable for this forum.
        zentinal@...
      • RE: Motorola Droid X: 'Meaningful for CIOs'

        @bobiroc Thank you. This is not the place for reasonable discussion.

        Now on a serious note....if you don't notice the differences between what the current set of smartphones on the market can do then you may be wasting money on a smartphone. Just being honest. A feature phone can pretty much capture the subset of things that all of them do and cost you less upfront.
        storm14k
      • RE: Motorola Droid X: 'Meaningful for CIOs'

        @storm14k

        [i]"Now on a serious note....if you don't notice the differences between what the current set of smartphones on the market can do then you may be wasting money on a smartphone. Just being honest. A feature phone can pretty much capture the subset of things that all of them do and cost you less upfront."[/i]

        So you are telling me there is a killer feature on the Droid X that no other phone has had before. Hmmm... what is the keep up with the jones' features all the top end phones have.

        Fast Processor - Check
        High Res Camera - Check
        GPS - Check
        Video Recording in HD - Check
        Runs lots of Apps - Check
        Can do video calls - Check
        And lets not forget make phone calls, texts, mms.

        Am I missing something? Does this phone clean your house or give you some sort of "pleasure" or something?

        Sure there may be some differences here and there and one may have a little edge over another but who really cares. The important part is does the phone do what you want it to do? Isn't that why we have choices. I mean some people may choose to get a BMW or a Lexus and I drive my Chevy but in the end we both can get to the same place right?
        bobiroc
      • Well put

        @bobiroc And I agree with your view on the situation. I think that far too many times, people have a tendency to overthink the greatness of their own favorite device; either it's a closed-mindedness, or simply a belief that "if this is what I like, EVERYONE should agree with me... who knows?
        (My phone is STILL better than your phone! >:) nyah, nyah nyah!)
        (just kidding)
        www.dfwsupergeek.com
        unclefixer@...
      • RE: Motorola Droid X: 'Meaningful for CIOs'

        @unclefixer & zentinal

        I try to make sense most of the time. I mean I can be passionate about technology I enjoy too but this my gadget or my computer and it's OS is better than yours crap is getting old. I love technology and try to use all forms of it but I refuse to purchase or use something just because it is being played out like a status symbol or something. I use technology that works for me and do not criticize other people for using the technology they choose even though I have a tendancy to call people out that spew out lies and BS about technologies they do not like or understand. Its all rather childish and unneccessary and sometimes the Authors on here write stuff to just start these little wars. I guess that is why they call it blogging and ZDNet is no longer a technology news site. The sad part some of these so called experts in their field do not have clue 1 about what they are talking about. I think I can count on 1 hand the amount of authors on here that do their best to report and discuss technology without bias or undeserved criticism.
        bobiroc
  • RE: Motorola Droid X: 'Meaningful for CIOs'

    $20 dollar per month is what I call expensive tether tots.
    TxM2xTx
  • RE: Motorola Droid X: 'Meaningful for CIOs'

    I'd like to see a side by side comparison with the Incredible.
    Jackson Hole Jake
  • If it's not for T-Mobile, why bother

    I have had Sprint, Verizon, etc. T-Mobile rocks. Every other carrier sucks. If this isn't compatible with T-Mobile, it may as well not exist.
    bblackmoor@...
    • RE: Motorola Droid X: 'Meaningful for CIOs'

      @bblackmoor@...
      T-Mobile blows. Their customer service has tanked over the last year, their service has tanked over the last year. I've had days where I couldn't even connect a call because of network issues, and they refused to credit me even though their network engineers could see that I attempted calls that were immediately dropped.

      I can't wait for my contract to be over so I can switch to a real carrier (probably Verizon, but I'd rather have AT&T over T-Mobile).
      nix_hed
  • RE: Motorola Droid X: 'Meaningful for CIOs'

    Does anybody know if any Droid has ATSC-M/H capabilty (free local digital tv stations over the air)?
    jorabi
  • 160000 Android Devices per DAY?

    *cough* Bull *cough* Sh..... *cough*

    "1:38pm ET: Andy Rubin is up. Cites teamwork for the release; notes 160,000 Android devices a day."

    If Android devices were flying off the shelves at the tune of 4,800,000 per month, even Gizmodo and Engadget would sit up and take notice. iPad has sold 3 million in 80 days (http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/06/apples-ipad-sales-accelerate-three-million-sold-in-80-days/). That's like about a million a month and it's making real headlines. I don't see the real numbers on Android.
    Olderdan
    • RE: Motorola Droid X: 'Meaningful for CIOs'

      @Olderdan Just to be clear: that figure is for Android phones activated per day.
      andrew.nusca
      • Even then, Andrew,

        that number is still very unrealistic. Maybe 1,600 devices a day, maybe 160... but what adds up to 4.8 million devices activated a month is insane.

        Now 4.8 million unique hits from Android devices, that seems more plausible, but a bit low.
        nix_hed