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Verizon's Attack of the 'Droids

Verizon's first two Android phones arrive Friday, but here's an early peek

Dan Jones

November 5, 2009

1 Min Read
Verizon's Attack of the 'Droids

NEW YORK -- Verizon Wireless showed off its first two phones using the Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) Android operating system at a device event today here at the W Hotel in Times Square.

The massive CDMA operator will release the first of what Keith Lampron, who works in Verizon's wireless data devices strategy and planning unit, described as "a family of devices," on Friday.

Coming first is the "flagship," the Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) Droid, a large $200 smartphone, that runs the Android 2.0 operating system. Lighter on the scales and the wallet is the High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) (Taiwan: 2498) Eris, a $100 phone that runs a version of Android 1.5.

Both devices run on Verizon's 3G EV-DO Rev A network and sport touch-screens and QWERTY keyboards. To view more gizmos, click the picture below:

Verizon's Lampron wouldn't directly address questions about a third Android device coming soon on the Verizon network. There are, however, plenty of rumors about one or more gadgets in the works. (See Verizon to Have 3 Android Devices by Early 2010.)

The Verizon event also highlighted the operator's three-strong lineup of netbooks and rugged push-to-talk phones, as well as a new version of the Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea: SEC) "Chocolate" MP3 phone and a full line of BlackBerry phones.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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Dan Jones

Mobile Editor

Dan is to hats what Will.I.Am is to ridiculous eyewear. Fedora, trilby, tam-o-shanter -- all have graced the Jones pate during his career as the go-to purveyor of mobile essentials.

But hey, Dan is so much more than 4G maps and state-of-the-art headgear. Before joining the Light Reading team in 2002 he was an award-winning cult hit on Broadway (with four 'Toni' awards, two 'Emma' gongs and a 'Brian' to his name) with his one-man show, "Dan Sings the Show Tunes."

His perfectly crafted blogs, falling under the "Jonestown" banner, have been compared to the works of Chekhov. But only by Dan.

He lives in Brooklyn with cats.

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