Droid 2 Tackles the Enterprise

11:45 AM -- Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT)'s Droid successor, the Droid 2 for Verizon Wireless , was officially announced today, although many leaks and premature newspaper ads hinted at its unveiling. (See Smartphone Watch: Verizon Takes On the World and Verizon's Attack of the 'Droids.)

Unlike its predecessor, which was positioned for the consumer market -- and advertised with a slant toward the oversexed male population -- the Droid 2 is being marketed as an enterprise device. It comes equipped with the Android 2.2 operating system and Adobe Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: ADBE) Flash Player. (See Verizon Likes Its Droids and Motorola Brings More Droids to VZW .)

The Droid 2, which follows Verizon and Moto's successful Droid X launch, will be among the first to support Android's latest OS. It will also include push corporate email, Exchange, a unified inbox, and IT-appeasing features like remote wipe and password enforcement. The phone comes preloaded with Swype, a new form of text input based on continuous finger motion, as well as a qwerty keyboard, a 1GHz processor and no shortage of widgets and apps. (See Android Defrags, Takes Over and Five Androids to Watch.)

For an extra $20 per month, the phone can act as a 3G mobile hotspot to connect up to five PCs, mobile phones, and other WiFi-compatible devices. The $199 on-contract phone will be available online from Verizon starting tomorrow and in stores on Thursday. (See The Droid's Summer Price Push.)

This is all well and good for the enterprise, but the thing that makes the Droid 2 really exciting is that the rumored R2-D2 version of the handset is legit. Okay, maybe not exciting to most of the population, but to the Star Wars nerds, who took notice when Moto released a phone preloaded with Star Wars content and designed to look like the R2D2 Astromech droid from the films, it is pretty darn enticing.

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 4:27:16 PM
re: Droid 2 Tackles the Enterprise

Adobe is pretty thrilled about the Droid 2 launch. The phone is able to run the latest version, Flash 10.1, since it is also is running Android 2.2. Another example of the latest OS enabling the latest features (and leaving the other phones behind).

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