Lying on the fringe of the iPhone 4 release, consumer’s are wondering what the life span of the Droid will be. There are 4 new droid devices coming out this year that will knock the socks of the iPhone 4. Three of the being: Droid X2, Droid 3 and the Incredible 2 aka Thunderbolt. The fourth would be the Motorola Bionic which will set the standard for new smartphone devices. With this lineup of Android devices I do not think anyone can worry about Droid branded phones ceasing to exist. The iPhone 4 is not even LTE compatible. This story may become more interesting once the iPhone 5 is released, but until then “Droid Does”!
Last week, after Verizon announced a partnership with Apple, we asked the question, “Is the DROID brand done for?” And while most of you were on-board with the fact that this line of phones is just getting its feet wet, especially with the DROID BIONIC on the way, we were worried about the lack of other potential DROID branded phones since the tag has seemingly been pulled from the XOOM. And then this week we heard other news from more than one source.
In 2011, we can expect updated versions of the entire DROID lineup. Yep, we’ll see a DROID X2, DROID 3 and Incredible 2. At this time we don’t have details or specs for any of them, but do know that they are appearing on internal Verizon timelines and could be out sooner than you may be imagining. I’m doubting that they’ll be 4G devices since Verizon already has four beasts in the works, plus you have to remember that not everyone will have 4G service until 2013, but that won’t hold them back from being great.
And to add to that news, we are under the impression that at least one of them will be a stock Android device. Murmurs of such things have been spreading around the interwebs over the last few weeks, but the acknowledgement from Motorola yesterday that they are willing to work with developers, plus this tweet (Cheers Matt!) from a certain industry friend, leads us to believe that there is still hope. We should also point out that this topic over at Moto’s Get Satisfaction page (Cheers Geran!) which refers to unlocking the DROID X’s bootloader has been flagged as “implemented” by the company.
Update: A few users have suggested timelines for the release of these devices and if we base them off of last year, it could look similar to this:
- DROID Incredible 2 – April/May
- DROID X2 – July
- DROID 3 – August
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