Bloggers have reported the next generation of Droid could include either a Droid X (or Xtreme) or Droid 2 (or Shadow), or both. The biggest difference would be that the Droid 2 would have a physical keyboard, while the X would have touch-screen input without a keyboard, like the iPhone 4.Some blog rumors have stated that the Droid X and the Droid 2 are one and the same device, but Gizmodo in May said unnamed Verizon sources indicated there are two devices, which have already appeared in Verizon's inventory. Droid-Life had even run a photo in late May showing one Droid 2 device in an inventory list. The X, without a physical keyboard, would have a large screen (4.1 inches, compared to iPhone's 3.5-inch) an 8 megapixel camera (same as iPhone 4) and would run Android 2.2, codenamed Froyo, on a Snapdragon processor capable of 1 GHz speeds (the same as the Apple A4 in the iPhone 4), according to a Gizmodo tipster. Less information seems to be available about the Shadow, except that it would have a physical keyboard, which is sought especially by heavy texting users, and storage of 2GB, compared to 16GB in the X. By comparison, the iPhone 4 comes in two versions, with 16 GB or 32 GB of capacity. iPhone 4 would not have the Flash media player expected to surface in the X, although Apple claims that HTML5 support is preferable to Flash. Industry analysts said it's obvious that Verizon is interested, if not desperate, to have a solid competitor to the iPhone on its network, since the iPhone is still sold exclusively by AT&T. Verizon's timing of the event next week and its success in selling the first generation of Droid smartphones show that "Verizon is poking Apple, saying look how many devices we can sell and putting pressure on Apple to allow Verizon to sell iPhones," said Jack Gold, an analyst at J. Gold Associates. "This is a great strategy for Verizon, as it wins either way."
Droid, which has "breathed new life into Motorola" because of Android, will be compelling to buyers seeking a second generation device, Gold predicted.However, Gartner Inc. analyst Ken Dulaney questioned whether Motorola is truly ready for when Verizon eventually gets the iPhone. He said that a horizontal slider phone with a keypad needs to be less expensive than the $199 price for the original Droid if it wants to draw the texting generation. He suggested a price of $99 would be appropriate. Verizon, similar to all the major carriers, is already selling a broad portfolio of more than 30 phones, including devices mainly for texting and social networking, like the Kin One and Kin Two as well as the powerful HTC Droid Incredible with a 1 GHz processor and touch screen. Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld. Follow Matt on Twitter at @matthamblen or subscribe to Matt's RSS feed . His e-mail address is email@example.com . Read more about smartphones in Computerworld's Smartphones Topic Center. Original story - http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9178180/Droid_X_smartphone_launch_expected_Wednesday