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[News] New Deal Helps Spread Linux Phones, iPhone Challenged

  • Subject: [News] New Deal Helps Spread Linux Phones, iPhone Challenged
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 06 Dec 2009 12:42:42 +0000
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Deal Alert: Buy One Droid/Droid Eris, Get One Eris Free

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| If you want to teach your children the value 
| of open source computing, you might want to 
| look into buying them an Android smartphone. 
| That sounds like it could be a costly 
| proposition but, thanks to this new Verizon 
| holiday deal, it's going to be easier than 
| ever. Starting today, and going through 
| December 5th, VZW customers will be able to 
| get a Droid Eris free for every Droid or 
| Droid Eris that they buy.


Ad wars: Droid manly; iPhone girly

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| It's a strategy as old as the schoolyard, and 
| it seems to be working â at least on one side 
| of the yard. A new YouGov BrandIndex survey 
| taken Thursday shows Motorola's buzz rising 
| relative to Apple's and Research in Motion's 
| (RIMM) among men 18 and older. And the 
| company seems to be on track in its stated 
| goal of selling 1 million Droids by New 
| Years.



Review: Motorola DROID from VzWireless

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| The DROID is undeniably fastâboth at running
| apps and at using the Internetâbut speed isn't
| everything. Our DROID exhibited an unfortunate
| tendency to become unresponsive, distracted by
| who knows what for anywhere from 10 to 60
| seconds, several times a day. Every so often,
| some apps closed unexpectedlyânot just
| downloaded apps, but Navigation and Email. The
| DROID is a brand new phone, running a brand
| new OS version, so some growing pains are
| expected. However, we hope to see these kinks
| resolved quickly by Motorola/VzWireless
| updates.
| In the long run, we would like to see the
| DROID deliver stronger out-of-the-box business
| apps, including a more feature-rich Exchange
| mail client, standard file attachment readers,
| and an integrated personal/business calendar
| app.
| Combining such enhancements with the DROID's
| already-strong voice-driven apps and embedded
| navigation would make this phone a stronger
| enterprise contender. Until then, we don't see
| the DROID delivering a knock-out punch to the
| iPhone. We do, however, find the DROID worthy
| of serious consideration by anyone shopping
| for an "App Phone" this holiday season.


Droid by Motorola sales hit 250K

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| Verizon Wireless sold 250,000 units of its
| Droid by Motorola phone, according to
| eWEEK, which has also given the Droid a
| rave review. Meanwhile, the rumor of a
| Google-branded Android phone refuses to
| die, Palm's CEO trash-talks the Droid, and
| tomorrow Google will unveil its Linux-based
| Chrome OS, say various reports.


Verizon Droid's Sales Surge: Report

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| Trends in app development are also starting
| to look more promising for Android-based
| devices in the Droid's wake. Flurry said
| it's seen a "sharp increase" in new
| applications being developed for the mobile
| OS -- an increase of 94 percent from
| September to October.


Droid: Enjoyed

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| If I had my way, I would encourage Verizon
| Wireless to invest in both hologram
| technology and more "Star Wars" film rights.
| That would allow the carrier to hire an Alec
| Guinness lookalike who could pop up in 3-D
| visions in Verizon stores across the country,
| wave his hand over racks full of Motorola's
| (NYSE: MOT) new smartphone, and in full Obi-
| Wan Kenobi drag intone the words, "these are
| the Droids you're looking for."

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