The Motorola Droid (WCDMA/GSM version: Motorola Milestone, stylized as DROID) is an Internet and multimedia enabled smartphone designed by Motorola, which runs Google's Android operating system. The brand name Droid is a trademark of Lucasfilm licensed to Verizon Wireless.
In the United States, the handset is distributed exclusively by Verizon Wireless. Features of the phone include Wi-Fi networking, a 5-megapixel low light capable digital camera, a standard 3.5 mm headphone jack, interchangeable battery, 3.7-inch 854 x 480 touchscreen display. It also includes MicroSDHC support with bundled 16GB card, free turn-by-turn navigation from Google Maps, sliding QWERTY keyboard, and Texas Instruments OMAP 3430 processor. The Motorola Droid runs Android version 2.2. The phone does not, however, run the re-branded MOTOBLUR interface for Android, instead providing the Google Experience skin and application stack.
The Droid has a hearing aid compatibility (hac) rating of M3/T3. The phone was the first to ship with free Google Maps Navigation (beta) installed. The Droid had been publicized under the codenames Sholes and Tao and the model number A855. In Europe, the model number is A853 (Milestone).
XDA-Developers Forums for the Phone
- Motorola Droid General
- Motorola Droid Accessories
- Motorola Droid Android Development
- Motorola Droid Themes and Apps
The Motorola Milestone update rolled out in the beginning of May 2010, five months after the introduction of Android 2.1. After the update several problems were discovered, but since then firmware 2.1 update 1 has been released, which fixes some of the issues. Although Motorola claimed, that they have fixed the random MP3 player start problems, they still occur. It is worth noting that these problems affect only some users.
On Saturday, August 21, 2010, Motorola announced that they will also release an upgrade to Android 2.2 for the Motorola Milestone with an initial roll-out planned to begin at the end of 2010. This happened almost after a year since the announcement of the Motorola Milestone and world wide advertisement for Adobe Flash support. At first Motorola was undecided, but finally they confirmed the prediction made by Adobe for Flash support.