Motorola Droid Still Selling like Hotcakes

After seven months on the market, the Motorola Droid is surprisingly doing very well. According to Motorola, there is still a strong and steady demand for the Droid despite competition that has arisen in the market – especially Verizon’s Droid Incredible by HTC. After all, the device is still a great piece of hardware with a sharp, 854 x 480 screen and a build quality that feels like it can withstand a drop from a 12-story building.

It’s also tough to say that the devic seems like it’s aging rapidly when its software is evolving with the rest of its competitors. When the Droid was released in November, it came with Android 2.0. In March, it received Android’s 2.1 update and pretty soon, it will be sporting Android 2.2, or Froyo. The Droid will get these updates much sooner than its cousin on the same network, the Droid Incredible, because it doesn’t run a custom UI (the Incredible runs Sense) that has to be updated to play well with Android updates.

“If I could build more I’d sell more,” says Sanjay Jha, Co-CEO of Motorola. Apparently the manufacturer is running into the same supply issues that HTC had with the Incredible.

Not one to rest on his laurels, however, Jha says this year’s phone line-up for Motorola will include two to four devices with front-facing cameras for video chatting. Perfect timing since the iPhone 4 and EVO 4G both have front-facing cameras and are capable of video chat as well. If the new devices land on Verizon’s network, there’s a chance that Skype, who has already struck up a deal with Verizon, might have video chat working over the 3G network.

Either way, we’re happy to hear that the Droid, Motorola’s comeback device, is still going strong and that Motorola has more goods on the way.

[Via: Yahoo! News]

  • szos

    I'll tell you why the Droid is selling so well…

    It's physical keyboard.

    While it is quite horrible, it's still a physical keyboard none the less. Every company jumped on the touchscreen bandwagon, but the success of the Droid proves that just because you have a large touchscreen, doesn't mean you should get rid of physical keys.

    Now if only one manufacturers could figure out that many of us want a high-end Android phone (EVO-type specs), but with a GOOD keyboard (at least as good as the LG Ally or the Motorola Devour). Right now you are limited to getting good keyboard with sub-par specs, or great specs but no keyboard.

    • marinperez

      Don't know if I quite agree with you, as my Droid's keyboard isn't that good. I think it's sold well because it was Verizon's first device that could legitimately be compared to the iPhone. There was a great, pent-up demand for a high-end smartphone on Big Red and the Droid was there first (the $100 million marketing campaign helped).

      With that said, I still love my Droid.

  • bwr17

    Second what szos said. Where are the high end keyboard androids? There is only the Droid, if you still consider that high end.

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