Liveblogging Verizon’s Droid Unveiling
Verizon Wireless (VZ) is holding a media event today to share more details on its Google Android-powered Droid handsets. Below is a live-blog of the event.
9:20 a.m. EST: Attendees are filing in to a small conference room at the W Hotel in New York. Not much on display, other than a poster reading “Droid Era Begins in 00:00 Seconds” that shows the device. Motorola (MOT) and Verizon branding are prominent, with four icons at the bottom of the screen. Someone in the room is talking about the “iDon’t Care” spoof of the “Droid Does” ad campaign.
9:32: Jim Gerace, a Verizon Wireless spokesman, kicks off the event, introducing Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha and Verizon Wireless CMO John Stratton.
9:33: “This is a pretty exciting day for us,” Stratton says. Motorola has been “a critical part of this story,” calling Motorola, Google (GOOG) and Verizon Wireless three great brands that have come together on Droid.
9:34: “We get to a pretty intriguing device” because of this partnership, Jha says. Running multiple applications at the same time, broadband capability, a robust Web browser that renders pages the way they look on desktop PCs, will all become increasingly important, he says. Also messaging: Voice, Exchange email, Gmail, other POP and IMAP interfaces, he adds