July 7, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
Verizon ended its era of unlimited data pricing today, just in time for the company to introduce the Motorola Droid 3. Carrying the torch for the first Verizon Android phone released in 2009 that jumpstarted Android’s rise to power, the Droid 3 is packed with features to placate the people upset about tiered prices.
Like both of its Droid predecessors, the Droid 3 features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The 3 has upgraded the hardware to include a dual-core 1 GHz processor, 8 megapixel camera that shoots up to 1080p HD video, and has a 4-inch qHD display. It also has a front-facing camera should users get the urge to video chat with family, friends, co-workers, or clients.
On the software side, the Droid 3 is running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It’s not yet clear if it will also be seasoned with the software formerly known as Motoblur that Motorola doesn’t want to call Motoblur but we all totally know and will refer to as Motoblur. The phone supports Adobe Flash 10, 1080p HDMI-out mirror mode (for photos, videos, and movies), and 3G Mobile Hotspot to connect up to 5 devices.
Motorola has also included some enterprise-ready features in the Droid 3, including support for 3G speeds in more than 125 countries, and data/voice capabilities in 200 nations. The Citrix GoToMeeting, Citrix Receiver, and QuickOffice apps come pre-installed, and there’s network administration tools for remote wipe and encryption.
You won’t get 4G speeds and will have to pay tiered data prices, but anyone interested in a Droid 3 can purchase one now at VerizonWireless.com for $199 on a two-year agreement. The Droid 3 will be in stores July 14.