Motorola Holds Back Droid 2 For Froyo Release

Motorola has announced that its Droid 2 Android-based smartphone will be released in the US on 23 August, available from Verizon Wireless.

Previously, the company had announced that it would be released on 19 July.

It has been speculated that the release date has been put back to allow the device to come pre-loaded with the Android 2.2 operating system, codenamed Froyo.

The new Droid 2 will come packed with many new features including Wi-Fi networking features, a five-megapixel low light digital camera, an interchangeable battery, a 3.7in 854x480 resolution touchscreen display and support for MicroSDHC with 16GB memory card.

It has long been expected that Motorola would try to finish working on implementing Android 2.2 so that it could launch the first smartphone to come with the operating system pre-installed, although this is yet to be confirmed.

Current test versions of the Motorola Droid 2 are running Android 2.1.

The Droid 2 is expected to cost around $200 on a 24-month Verizon contract.