Motorola To Push Out Droid 2 Handset

Motorola will replaced the very popular Droid handset with an updated version called the Droid 2, one which will be available on Verizon Wireless within days.

The original Droid was one of the most sought after Android handset on the market, on par with the HTC's models.

Leaks show that the new phone stick to the form factor of the old Motorola Droid (known here as the Milestone).

Expect the same sliding QWERTY keyboard (albeit a changed one), the same 3.7-inch capacitive touchscreen display and the same chassis. There's also that familiar 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor, 512MB, 8GB internal memory, a 5-megapixel camera with AF and flash, GPS, Wi-Fi and much more.

However, Motorola has brought in Android OS 2.2 with Flash Mobile 10.1, making it the first handset across the pond to offer Android's latest OS; there also the Swype onscreen keyboard in the offing.

The presence of Android OS 2.2 means that you will be able to use the phone as a 3G mobile hotspot although the mobile provider will be charging extra for that.

Verizon Wireless will sell the Droid 2 for $199 on a two year contract and will offer the phone both instore and online.