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Verizon Android Phone Launch Wrap-up

Douglas Carter
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Three new Android phones for Verizon have been getting a lot of attention from the press recently. Samsung announced the Samsung Continuum, a new member to the Galaxy S line of phones, with details on pricing and a release date. In addition, the Motorola Droid Pro and the Droid 2 Global are now available for order at Verizon's site.

The Samsung Continuum is very similar to its Samsung Galaxy S brethren, featuring the same processor, camera, OS version, and many other internals. However, likely the biggest selling point of the device is that the Continuum has two SAMOLED displays, a 3.4" main display above and a 1.8" "ticker" display below.

The "ticker"display is used as a tiny display for updates on news, social networks, and other info, with the idea of saving battery power by using a smaller screen. MobileCrunch adds that the display can also act "as a launch bar for apps, but can also push stuff like turn-by-turn directions, scores for football games, or text messages to you without interrupting your movie or email. You can answer and ignore calls, change music tracks, and other stuff as well."

What is strange about the phone is the display. According to Engadget, the two displays are actually achieved using just one 4" screen, with the standard 4 Android buttons tacked onto the display near the bottom, creating the appearance of two displays. I'm curious to see how the splitting of the display will affect how apps are displayed on the device due to the irregular display resolution.

The Verizon Samsung Continuum is slated to launch with Bing Search and Bing Maps on November 18th for $200 after $100 mail-in rebate with a two-year agreement.

Head on over to Engadget to take a look at their hands-on video of the device.

Regarding the Droid Pro and Droid 2 Global, Android Central is reporting that the pre-order pages are online for the two devices, with the Droid Pro costing $180 on contract and the Droid 2 Global for $200 on contract.

The Droid Pro is an Android 2.2 device aimed at appealing to Blackberrry owners thinking about making the jump to Android. Motorola managed to pack a full QWERTY keyboard, 5MP camera, 1GHZ processor and a 3.1" display into the Droid Pro.

The Droid 2 Global is the Droid 2, but with GSM support and a processor bumped up from 1GHz to 1.2GHz, as well as the choice of white or the standard outer finish. Phandroid notes that the release of the Droid 2 Global comes only a short time after the release of the Droid 2, which appears to have already been removed, with only the Global version available for purchase.

Other Sources: Android Central, Androinica, MobileCrunch, Phandroid

Images from MobileCrunch and Android Central