If I wasn't going to the Game Developers Conference in Austin, Texas I would have definitely been at CTIA Enterprise & Applications – arguably one of the top wireless technology trade shows, happening this week in San Francisco.
What I've seen from the media backchannels is that Android, Verizon, and Motorola are pulling the covers off many very intriguing products and service offerings.
Case in point, Verizon Wireless and Motorola today unveiled DROID PRO.
Targeted as a new, powerful, stronger and faster solution designed to meet both business and personal needs. This is the first Android-based smartphone optimized for business use.
DROID PRO is also a global-ready Android smartphone from Verizon Wireless, allowing customers to enjoy wireless voice service in more than 220 countries and data coverage in more than 200 countries.
DROID PRO meets employers' and employees' needs by addressing the productivity tools businesses require, including corporate connectivity and security; full push corporate e-mail with corporate level security; unified calendar with additional work features; pre-loaded Quickoffice Mobile Suite, a powerful 1 GHz processor; 4 GB of memory (2 GB internal; and 2 GB removable) and a QWERTY keyboard designed for speed and convenience.
“DROID PRO combines the feature-packed, high-level user experience that customers look for in an Android smartphone plus the security that enterprises require, all with the reliability of Verizon Wireless' 3G network,” said Mike Lanman, president – Enterprise and Government Markets for Verizon Wireless. “DROID PRO builds on our commitment to deliver the best Android experience to the marketplace as well as to our enterprise customers.”
“The DROID PRO is an advanced business-ready solution that provides users with the full smartphone experience, redefined by delivering the power of a DROID,” said Sanjay Jha, chief executive officer of Motorola Mobility. “The DROID PRO consolidates users' work and personal needs. This is just another reason the DROID PRO is setting a new standard for enterprise, allowing users to enjoy all the benefits of a smartphone with full push delivery of corporate e-mail and corporate level security.”
Key features and specifications:
- Support for both Exchange e-mail and Gmail for business
- Corporate directory look-up, unified calendar for Enterprise and sync with Google Calendar
- PC-like browsing with Adobe Flash Player 10.1 on a full, multi-touch, 3.1-inch brilliant display built on Android 2.2
- View, edit and share documents, including Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations and Word documents
- Built-in security features, including AuthenTec IPSec multi-headed VPN integration, remote wipe of device and SD card, and complex password support. Device and SD card encryption will be available in early 2011
- 3G Mobile HotSpot capabilities – Allows customers to connect up to five other Wi-Fi-enabled devices and laptops
- Live widgets that stream e-mail messages to the home screen; customers can filter the widgets to separate work and home e-mail
- 5-megapixel camera with auto focus and dual LED flash as well as DVD-quality video
- 3G diversity antennae provides customers with enhanced data speeds and range
- Wi-Fi-enabled DLNA connectivity
- Android Market – Provides customers with access to more than 80,000 applications
- My Verizon and Backup Assistant support – Allows customers to manage their wireless accounts or their contacts from their phones
Pricing and availability:
DROID PRO will be available at www.verizonwireless.com and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the coming weeks. Pricing will be announced closer to launch.
One statement in editorial – Watch out for this one Blackberry !! This one may cause you even more fits than the iPhone.