Motorola sees shortages of the DROID

Motorola sees shortages of the DROID
Despite being surpassed specs-wise by the Nexus One, the Droid Incredible and the EVO 4G-the Motorola DROID remains very much in demand. Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha said today, "(DROID) sales are going extremely well," Jha said. "If I could build more I'd sell more." Part shortages along the production line are leading to shortages of the handset. The DROID is credited with starting the latest wave of Androidmania. Long suffering Verizon customers, faced with so-called tepid iPhone killers like the LG Voyager, the LG Dare and the BlackBerry Storm, finally had a phone that could go head to head with Apple's touchscreen device when the DROID was launched. As we reported, some independent firms were saying that Verizon had sold 1.2 million units of the DROID in the fourth quarter of last year.

Jha was speaking at an Executives Club event and announced that his company would be launching 2 to 4 handsets with a front facing camera, before the end of the year. This will help the manufacturer compete with the video calling features on the EVO 4G and the new iPhone 4. Verizon followed up on the Motorola offering with the HTC Droid Incredible which featured a faster 1GHz Snapdragon processor and an 8MP camera. However, shortages of parts used to make the Samsung manufactured 3.7 inch AMOLED display has led to long wait times for Big Red customers, some of whom turned to the Motorola device instead. One advantage that DROID users have is that because their phone runs stock Android, it is expected to receive upgrades faster than other phones with MOTOBLUR or Sense loaded over the Android OS. Many expect the model to be the next in line to receive the Android 2.2 Froyo upgrade. A sequel model to the DROID has recently been photographed and a keyboard allegedly belonging to the DROID 2 (A955) has also been snapped.

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source: Reuters

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9 Comments

1. vzwman

Posts: 385; Member since: Oct 26, 2009

Moto Droid will live on

2. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

Amen...but i'm waitin for the Xtreme while i'm lovin my Droid.

7. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

According to the Droid Xtreme discription it doesn't have a 1Ghz processor, or will it? I hope to get a newer Droid mainly for the processor but only if it has a 1Ghz (or faster) processor. The high-def camera is just a bonus.

3. theman414

Posts: 132; Member since: Jun 08, 2009

It's called buy one get one free. Imagine if the iPhone did this

6. jogutier

Posts: 324; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

The did and do. Whats ur point???????

4. me.

Posts: 28; Member since: Oct 10, 2009

went again at the verizon store to force myself to love this phone and still nothing. There is nothing better, nicer and smoother than iPhone. Back to my chocolate 3.

5. tuminatr

Posts: 1122; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

I love my droid, but its a matter of taste. I am excited to see the 2nd gen motorola droid the first one was nice 2nd one will probably be amazing

9. jedi2000

Posts: 31; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

your a crazy dim wit mr"me."(dumbest name ever) the iphone isn't the only smooth phone out there and just because they are great doesn't mean that nothing else is or will ever be. $)&%)@#&% wake up and see the droid revolution. Out not even a year and they have bolstered big red's pda sales from just over 1% to well over 25% of their phone sales.

8. xmguy1

Posts: 68; Member since: Nov 04, 2009

I like my Droid too. It does what I need very well. I look forward to to 2.2 upgrade to add "options" to the camera interface.

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