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Aug
droid_done[3]

With the release of the DROID 2 fast approaching, the death of Motorola’s first Android phone was an unavoidable casualty in the name of progress. While the DROID platform lives on in the Milestone and Milestone XT, a certain piece of Android philosophy has died today with the DROID. Verizon’s website shows the DROID is no longer available:

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The DROID 2 will undoubtedly ship with yet another iteration of Motorola’s now-infamous encrypted bootloader, and without the flaws that made the rooting of the DROID X possible. While the likelihood of new and exciting exploits allowing root access on the device emerging is high, Motorola has clearly taken a hard-line stance against the Android development and hacking communities.

Presumably, the DROID 2 will prove as successful, if not more so, than its predecessor in terms of sales. The original DROID remains the most popular Android phone on the market, and Motorola has clearly taken no big risks on the design of the DROID 2, which is remarkably similar in exterior appearance to the DROID:

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Similarities aside, it is now clear Motorola wants you to know that there are some things DROID does not. Namely, anything Motorola doesn’t want it to. While this does only affect a minority of “enthusiast” users, the end of the DROID and the succession of its heir can certainly be described as bittersweet for some.

With that, we say goodbye to the phone that truly took Android to the mainstream.

Source: Droid-Life

David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • james

    I just went to Verizon site and they still show it available.

  • aj

    Ummmm I'm looking right now and it is not listed as out of stock.... hmmmm weird

    • David Ruddock

      Strange indeed, guys. It seems to be regional. I imagine this means most locations in the states have received their last DROID shipments, and availability is simply based upon the remaining stock in your area.

  • DroidPhan

    So lucky to own a Droid 1.

  • Mrwirez

    I "accidentally" had a hardware problem and VZW sent me a brand new one. :-)
    Rooted and running Chevy's SS4.6 in one hour... Hehe. I knew my old would not make it another year. Plus, I really want this bootloader issue fixed!

  • Deon

    Sad to see it go since it really promoted Android but I think the Droid X and Droid 2 are worthy successors.