18
Jun
DROID

There's a lot of speculation floating around right now about the "reactivation" of the DROID Landing Twitter account, which is typically used by Verizon to tease new DROID phones. Unfortunately, we're going to have to deflate some of that speculation. Here are the tweets from the account this afternoon:


These messages seem basically without meaning taken by themselves, but there's more here than meets the eye. At CTIA 2013 a few weeks ago, Verizon gave us a demo of an upcoming game called DROID Combat. This Verizon-branded title will heavily incorporate augmented reality (re: second tweet), and is launching this month, according to the video below.

It's kind of a gesture-based 1-on-1 PvP game with giant robots and AR integration (to find new opponents). It's going to be free to play, and it's actually sort of fun. We'll let you know when it comes out. But speculation around a new "DROID" phone as the reason for the activity on @DroidLanding seems a bit moot - it's all too likely this is just a promo for the game. Want a bit more evidence? The first outlet to report on the account's sudden activity was Droid-Life, whose founder's online name is also that of one of the robots in the trailer I showed you above.

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Kellex, if it's not clear.

So, it seems like Verizon's just running a clever little marketing campaign for its upcoming game. Either that, or there are a whole lot of coincidences going on here.

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.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Can we finally get a DROID DROID already? Full circle.

    • NemaCystX

      I think the DROID brand is officially dead, it has gone down hill, WAY down hill ever since Verizon got the iPhone, they don't use the "DOES" anymore like they used to either. DOES was supposed to bluntly say "iPhone DOESNT"

      And it STILL DOESN'T, Even with iOS 7, it STILL DOESN'T lol

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

    It's revolutionary. Robot on robot combat.

    • ScottColbert

      And then what? Dogs and cats living together? Mass Hysteria!

      • Iggies

        That is correct. This man has no dick.

  • Andy_in_Indy

    I don't need a new phone, but I want more miniature giant robots fighting in my life!

  • Casen Brashear

    The upcoming DROID ONE! Verizon will take the HTC One, cripple it in some way (probably by replacing the bottom front speaker with a logo plate) the load up 80% of the non expandable memory with bloatware. Then marketing will take over and shorten the name to "DR-ONE", which oddly enough, will be an apt description of anyone who buys this phone from Verizon without the intent to root it and get rid of the bloat.

  • Constantine Smith

    Dear Verizon,

    No one cares about the DROID brand, you are actually hurting Android as a whole. People are still referring Flagship phones (on any carrier) as a DROID phone. Sure this may sounds good but it's not. Since you can't put out a phone anyone cares about in the 1st HALF of the year (or announce they phone whenever one else does), please don't try to make yourself relevant again by bringing up good childhood (in Android life, not mine) memories and than crushing them again with the phones that mean; NEVER GETTING AN UPDATE. Just announce a phone that people of all ethnic groups (J-LO is not needed to sell phones) can enjoy and actually update them. You know.. like when people still care to own them. Have a good day and instead of spending time and money making gimmick app games and announcing things no one cares about three months after the rest of the world has already owned it. Try something that will help. Like reading Android enthusiast blogs, webpages, forums or developer pages. Thanks

    See post name

  • Cory_S

    I always carry a 50 foot warrior in my pocket ;)