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Android This Week: Two Droids Hit Big Red; Carrier Channels Debut

gigaom_icon_google-android1Verizon (s vz) has been all over the Android (s goog) news this week, with two of the hottest phones finally arriving on the scene. The Motorola (s mot) Droid, a stylish phone almost as thin as the iPhone but with a sliding QWERTY keyboard, debuted Friday. Early reviews are not finding the keyboard to be much of a bonus, but it’s amazing to find one at all in a thin handset. Verizon is also offering the HTC Droid Eris for just $99 with a contract. It’s shipping with the HTC Sense interface on top of the stock Android UI, making it the cheapest phone thus equipped.

Some Droid phone reviewers have taken note of the Verizon Channel in the Android Market. This channel offers apps that have met Verizon’s approval before offering them to customers. T-Mobile announced its own channel for the Android Market this week. Both channels allow customers to buy apps and have them charged to the phone bill, eliminating the need for a credit card transaction.

Meanwhile, two recently announced e-book readers could have more than the Android OS in common. Spring Design this week sued Barnes & Noble (s bks) over the Nook reader, claiming it has features the bookseller gleaned from information Spring Design shared with B&N under NDA. It has requested an injunction to prevent the Nook from being sold.

5 Responses to “Android This Week: Two Droids Hit Big Red; Carrier Channels Debut”

  1. Droid is certainlly an interesting device. Handset is solid and well built, eager to spend more time with it. Best buy was for some reason havving trouble with activating their demo unit, which upset both me and the cute best buy girl from the camera department who had come by to fondle the monster. This I found particularly interesting as back at the office we had come to the conclusion that angry red eye ads would have killed off interest from females. Guess in this case we were wrong

  2. Libran Lover

    I have seen some online retailers who are already selling Verizon’s Droids with 2-year contracts for lesser than Verizon’s own listed price. So, people buying Droid phones on the Verizon network might want to shop around before they purchase.