Motorola Droid X, Apple iPhone 4 Launches Show Contrast in Approaches
The introduction of the Motorola Droid X June 23 couldn't have been more different than Apple's unveiling of the iPhone 4 three weeks ago. One comprised a group of company leaders lavishing praise on each other; the other consisted of one man hyping up a device that is already wowing users. Can you guess which is which? Android is gaining share, but Apple's hardware and software approach continues to keep Android at arm's length and close the distance between itself and RIM in the United States.News Analysis: The unveiling of the Motorola Droid X June 23 reinforced the notion of devices built with Google's Android operating system as a team effort created by an ecosystem of partners possessed with making smartphones under the team concept. Contrast that with the introduction of Apple's iPhone 4 June 7, just a few weeks before it went on sale to the public June 24.
This device was unveiled by none other than Apple CEO Steve Jobs, a fitting introduction for a phone forged by a man possessed with a passion for creating great consumer electronics devices.
John Stratton, executive vice president and CMO for Verizon, introduced "several of our distinguished colleagues from some of our important colleagues," including Motorola co-CEO Sanjay Jha, Google Vice President of Engineering Andy Rubin and Adobe President and CEO Shantanu Narayen. "Each of these men and their businesses have been incredibly important to the development of the product that we're here to announce today," Stratton said. He then noted Verizon's October strategic partnership with Google and the "importance of our respective initiatives to drive innovation in the mobile space." Stratton then recognized Google CEO Eric Schmidt for bolstering the companies' partnership and invited him to speak. Schmidt joined the group on stage and lauded partners for helping Google build out its cloud system for Android.