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The first Motorola Droid sold in Europe? Call it a Milestone.

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On Friday, consumers in the US will finally be able to get their hands on the Verizon Droid, a smartphone built by Motorola, and powered by Google's Android 2.0 operating system. As we noted last week, early tests of the Droid have been enthusiastic – reviewers like the Droid’s navigation capabilities, the state-of-the-art OS, its full QWERTY keyboard, and its 3.7-inch display, which is said to be a major improvement on the resolution offered by the Apple iPhone.

Now, Motorola has announced the Droid will be the first Android 2.0 phone to arrive on European shores. The only catch: This Droid won't be called the Droid. Instead, in Europe, the Motorola smartphone will be known by the somewhat un-snazzier name of Milestone. Doesn't have that same ring to it. (Ahem.) Anyway, the Milestone will be supported by Vodafone and O2 in Germany, and on unspecified carriers in other countries.

Look for a release date of early November.

So what do the Droid and Milestone have in common? Just about everything. The Milestone has a different radio deck and no access to Google Maps – Google Maps Navigation hasn't yet crossed the pond – so the phone is getting a test version of Motonav, PC World reports. Other than that, the Droid and the Milestone are basically identical.


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