Saturday, December 5, 2009

Android This Week: Verizon BOGO Deal; Twidroid Updated

Verizon (s vz) loves to run a Buy One Get One (BOGO) free sale — it’s been running them regularly for a few years and includes the entire BlackBerry line. Customers are required to qualify for an upgrade, but that’s all. You can buy any BlackBerry and get a second one of equal or lesser value for free.

What’s this have to do with Android? Verizon is reportedly about to run a BOGO sale for the Droid and Droid Eris phones. Analysts have long felt that BlackBerry sales have grown significantly due to Verizon’s BOGO sales, and now Android gets some equal time. Verizon also confirmed to me directly that the Eris would be getting the Android 2.0 update in early 2010. It had been rumored that the Eris would not get the update since it is Verizon’s “budget” Android phone, but that’s not the case.

When I ask most Android phone users which Twitter app they use the answer is usually Twidroid. This app is the one I use for Twitter, as it is full-featured and the free version is robust. Twidroid this week got an update to version 3.0, and some new features make a good app even better. The updated version has threaded conversations, a unique ability for mobile Twitter apps. It’s also now possible to view images inline, something that had been sorely lacking in earlier iterations. This version is a great step up, and I believe Twidroid will be keeping its place in the top Android app category.

Meanwhile, a photo of a new Motorola (s mot) Android phone has appeared in Asia. It’s rumored to be of the fabled Sholes Tablet phone, but the company has not confirmed this. The phone looks to be similar to the Droid, yet lacking a sliding keyboard (thus the Tablet). No word on when this is expected to appear or where.


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