The Motorola Milestone, otherwise known as the Droid in the U.S. market, will become the first device in Canada to function on the new Android 2.1 operating system.
Technically, the Milestone is the second device in Canada to operate on this OS since Google's own Nexus One is legitimately available to Canadians, unlocked, through online order. But in terms of a device available at the retail level and through a Canadian carrier, the Milestone marks, well, the milestone.
The smartphone, which sells through Telus Mobility for $149.99 on a three-year term, boasts features like a 3.7" touch screen, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 5 MP digital camera with autofocus, dual LED flash, and image stabilization, video recording capability, 16 GB of memory (expandable up to 32 GB), stereo Bluetooth, and the ability to run multiple applications at once.
With the new operating system, the device will enjoy increased benefits, like support for voice recognition commands with Bluetooth; improved security features, including remote wipe; updates to Google Maps; and updated Facebook app and widget that lets you import profile photos and status updates into the phone's contact list; a 3D gallery view; and battery life optimization.
New customers purchasing the device will receive it with the latest OS. Those who already own a Milestone can upgrade the software for free at www.motorola.com/milestoneupgrade.