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Google, Motorola and Verizon build Droid to battle iPhone

Google, Motorola and Verizon have joined forces in the US to challenge the Apple iPhone's domination of the smartphone market.

Motorola's...

Google, Motorola and Verizon have joined forces in the US to challenge the Apple iPhone's domination of the smartphone market.

Motorola's Droid smartphone, due for release in the US next week, is the latest contender to take on the iPhone, running Google's Android operating system.

The launch is a crucial for Motorola to boost its struggling mobile phone business, according to the Financial Times.

The Droid's success is also important for Verizon, which has failed to secure a deal to offer the iPhone on its network in the US, despite offering wider coverage than rival AT&T.

The tripartite alliance is determined that the Droid will succeed where other would-be "iPhone killers" such as the Palm Pre are struggling.

The Palm Pre has been available in the US since mid-June, but was launched in the UK only two weeks ago by mobile network operator O2.

The Droid will be priced the same as entry-level iPhones in the US and will arrive equipped with a five-megapixel camera, qwerty keyboard and large touch screen.

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