motorola droid

After the RAZR, Motorola went into a funk, debuting flop after flop. That changed with the November 2009 debut of the Droid.

Motorola opted to partner with Google's Android team to put the then largely unknown operating system on its new smartphone. With a powerful "Droid Does" advertising campaign by Verizon Wireless, the Droid was the first commercially successful Android device.

The Droid's first quarter of sales was even more successful than the iPhone's.

First published January 30, 2014: 9:48 AM ET

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