The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO – Verizon Wireless says that it will begin selling the , the follow-up to Motorola Inc.’s popular Droid smart phone, on July 15.

Verizon said Wednesday the phone will cost $200 with a rebate and two-year wireless service contract.

The Droid X runs Google Inc.’s Android software and has a touch screen that is 4.3 inches diagonally and an 8-megapixel camera that can also record HD videos. Verizon said that Droid X buyers will get the newest Android software, version 2.2, as well as Adobe’s Flash Player 10.1 for watching flash videos later this summer.

Verizon’s announcement comes a day before Apple is set to start selling its newest iPhone, iPhone 4.

The Droid X is part of Motorola Inc.’s cell phone comeback plan – the beleaguered handset maker had struggled for several years, failing to put out a successful follow-up to its popular Razr cell phone. More recently, the Schaumburg, Ill., company has focused its turnaround efforts on phones that run the Android software.

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