There is a lot of attention on the Droid from verizon, and as Cereal was saying, there will be a whole lot of smartphones with/without android coming out on verizon. Just as at&t has a good smartphone line up even with the iphone, the Droid will stand out among the selection at verizon. At least until Droid II. I hope when I upgrade to next Droid it will have Global phone capability.
Right now it is selling like fresh bread! (I don't know if that has the same effect in english)
Microsoft has had phones out for years... but they're just like the PC... someone else pays Microsoft for Windows on their phone, and hey, MS got the cash, what else do they care? Maybe a few apps you can buy at the local phone store? The never got the idea that a full-time networked phone/computer would get its apps online, from a centralized portal. RIM, Nokia, Apple, and Google have understood this, each in their own way, but fundamentally, they're doing it correctly.
Sega was already in a death spiral... their designs were kind of horrible. Open up a Nintendo 64 (1996)... you had four major chips in the system. The Sega Saturn (1995) had more CPUs than that (three Hitachis, a 68000, a Yamaha DSP, etc).. the thing was the slower of the three (Nintendo, Sega, Sony), and yet the most expensive. So basically, Sega helped Microsoft find a niche there for the X-Box (2001) by eliminating themselves as serious competition for the next generation (Sony PS2, Sega Dreamcast, Nintendo GameCube).
If something really, really better gets to Verizon, maybe it's "DROID 2" or maybe some other "Droid Luxury-Yacht" or whatever. But they're spending a ton of cashish on the Droid name, they're going to be using that, unless it's an embarrassing failure. Which I can't imagine... this phone/computer/PDA/PMP/whatever rocks!
If Verizon doesn't, that's one big incentive for Apple to not make a CDMA phone, which means, Sprint is out of the picture, too, unless they and Apple come to some kind of deal. Sprint is already aligned with Palm, so that could be an issue there, too.
That leaves T-Mobile.... do they want the iPhone? Does Apple care that they get it? They are #4, it's not the kind of market they'd see with Verizon. So it might be true that Apple's not making any plans to move beyond AT&T in the USA. It may also simply be that he's speaking in "clever"... Apple's not doing the pursuit, but might talk to the other guys if they come to Apple with enough incentive. It was a big question when AT&T got in the game with Apple, but today, the iPhone is a huge hit. Apple doesn't have to chase down carriers anymore.
I think the important thing here is that the DROID is obviously a huge phone for Verizon. They want to make sure its supported (updates/patches) and to me thats the most important thing. There are always going to be new and better phones, so nomatter what you buy there will always be something better coming out later.
So with that said, I think you all should buy and enjoy your DROID phones. Like the OP said, they spent a lot of marketing and they appear to be giving good support with the recent news of future fix updates. That makes this phone an excellent device, and I consider it to be one of the best phones for a while. anyone who gets the phone now will get plenty of enjoyment out of it... after the 2 years is up you can jump on the next hot Android phone if you want.
I just want it to be relevant for 2 more years. Then I'll get the next one.
Technology, if it does anything, it changes constantly. It's human nature to want your new toy to be the top of the heap forever but that's not how it works - thankfully. Within our New Every 2, there will definitely be something better than what we have right now. Guaranteed.
But that's been going on forever. Enjoy the phone/pocket computer/awesome thing.