How invested is Google in the success of Droid, the most hyped device yet to be built using its Android operating system? So much so that it's willing to sully that holy of holies -- its homepage -- with an ad promoting the smartphone.
The ad appears directly below the search field, as you can see in the screenshot above. It points to a landing page hosted by Google, which promotes the Droid's search and navigation capabilities. That page directs people to Verizon to buy the phone.
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