We knew it was coming, and now, it is here. Today, Verizon Wireless and Motorola officially announced the Motorola DEVOUR’s availability on America’s largest wireless carrier. As previously reported, this Android handset will come complete with MOTOBLUR, a 3.1″ capacitive touch screen, touch-sensitive track pad, 3G connectivity, aGPS, Bluetooth, and a micro-SD card slot. The device will fall under Verizon’s list of “advanced devices” and require a $29.99 data plan and, presumably, will come with a $350 early termination fee as well. Look for it to become available in early March. Hit up the official press release for all the details. More →
While much of the tech world continues the stupid debate as to whether or not the iPad is the greatest thing to happen since electricity (it’s not), Verizon has quietly been shipping promo materials for the Motorola DEVOUR to retail outlets across the country. Granted, this hasn’t come out of nowhere considering the device showed up in CelleBrites as early as two weeks ago — plus, who could remember our not once, twice, but thrice photo sessions with it — but the funny thing is that a whole whack of support guides have just now gone live on Motorola’s global support site. Interesting, no? More →
Motorola has some major plans with handset releases this year and it looks like it’s off to a timely start. We just showed you guys images of the Calgary/Devour a few weeks ago, and now it’s popping up in Verizon’s system. The camera flash washes out the line item in the image, but there’s no mistaking that for anything else. Anyone excited and digging the rather bland silver color of the device? More →
Motorola making a device in more than one color? You don’t say… One of our connects sent us the above photo of the Motorola Calgary / DROID Devour / Whatever, and confirmed the specifications we posted a few months back. We also received some more feedback on the device — hit the jump for the goodies!
Another year, and even more devices, products, and services to look forward to. Things will be smaller, more advanced, faster, and some new markets might even be defined, but for now, check out the top 10 posts of 2009 (by traffic):
Thanks to all our readers, connects, ninjas, and writers!
UPDATE: The above posts are listed by traffic, even if they weren’t published in 2009. Since most people expected just 2009-published articles, we’ve listed those after the break.> More →
Verizon Wireless may be turning it up a notch again and adding not one, but three new smartphones to its lineup in early 2010. The eclectic group is rumored to include the Windows Mobile-powered LG VS750, the Android-based Motorola Devour A555 and the Palm Pre Plus. The LG VS750 is LG’s first smartphone offering for Verizon Wireless. Running Windows Mobile 6.5 and with both CDMA and GSM on board for global roaming, it is sure to please all those business-oriented, world travelers in our midst. The Motorola A555 Devour is also known as our old friend the Motorola Calgary, which we broke the news on almost one year ago today. The Devour will be the DROID’s little brother and is expected to arrive in early 2010 with Android 2.1, MOTOBLUR and a 3 megapixel camera. Last but not least, the Palm Pre Plus will be Verizon’s first webOS device and is most likely the reason for Verizon’s new online training course touting the benefits of Palm and webOS. The significance of the addition of “Plus” to its name is unknown — was it chosen by the marketing department as a way to distinguish the Verizon Pre from the Sprint Pre? Or will this handset indeed be a never-seen-before, much improved Palm Pre? More →
One of our really solid connects just had some information for us and we think you’re going to love it. With the Motorola DROID being Verizon’s hot handset at the moment, you’d figure that the Moto would be it for a while, right? Well, if our guy is right, we could soon be bombarded with a lot more handsets. Apparently if the DROID launch/sales go really well, (it probably will) Verizon will push up handset releases and practically aim for the smartphone crown. Were talking HTC Passion, Motorola Calgary, Curve2, etc.
Apparently the Curve2 or HTC Passion / Dragon will launch on Black Friday, “whatever is ready first.” The second device would be used in a holiday push around mid-December. I asked why Verizon wouldn’t space this out more and he/she said “best network, best smartphones campaign.” Fair enough.
There are also some handsets coming soon that we “don’t know about,” apparently. Could all four Android devices really launch on Verizon before the end of the year, or really close to it? Plus a couple BlackBerrys, and some other stuff that hasn’t surfaced yet? It seems a little crazy, but hey, more power to them.
UPDATE: We’ve also been told that Verizon will release 15 new phones, mostly smartphones, starting with the BlackBerry Storm2 and continuing into the end of December.
Okay, this one might be a bit of a difficult thing for some people to accept considering it involves something that few people know about, but we’re going to throw caution to the wind and run wild with it. At pretty much every single Verizon retail outlet they have these little gizmos known as “Cellebrites”. These Cellebrites are used by Verizon employees to transfer customers data from phone to phone. And gee whiz, would you guess what two devices have popped up in the latest update for the Cellebrite? If you guessed the Motorola A855 Sholes/Shules/Droid/Tao and the Calgary A555, you’d be bang on. Mmm hmm. And of course you know what this means, right? Yes indeed, we might soon be treated to some official details of the already accidentally/on-purpose leaked devices. Hit the jump or some more pics of the now celebrated Cellebrite.
Well what do you know? Just two days ahead of Motorola’s official entrance into Android land, two XML handsets profiles have been unearthed. Basic specs are really all we can glean from device profiles and in that regard, neither handset appears to be anything particularly special. Listed as the MB200 and MB300, each handset sports a Qualcomm MSM 7200A processor — likely clocked at 528MHz — powering a 320×480 pixel touchscreen display and GSM/WCDMA radios. The MB300 includes a 5 megapixel camera while then MB200’s shooter is apparently too insignificant to be referenced in the profile. As for what these handsets will materialize as, the MB200 is most likely the Morrison. The MB300 is a bit more of a mystery for the time being, though it could end up being the Calgary (100% speculation). We suppose it could also be a GSM variant of the Motorola Sholes, though “A855″ and “MB300″ aren’t very suggestive of twins. The bottom line is that all will be revealed on Thursday and we’ll be on hand as the drama unfolds.
It looks like our ninja took it personally yesterday when we mentioned how eager we were for more info on Motorola’s Verizon-bound handsets. That said, consider us shut up. He swooped in with a few big updates that will definitely tide us over for a while — some good news and some bad — so let’s get right to it… First and foremost, the Calgary will indeed be Motorola’s first Android-powered handset. Some suspected it when rumors of a QWERTY-sliding Google phone from Moto emerged and it looks like that was a good call. The handset will likely focus on social networking to some extent and we’re pretty confident this could be a winner. The G1 and Magic are a bit, err, ho-hum and Samsung’s I7500 is basically just another full touchscreen phone. Moto could really knock it out of the park by introducing a unique, well-designed Android beast and the Calgary looks to be just that. We’re not yet able to confirm whether or not the Calgary is slated for Q2 as had been rumored regarding Motorola’s first Android offering.
More after the jump.
Well lookie here. Motorola apparently has a few tricks up its sleeve that might just surprise us in the coming year. Well they would have any way, if our trusty ninja didn’t come through with the goods! Moto fans, feast your eyes on four sexy handsets coming your way in what is shaping up to be Motorola’s final shot at survival. For the time being details are slim; in fact pretty much all we have are images, the knowledge that they’re all hitting Verizon Wireless, code names and a 2009 time frame (though we do know the RUSH 2 will be out during Q1, likely early in the quarter). We’re seeing some big changes here in terms of common styling cues from Moto – just look at the FLASH, pictured above. Sharp angles and raised, blended buttons – it actually looks pretty hot! There’s plenty more where that came from of course, so hit the jump for shots of the other three handsets.