Calgary to be Motorola's first Android phone, more news on Moto

By on April 29, 2009 at 9:10 AM.

Calgary to be Motorola's first Android phone, more news on Moto

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.

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Motorola Inferno now called Torch, hardware trials begin next week

By on January 31, 2009 at 9:09 AM.

Motorola Inferno now called Torch, hardware trials begin next week

So it begins! If you’re a BGR reader, you already know that 2009 is going to be the year of the Moto for Verizon Wireless. There are already seven new handsets that we know about coming to Big Red this year and it looks like things are all set for the show to start. We have word from our ninja that the first in line for Verizon might just be the Inferno, now codenamed Torch. Also referred to by some as the Blaze 2 or Krave 2, this puppy is basically Krave ZN4 sequel and Verizon is set to begin hardware trials next week. Word is it might have undergone a few styling changes since the renders above were created – namely the plastic flip may have gone the way of the dinosaur, sorry Star Trek communicator fans – but it should be a nice upgrade. Specs are still scarce but sit tight and we should have something for you soon enough. No, the Torch might not be at the top of your must-have list from the flurry of handsets we scooped back in December but hey, it’s a start.

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Upcoming 2009 handsets from Motorola pose for BGR on their way to Verizon

By on December 16, 2008 at 9:35 PM.

Upcoming 2009 handsets from Motorola pose for BGR on their way to Verizon

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.

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