Being the only people on the planet with a Motorola Droid not under armed guard was one hell of a ride, but come November 6th we’re going to have a lot of company as that’s the day Verizon Wireless will be selling the Motorola Droid. To go for $199.99 on a 2-year deal, the DROID is one hell of a steal considering that its specs include a 3.7″ WVGA capacitive display, sliding QWERTY keypad, 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and dual-LED flash, 720×480 video capture at 24 fps, GPS (the DROID is the first device to feature Google Maps Navigation which provides free turn-by-turn voice navigation), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Exchange support, 6.4 hours of talk time and a pre-installed 16GB memory card — all running on top of Android 2.0. Not enough? Yes, ladies and gentlemen: Motorola is back. Hit the jump for the press release and a couple high-res pics. More →
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.
We here at BGR are well aware that Motorola’s Tao (aka Sholes) is the current object du désire for Android lovers and smartphone junkies alike, so we’re pretty encouraged by a rumor being peddled by The Street that would see Motorola announce the Tao next week. Ordinarily such rumors are approached with guarded skepticism (especially considering The Street’s not so hot track record of late), but we see no reason to doubt this particular tidbit. Not only is CTIA kicking off in San Diego on October 7th, but Motorola’s own developer conference, MOTODEV, also starts the very same week. Add in the fact that the Tao just recently got clearance from the FCC and someone felt brave enough to go wild with some pics of the device, and we’d say this phone is ready to burst onto the scene.
UPDATE: We’ve heard without a doubt that The Street (more like Skid Row) is wrong and this handset won’t be introduced next week.
If you’re a Verizon fan and a lover of all things Android, you were probably pretty upset earlier this month when Motorola’s Android event came and went with nary a peep about the Sholes. Don’t fret however, as relief is seemingly on the way soon enough — Motorola’s imminent second Android phone has just passed through the FCC. Pics, diagrams, manuals and pretty much all of the other goodies we typically see in an FCC filing have been withheld at the behest of Motorola (and presumably Verizon) but it’s not as if we don’t already know exactly what were dealing with here. As for when we can expect to see the Sholes hit store shelves across the nation, the latest rumor has it coming sometime next month just in time to show Sprint and its chinless Hero who the nation’s largest wireless carrier is. So what say you Android fans — Hero or Sholes?
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Hello, Android. Are you ready for the moment you’ve been waiting for, Moto fans? It looks like Motorola is finally getting ready to dish at least some preliminary info with regards to its Android efforts. No word yet on what exactly will go down at the September 10th event but if we had to wager a guess, it will involve a call to developers, Blur, the Sholes and/or the Morrison. Actually, we’re hearing that the Sholes will absolutely, positively, 100 percent be unveiled at the event but we’ve yet to hear what else Moto has in store. We’ll be on hand from start to finish of course — for one thing so that we can deliver you guys live details as things unfold, but mainly so that we can molest whatever sexy handsets Moto shows off at the event.
More Motorola Android rumors afoot: Shules will run Eclair at launch, AT&T will get GSM version; Flash on track for 2010
A new wave of rumors surrounding Motorola and two of its first Android-powered devices is making the rounds this afternoon and if even a few tidbits pan out, it could mean big things coming from the down and out manufacturer. The focus is clearly on the Shules, or Sholes depending on who your source is, and the Flash makes a brief appearance as well for good measure. Let’s get to it:
- The Shules will launch with Eclair — Donut is so H1 2009, and Motorola’s upcoming Android slider will reportedly drop with Eclair on board. It may even be the “flagship” Eclair handset intended to showcase all of the new features Android will have obtained with Eclair’s release.
- The Shules will be a gaming beast — The handset is optimized for ARMv7 architecture and will be able to gobble up 3D graphics and games like none other. Supposedly.
- There is a GSM version of the Shules in the works — While Verizon will get the CDMA version of the Motorola Shules this year as an exclusive, there is already a GSM version in the pipeline and it should land on AT&T, or T-Mobile, some time in 2010.
- The Flash is still on track — One of the many handsets we scooped last year, the Flash, is still said to be making its way to Verizon and it should launch in early 2010. This further supports what we speculated earlier this month.
While absolutely none of this new info is confirmed by any means, a lot of it certainly makes sense. Slap some Blur goodness on top of this Android pie and you might just end up with the first Motorola smartphones in ages that are actually worth getting excited about.
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We’ve been sitting on the Shules for a few months now but since renders/details and a live pic of the upcoming Moto have already been leaked, our ninja gave us the green light. Behold… Shules (no, of course that won’t be the launch name). As for additional details, first and foremost we’re told that this handset is not the Calgary we scooped exclusively last year. It’s a different handset entirely and the Calgary is still in development from what we understand. It’s also not a QWERTY retooling of the Flash, which some have speculated. Our guess is the Flash will still drop on Verizon sometime next year, just as the myTouch 3G is a full touchscreen follow up to the QWERTY-sporting G1; that’s just speculation, however. Also bear in mind that these pictures — including the one leaked yesterday — are old. This handset is a prototype and we’re hoping it has been refined a bit since these shots were taken. Of course, we’d be plenty happy to take this sexy 3.7-inch touchscreen-rocking Android phone as-is but we’d love to see the production model come a tiny bit closer to the renders. Hit the jump for a bigger version of the image above along with a couple more shots.
Mr. Blurrycam is back and this time around he’s brought an extra special treat along with him. Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to Motorola’s savior. Maybe. We showed you renders of this bad boy and dished some specs yesterday, and now that the flood gates are open it’ll probably keep pouring. To refresh your memory, the Shules sports Android, a 3.7-inch touchscreen display, a full QWERTY keypad, a 5 megapixel camera and plenty more. Of course the actual handset isn’t quite as sexy as the renders but bear in mind, this is an early proto so plenty has already happened since it was assembled. Hopefully. Excited, Verizon fans?