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

Zach Epstein
April 29th, 2009 at 9:10 AM

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.

Now some bad news: The Flash and Inferno, each pictured above, have been canned. While the Inferno wasn’t really shaping up to be much of a stunner, we really wanted to see what Moto had in store for the Flash. The design is fantastic and it could definitely have translated to reality very, very well. Such is life however, and Moto is right to focus on the handsets it determines to have the most potential. Que sera sera.

Last up for the time being are a few tidbits surrounding a new handset in development at Moto — the Rolex. While little is known about it for the time being, our ninja tells us the Rolex is made almost entirely of hardened glass and it will sport the same display as the Aura. Sick. We’re not sure if this will be a mass-production unit or another pricey short run like the Aura but either way, we can’t wait to see it. A quick shot of the Rolex screen while we wait with bated breath for more:

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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