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More Motorola Android rumors afoot: Shules will run Eclair at launch, AT&T will get GSM version; Flash on track for 2010

Zach Epstein
August 11th, 2009 at 3:38 PM

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.

Thanks, D F!


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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