After yesterday's extreme Motorola Tao close-ups, now comes a slightly more useful image of the phone that confirms the form-factor we've seen leaked previously. While there are no shots of the keyboard extended, this new picture does at least show the touch-sensitive buttons and metal screen bezel.
September is a pretty huge month this year, from Apple to Microsoft, and it looks like Motorola is happy to get on the announcement train. Unfortunately for us, we don't have much to go on, with the exception of a little Android making an appearance on the invitation. So, we're thinking it has something to do with the Motorola Sholes and the Morrison.
Nothing like a leaked carrier roadmap to whet the upgrade appetite, and going by the Boy Genius Reports' slice of Verizon's not-too-distant future there'll be plenty of CDMA handsets on offer to those bored with their current phone. As well as a fair sized dollop of BlackBerry detail, there's also a splash of Android and some feature-phones to be had too.
It's been a long week here at SlashGear with the build up to Christmas and Cyber Monday shopping and deals. We learned this week that the DoD had ordered 2,200 PS3 consoles to beef up their PS3 powered super computer. The PS3's are cheaper than buying the Cell processors themselves it seems.
Anyone who follows Google knows that he company has an odd sense of humor. Look no further than the changing logos to celebrate different events and holidays often of appeal to bankers and state employees. It is hard to miss the fact that the Android developers at Google have a fetish with sweets when it comes to naming their new OS versions.
Tidbits regarding the so-called Google Nexus One Android smartphone continue to leak, with hardware details and launch speculation among the furore. The Android 2.1 ROM for the Nexus One has leaked, and from that These Are The Droids have pulled out the fact that the smartphone uses the Broadcom BCM4329 chipset - with support for WiFi b/g/n and FM radio transmit/receive - has an Audience A1026 noise-cancelling chip and Snapdragon specific libraries seemingly confirming the presence of Qualcomm's speedy processor.
By now we know that the Verizon Droid not only looks good, but has plenty of technical promise too, and BGR have followed up their preliminary hands-on with a more comprehensive preview of the Android smartphone. The Motorola Droid gets praised for its "sharp, vibrant, bright and really, really responsive" 3.7-inch capacitive touchscreen, while the keyboard may lack travel and feature closely-packed buttons but it's good enough for "efficient" typing and is better than the T-Mobile G1. Meanwhile the charging dock/multimedia station (which you can see in a video demo after the cut) automatically turns the Droid into a weather station.
Droid feedback, plus news on AT&T's Droid and a whole Droid army after the cut
Another week has come and gone leaving us with memories and a hoard of cool stories to throw your way for weekend reading in case you missed them over the week. An Asus 900HA netbook was hacked into a touchscreen slate on Monday and we really liked it. DIY gear is so cool, especially when it turns out this good. Monday also brought some details on the Blackberry Storm 2 piezo touchscreen tech. We really hope its better than the original Storm.
Android phones are coming out all over the place, ranging from the basic Android device, all the way up to HTC's Sense UI, which made us all take a second look at what Android was capable of. And we're happy to see the open source Operating System (OS) getting some of the lime-light, especially so quickly. And while HTC has beem the main proponent to Android's availability on the market, other manufacturers are quickly clamoring to get their piece of the pie. Motorola has two handsets reportedly coming out, the Verizon-bound Sholes (or Shules, whichever you think doesn't sound ridiculous when you say it aloud), and the T-Mobile Morrison, which is a lower-end device. And Samsung had already inroduced the i7500 (or Galaxy), but it looks like they're not finished yet. Here, we finally introduce the Samsung Instinct Q.