Motorola’s Android Handsets

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Motorola will have two Android phones on sale this holiday season; Sholes on Verizon and Morrison on T-Mobile. The Motorola Morrison is rumored for an October 21st release date, says Android and Me.

T-Mobile’s Morrison:

  • CPU: Qualcomm MSM7201A 528 MHz
  • 512MB/256MB ROM/RAM
  • microSD / microSDHC expansion slot
  • Display: 320×480 (HVGA)
  • Accelerometer and Magnetometer
  • Voice Bands: GSM 850/900/1800/1900, W-CDMA 900/(1700 or 1900)/2100
  • Wireless Lan: 802.11 b/g, WEP, WPA, 802.11i (WPA2)
  • Bluetooth Version: 2.0 + EDR
  • Headset Jack: 3.5mm, Stereo out, Mic
  • Camera Resolution: 5 megapixels
  • Video Recording Resolution: 320×240 (QVGA)
  • Email Protocols: POP3, IMAP4, Exchange ActiveSync

It is rumored for an Oct. 21 release on T-Mobile’s network.

The Sholes will be Verizon’s first Google Android phone. It features a 3.7-inch screen, larger than the iPhone’s or HTC’s Android offerings.

Verizon’s Sholes:

  • Processor: TI’s OMAP3430 – 600 MHz ARM Cortex A8 + PowerVR SGX 530 GPU + 430MHz C64x+ DSP + ISP (Image Signal Processor)
  • 512MB/256MB ROM/RAM
  • microSD / microSDHC expansion slot
  • 3.7-inch touch-sensitive display with a resolution of 854×480 pixels,
  • Camera: 5.0 megapixel with autofocus and video recorder
  • Connectivity: USB2.0, 3.5mm audio jack, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, Wi-Fi
  • Supported audio formats: AMR-NB/WB, MP3, PCM / WAV, AAC, AAC +, eAAC +, WMA
  • Supported video formats: MPEG-4, H.263, H.264, WMV
  • GPS navigation
  • Package Contents: Phone Motorola Sholes, battery, charger, USB cable, 8GB MicroSD memory card and other literature.

Sholes will be a new flagship device for Android in 2009 and is expected to be $199 (with a 2 year contract) and a launch date sometime in November.

Even though Apple prevented it from listing Google Voice on the iPhone App Store, Google is planning on retooling the application as a Web-based app, according to The New York Times. Google Voice is available on T-Mobile. The Google Voice app, which gives you one number for all your phones, can be downloaded here.

In a side-by-side comparison, a report found that consumers are paying roughly the same amount for applications on both the iPhone App Store and Google’s Android Market, according to by Distimo, which compiled the results.

According to the Reuters interview with Google’s Andy Rubin last week, Donut is set to include many UI enhancements and Eclair looks to focus on multimedia and gaming. According to Rubin, “You can start really thinking about serious gaming like you would on a Nintendo DS or a PSP handheld.”

By year-end, phone makers are expected to have launched 15 to 20 Android phone models, Rubin said.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Monday, August 10th, 2009 at 5:45 am .

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