Verizon to release an Android handset on 1 December?

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Verizon to release an Android handset on 1 December?
The saga of the first Android cell phone for Verizon Wireless continues. We have already showed you some pictures of the Motorola-developed device that was first known as the Sholes, then renamed to the Tao and now it seems it will be called the Droid. The web blog AndroidandMe also claims they got their hands on information about a handset that supposedly rolls out on 1 December 2009 and runs Android OS 2.0. The available details say the model designation is XXX, but the mentioned specifications are identical to what the Tao/Droid allegedly has. That is why we tend to think it´s the same cell phone.

As a whole, the email looks like an official press release and this is a tad odd. For an instance, the part about the OS version is rather dubious, since it was just several days ago when the version 1.6 (Donut) appeared on devices available through T-Mobile. We hope to find out whether or not this is possible at the MOTODEV summit or CTIA that takes place in San Diego this week. Still, take a look at the entire post via the link to Plandroid. It´s interesting to know that the information has already been taken down from AndroidandMe on pretext an "embargo" was laid on the details. So, do you think that´s a confirmation enough and we should prepare to storm the nearest Verizon shop on 1 December?

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9 Comments

1. thewoj

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 01, 2009

The comments on that article mentioned the phone being announced tomorrow, so hopefully we don't have long to wait to find out the legitimacy of the information.

2. jedetestevzw

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 05, 2009

this is exactly the reason why i hate vzw. They have so many phones that suck but they finally get the best phone theyll possibly ever get and they take 2 more months to put out.

4. blackirish24

Posts: 15; Member since: Dec 24, 2008

If you think vzw has soo many phones that suck. why are you in forum about one of there phones? lol...some people that waste space on this site should be tested for mental stability.

6. mthoren68

Posts: 66; Member since: Sep 21, 2009

It's not about how long it's taking to get the phone out, it's about how far in advance people are speculating and tipping and guessing and leaking and whatnot. If the phone were coming out on 12/1/09 and you hadn't heard the leaks and speculation we've seen so far, you wouldn't care. The only legitimate reason to complain is if the phone is officially announced and VZW fails to meet the announced date. Neither VZW nor any other carrier has any obligation to fulfill speculation or otherwise put a phone out before it is ready. Grow up.

3. herman39

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 05, 2009

I agree with you with the lack of phones that people want but at the same time I am glad they are taking the time with this phone. They have rushed phones out in the past, namely the EnV3 and the EnV Touch, and we know that they should have tested and updated them more before release. I hope that by them taking some time with the release of this phone will help to make sure that it works very well right out of the box. I personally am excited about this phone. It is about time that Motorola got back in the game!!

5. Sethdras

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 22, 2009

i feel like December 1st is a very awkward time to release any phone, especially a phone that would increase sales immediately. That would mean that Verizon is just basically splitting the revenue from this phone between Q4 2009 and Q1 2010, which seems very odd. I was originally told by a google rep that this phone would be out in October, so my fingers are still crossed for October.

7. trentsinmypants

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 29, 2009

I dont believe this date at all. We dont release new product on tuesdays. Most of the time something new is released on a Sunday and rarely do we see a new device released on a monday.......I spoke to our Moto rep and he hinted at a November release date. So maybe it will be pushed out on the 29th?

8. Pitt4l

Posts: 10; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I am not sure of this date either BGR posted this "We’ve received a screenshot of a Verizon Wireless calendar that shows in addition to marketing and merchandising dates, a Motorola Sholes target date of October 30th." I am hoping the Boy Genius has better information!

9. tmax224

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 05, 2009

the dec 1 release date makes sense for one reason... android 2.0. altough the october 30 release date would be nice, im not betting on it. alot of controversy surrounds this phones release date, but look at previous vzw early releases, aka the storm last year. no one wants a buggy phone, so be patient and let motorola develop this phone!

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