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Motorola Unveils Android Smartphone On 15 September

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Motorola Unveils Android Smartphone On 15 September

While I have a sneaking suspicion that if we put all the leaked pieces together we have a near complete picture, it's good to see Motorola finally date an official Google Android announcement...

In an email sent out to tech journalists around the world today (ours is pictured below) we are told to "SAVE THE DATE" for 15 September for a London-based evening event. The official line was "Unfortunately, we are not able to give you any more details at present, however, over the coming weeks we will be able to reveal more." Still, the rather obvious giveaway is the combination of Motorola and Android logos in the top and bottom right corners.

So what can we work out ahead of time? I'd say quite a lot. Motorola has been in a dismal financial position for the last couple of years (read: RAZR induced failure to innovate), but did embrace Android publicly back in October. Since then we have seen a 2009 handset roadmap leak with some particularly ugly designs and a trusty iPhone clone. It was also revealed earlier this month that Motorola is planning to do-an-HTC and bring its own custom Blur UI to Android, something which could prove inspired or insipid.

It also looks as if the rather hideous Xperia X2/RAZR hybrid could be its first Android handset out the door, but we hope there are others quickly to follow. The last thing Motorola needs is to mess this up, because its running out of second chances...


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August 26, 2009, 5:03 pm

"Gordon uses previous leaks to try and piece together what we'll be getting..."

...I'm guessing it will be the worst Android phone to date ;)


August 26, 2009, 5:07 pm

How about something like this: http://www.engadget.com/2009/0...


August 26, 2009, 7:45 pm

@ Helmore - could be. That's a little better. I suspect Motorola may announce a range of Android handsets, if not all at one, very soon after one another.


August 27, 2009, 3:13 am

I just can't see them pulling anything amazing out the bag. their UIs have never set the world alight so they may just be better off with a standard android build but then there's no differentiation. it took HTC ages to get where it is with TouchFlo and then make sense. can they really do it first time?

Tony Young

September 9, 2009, 6:01 pm

One half of America (the middle bit?) seems to think this phone is just 'Orrrrsome' and the remainder (in Cupertino?) claim it should have been named 'A-holes' rather than 'Sholes'!

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