BlackberryOS.com leaked some internal Verizon conference call notes which revealed several new launch dates for upcoming phones. Among the phones listed is the much anticipated Motorola Sholes. According to the document, the Motorola A855 Sholes Android device is slated for an October launch. This October date matches an earlier Verizon roadmap that was leaked last month.
No date has been given and I suspect this is because Google and Motorola are working endlessly to finish Android 2.0. I have spoken with enough inside sources to be convinced the Sholes will ship with Eclair and be advertised as the first Android 2.0 phone.
October might sound like an aggressive time frame if you are wondering how Android 2.0 could be finished in two months. I myself am worried if it will be ready in time and I would not be surprised to see this launch delayed another month. Never the less, it appears October is the deadline that some company executive was aiming for.
If the Motorola Sholes is in fact launching in October, this is another good sign we might see the device announced on September 10, 2009 at Mobilize 09. Apple is rumored to reveal a new iPod on September 9, 2009 and this is a good chance for Andy Rubin and Google to top that announcement with one of their own.
“Hey Taylor, you are an idiot. Donut comes before Eclair”
As I have often expressed, I am worried about the possibility of Eclair and Android 2.0 not making their way to first generation hardware like the T-Mobile G1. I have no evidence, but I believe Donut will become Android 1.6 and rollout on the G1 in a similar time frame to Eclair on Sholes. I believe the G1 will continue to receive 1.x updates from that point on, while second generation hardware gets 2.x updates. I hope I’m wrong about this info, but I still don’t see T-Mobile or Google doing anything to address the storage issues on the G1.