Nov 18 AT 8:06 PM Taylor Wimberly 49 Comments

Motorola Olympus coming to AT&T in 2011 with Android 2.2, Motoblur, and Tegra 2

I promised I wouldn’t write about the Terminator until I had some real evidence like pics, but John Connor just pinged my inbox with some juicy details and I have to share them. Get the goods on Motorola’s first dual-core phone after the jump.

Regular readers of the site know that before the Nexus S buzz, I was obsessed with Motorola’s first dual-core phone featuring the Tegra 2 processor. We lovingly gave it the nickname Terminator, but the actual codename is the Motorola Olympus.

At last month’s CTIA show in San Francisco, I attended Motorola’s press event and got their CEO Sanjay Jha to actually confirm the phone was real, but they have this phone on lockdown and it’s been impossibly hard to get them to share any more details.

After LG leaked their dual-core phone this week I joked that Motorola wouldn’t be far behind, but unfortunately I do not have any pictures to bring you today.

Instead I might have scored something better, because someone sent me way more info than could be deciphered from some blurry-cam photos.

OEM : Motorola
Device : Olympus in preproduction
Type : Phone
Chipset : nVidia Tegra 2
ABI : armeabi-v7a
PRODUCT : olyatt
FINGERPRINT : MOTO/olyatt/olympus/olympus:2.2.1/OLYFR_U4_0.145.0 /*********:userdebug/test-keys
MEMORY : 837332 kB
UserAgentString : Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 2.2.1; en-us; MB860 Build/Blur_Version.4.0.1450.MB860.ATT.en.US Flex/P013) AppleWebKit/533.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile Safari/533.1

Yes, it’s true that any of this information could be faked or easily made up, but why would I do that to you guys?

As you can see from this mini-dump of the device info, the “Terminator” is actually called the Motorola Olympus, has the model number MB860, is destined for AT&T, and it’s currently running Android 2.2.1 with Motoblur.

Originally we had hoped this phone might see the light of day before Christmas, but Mr. Jha told me it could slip to 2011 and I believe that is what happened. My hope is that the device was delayed so Motorola could update the operating system to the upcoming Android 2.3, but this is the same company that just launched six phones with the outdated Android 2.1.

We have recently seen Sanjay touting their Motoblur brand, so it’s no surprise to discover that they included it on the Olympus. However, this version “Blur_Version.4.0.1450″ is something newer than we have seen on any current phone so maybe we should expect some big changes.

Research firm MKM Partners recently told The Wall Street Journal that the Motorola Olympus would launch on AT&T the last week of January and that lines up with everything else I have gathered. We have already reported the Olympus was also coming to multiple carriers and there is a small chance this will become one of Verizon’s first 4G LTE handsets.

Like I said previously, I would love to provide you with some pictures of the Olympus, but you will just have to use your imagination for now. I’ve heard it looks like a smaller Droid X with the addition of a front-facing camera.

Now that we have a pretty good idea of what the dual-core phones from LG and Samsung will look like, where do you think that leaves the Motorola Olympus? If LG and Samsung are going to offer stock Android 2.3, how do you think Motorola will do with their custom Motoblur UI?

Taylor is the founder of Android and Me. He resides in Dallas and carries the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One as his daily devices. Ask him a question on Twitter or Google+ and he is likely to respond. | Ethics statement

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  • Josh

    Unfortunately, since the locked bootloader fiasco of the Droid X and other phones, I will probably never own another Motorola phone again.

    Waiting for a 4G HTC 4.3″ phone that can be hacked to have Cyanogenmod with Gingerbread and free 4G Wi-Fi hotspot tethering for an awesome new honeycomb 10+inch stock google tablet (hopefully made by HTC…)

    Everything else is just a crappy Samsung phone with a horrible GPS or a cheaply made LG phone or a locked down Motorola that can’t be modded/hacked (the real benefit of Android over iOS).

    Love my Droid X, but I’d love it a lot more without a locked bootloader… f you Motorola!

    • http://Website StDevious

      Same here. Droid X is going back. Too boring of a phone, not many hacks around.

    • http://Website 2FR35H

      Crappy Samsung? Hah! thats hella funny because Galaxy S is among the top devices very high up to the top actually. I would say top 3. Actually until the G2 got overclocked to an amazing 1.9ghz it was the number 1 powerhouse device.

      • http://Website DroidCLH

        Samsung is one of the crappiest cell phone producers. They put out phones with outdated versions of their OS and take forever to update and if your Galaxy S phones gets 2.3 you’ll the luckiest Samsung customer ever. Also most manufactures avoid cheaply made plastic for their flag ship phones, Samsung is just the exception to this rule because their craptastic.

        • http://Website mkrmec

          I have a Galaxy S device… i9000 to be precise, an international version of the Galaxy S devices. And gues what?… I have official 2.2! That’s because there is no carrier crap like on every variation of Galaxy S phone in the US… Stupid carriers and their modifications are holding you back not Samsung..

          • http://Website waysmarterthanyou

            Exactly!! Overseas galaxy is the best phone out. Carriers chose to strip US galaxys to not compete with their flagship phones ex. T-mobile mytouch 4G, Verizon Droid, ATT iPhone. Google knows galaxy is top dog thats why it chose it for nexus.

          • http://Website Galaxyman

            Wow, now I really hate AT&t

        • http://Website srwal

          Doesn’t matter if samsung lags behind in OS updates. If it’s unlockable and rootable, you’ll have the latest and greatest days after it comes out anywhere.

    • http://Website Zer0-9

      Hey guys, last I checked the Moto protected bootloader was bypassed for Droid X, and Droid 2. Also keep in mind that the G2 also came with a protected bootloader and really tried to prevent people from maintaining even root access.

      Calm down, and get a grip

      • http://Website swazedahustla

        Actually thats not totally true. They have found a way to get around some things, but its not 100% hacked, and thus there are not many quality hacks being done….ie cyanogenmod and others….You can do some mods to it, but definately nothing worth while.

    • MC

      My experience with MotoBlur came with a Cliq purchased in November, 2009. I, too, have concluded, “never again” after that experience, having waited nearly a year to get the OS updated from the completely obsolete 1.5 to the more-recently-obsolete 2.1. I’m placing ALL the blame on the existence of Motoblur as no other 1.5 or 1.6 phones had to wait as long for an update!

  • http://Website Monkeydroid

    No 2.3 and motoblur is another motofail in my book. Skipping this device if this true.

  • http://Website DroidDizzy

    So what is this moto EVEREST I hear rarely about could this be verizon’s vsrsion of the phone or a whole different phone or tablet? Have you heard any rumors bout this? If it still indeed have motoblur i’ll pass.

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Motorola Everest is the Stingray or 10 inch tablet. It should be coming to Verizon in early Q1 2011.

      • http://Website Rdx

        I think the Everest is a Dual core phone for Verizon, Stingray is the tablet and Olympus is the phone for AT&T..

  • http://Website CTown

    I THINK (as in opinion) Motorola’s Android phones so far look the worst and Samsung and HTC have much better looking phones. Everyone is going to have a dual core phone, pretty much coming out at the same time as you said (early 2011). Not even carriers might be a deciding factor since you said in a different article every carrier will eventually get this phone and we already know the same could happen for the Galaxy 2 phones. So, it seems only looks are going to be important when picking out the upcoming dual-core Android phones!

  • http://Website Icon

    Im on Verizon and not leaving anytime soon, so I couldn’t care less about this device. If it does make it to big red, I think im gonna pass on it. The fact that is smaller then the X is a big deal to me. After having a 4.3 inch screen, I wouldn’t be able to go with anything smaller. Plus I agree with an earlier poster, and am waiting for an HTC.

    • http://Website TheDrizzle

      I agree. I’m on Verizon Family Plan so it’s really hard to just switch carriers for phones. Unfortunately, Motorola has disapointed me lately with locked bootloaders and custom UIs. I’m really hoping that Verizon will get a Tegra 2 phone by HTC with Vanilla Android. That would be ideal for me.

      • http://Website LTown

        Good luck getting an HTC device on Verizon with vanilla android. They slap sense on all of there HTC devices…

        • MC

          Aren’t some of Verizon’s Android phones also equipped with Bing rather than Google? (due to, “unknown” agreement with Apple in order to get the first US CDMA iPhone?)

  • http://Website UniqueNate

    I have a feeling next year will be the start to a complete and quality function of Android UI. I mean just having Tegra 2 will unfold it all. I mean it giving it speed is one thing but I think it will allow so many things to happen. It’s like a breakthrough for so many things. Android was just missing quality. I really want to see if Honeycomb or whatever the UI makeover is

  • chief113

    Finally some good news for us ATT people. This will be my first android phone unless rumors start coming out that HTC is going to make something like the G2.

  • http://Website Rajesh

    @Taylor Wimberly – Are you like sure that Nexus S is dual core phone?

  • http://Website Andrew

    I need an 850Mhz dual core phone for Telstra in Australia.. I’d soooo rather plain pure google though!! DAMN!!! Don’t lock me into this moto blur 2.2 thing pleaseee…

    I love my nexus one cuz it gets all the updates and is soooo open, but I’ve switched carriers now and need an 850 phone to go with it…

  • Will

    You are the Columbo of everything Android.
    I see other Android Blogs quoting your sleuth articles.
    I know you said the Nexus S will have dual core, but is it gonna have 4G (HSPA+)?

    Great job Taylor “Columbo” Wimberly.

    • MC

      It’d be a deal breaker for me if it didn’t! ANYWAY, from what I understand from T-Mo, many existing phones can utilize HSPA+ as opposed to other carriers WiMuck or LTE networks. HOWEVER, I live in an area that has widely-available HSPA+, yet my old Moto Cliq can’t see it (recently updated to 2.1)

  • http://Website Josh

    I started my Android on a Sense enabled phone from HTC. It’s pretty and had some nice features. Then after six months, I rooted to Vanilla and don’t plan to go back. And while I haven’t played extensively with Motoblur or TouchWiz, my initial impressions are they lack the polish of what Sense even provides. In fact, I know a few people who returned a Droid 2 to go back to a Motoblur-free original Droid.

    I understand there is a learning curve for transitioning to any different OS or smartphone, but do these poorly executed overlays really help phone manufacturers to sell more phones or speed up the process of learning to use the device?

    If given the choice of a dual core phone from Motorola, LG, Samsung, or HTC, I’d choose LG because they seem to recognize the value of providing Android as it was intended (Nexus S excluded of course).

    I hope that Google will expedite our improved user experience so manufacturers will stop releasing new phones with their own UI on top on Android. In the meantime, here’s to hoping that LG continues to release its Android phones as a Vanilla experience (dual core!).

  • http://Website Eze

    Ugh, you lost me at Motoblur. Between the craptastic Motoblur and Motorola’s habit of locking down their devices, I’m staying away from all their Android offerings. I got into Android because of the ease of modding, and I don’t care for locked down, generic offerings. I’m more interested in the Archos 70 than anything Motorola has in the pipeline, and that’s a shame…

  • http://Website khush

    Motorola and their dumb decisions. sometimes i wonder how blind they are to think no one would care if they release a tegra 2 phone with android 2,2 with honeycomb is suppose to show up in 2011. i think someone show stick a Motorola defy up sanjays ass and if it comes out functioning they maybe Motorola sees something everyone else doesnt.

  • http://Website Kols

    Motoblur? No. I’ll take my Orion powered Nexus S.

    • http://Website leon

      Do u mind your orion powered nexus s or Galaxys S2(May be ,who knows) was made by plastic? I’m really disappointed with that

      • http://Website Gee

        Do you mind that the GPU in the Tegra 2 is barely even as powerful as the one in the Hummingbird, let along even close to Mali 400 in the Orion?

  • http://Website leon

    Actually Droid X is a nice phone because its nice looking.But I don’t like the locked bootloader as well. If samsung could provide me a phone which isn’t made by cheapy plastic and offer the phone a good looking ,i’ll go to sams without any hesitation. SAmoled is awesome.
    I’m using a Droid X and i really love it, but to be honest, i’ll go to have a sams phone or a htc phone. Sams will offer the best hardware and htc will offer me a nice looking phone with good software.
    SLCD is worse than Samoled (Samoled2^_^ no doubt) i hope HTC can do a better job on the screen.

  • http://Website Ben 1.0

    I’ve no doubt this device will sell strongly when it’s released. I think the deal-breaker for many Android users though will be Motoblur – whether the new version will be any better, and how easily it can be removed.

  • http://Website zymo

    if (nexus s processor = “dualcore”) and (nexus s camera= “1080p”)
    then buy nexus s
    buy Motorola Olympus

  • http://Website zymo

    if the motorola olympus doesn’t come with Android 2.3 and the rumors about a dual core (orion?!) nexus s with stock android 2.3 a really true why in hell should i wait for or even buy a moto?

  • Aakash

    you kidding right? :)

  • http://Website Cod3rror

    A bit off topic but the Terminator T-800′s endoskeleton design is so brilliant! Just look at that thing, it looks manacing.

  • http://Website Paul Atreides

    I’m not impressed with motorola or at&t. I’m waiting on that dual core EVO killer, on Sprint preferably.

    • MC

      Sprint???? Where they’re more than happy to charge you an extra $10/month whether you can use their WiMax net or not? Enjoy yourself (BTW, it’s too late to join the class action suit filed against Clearwire for, “exaggerating” the capabilities of their WiMax network Sprint uses!)

      • http://Website swazedahustla

        Please just stop with the misquotes. The $10 fee from sprint is NOT FOR 4G……Its for unlimited 3G or 4G data service. I know you aren’t a sprint customer because you obviously have no knowledge of their plans.

  • http://Website TareX

    Another amazing phone you shouldn’t buy unless you’re 100% sure there’s a 2.3 ROM, and a root available. I hate Moto for ruining Tegra 2 with Motoblur and an outdated OS version.

  • http://Website Khush

    looks like a photoshoped droid

  • http://Website Bod1ggity

    Motoblur + Unable to Root = No phone for me. Screw motorola

    • http://Website cheese

      what makes you think it can’t root? locked bootloader doesn’t mean it won’t root.

  • Antonio Mieszala

    Congratulations on a great website.

  • http://Website Michael

    You mention that Motorola has released phones with the outdated 2.1, how do you think us SE X10 users feel, the phone was supposed to be released with 2.1 and then they decided to release it with 1.6, and we finally got 2.1, and we are getting screwed again, because this update to 2.1 may be the only update that the X10 gets, because SE will be releasing the X12 sometime in the new year with either 2.2 or 2.3.

  • http://Website Gee

    That looks both ugly and fake.