Nov 29 AT 3:46 PM Taylor Wimberly 18 Comments

Motorola Olympus to launch on AT&T in December? Not likely

Readers of this site know by now that the Motorola Olympus (Terminator) is coming to AT&T soon, but the carrier has yet to officially announce the device or even confirm it exists. Today a curious customer pinged AT&T on Facebook to ask when the Olympus was coming out and the person running the account replied “The Motorola Olympus should be available in December or January”.

We saw AT&T’s response live on Facebook just a few minutes ago, but it was just taken down. Thankfully our friends at BGR managed to take a quick screen grab to prove it really happened.

I seriously doubt the dual-core packing Olympus will arrive in December and the January date sounds more likely. We keep hearing that AT&T and Motorola will announce the device at CES on January 5th and the target launch date is the last week of January.

If anything, we think the Olympus might be delayed so Motorola can update its software to Android 2.3. Current test units of the Olympus are running Android 2.2 with Motoblur, but Google is expected to announce Gingerbread (Android 2.3) in the next few weeks and we hope Motorola gets it on this device by launch.

The real question now is how does AT&T market this device to get Android fans excited about purchasing it? They don’t have a flagship Android brand and their software support has sucked in the past, so AT&T will need to mix things up if they are to compete with Verizon’s Droid 4G version of the same device (codenamed Etna).

I would love a dual-core phone for Christmas, but it doesn’t look like Santa will deliver this year.

Update: Here is AT&T’s official statement regarding the posting: “This response was posted erroneously. We don’t have any information to share about upcoming devices.”

AT&T confirms the Olympus.

Via: BGR

Source: Facebook

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  • http://Website Richard

    Right now this is all fiction…at&t and Verizon all have fictional 4G devices….THEY ARE LATE TO THE 4G PARTY FOLKS…RIGHT NOW THE BEST PROVEN 4G DEVICE IS THE HTC EVO 4G AND THE ONLY PROVEN 4G NETWORK IS SPRINT…WHAT VERIZON AND AT&T SHOULD WORRY ABOUT IS IF THERE DEVICE WILL BE BETTER THAN THE CURRENT EVO TOTALLY A MULTIMEDIA GIANT AND IF HTC COMES STRONG WITH THE EVO 2…I WOULD NEVER PURCHASE NO DEVICE ON AT&T NOR VERIZON…RIGHT SPRINT IS MAKING BOTH LOOK TRULY OUTDATED WITH THERE STUPID DATA PLANS….SPRINT RULES CARRIERS AND THE HTC EVO RULES ANDROID PERIOD

    • http://Website Eric

      I was with you right up to when your Caps Lock was hit. THEN IT SOUNDED LIKE A RANT.

      We should just be glad phones of this theoretical caliber are being made in the first place. The rapid growth of Android has been due to this constant leapfrog of devices which includes your beloved Evo.

    • http://Website DroidCLH

      Sprint doesn’t have a 4G network, hell neither does verizon but at least it will be ridiculously fast regardless, and yes it will be faster than WiMax

    • http://Website npaladin2000

      I was right with you until you typed “Richard.” After that you descended into rantsanity.

  • http://Website TheHypnotist

    I have a question for Taylor or anyone else who wants to respond.

    Assuming that the Nexus S is dual core, And the Olympus has Gingerbread, would the Olympus have any advantages over Nexus S? Does this phone have anything particularly special that the Nexus S won’t, like a Xenon flash, or some super fancy resolution, or HDMI out.

    Why would someone choose this phone over the Nexus S? Orion’s dual core is better, the Nexus S will have a better screen quality, it should be thinner, etc.

    • http://www.marioplanet.com Zach

      Not to mention that the Nexus S will have vanilla Android, which imo is millions of times better and cleaner than any sort of crapware that manufactures like to skin their phones with.

      • http://Website npaladin2000

        The Nexus S will cost north of $400 most likely as an unlocked device. Far north. Whereas when I re-up my AT&T contract the Olympus will probably be $200 max. And since T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon are spotty in both my condo and my office, guess which carrier I’m going to be using anyway? May as well get the phone discount, much as I like unlocked devices.

        I’ve seen nothing to indicate that Orion is better than Tegra2. Or vice versa as a matter of fact. There’s no actual devices out there with either one, though I’m inclined to have some trust in NVIDIA’s 3D credibility.

      • http://Website TheHypnotist

        I honestly don’t see why that matters, let’s just all be honest here for a second. We are all going to root our phones. And don’t tell me that you can’t root Moto phones, because that just simply is not true.

  • http://www.marioplanet.com Zach

    I’m SO happy that this is coming to AT&T!!!! :)

    We finally get some love other than the iPhone, which I’ve had for a long while now.

    I’m currently debating the Olympus, Nexus S, new WP7 handsets unveiled (hopefully) at CES 2011, and possibly even the white iPhone 4.

    Such exciting times for smartphone users, are they not?

    • http://Website Manny

      Yea…but i just hate waiting you know? Like just gimme my high-end 4in (or 4+), dual core, 2.3 gingerbread device all ready. Instead i get teases and blurry cam photos of unreleased phones. Enough all ready… any one feel me?

      • http://www.marioplanet.com Zach

        Agreed. It’s killing me. My old 3GS just isn’t cutting it for me any more! xD

  • http://Website Adam

    Unfortunately I bet this thing will launch with 2.2 with a promise of 2.3 and lot’s of waiting.

    • http://Website Mike

      I wouldn’t be surprised if this was coming from Samsung or Sony, but Motorola is usually “good” with their updates, same with HTC. But does Froyo even support Dual-core CPU’s?

      • http://Website zed

        you having a laugh? moto are terrible. if you don’t live in the states then its unlikely you’ll ever get an update – or if you do it is lagging behind. i’m still waiting on 2.2 for the milestone where my friends with dext are still on 1.5!!

        best hardware / software experiance my a…………..

  • http://misconceptions Winston

    I don’t know where to put this, so here seems like a good place.

    Everyone is asking for Android 2.3, are you serious? You are begging for an OS that hasn’t been announced? Gingerbread was delayed until Christmas, you can’t ask the phone manufacturers to implement it if it isn’t even released.

    Oh, and those claiming the Orion is better than the Tegra2 are full of it. Final analysis will show the differences are a wash.

    I like the Nexus S vs Olympus question. Some of that will be preference. Nexus S has the beautiful AMOLED, as long as you are inside. The Olympus will have an LCD, but with a much higher resolution than the LCD displays in phones today. It is also beautiful.
    Everything else will come down to preferences versus cost.

  • http://Website ERIC

    You all need to get a life, it was T-Mobile that started android off. nobody else wanted to give it a chance. Now verizon at&t and sprint think they can just take over. they all suck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. Ihope they destroy each other. just eliminate each other permanently.

  • Anderson

    Is Motorola worried about cannibalizing sales on their current AT&T Android lineup?

    Because if that’s the case, they have nothing to worry about. When you put out crap Android devices (or crap devices in general of any OS) it tends to not work out too well. Backflip, Charm, is there anything with 1 Ghz from Moto on AT&T?

    visit this site to know more about any Moto devices http://www.motoask.com/motorola-droid-general-discussion-f31/motorola-olympus-to-launch-on-at-t-in-december-not-likely-t3096.html

    Just give people who love Android on AT&T something to brag to their friends about. I think most can agree that the best Android devices are between:
    Evo/Epic
    Droid2/DroidX
    Maybe G2? I haven’t gotten to play with one… and there’s virtually no T-Mobile presence in my area so I can’t really comment.

    But seriously, AWESOME Android phones have been out for-EVER, and you can’t give ONE little clue to satisfy those who actually stayed with AT&T? I say this because I left AT&T for the EVO since I gave up hope that AT&T would embrace Android seriously.