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.”