If Sprint was the cell phone journalists? flavor of the week last week, well ? then it appears that AT&T just isn't having that. The ?leaks? have been absolutely gushing from the carrier.
So the grist mill's been? well, gristing about new AT&T handsets, including the LG HQ GW600 messaging device, the HTC Lancaster Android phone, Palm Eos, Nokia handsets (codenamed "Grouper," "Mako," "Snapper," and "Thresher"), BlackBerry devices (Onyx, Magnum, Pearl 3G, and Gemini) and ? who could forget ? HTC mobile phones (Touch Pro2 and Touch Diamond2).
Well, if you?re ready for more, dig this: Motorola, which hasn't been doing very well in the cell phone market, looks like it's tossing in a bottom-of-the-ninth inning attempt to save itself. According to Engadget Mobile, the company's uncorking two new debuts ? and one of them is an Android phone.
A Moto QWERTY slider previously known as ?Iron Man? is now sporting a new call sign (?Heron?), an AT&T destination and an Android OS. The phone will feature a 2.8-inch touchscreen, 3 MP camera with flash, GPS and 3G. As for availability, the slide reads November 2, but don't hold your breath. The buzz is that the date's in doubt, so don't be shocked if there are delays.
The other handset, the ?Sawgrass,? isn't quite as exciting. The Sawgrass slider is a pretty basic QWERTY texting phone. The most interesting thing about this handset is the moniker: There's speculation that it's the ?Alexander? that was leaked previously. Meanwhile, BoyGenius Report alleges that this is being reincarnated under the moniker ?Somerset,? named after the Motorola office in Somerset, NJ.
The phone maker doesn't have its own Pre in the works or a new ?iJesus phone? inspiring buzz, so it's both curious and somehow logical that it would latch on to Android, even while it hedges its bets with a more entry-level texting phone. (You know, because not everyone wants a smartphone, I guess?) But whatever codenames they fly under, I kind of hope one of these phones succeed. Moto's been a stalwart in the industry, and it seriously needs a boost.
No boost necessary for AT&T customers, though. You guys must be in serious like with your carrier right now, what with all the goodness on the way.
[via Engadget, BoyGenius Report]