Verizon’s First Android-Based Smartphone Moving Closer to Release


A Motorola model that’s widely believed to be on its way to Verizon has been approved by the FCC. The smartphone — code-named the Sholes — will apparently be this carrier’s first running Google’s Android OS.

As often happens with FCC filings, most of the documentation is hidden by a confidentiality request, but not all of it. This government agency has confirmed that this upcoming device will be a CDMA phone with EV-DO Rev. A. — the wireless broadband standard used by Verizon.

The Sholes will also have Wi-Fi b/g, stereo Bluetooth, and aGPS.

A New Name?
Not surprisingly, this smartphone will not be called the Sholes when it’s released. Instead, an unconfirmed report says it will debut with the name Motorola Tao.

Motorola TaoExactly when that debut will be is not yet known, but it’s expected to hit the market some time in October.

An Overview of the Motorola Sholes/Tao
A couple of images of this model have leaked out, revealing that it will be a slider with a horizontally-oriented QWERTY keyboard. The screen will supposedly have a resolution of 480 by 854 pixels (WVGA+).

As an Android-based phone, this device will have a highly-functional web browser, and include tie-ins to a number of Google’s online services, like Gmail and Google Maps. There is also a rapidly growing collection of third-party software available for this operating system.

According to earlier reports, this smartphone will have 256 MB of RAM and will ship with a 16 GB microSD card, which can be swapped out for a larger one when available.

This Motorola model will also reportedly include a 5 megapixel auto-focus camera, a GPS receiver, and a 1400 mAh battery.

Overall, it will be 4.6 inches wide, 2.3 inches tall, 0.54 inches thick, and 6.0 ounces (115.8 mm wide, 60.0 mm tall, 13.70 mm thick, and 169 g).

by Ed Hardy

[via Brighthand]

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