We recently reported on the Motorola Heron, also known as Ironman as a future AT&T Android phone, but recent findings suggest the Heron was originally a Windows Mobile device. When Motorola released it's low Q1 earnings they boasted a plan for the release of new Android handsets around the holiday season, maybe the Heron smartphone was just the turn around they needed. Reports also suggest Motorola will not adopt Windows Mobile 6.5 for future devices as the OS does not provide enough of an upgrade from WinMo 5. As with the rest of the world Motorola seems to have decided to wait on the release of WinMo 7 next year. Meanwhile the Mobile Devices division should save on expenses with the open source Android platform.
Android 2.0 otherwise known as Donut was demoed at Google I/O. While 1.5 or Cupcake still has yet to be released on TMo, Android developers are coding away on still yet further releases. Nevertheless on to the good stuff. Donut will include a universal search feature called Android Search that will allow users to search the entire device including contacts, apps, web and more. Developers are also working on a text-to-speech API, which if done right can be integrated across all apps. Lastly, handwriting gestures is another feature that was utilized in the demo to search through a list of songs; example: write an 'e' on the screen and jump to the songs titled 'e' in the list.
Google CEO, Eric Schmidt predicted that 2009 will be a great year for the Android OS. Well, it certainly appears that way as Andy Rubin, the brainchild behind Android, stated that at least 18 phones running on Google's OS are expected to be released this year. Rubin explained at Google's I/O conference that manufacturers and carriers will "create highly distinctive versions of the Android phone to give themselves an edge."
It appears that every Smartphone headed to AT&T this year has been exposed by a slide deck at Engadget. This leaked information on the upcoming AT&T Smartphones shows that the carrier will offer phones from various platforms. The upcoming AT&T Smartphones will be composed of handsets running on Windows Mobile, webOS, Android and BlackBerry OS.
There was a series of leaks on AT&T's line-up at Engadget recently and just about every Smartphone headed to the carrier has been exposed. One of the highlights is a Motorola Android phone for AT&T called the Heron. The Android-based Motorola Heron debuted back in April as the IRONMAN. This Motorola Android phone for AT&T features a 2.6 inch QVGA touchscreen, slide-out QWERTY keypad and a 3 megapixel fixed focus camera with auto-flash. Other features include quad-band GSM, dual-band HSDPA/HSUPA, full HTML browser and aGPS.
A new member of the Motorola Google Android line up has appeared on the radar. T-Mobile's leaked Android lineup indicates that the Motorola Morrison will be joining the Calgary and the IRONMAN. There is very little information on the Motorola Morrison except that it will run on Google Android and sport a full QWERTY keypad.