It looks like the two Motorola Inc. Android-based phones set to launch this fall will be quite iPhone-competing, despite earlier reports that they would be entry-level offerings.
Specs published on the “Android and Me” Web site show that a phone for T-Mobile USA, codenamed Morrison, will sport such features as a 5-megapixel camera and a 3.5 mm headphone jack – making it an improvement over the just-released Android-based myTouch.
Meanwhile, the Sholes handset, destined for Verizon Wireless, will be that carrier’s first Android device. Verizon said back at CTIA that it’s planning to pare down the number of mobile OS it supports to make development for apps across the board easier, especially when they get to LTE. If development is the point, it would make sense for Android to be one of those chosen few operating systems. It comes with a 5-megapixel camera and headjack as well, plus a 3.7-inch screen, larger than the iPhone or T-Mobile’s G1/myTouch.
Both phones have GPS, Wi-Fi, touchscreens and expandable memory slots.
Morrison will launch Oct. 21, while Sholes will debut in November, the rumor goes. Motorola needs some success here, as it is leaning heavily on Android to turn around its ailing handset division using the Linux-based OS.