Motorola has announced the A760, a flip form factor that looks like a hip Treo 300. It’s packed with features like: digital camera, video player, MP3 player, speakerphone, advanced messaging, instant Internet access and Bluetooth wireless technology.
This handset is special because it features one of the most open and flexible software platforms that exists, said Rob Shaddock, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the GSM/TDMA Product Line in Motorola’s Personal Communications Sector. By supporting the open source Linux OS and Java technology, Motorola is creating the most open and flexible environment possible to help drive the development of compelling applications for rich, customized mobile experiences.
I’m pretty excited about this unit. It’s stacked with options and has the marketing power and connections of Moto to help it reach mass distribution. My main concern, same with the P800, is the unpopular OS – in US terms. I hope software support for Linux and Symbian accelerates so we can get past these hangups. These alternative OS’s are not only viewed as better by many, they tend to be less resource intense and are cheaper than the Microsoft and Palm options.
There’s no official word on ship dates and cost, although the release does say it will be made available in Asia some time this year. Those of us in the US, we should stop holding our breath now.