Last week, Verizon has a couple of excellent opportunities to announce its a pair of upcoming models running Google’s Android OS. It passed on both of them.
This carrier had a press conference with Google last week, in which the two companies talked in general about Android-based phones on Verizon, but they didn’t unveil any.
The CTIA tradeshow was also last week, where Verizon launched its first Windows Mobile 6.5 device, the HTC Imagio. It didn’t say anything about new models running Android, though.
The closest this company got to announcing these models was briefly allowing them to be photographed — from a distance — at the press conference with Google.
The HTC Desire
One of the smartphones that was shown off last week by Google’s Eric Schmidt is almost certainly going to be called the HTC Desire — the FCC approved a Verizon device by this name a few weeks ago.
The model Schmidt was holding very strongly resembles the HTC Hero, and is clearly running the HTC Sense alternate user interface this phone manufacturer created for Android.
If the Desire really is a version of the Hero, it will have an HVGA screen, Wi-Fi, and GPS, but no hardware keyboard.
The Motorola Droid
The other model briefly shown to reporters last week is apparently the much-rumored Motorola Droid (code-named the Sholes).
According to information that has leaked out earlier, this will be a slider, with a 3.7-inch screen at a resolution of 480 by 854 pixels (WVGA+). Verizon’s Lowell McAdam never opened the QWERTY keyboard during the photo session, though.
The Tao will also supposedly include a 5 megapixel auto-focus camera, a GPS receiver, and a 1400 mAh battery.
As an Android-based smartphones, these devices 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.
As Verizon has already passed up two prime opportunities to launch these models, it’s not clear when they will hit the market.
Still, it’s likely to be soon — this carrier is unlikely to pass up on the very important holiday shopping season.