The Motorola Tao (Aka Sholes) is one of the most hyped-up smartphones in the world right now. By virtue of its high-end hardware and Android OS, it's become quite a popular topic of discussion in tech blogs across the Internet. Now that it's passed FCC testing it could be very close to release. In fact, TheStreet.com says that Verizon plans to launch the device next week.
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It's worth noting that The Street is the same site that launched those specious rumors about Verizon dropping the Palm Pre. Keep that in mind when you digest this rumor, but also keep next week's CTIA and MOTODEV conferences (Boy Genius) in mind. The Tao is past due for a launch, and next week does seem like a perfect time for one.
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The big question with the Tao is; will it be enough? Motorola is counting on Android phones in general, and the Tao in particular, to lift them out of their recent doldrums. By the same token, VZW is counting on the release of a hot new smartphone to boost their flagging sales. The Tao is a very solid piece of hardware, on par with the iPhone 3GS, but that doesn't mean it will be a great seller.