The Motorola Sholes is a hot topic here at Android Central HQ partly because of our excitement for a Moto Android device and mostly because of the disappointment that is the Sholes' teenage sister, the Morrison. We've been excited since we first saw the Sholes hardware and got even more excited after reports of the Blur UI surfaced. So is it possible to get even more excited about the Sholes? Quite simply, yes.

Why? Because if the rumors floating around are to believed--the Motorola Sholes will run Eclair and there'll be a GSM version offered (either for AT&T or T-Mobile) to go along with the reported Verizon CDMA version.

The Sholes running the Eclair Update to Android can be taken one of two ways--Eclair is closer than we think which means Donut is even closer than imagined or that the Sholes won't be available for a very long time. We're hoping/praying/crossing-our-fingers that it's the former and not the latter.

The GSM version of the Sholes is planned for 2010 and if picked up by AT&T, a very compelling Android device will be offered by both the number 1 (Verizon) and number 2 (AT&T) carriers in the US. And if the HTC Hero get's released on Sprint like expected, that'll mean every big US carrier will offer an Android device (T-Mobile already has two Android phones). Not too shabby.

Obviously, this report is merely a rumor but if all this falls into place--Motorola will be back and Android is going to get very popular, very soon.

[bgr]