Shadow aka Nexus Two

Forgive us for being more than a little skeptical here ... But really? This render, purported to be of the Motorola Shadow (an obvious Droid follow-up, design-wise) would be the next in Google's Nexus line, following the Nexus One (a blatant HTC design)? Look, a QWERTY-keyboard follow-up to the Nexus One makes sense, especially if you bring in an HTC-caliber keyboard, like that of the WinMo Touch Pro 2, another HTC device.

Switching manufacturers in the middle of a line, well, that's more than a little far-fetched. Or, was Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha joining Google and HTC on stage at the Nexus One launch a bit of foreshadowing? Hmmm? Still, we're betting something's been lost in translation along the way. And don't get us started on the wrist strap.

One more pic after the break. [Alfred's Blog via Engadget]

Motorola Shadow render

 
There are 25 comments

Anonymous says:

The Motorola CEO was at the Nexus One Press Conference so they were going to have something to do with all of it at some point

Yeah, that thought occurred to me just after I posted this. (Post updated, btw.) Now that would really be interesting. But that wrist strap -- has to go. :)

peetee says:

moto makes good hardware but the screen size they used on the droid sucks.

Too narrow when phone is standing upright(measured horizontally from left to right). Its skinnier than the nexus screen even though they are the same 3.7 inches. More Nexus two details: http://bit.ly/froyo-new-android-details

dlongb13 says:

I was on my way over from Engadget right now to post about his beaut. I don't now if I think its real, but I find it oh so sexy. Hopefully this is the new snapdragon android phone that comes out in 10 months when I'm due for an upgrade.

jackk says:

i wonder when something like this would come out... i really want a hard keyboard but i heard the droids sucks and i want the power of the n1

Anonymous says:

Its possible with how tightly Motorola worked with Google that this could be a nexus line phone

Robert B says:

Hey, you can have your dog wear it on walks!

blankman says:

This looks a lot thinner than the droid...the keys still look just as flat...not sure about this one

CavemanOOGA says:

If they make an all black version...I might be all over this. Looks close enough to my Droid that I don't think I would miss anything about it. That's only cosmetically speaking though.

If the innards are about as sexy as the N1, hell, ill be all over this the second I'm up for an upgrade.

jdmoore81#AC says:

yea motorala was at the conference but didnt show up until the end

its UG-LAH!

Anonymous says:

yeah, the wrist strap is pretty dumb IMO, but if that keyboard is as poor as the droids I wouldnt want it no matter how good everything else is.

Anonymous says:

i thought the nexus line was just a line of phones marketed from google that consists of different manufacturers that produce phones embody the idea of android
i.e. all the nexus phone arent going to be from HTC

Anonymous says:

moto makes good hardware but the screen size they used on the droid sucks.
Too narrow when phone is standing upright(measured horizontally from left to right). Its skinnier than the nexus screen even though they are the same 3.7 inches.

l0v3mon3y08 says:

i hope they make a CDMA VERSION

Neofire says:

Ehhhhhhhh......... Wrist Wraps are for chicks,
uhhhhhhhh......... The phone looks thin which is good
hmmmmmmmm......... Keyboard is not looking good, Moto knew the droids keyboard was crappy when the released it, I hope they dont do the same thing again. lol.
ohhhhhhhh......... Please dont let this be the new nexus in the line up! HTC has proven they can do the job.

frettfreak says:

Yuuuuuck!!! Don't ruin the beautiful line that carries the nexus name with that!! I really want the "nexus with a keyboard" and really want to wait til something with a keyboard and beefed up processor, but I would never buy that thing!! Bleeeeehhhhh!

Blackberry-esk keyboard= good
Droid-esk keyboard =bad.

gbhil#AC says:

Slider bad. Flip FTW. :)

Usman says:

I seem to recall that Google execs specifically stated that there will be various high-end devices, from various manufacturers, for sale through Google. So it makes sense that Motorola will release a handset through Google as well.

As for the wrist strap... at times I wish my N1 had one. The teflon coating can be slick!

Anonymous says:

OMG it looks just like N900 :D

willie says:

Looks fake, no?

That keyboard looks horrible.

The droid keyboard is hard enough to use: plus, a wrist strap hole? Really?

Anonymous says:

That shit is ugly....ugly.

No no no no no no NO. The upgrade to Nexus one isn't supposed to look WORSE.

D3Seeker says:

They did say they could change manufacturers. Actually It was said somewhere that it was highly likely they would go to Motorola for the next Nexus, so I dont see why this is so "farfetched" of an idea. After all, these are GOOGLE phoes, NOT HTC phones