Motorola (NYSE: MOT) is expected to launch eight new Android phones before the end of 2010 and unveil an Android 3.0 (GingerBread) Tablet in January 2011 during CES show.

Out of the eight new phones, three will go to Verizon (NYSE: VZ), two to AT&T (NYSE: T) and the rest three new phones will be for China. For both Verizon and AT&T, Motorola's phones will be based on Android 2.2 platform.

"A new Android Phone announcement from Motorola may come as early as October 6th during CTIA conference," said analyst Trip Chowdhry of Global Equities Research citing industry contacts.

"Contacts also expect to see probably another phone on T-Mobile from Motorola," Chowdhry wrote in a note to clients.

T-Mobile already carries Motorola's Charm and Cliq smartphones.

For China, Motorola's strategy is slightly different from US. In China, Motorola has its own Android Market, which has mobile applications specifically tailored for the Chinese consumer.

New GingerBread Tablet
In addition, Chowdhry citing contacts said Motorola "will very likely launch a new Google [(Nasdaq: GOOG)] Android 3.0 Based Tablet at the CES show in Las Vegas."http:/

The tablet is expected to run a 1.5 GHz ARM based processor and will have very strong multi-media capabilities.

Sanjay Jha, co-CEO of Motorola, said in an investor conference earlier this week that Motorola is planning to jump into the tablet market.

Jha, in a speech to investors, said that Motorola aims to release a tablet that would be "competitive in the marketplace." According to a Wall Street Journal report, Jha hopes that the company can make the tablet available by early next year. In addition, a CNET report claims that the tablet would be called Everest.

In spite of refraining from revealing details explicitly, Jha hinted that the Motorola tablet could be based on Google Android 3.0, which has the code name "Gingerbread."

Jha made a reference to comments made by Hugo Barra, Google's director of mobile products. Barra was quoted as saying that Android version 2.2 "is not optimized for use on tablets."

Google may release the Android 3.0 by next year. The launch may coincide with the expected release date for the Motorola tablet. 

Competitors are taking a different approach. Dell's 5-inch Streak tablet is based on Android 1.6. The Samsung Galaxy Tab, which will run on Android 2.2, is expected to be launched later this year. The company says that the device can be upgraded to Android 3.0 when the OS is released.

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