Gizmodo (Gizmodo is involved? I am shocked. Shocked!) reports that the phone was discovered by a gym employee. The finder reportedly unlocked the phone (presumably to figure out whose it was), and discovered a text message that said it was “unreleased.”
I’m not sure what the text message said, but I assume it was something like, “Hey dude, I totally have this new UNRELEASED Motorola Shadow (aka second generation Droid)–hope I don’t lose it like that guy who lost the iPhone, haha.”
The finder then snapped a photo of the phone, sent it off to Gizmodo, and then called the presumed owner. The phone was then picked up by an unnamed employee. The finder reportedly managed to confirm, with the employee who picked up the phone, that the phone has 16GB of internal storage, runs a Snapdragon processor, has an HDMI port, and features an 8MP camera (capable of 720p video capture) and a 4.3-inch screen.
The phone is rumored to be released as early as June or July 2010, and will reportedly run Android 2.2 (Froyo). The photo of the “Getting Started” manual has Verizon branding, so it looks like Verizon users have something to look forward to.
As for the “accidental” leak aspect of this story, I must know: is it really so hard for people to ask themselves, before they leave any public venues, “Do I have my top-secret unreleased prototype with me?”