Motorola CLIQ OTA update released

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If you are a Motorola ClIQ user (on T-Mobile) you should be happy to know that an OTA (Over The Air) update that fixes some of the biggest issues currently affecting the phone (touchscreen accurency, battery life..) is now available for your device. Just go into your settings menu and download it directly to your phone (backup all your important data before..). Here’s what’s new:

Cliq 1.1.31 OTA Update released:

Patch notes (summarized):

- Increased battery life when phone is idle or running applications
- New battery management feature, customize battery settings, such as turning data off when phone idle for 30mins
- Improved bluetooth for pairing, audio/call connections
- Improved touchscreen accuracy and reduced inadvertent screen touch pick-ups
- TTY Options
- Better business/corporate connections
- Improved caller connectivity, repairs issues with lingering connections after hanging up a call
- Quick Office 2 added
- Accelerometer Enhancements with responsiveness and accuracy

Via: TMOnews

The Motorola CLIQ is now available in T-Mobile stores

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Starting today you will be able to grab a Motorola CLIQ in T-Mobile’s stores (if you didn’t already get it online). I know that’s it’s all about the Motorola Droid lately, but let’s not foget that the the CLIQ has Moto’s nice BLUR UI which hopefully will be upgradeable to Android 2.0 in the near futur.

Source T-Mobile

Motorola CLIQ available now for T-Mobile customers, November 2 for everyone

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October 19th was supposed to be the pre-orders starting day but it looks like T-Mobile is now ready to take actual orders and ship the Motorola CLIQ to it’s exisiting customers. Everyone else will be able to oder one on November 2 according to T-Mos website. They are probably feeling the heat comeing from Verizon and their hype machine behind the Motorola Droid.
Here’ an unboxing video done by PhoneDog:

Source: T-Mobile via Engadget

Second Motorola CLIQ review

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This time it’s Gizmodo‘s turn to take a look at Moto‘s first Android device, the Motorola CLIQ. And just like Engadget they came to the same conclusion, the phone is nice, software is quite good but the hardware is lacking especially the MSM72XX chipset. Now what I find funny is that 90% of all the Windows Mobile phones use the chipset but usualy everybody blames the OS if something doesn’t feel right, but when it’s time to talk about Android it’s the oposite, the OS is great but the hardware sucks (eventhough it has exactly the same features, if not less, than WinMo). Anyway, here’s their conclusion:

Like we said in the hardware section, the major thing holding back the Cliq from being a fantastic phone is the processor. The animations are smooth, the UI touches are smart and the social networking stuff is useful; we just wish we could have a bit more account customization, do all of that on faster hardware. Once Motorola gets the Blur platform onto a more powerful phone and works through some of the software quirks we noticed, they’re going to have a really good Android phone on their hands.

Is this the phone that Motorola needs to bring it back into the smartphone race? It could be. They were smart enough to know that just doing another Android phone wasn’t enough in itself, so they pulled together and created all this social networking glue to bind the experience together. It’s cohesive enough to call the Cliq a different experience from other, similar devices like the Sprint HTC Hero, and is a pretty damn good first step in a possible Motorola comeback.

Read the full review here

First official Motorola CLIQ review

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Engadget just posted what looks like the first official review of the Motorola CLIQ. From the sounds of it Motorola did pull out a pretty good smartphone, unfortunitely there’s nothing in it that will make you go wow. The hardware is basicaly nearly indentical to all the other Android phones already out (HVGA screen with MSM72XX chipset). There’s alot of info in there so I suggest you check out the whole review if you are interested. Here’s some action on video:

Let’s be very clear: though it fares pretty competitively against the aging crop of Google-powered devices on the market today, the CLIQ isn’t the Android phone to end all Android phones. Then again, it’s not supposed to be — at least, we hope it isn’t — because a smallish HVGA display and an overworked, outmatched MSM7201A core aren’t going to win any believers that haven’t already been won over by HTC’s stable. What the CLIQ does do, though, is lay the groundwork for something better — a Motorola that doesn’t cause eyes to roll, a Motorola that makes aspirational phones that people can want to own again.

In a perfect world, Moto would’ve kicked off its Last Stand by coming to the plate with an absolute beast of a phone — massive processor, massive camera, massive display, the works — but market realities and carrier demands have meant the middling CLIQ and DEXT are the first to get time in the spotlight. We think this is just the beginning, though; hardware will inevitably improve, and BLUR — a system that is currently right in principle and wrong in execution — will evolve to become a much more usable platform. How do we know? We don’t — but this is a humbled company with its back firmly pressed against the wall. They’ll adapt and succeed, or they’ll die. It’s really that simple.

Source: Engadget

Motorola BLUR UI video walkthrough

Mobile-Review just uploaded a walkthrough video of Motorola’s BLUR UI found on the CLIQ / DEXT Android phone.

Looks nice, but not THAT nice IMO.

Source: YouTube

Motorola CLIQ / DEXT hits the UK on October 7th with Orange

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Looks like the UK Android lover are going to get the Motorola DEXT (the European name of the CLIQ) Android smartphone earlier that we thought. According to SlashGear it’s supposd to be avaialbe tomorrow, October 7th, on Orange UK for FREE on a £34.26 ($55) per month two year contract. US folks will have to wait until October 19th to start to pre-order the CLIQ on T-Mobile.

Source: SlashGear

Motorola CLIQ on T-Mobile next month for $200 on contract

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This sounds a bit more expensive than I thought. But if you really want Motorola‘s first Android device you’ll have to wait until October 19th to pre-order the CLIQ and shell out $200 with a two years contract.

CLIQ Registration Begins Today; Customer Pre-Sale Begins Oct. 19

BELLEVUE, Wash. -Sept. 29, 2009 – T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced the Motorola CLIQ™, the first Android™-powered device from Motorola Inc. and the first device to feature the innovative MOTOBLUR™ solution, will be available for pre-sale for existing T-Mobile customers starting Oct. 19 at http://www.t-mobile.com/CLIQ.

Customers who order the CLIQ during the pre-sale period, Oct. 19–Nov. 1, will have an opportunity to be one of the first in the U.S. to experience T-Mobile’s latest Android-powered phone, which automatically syncs and streams social messaging updates, text messages, and work and personal e-mail directly to the home screen. Devices ordered during pre-sale will be shipped to customers as orders are received and will include a complimentary car charger. The CLIQ will be available exclusively to eligible T-Mobile customers for $199.99 with a two-year service agreement.*

Beginning today, customers can visit http://www.t-mobile.com/CLIQ to register for CLIQ updates, learn more about the phone and check out a demo of MOTOBLUR. Those that register to receive CLIQ updates are entered into a grand prize sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip with five friends to one of four select destinations. In addition, those that register before Oct. 19 will also have the opportunity to instantly win a new CLIQ.

The pre-sale website is here

Source: T-Mobile

Motorola CLIQ Preview

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BoyGeniusReport were lucky enough to have a Motorola CLIQ to play with and preview. Contrary to the majority of early hands-on with the phone during the launch event, BGR doesn’t seem ecstatic about it. The hardware is fine but even-though the MOTOROLABLUR UI and social network integration is good idea and well executed the device lack that certain touch that would make the phone a great product:

It’s annoyingly slow at times — really hope this isn’t final software — has very little user-customizable settings where you need them (something ironic for a handset that actually does offer a real attractive “connected lifestyle” concept) and has to be pretty low on the totem pole as far as market positioning is concerned. There’s the Motorola Sholes which is said to be extremely high-end with a fusion of aluminum and other metals launching on the Verizon network (as well as a Euro 3G unit we’re told) which is completely opposite of the CLIQ, and that interests us as far as what Motorola is up to.

Motorola was and still is one of our favorite tech companies. This is only their first handset since they did a little spring cleaning and it’s decent. I’m really hoping the software side of things dramatically improves as we get closer to a release, but with less than two months to go, I’m not sure it will happen. We know not everything you wanted to hear about was covered in this preview write-up, so hit us in the comments with any questions and we’ll update the post with answers. We’ve also reached out to Motorola’s PR team and are waiting to hear back from them to clarify some information like the software version and other fun stuff.
UPDATE: We’ve been informed this unit is definitely not running the final OS.

Read the rest here

HTC facing increasing competition in Q4 2009

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With the announcements of the Motorola CLIQ and the LG GW620 among others (like the Samsung Galaxy in Europe), HTC is no longer the only Android smartphone provider in the market now and this will only get “worse” for them in the future (Motorola is expected to launch a second Android phone in the coming weeks). Because of this, analysts are now lowering the Q4 09 & Q1 10 forecast for HTC as reported by Digitimes:

HTC is currently cooperating with T-Mobile in the US and Europe, with T-Mobile USA contributing 5-10% to HTC’s total revenues a year, the Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) quoted sources at Credit Suisse as indicating.

Credit Suisse has maintained a neutral rating for HTC stock with a target price of NT$380 (US$11.62), according to EDN. HTC share prices gained NT$2 to close at NT$354 on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) on September 15.

Facing increasing competition, HTC may count on US-based carrier Verizon Wireless as well as Google to help sustain revenue growth in the fourth quarter, the Chinese-language Commercial Times said in a September 15 report.

Verizon is expected to cooperate with HTC to launch its first Android-powered smartphone, the HTC Desire, in the fourth quarter, Commercial Times said, noting that the pair will also launch a mobile TV handset, the Whitestone, in the fourth quarter.

HTC is also likely to cooperate with Google again to roll out the next-generation Google phone, the Passion, in the fourth quarter, the paper added.

Meanwhile, HTC may also begin volume production of its high-end, BMP (Brew Mobile Platform)-based feature handsets in September or October and is expected to team up with Sprint Nextel to launch the Qualcomm-based handsets in the US soon.

The Windows Mobile 6.5 HTC Whitestone still hasn’t been announced but is expected on Verizon for the holydays season. Nothing is known about the rumored Brew phone and Digitimes may be mistaking this (in the quote above) with the HTC Hero launching on Sprint next month.

Source: Digitimes

Motorola CLIQ Android phone announced. Same old hardware with a new skin

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Today Motorola held their Android event in San Fransisco to announce their first Android based devices the CLIQ which sports their homemade skin/UI called Motorola Blur.

The Motorola CLIQ

First of let’s start with the hardware. Hands-on reports say that it feels real good in the hand and look quite a bit better in real life compared to the photos. Well that’s good cause the specs are what bothers me the most (I’ll talk about the software later). It’s the same old stuff with be getting from several ODM/OEMs (mainly HTC) for the past several years. You are getting the same old Qualcomm MSM 7200A chipset that powers 100% of all the Android phones and nearly 90% of the Windows Mobile phones. The same HQVGA resolution, a 3.1″ capacitive touch screen, the same amount of RAM as on the HTC Hero, a slide-out qwerty keyboard, 3.5mm jack and 5mpx camera. So nothing new on the hardware side unfortunately. You can get all the info on Moto’s CLIQ page here

Motorola BLUR
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Now let’s talk about the software. Thankfully were are getting something interesting called Motorola BLUR. But is it something really new? Well, not exactly. It’s basically what you already get with HTC’s Sense UI on their latest android phones (and People Centric Communication on the WinMo devices) and Palm’s WebOS Synergy. The implementation looks really good though. Maybe even more functional than HTC’s or Palm’s. You can check it out here

Once again the ball is now in Microsoft’s camp, as all these social/contacts/synergy features where (and are still AFAIK) natively part of Windows Mobile 7. And if you remember (a couple of them used to work for Moto on WM7) , Motorola was one of the biggest MS partner and working really closely on WM7, but because of the constant delays they decided to focus on Android.

Android is getting bigger and that’s good for the us and for the competition. The Motorola CLIQ should be available on T-Mobile in time before the holidays for free on contract according to this :

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Source: Motorola & Engadget