According to internal documents originating from Best Buy the much anticipated Motorola Xoom tablet, which is going to be the first Android 3.0 Honeycomb powered devices, is launching on February 17th. The first SKU is apparently packing 32GB of internal memory but there’s still no official price mentioned but it would definitely be disappointing if yesterday’s rumored $800 price turns out to be true. A full blown Slate PC like the new Asus Eee EP121 is only $300 more and has some serious power under the hood (but not so awesome battery life..). The Xoom will obviously be subsidized by carriers just like the Galaxy Tab thought so it may be best to wait a little bit to see how things settle down.
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Contrary to what was claimed earlier yesterday in rumor, the Motorola Xoom won’t be slapped with the useless MotoBlur UI and will thankfully be running the stock Android 3.0 / Honeycomb OS. Here’s Motorola’s official statement:
To clarify, Motorola Xoom is a Google Experience Device and the first tablet to incorporate Android 3.0 Honeycomb. As such, Motorola Mobility has worked closely with Google to develop and optimize the Honeycomb OS on Xoom, and has no plans to customize the software with MotoBlur.
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The often leaked Motorola FlipoutAndroid handset has now been officially announced by Motorola today with an expected availability date of Q2 2010 in Europe. The Flipout will come with Android 2.1and a new enhanced version of the Motoblur interface. The screen is 2.9inch and has a square resolution of 320×320 and the device packs 512Mb of RAM. Check out the full Press Release, Specifications and 2 promo videos after the break:
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In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha unveiled that two new Droid handsets are expected to launch on Verizon this July. We already know about the Motorola Shadow thanks to the leaked Verizon flyer but the second handset is still unknown. He also confirmed that an updated version of the company’s Motoblur UI will be introduced before the end of the year.
Motorola’s upcoming square-looking android 2.1 handset is apparently going to be called the Motorola Flipout and feature the following specifications:
The specs, as they’re being whispered so far:
- 3.1 MP camera
- QWERTY keyboard
- 2.8 “display
- 512 ROM
- 256 MB RAM
- 700 MHz processor
The 700Mhz CPU doesn’t sound right thought…Other than that this Moto flipout device looks like a direct competitor of the KIN ONE but has the advantage of having a “real” smartphone OS (Android 2.1 withe the MotoBlur UI). The device will also be available in the following colors:
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The boys at Pocketnow just porsted their first impressions of the newly released Motorola Devour smartphone on Verizon. Even thought I don’t like the overall design of the handset I have to admit that the unibody aluminium shell (like the HTC Legend) looks really nice. Hopefully most of the future handsets will be build this way.
And although the Devour shares a screen and hardware keyboard with the MOTO CLIQ on T-Mobile and the Backflip for AT&T, the Devour feels a lot more solid than the former and the latter hasn’t been released yet, or at least hasn’t been fondled by our editors. There’s no doubt that the Devour is a solid phone. It’s heavy, it feels beastly, and the keyboard, which has raised buttons, feels better to type than the Droid’s squished and flat keys.
The crew at Motorola have just uploaded a 7 minutes long video demo of the Motorola DevourAndroid handset. There’s nothing really new or exciting in there thought, but if you don’t have much to do…
I don’t really like the phones design especially compared to all the other Moto handsets coming out in Asia right now.
Just in case you missed yesterday’s Superbowl on TV here’s one of the best ads that aired last night (yeah this year’s selection was really crappy..). Motorola is doing a pretty good job marketing their new handsets lately (the Droid ads were kinda cool..)and it’s actually the first time I see the MOTOBLUR UI in one of their TV ads (correct me if I’m wrong). Motorola Devour featuring Megan Fox in a bath tub:
Check out more Motorola Devour videos here
The Motorola Devour
has finally been announced on Verizon
‘s network today and as it was previously thought the MOTOBLUR UI is on board on top of Android
. On the specification side the Devour
is has a 3.1″ capacitive touchscreen, a touch-sensitive navigation pad, a sliding-qwerty keyboard and all the common feature you can expect to find on such a device (aGPS, WiF, BT etc..). I’m guessing that the CPU is a Qualcomm MSM 7XXX SoC. THe Motorola Devour is expected to be available next month.
- Touch-sensitive navigation pad
- 3.1” capacitive touch screen
- Pre-loaded applications such as Gmail, Google Talk™, YouTube™, Google Search™ and Google Maps™ with Google Maps Navigation.
- Android Market™ gives users access to more than 20,000 applications.
- Happenings Widget – MOTOBLUR automatically pushes status updates, wall posts and photo updates from popular social networking sites to the Happenings Widget on the home screen. Customers can flick through the latest updates and fire back responses using the slide-out full QWERTY keyboard.
- Universal Inbox – MOTOBLUR gathers texts, social network messages and e-mails into one home screen widget for quick response.
- Back-Up and Security – Contacts, log-in information, home screen customizations, e-mail and social network messages are backed up automatically on the secure MOTOBLUR portal. The portal also allows customers to use the phone’s fully integrated aGPS to help locate the phone if misplaced. Remote wipe easily clears information from a lost device.
- 8 GB microSD™ card pre-installed
- Bluetooth® profiles supported: A2DP, HID, HSP, HFP, AVRCP and GAP
- To get the most from Motorola DEVOUR, customers will need to subscribe to a Nationwide Talk or Nationwide Talk & Text plan and a Data Package for smartphones. Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 monthly access, and Nationwide Talk & Text plans begin at $59.99 monthly access. A Data Package for smartphones is $29.99 for unlimited monthly access.
Motorola’s CEO officialy announced the Motorola BACKFLIP (Motus) Android smartphone yeasterday during his CES presentation (the device will probably part of AT&T’s Android line-up) and also said that the Motorola Droid and CLIQ will be updated to Android 2.1 and receive the Flash 10.1 plugin in the near futur.
The BACKFLIP has basically the same specifications has the CLIQ and aruns the Same BLUR UI (unlike the Droid). THe only major change is the weird backflipping keyboard.
Here are the specs:
|Talk and Standby Time2
||Up to 6 hours /Up to 315 hours
GSM 850/900/1800/1900, HSDPA 7.2 Mbps
(Category 7/8), EDGE Class 12, GPRS
Class 12, aGPS, Version 2.0, 802.11b
||133.00 g/4.7 oz
||53.00 (x) 108.00 (y) 15.30 (z)
||3.5mm headset jack, , USB 2.0 High Speed, BT Class 2.0, version 2.0 and 802.11 b/g
||3.1” 320 x 480 256k TFT
||MMS, SMS, e-mail (POP3/IMAP embedded, corporate e-mail synch, Push Gmail) IM (Embedded – WVIM), OW 4.1 (WAP 1.2.1)
||AAC, AAC+, MIDI, MP3, WAV
||Capture/playback/streaming, H.263, H.264, MPEG4
||5 megapixel, auto-focus, LED
||Full HTML browser, Android Webkit
||2GB included up to 32GB supported1
||Reverse QWERTY flip
The Motorola Devour aka Calgary has been spotted one more time, this time in silver (looks ugly IMO). The device seems to be running Moto’s Blur UI (introducted with the Motorola CLIQ) and according to BGR’s source the previously rumored specs are confirmed and shoud be out on Verizon.
The Motorola Enzo
looks to be about to retail on AT&T soon. Phandroid
got their hands on a few live shots of the device. As you can see it features a backflipping hardware keyboard which makes it look a bit weird. The MotoBlur
UI on top of Android
1.5 is also on board with a couple of AT&T apps. Specs are the following:
528 MHz Qualcomm MSM7201A
512 MB ROM
256 MB RAM
3.1 inch display 320 x 480 (HVGA)
5 megapixel camera with LED flash
WiFi / Bluetooth 2.0 / GPS
OS Android 1.5 with Motoblur
GSM 850/900/1800/1900 W-CDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100
Reverse flip keyboard
Rear directional touchpad
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
The misterious Motorola Motus handset that passed the FCC certification a few days ago is looking more & more like the Motorola Cliq. According to BGR the specs of the device are the following:
-Tri-band 7.2Mbps HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100MHz)
-5 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash
-3.1? capacitive 480×320 display
-Qualcomm MSM 7201A CPU
One has to wonder if the Motus isn’t just the AT&T version of the Motorola CLIQ / Dext ?
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.
Once again BGR
brings us the goods when it comes to Verizon
news. The carrier’s second Android
device will apparently be the Motorola Calgary
which sport the BLUR UI
like the Motorola CLIQ
on T-Mobile. The phone is obviously a lower-end model compared to the Motorola Droid
and IMO looks even uglier. The phone features 3Mpix camera, sliding-qwerty keyboard, an optical trackpad, GPS, WiFi, Digital Compass etc..
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
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
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.