We’ve known for quite some time now that Motorola is going to be hitting Android fast and hard, but there’s nothing like hearing it straight from the horse’s mouth. Your pals at BGR are live on hand at Mobilize 09, ready and waiting to deliver all the news that’s fit to print as Motorola Co-CEO Sanjay Jha delivers his keynote. The action kicks off at 1:30pm Eastern, 10:30am Pacific, so check back here for some good old fashioned liveblogging action and see what Moto has in store for its desperately anxious fans!
(All times are Pacific — posts appear in reverse chronological order)
11:12: Show’s over. Nothing more to see here. Move along. Takeaways: CLIQ is hitting Tmo in Q4, lots more to come in 2010, BLUR is the hotness.
11:11: Context awareness, health care, fitness, 4G, multimedia, web moving forward as a platform. Oh hi, marketing speak. We missed you.
11:10: Jha is back in action now. What will mobile internet experience look like in 2013?
11:08: They’re basically whisper-chatting on stage right now. Umm, guys?
11:05: By the way — in case it’s not clear from the images, the CLIQ is in fact the Morrison.
11:04: Google and Moto are BFF according to Rubin — a whole lot of ego stroking going on right now. Good for them though — there really is a lot of potential for both companies in this partnership. Moto (so far) seems to be completely targeting a very important demographic that Android hasn’t yet hit.
11:02: Om is sitting there playing with the CLIQ. Yo Om, can we get in on that?
11:00: Yeah we’re not going to bore you with the stuff Rubin is covering right now. Internet, cloud computing, how smartphones fit in and so on.
10:58: lol @ the commenter below who said “Sholes me the money!” Yeah, no such luck buddy. Doh…
10:56: Umm yeah, it looks like that’s it. Jha is off stage — no Sholes. Andy Rubin from Google is on now.
10:53: Moto will definitely be going global with Android and Blur handsets though — many more to come in 2010. In 2009 it looks like it might just be the CLIQ, which will be called the Dext on Orange UK, Telefonica Spain, and America Movil.
10:51: Spec highlights include 3G, WiFi, 5MP cam with a/f, 24fps video and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
10:50: The CLIQ is the first US handset that will have Android and the BLUR UI.
10:48: Wi-Fi calling is supported (UPDATE: sorry, we misheard Jha. UMA is not supported on the CLIQ), and of course it’s super-focused on social networking. Available in Q4 of this year. Colors: Winter White and Titanium.
10:47: On to devices! First up, the Motorola CLIQ for T-Mobile.
10:45: If your device is ever lost or stolen, you can locate it online and wipe the handset as well. When you get a replacement device or new device, it gets set up exactly like the lost one since everything stored on server. Sweetness.
10:44: From contacts you can see latest info as contacts update various social networks — also when people call you, you can see contact info, picture, status update info, etc… all that stuff.
10:42: Homescreen widgets update live, including a “happenings widget” that covers all your SoNets.
10:40: One tap access for social network status updates — update directly to MySpace, Facebook and Twitter out of the box.
10:38: Jha is getting into MOTOBLUR now (umm, who called it?). BLUR is Moto’s UI built on top of Android. Everything is front and center, and very accessible… Live widgets on a customizable home screen and so on.
10:37: On to what we’ve been waiting for… Android!
10:35: And on to social networking — 800mm will use social networks on their mobiles in 2012.
10:32: What’s important in terms of handsets right now: high res displays, wireless broadband, OTA software updates, HTML browser, rich media messaging, good voice quality, multi-tasking, graphical OS…
10:32: Some background to kick things off. Mobile trends… 4.7 billion have wireless phones, 1 billion wireless broadband access… Etc.
10:30: Mr. Jha is coming out on stage now, and he’s getting right into it.
10:25: Everyone is taking their seats now — but we’ve been here since the butt crack of dawn so you know we’re front-row. Coffee please…
10:23: Hello Moto! Things are just about to kick off and this room is jam-packed full of anxious press/bloggers. Senor Jha best not disappoint!