Verizon announces pricing, availability of Motorola Citrus

By on November 10, 2010 at 1:27 PM.

Verizon announces pricing, availability of Motorola Citrus

Today, Verizon Wireless announced the pricing and availability of its mid-range, full-touchscreen smartphone, the Motorola Citrus. For those that need a quick refresher, the Cirtus is and Android 2.1 handset with a 3.0-inch QVGA display, Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0, GPS, 3 megapixel digital camera, EV-DO Rev. 0, SWYPE keyboard, and the MOTOBLUR UI. The device will be available on Big Red starting tomorrow for $49.99 with a two-year contract and $100 mail-in rebate. More →

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Motorola reports first growth quarter since 2008

By on October 28, 2010 at 8:27 AM.

Motorola reports first growth quarter since 2008

Motorola announced its Q3 results on Thursday and while the seemingly imminent arrival of the Verizon iPhone weighs heavily on investors’ minds, Motorola managed to report its best quarter in some time. Sales in the third quarter were up 13% year over year to $4.9 billion and phone revenue came in at $2 billion, up 20% from the year prior. Motorola shipped 9.1 million cell phones in Q3, 3.8 million of which were smartphones. Smartphone shipments beat the Street’s estimates, which typically fell between 3.5 and 3.6 million. Motorola also stated that its total cash on hand rose to $9 billion. Motorola’s business relies heavily on its current deal with Verizon Wireless, where its DROID-branded smartphones are a central draw that Verizon spends big marketing dollars on. Should Verizon finally manage to launch a CDMA version of the Apple iPhone next year, which is looking increasingly likely, it could spell trouble for Moto. More →

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Motorola's BRAVO, FLIPOUT, FLIPSIDE handsets come to AT&T

By on October 5, 2010 at 10:28 AM.

Motorola's BRAVO, FLIPOUT, FLIPSIDE handsets come to AT&T

Today, AT&T announced three additions to its Android handset lineup, the Motorola BRAVO, FLIPSIDE, and FLIPOUT; all of which will run the Android 2.1 operating system and the MOTOBLUR interface. The BRAVO is a 3.7-inch, WVGA, full-touchscreen device with an 800 MHz processor, 3 megapixel camera, and DLNA support. The FLIPSIDE has a 3.1-inch HVGA display, full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, GPS, and a fairly large trackpad. The FLIPOUT is described as having a “stylishly square, affordable and innovative pivot design. FLIPOUT whips open to reveal a full keyboard below its touch screen with a dedicated fifth row for numbers.  Users can customize the color to match their mood with Dark Sapphire and Saffron battery covers included in the box for personalization.” The site AT&T’s press release directs us to to learn more about the FLIPOUT is currently down (Bravo!). The BRAVO and FLIPSIDE will be available by the holidays for $129.99 and $99.99 respectively with two-year agreements; the FLIPOUT will be available on October 17 for $79.99 with a 2-year agreement.

UPDATE: The FLIPOUT website is now back up. More information here: FLIPOUT, FLIPSIDE, BRAVO. More →

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Motorola announces MILESTONE 2 for Europe

By on September 1, 2010 at 8:02 AM.

Motorola announces MILESTONE 2 for Europe

Today, Motorola announced the MILESTONE 2 to the European, GSM-loving masses. The MILESTONE 2 is, for lack of a better description, the DROID 2… sort of. Like the D2 here in the States, the device has a 1 GHz processor, 5 megapixel shooter with 720p video recording, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, 3G mobile hotspot capabilities, Flash 10.1, DLNA support, and Android 2.2. Unlike the DROID Deuce, the MILESTONE will have the full MOTOBLUR experience pre-loaded and a GSM radio on-board. The MILESTONE 2 will ship with an 8 GB micro-SD card and will be available begining in Q4 of 2010 across the pond. We’ve got the full press release ready for you after the bounce. More →

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Chubby Motorola Charm now available on T-Mobile

By on August 25, 2010 at 12:37 PM.

Chubby Motorola Charm now available on T-Mobile

The Motorola Charm, a pudgy little Android handset we first heard about in July, is now available for purchase on T-Mobile. Here is a quick recap of what the Charm is working with: quad-band GSM, HSDPA 3.6 Mbps, 3 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS, and 2.8-inch touchscreen display; the device will also be sporting Motorola’s MOTOBLUR UI overlay. The full-QWERTY, candy bar shaped phone can be yours — in a red cabernet or golden bronze — for just $74.99 with a 2-year contract. The two links are after the jump. More →

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Exclusive: Verizon Wireless 2010/2011 roadmap!

By on August 9, 2010 at 10:41 AM.

Exclusive: Verizon Wireless 2010/2011 roadmap!

One of our Verizon Wireless sources has dropped a whole bunch of info in our laps. We’re talking intimate details of Verizon Wireless’ plans for the rest of 2010, 2011 and even some 2012 plans. Android tablets, LTE MiFi units, Android 3.0, video conferencing, and a whole lot more. Read on for the full details! More →

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Rogers launches Motorola Flipout and BlackBerry Curve 9300

By on August 4, 2010 at 2:35 PM.

Rogers launches Motorola Flipout and BlackBerry Curve 9300

Here’s a little update for the folks north of the border. Rogers has added both the BlackBerry Curve 9300 and the Motorola Flipout to their handset lineup. The Curve 9300 will be available for $79.99 with a three-year contract or for $399.99 contract free. The Cliff’s Notes on the 9300 read like this: quad-band GSM, tri-band HSPA, Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS, 2.4-inch screen (320 x 240), 256 MB RAM, 2 megapixel camera, and BlackBerry OS 5. The Motorola Flipout will be available for $29.99 with a three-year contract or for $374.99 contract free. The stat sheet on the Flipout is as follows: quad-band GSM, dual-band HSPA, 2.8-inch QVGA touch-screen display, QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi, GPS, Android 2.1, and MOTOBLUR. Anyone up north going after one of these mid-range smartphones? More →

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Unlocked Motorola Milestone XT720 debuts in the UK

By on July 20, 2010 at 4:33 AM.

Unlocked Motorola Milestone XT720 debuts in the UK

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Originally announced in June, the Motorola Milestone XT720 has landed sans carrier in the UK today. The unusually-contoured handset sports an ARM Cortex-A8 processor, 3.7-inch display with 480 x 854 resolution, 8 megapixel camera with Xenon flash and 720P video recording, 10.2Mbps HSDPA, 512MB ROM / 256MB RAM, Bluetooth, WiFi, FM radio, and Android 2.1. The Milestone XT720 is available unlocked from online UK retailers Play for £359.99 ($550 USD) and Clove for £381.88 ($583 USD).  Anyone across the pond interested in this feature-rich handset from Motorola? More →

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Battery issue to delay the launch of the Motorola Charm?

By on July 14, 2010 at 1:11 AM.

Battery issue to delay the launch of the Motorola Charm?

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A rumor out of TmoNews suggests that the newly announced Motorola Charm may be delayed before it even gets out of the starting gate. The handset is reportedly experiencing issues with the battery that are serious enough to force Motorola and T-Mobile to delay the launch of the Android handset until August. Under the same breath, the whisperer mentioned the possibility of Motorola including an extended battery with each handset; a scenario that may allow for a timely launch and a bandaid for the problem while Motorola works out the kinks. Whatever the case, those interested in the Charm may want to watch for a follow-up to see if this rumor pans out. More →

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Motorola CHARM specifications

By on July 9, 2010 at 3:04 AM.

Motorola CHARM specifications

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Wednesday, T-Mobile and Motorola officially announced an Android 2.1 handset named the CHARM. While the press release was nice, it did lack a certain level of detail that we prefer. Yesterday, Moto put up the official specs page for the CHARM, so with further ado, here is the extended spec sheet:

  • WCDMA 1700/2100, GSM 850/900/1800/1900, HSDPA 3.6 Mbps (Category 5/6), EDGE Class 12, GPRS Class 12
  • Android 2.1 with Motoblur and Flash Lite browsing
  • 3 Megapixel fixed focus camera with digital zoom
  • Video playback and capture at 24 fps (supported playback codecs: AAC, H.264, MP3, MPEG-4, WMA9, ACC+ Enhanced, WMV v9, AMR NB, AAC+)
  • 1170 mAh battery (WDCMA standby 334 hours, GSM standby 267 hours)
  • Support for Exchange, Gmail, IMAP, and POP3 email
  • Bluetooth 2.0 + ERD (A2DP, AVRCP, BPP, HID, HSP, OPP, PAN)
  • Wi-Fi (b/g/n)
  • GPS
  • 2GB micro-SD card included (support for up to a 32 GB card)
  • 2.8″ TFT touchscreen display with Gorilla Glass (says it includes “pinch-to-zoom” but does not specify multitouch)
  • Accelerometer, proximity and ambient light sensors
  • Size: 67.2 x 98.4 x 11.4 mm
  • Weight: 110 grams

There you have it. Is the CHARM, uh, charming anyone? More →

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Motorola CHARM is official, exclusive to T-Mobile USA this summer

By on July 7, 2010 at 11:11 AM.

Motorola CHARM is official, exclusive to T-Mobile USA this summer

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Well that didn’t take long. Yesterday, we saw the Motorola Charm get the blurry picture treatment, and today, Motorola has made its existence and destination official. Formally the CHARM, this Android 2.1 handset packs a 2.8-inch touchscreen display, 3 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, BACKTRACK trackpad thing, Flash web browsing, MOTOBLUR, and in-call noise cancellation. Not a bad little package after all. The handset is exclusive to T-Mobile USA and the release timeframe given is “this summer.” Hit the bounce for the official press release. More →

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Google working to refine Android's UI

By on June 16, 2010 at 3:57 PM.

Google working to refine Android's UI

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According to TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington, Google’s Android team is currently burning the midnight oil working on a UI refresh for it’s ever popular smartphone OS. People familiar with the matter claim that the goal of the refresh is to provide a better user experience which would in turn discourage companies like HTC and Motorola from creating custom UI overlays such as Sense and MOTOBLUR. Despite the popularity of some skins — HTC’s Sense in particular — they can be quite the headache for both Google and users as their being loaded onto a handset is a surefire way to cause temporary fragmentation as the skin has to be reworked for each subsequent OS release. More →

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MetroPCS' first Android smartphone looks to be from Motorola

By on June 7, 2010 at 7:07 AM.

MetroPCS' first Android smartphone looks to be from Motorola

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It looks like MetroPCS is getting ready to hop on the Android bandwagon, as AndroidGuys has scored images of what is purported to be the carriers first Android handset. Featuring a styling similar to but much nicer than T-Mobile’s CLIQ, the unnamed Motorola handset is said to have Android 2.1 with MOTOBLUR, a sliding QWERTY keypad, 3 megapixel camera and a 600MHz processor. The actual size of the capacitive display is unknown, although it’s likely to come in at just a hair over 3″. What’s the consensus on this one? More →

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