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Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha.  (Source: Phandroid)






Three devices headed to Verizon, at least one apiece for T-Mobile and AT&T

While much of the news this morning is dominated by Verizon and Motorola announcing two new Android handsets -- the Droid Pro and Citrus -- the bigger story is that Motorola unveiled seven upcoming Android devices of varying pedigree, Phandroid reports. The announcement came from Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha at a pre-CTIA conference.

We've already provided a rundown of the Droid Pro, so here's what to expect from the other six devices.

The Motorola Citrus, officially announced by Verizon yesterday, is designed to be an entry-level smartphone. It features a simple slab 3" QVGA touchscreen (no physical keypad), and will be running Android 2.1 with MOTOBLUR. Pricing for the device wasn't released, but it's safe to assume that the Citrus will fall under the $100 category with a qualifying two-year contract.

The Motorola Bravo is another entry-level smartphone, this time for AT&T. It boasts a 3.7" WVGA touchscreen with a 3-megapixel shooter. It, too, will be running Android 2.1. It should be available before year's end.

The Motorola Defy is being heralded as the "life-proof" device, meaning that it is durable enough to sustain many of life's mishaps -- falls, water, dust, and other unnecessary roughness. It boasts a Corning Gorilla Glass 3.7" touchscreen display and a 5-megapixel camera. The Defy has a similar form factor to the Droid Incredible, will run Android 2.1, and will be available from T-Mobile before year's end.

The Motorola Flipout is set to be a teen magnet, with its swerving QWERTY mechanism and colorful interchangeable battery covers. Its keyboard is comfortable under a 2.8" display. It will be running Android 2.1, and boasts a 3-megapixel camera. The Flipout is slated for a Verizon launch by year's end.

The Motorola Flipside, not to be confused with the Flipout, is similar to T-Mobile's Motorola CLIQ, but will be headed AT&T's way. Highlights include Android 2.1, 3.1" screen, 3-megapixel camera, 3.5mm headset jack, and FM radio. It will also be available in the before the new year.

The Motorola Spice is flavored for Latin America; reports say that it is headed to Brazil first. Nothing too different here -- Android 2.1, 3" QVGA screen, 3-megapixel shooter. 

Though it's a bit disappointing that, with the exception of the Droid Pro, none of the new Motorola Android devices will be running Froyo out of the box, it's also worthwhile to note that Moto isn't gunning for top-tier users or early adopters. What they're gunning for is the under-developed, second- and third-tier consumers who may have been hesitant to jump into the smartphone game because of high price points. By releasing a flurry of similar hardware/software in different form factors, Motorola is positioning itself as the economical Android alternative -- just in time for Christmas.

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RE: 2.1
By etshea on 10/6/2010 8:57:18 AM , Rating: 0
This has been one of my biggest problems with android phones. They are still being released with 2.1 or 1.6 And upgrades are slow to happen.

As "Open" and android is claims to be. To access the android market your device requires a 3G chip or you are not allowed to access the store.

The feature I like better then the iPhone is the notification area.
iPhone UI is better: Wallpaper works strange, icon organizing doesn't work well.

RE: 2.1
By Bubbacub on 10/6/2010 9:56:10 AM , Rating: 2
you can go to the market on wifi.

in addition rooting is very very easy on most android phones and makes you carrier independent with regard to your OS.

RE: 2.1
By Aloonatic on 10/6/2010 10:38:56 AM , Rating: 2
I think that update speed is a problem with Android, but who's fault that is, is not always clear.

I've only just got my HTC Desire onto 2.2, but the hold up was not the fault of the Andriod team, but T-Mobile, who want to brand it and add their own apps to it etc. I suppose those apps and branding are the mobile phone equivalent to the bloatware that makes the PC you get from PC-World cheaper.

As for connecting to android market. As far as I'm aware, tho only thing you need is a g-mail account. I'm not sure what phones you can buy know that don't have 3G Sim cards (which is what I'm assuming you mean by 3G chips) in them. Even pay as you go are all 3G these days. I can access it store in non 3G areas though (but it's sloooow) and can use wi-fi.

I do like the way that iPhone's screen rotates with their UI. Is about all that I prefer about it though.

RE: 2.1
By Alexstarfire on 10/6/2010 1:36:07 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, we know where all the fault lies with Android.... the cell phone service providers. They keep screwing up perfectly good phones.

I think what the OP is referring to is something I've experienced myself. At least for me, I'm not able to set up the market account via wifi. Once I log into my gmail account and accept the terms on a 3G/EDGE connection I can use wifi all I want, but not before then. I haven't figured out why but it's not that big a concern. Something I would like to see fixed none-the-less.

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