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
already provided a
rundown of the Droid Pro, so here's what to expect from the other
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
alternative -- just in time for Christmas.