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Motorola CLIQ (DEXT)with MOTOBLUR sync announced: T-Mobile in Q4

The Motorola CLIQ, with first phone with social skills, is exclusive to the T-Mobile USA network, and will be released in time for the holidays. The CLIQ will be released in two colors: white and titanium. It is able to do high speed internet; has a 5MP camera, auto focus, and video speeds at 24fps; a standard 3.5mm headphone jack; and an HTML browser, delivered by Google. Access to thousands of applications via the Android Market. The phone is customizable, to fit the user, has both WiFi and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and a microSD card slot with 2GB card. Click over for live hands-on video of the CLIQ! The Mobilize event happened today, with some great conversations taking place amongst innovators in the mobile and tech industry. Most of the beginning spoke about location-based services, and how they can impact the consumer, as well as enterprises all over the world. And while LBS is a huge thing now a days, it was all a footnote to what everyone was really waiting for: Motorola's announcement, regarding their latest handsets, and what they plan to do with a little Operating System known as Android. Motorola CLIQ hands-on video: [vms 8137a16a1acd04ed9112] MOTOBLUR Video demo: [vms 79d135ba18e051673d90] Dr. Sanjay K. Jha took the stage to start, ready to talk about the Innovation of Android. Android is a modern, well created mobile operating system. It has a well developed ecosystem that is growing daily. Motorola is supporting the development of Android. A portfolio of devices, to touch on several fronts for users. Browsing the internet, messaging, as well as other features that need to be utilized on a phone, but that may not appeal to some users. MotoBlur is a feature that blurs the interconnectedness of social media networks, from Facebook, to contacts, messaging, and YouTube. All meant to connect who you know, and to keep them close. It syncs photos, contacts, messages, from services like Gmail, corporate emails, Facebook, Twitter, and automatically serves them on the home screen without any kinds of widgets needing to be opened independently. These widgets are placed on the homescreen, one of three available, and are updated in real time. MotoBlur will also promote the ability to post on a contact's Facebook page, simply by going to their contact card on the phone. The devices are also worry free, as MotoBlur has a remote wipe service, but that your information is stored on servers, so that it is always safe. Once the user gets a new phone, or replaces their current MotoBlur device, their information is restored to the phone. MotoBlur is a global feature, meant to fit on more phones by 2010, which will continue to evolve and build upon the initial release of MotoBlur. The Cliq will also be available around the world, outside of the US, under the name of Dext. Latin America, Spain and the UK will take advantage of the phone's international releases. So it looks like the reason T-Mobile didn't jump on board the HTC Hero is pretty obvious now, as they were siding with the direct competition. Will it be as popular as the SenseUI seemed to be on the Hero? Only time will tell. And thankfully we don't have any real wait here, as the fourth quarter holiday season is just right around the corner. [gallery] Press Release:
T-Mobile USA Unveils the Motorola CLIQ With MOTOBLUR First Android™-Powered Device from Motorola Puts Social Networking Center Stage SAN FRANCISCO — Sept. 10, 2009 — T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced the upcoming availability of the Motorola CLIQ™ with MOTOBLUR™, the first Android-powered device from Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) and the first device to feature the innovative MOTOBLUR solution. The CLIQ will be available exclusively in the U.S. from T-Mobile later this fall. Developed by Motorola, MOTOBLUR is an innovative solution that manages and integrates communications – from work e-mail to social networking activity – on your CLIQ. Updates to contacts, posts, messages, photos and more are streamed together and synced from sources including Facebook®, Twitter™, MySpace®, Gmail™, and work and personal e-mail. MOTOBLUR automatically delivers these updates to the home screen in easy-to-view streams so there is no need to open and close different mobile applications to keep up with the latest content. A 3G-capable smartphone featuring a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a full touch-screen display, the CLIQ is designed to keep the conversation moving, enabling fast messaging on the fly and easy navigation through MOTOBLUR’s streams and widgets. Cole Brodman, chief technology and innovation officer with T-Mobile USA, jointly unveiled CLIQ with MOTOBLUR today with Sanjay Jha, co-CEO of Motorola and CEO of Motorola Mobile Devices, at GigaOM’s Mobilize 09 conference. “T-Mobile’s highly social and always-connected customers have a natural affinity for mobile social networking, and we’re excited to feature the Motorola CLIQ with MOTOBLUR prominently in what’s shaping up to be our most innovative holiday product lineup ever,” Brodman said. “The CLIQ lives up to Motorola’s tradition of great design and quality, and to our history of working together to create products that enhance the lives and the relationships of our customers.” Jha said, “We’re pleased to announce our first Android-powered device in partnership with T-Mobile USA. Motorola CLIQ with MOTOBLUR differentiates the Android experience for consumers by being the only smartphone that automatically syncs conversations, contacts and content, and delivers a solution that’s instinctive, social and smart.” The CLIQ expands T-Mobile’s compelling lineup of Android devices and underscores T-Mobile’s commitment to the open, highly customizable platform that gives developers and manufacturers the opportunity to create truly unique experiences. This continued first-mover advantage with Android lets T-Mobile customers have access to incredible innovation in the Android Market™. The CLIQ delivers a reliable mobile Web experience by harnessing the power and speed of T-Mobile’s 3G network and Wi-Fi. Additional CLIQ features include a 3.1-inch HVGA touch-screen display, a 5 megapixel auto focus camera with video capture and playback at 24 frames per second, a 3.5mm headset jack, a music player with pre-loaded Amazon MP3 store application, Shazam, iMeem Mobile, and a pre-installed 2GB microSD memory card with support for up to 32 GB of removable memory. CLIQ also features multitasking capabilities and one-touch access to the Google™ mobile services millions use every day, including Google Search™ by voice, Google Maps™ with Street View, YouTube™ and Picasa™. Easy access to both personal and corporate e-mail, calendars, and contacts is supported by Exchange Server and Gmail. E-mail and contacts are also supported by Yahoo!, Windows Live Hotmail, and other POP3 and IMAP e-mail services. It also combines instant messaging support for Google Talk™, as well as AOL®, Yahoo! Messenger® and Windows Live Messenger. T-Mobile’s 3G network is currently available in 200 cities nationwide and covers more than 150 million people. By the end of 2009, T-Mobile USA expects its 3G network to be available to approximately 200 million people across the U.S. Availability Motorola CLIQ with MOTOBLUR will be available exclusively to T-Mobile customers later this fall in two colors — Titanium and Winter White. Pricing will be announced at a later date. Customers can visit http://www.t-mobile.com/cliq for more information.

Sony Ericsson Android-powered XPERIA called “Rachael”

Website called mobile.nu discovered what appears to be "internal documents" on what looks to be Sony Ericsson's forthcoming Android-powered phone, an XPERIA codenamed Rachael. Rachael is rumored to sport a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, HSPA & 8MPcamera. The screen size is uknown - but looks like it could be anywhere from 3.5 to 4.1-inch and yes there's a there is a 3.5mm headphone jack. The Rachael looks like it's an all-touch device without a physical QWERTY-keyboard.

[Via egether]

T-Mobile Rolling out Android 1.5 at the end of next week

This is what we’ve been waiting for fellow G1 users. T-Mobile will officially roll out G1 software updates at the end of next weekend, which includes Android 1.5.  Full press release below.
T-Mobile USA is excited to offer its T-Mobile G1 customers new software updates, including Android 1.5.  Starting at the end of next week, T-Mobile USA will begin rolling out Android 1.5 to T-Mobile G1 customers.  The over-the-air update, which all G1 customers should receive by the end of May, will provide customers with many new feature enhancements and updates, such as: ·         An on screen full QWERTY keyboard. ·         Video record and playback capabilities. ·         Easy uploading of photos to Picasa and videos to YouTube. Additional details on Android 1.5 can be found at the T-Mobile G1 forum at http://forums.t-mobile.com/tmbl/?category.id=Android or via the Android site: http://www.android.com/releases/.

CellHut selling T-Mobile G1 without a contract for a pretty penny

CellHut is now offering the T-Mobile G1 apparently without a contract. Some of you want the regular version of the T-Mobile G1 without purchasing the unlocked developers version even with the cool graphic on the back. The “T-Mobile Google G1” as they call it wont cost you the $699.99 that is advertised on the CellHut website, but the sale price of $499.99, this may be a lot of money but hey you get free shipping! . At this point we just recommend just getting the unlocked developers version, at least you get the cool design and save $100. For those who are still a bit new about this type of phone, an unlocked handset is one in which you can use on any GSM/ SIM card enabled network with supported radio bands. For example the T-Mobile G1 is factory locked to only work with T-mobile, if you get an unlocked version you can then use it with AT&T, Cricket and MetroPCS phone plans. [Via CellHut]

Steven Horowitz says goodbye to Google

One of the original software engineers for Google’s Android platform, Steven Horowitz, has reportedly left the Google team for a position with Coupons Inc. This company designs software for creating, distributing and tracking coupons on the move. Steven Horowitz was recruited to the Android staff by Andy Rubin back in 2006 where he has helped make Android such an amazing platform. After spending so much time on Android, Horowitz believes that it is a good time for him to move on as right now is the beginning of the transformation of the mobile industry. Steven Horowitz hints that there are many good things to come and that he is aware that any other companies are porting the Android platform to devices other than mobile phones.  We would like to thank Steven Horowitz for his contribution to this platform and we wish him good luck with Coupons Inc. [Via WSJ]

Waterfield Designs T-Mobile G1 Ultrasuede Slipcase

Chances are you have slipped and dropped your mobile phone on the ground at some point. Everyone can use a nice case for whatever your favorite device may be. Now Waterfield Designs has come up with a very nice Ultrasuede Slipcase for the T-mobile G1. Even if already use an Invisible Shield case for your T-Mobile G1, you may also want to try out this nice little sleeve for added protection. Not only does it provide protection against scratching the surface of your device, it also helps soften the blow does to the drops and bumps that your handset may experience, something the Invisible Shield is unable to do. The Slipcase holds your G1 snugly and will lay flat and roll up nicely when not in use. The best part is this case will cost you less than traditional cases at only $9 a piece. If you would like to add a pocket you will only have to shell out another $4. This looks like a win win situation for scratch protection. [Via ZDNet]

Android Market coming soon to Europe

Though there is no confirmation or update on Google’s web page, some seem to think there is a good chance that the Android Market will soon become available to Android users in Austria, the Netherlands, Poland, Czech Republic and Germany in just a few weeks.  This comes just after an email sent to mobile application builders.
Hello, I’m writing to let you know that Android Market will become available to users in Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Netherlands, and Poland in the coming weeks. You can now target these countries for your application(s) via the publisher website at market.android.com/publish. As we add support for additional countries, we will send out subsequent notifications to you. Note that your apps will not become available in these new countries unless you specifically select them in the publisher website. Thanks for your support, and we look forward to continue working with you on Android Market. Eric Chu, Android Market
This means that users in these countries will not be without application services for a single day as the Android Market will become available before the handsets are even available. It is obvious that Europe is soon to get at least one Android-powered handset be it the T-Mobile G1 or not. This may also be an indication that paid apps will be available right off the bat in other countries. UPDATE: This press release was just brought to our attention confirming that Europe will be getting the "G1 phone." The Netherlands, Czech Republic and Austria will be getting this handset on January 30th. Germany will be getting it on the 2nd of February for only 1 euro ($1.33 USD). HAMBURG, Jan 19 (Reuters) - German Deutsche Telekom's (DTEGn.DE) wireless unit T-Mobile will begin selling its G1 phone, which has been available in Britain and the United States since October, in several European countries in coming weeks. The G1 phone, made by Taiwan's HTC Corp (2498.TW), features a touch-sensitive screen, a computer-like keyboard, and Wi-Fi connections as well as popular Google applications such as search, maps and mail. It is considered the most likely contender to the iconic status of Apple's (AAPL.O) iPhone. "We will introduce the G1 by Jan. 30 in the Netherlands, Czech Republic and Austria," T-Mobile Chief Executive Hamid Akhavan said on Monday. The Android-based phone will be available in Germany on Feb. 2 and in Poland later that month, Akhavan said. T-Mobile sells the G1 phone for $179 with a two-year contract in the United States and a T-Mobile USA executive has said an estimate of 400,000 phones sold by the end of 2008 in the United States was "not incredible". Akhavan declined to disclose precise numbers but said the G1 was the most successful phone ever sold in the United States. "We have sold several hundred thousand phones. Sales have clearly exceeded our expectations," Akhavan said. In Germany the phone will sell for 1 euro ($1.33) in combination with a two-year contract with T-Mobile. Mobile operators hope to generate continuous revenue streams from data traffic with the help of smart phones, as prices for mobile voice calls decline. Google introduced its Android software system for designing mobile-phone devices in November 2007, in a move it promised could help the mobile phone industry make the Internet work as smoothly on phones as on computers. Both Google and Apple are wooing developers to create applications for their devices, but unlike Apple, which keeps a tight grip on the iPhone's hardware and operating software, Google's Android is open to be changed by outside developers. (Reporting by Nicola Leske, editing by Dan Lalor) (Thanks Miquel!)

Skype hits the Android Market

Last week Skype announced their new “thin” Android handset client, Skype lite (beta). The mobile version of Skype is available for over 100 other Java-based handsets including mobile phones for Nokia, Sony Erisson, Motorola and LG. This application is only in Beta in the Android Market right now, but allows users to make local rate calls to any of your Skype contacts no matter where they are. In order to use the service all you need in an Internet connection, you don’t even have to have Wi-Fi or a 3G connection. Skype Beta also allows you send instant messages to your friends. Basically you will be saving tons on international and long distance calls to mobile phones with this application. If you have not already given it a try, we suggest that you do so soon. Let us know what you think. Since it is in Beta, what do you think can be improved upon in a final version? [dailymotion]http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7ytba_lite-version-of-skype-for-android_tech[/dailymotion]

Android Community Week in Review – Week 3 2009

This week, Sir Luke Hutch was able to demonstrate multi-touch on the T-Mobile G1 on a stock handset by modifying only one system class in the Java-based user interface stack. There are also some instructions to go along with it for those who would like to try it out. HTC’s new 2009 roadmap was leaked including one device dubbed the “Android Hero.”  This mobile phone has the same basic shape as the G1, but is thinner, does not have a keyboard and comes in pink. CES this year had a nice surprise for us Android enthusiasts. The GiiNii Movit Internet tablet was on display running our favorite mobile operating system. FlyCast has made its way over the Android platform after being on other smartphones such as the iPhone and BlackBerry handsets. Very similar to Pandora, FlyCast offers streaming music with no need to actually download it to your memory card. CompuLap has just introduced their new Exeda Android-powered handset. This device is really very wide and has a full QWERTY keyboard as well as several navigation controls and a landscape oriented screen. A new rumor is flying around that we would actually like to see come true. We hear that Asus is working on an Eee Phone. With Asus’s recent success in the netbook market we are sure that they can bring the same quality and reliability to the mobile market. At CES we also had the opportunity to play with OpenMoko’s Android-powered version of the Neo FreeRunner. There was nothing particularly new or exciting about this device, as we have already seen the Android platform in action and the hardware has not changed at all. There is however there was a virtual keyboard that looks very nice. A video popped up demonstrating a device that is branded on the front as “Dream” but under the back covering it reads “Dream G2.” This does not appear to be a quality handset; it could even be a fake with Android running on top of Windows Mobile. This phone is indeed from China where most knockoff phones come from. Dan O’Sullivan has created a G1 hat to better help give technical support to family members. The hat allows him to see what his family needs help with. The Australian consumer electronic manufacturer who was going to release the Kogan Agora Pro has delayed the production “indefinitely” because the screen resolution may not be compatible with future Android applications. For those of you still experiencing less than desirable battery life you can now order an extended life battery if a thicker device does not bother you. The standard battery is 1150mAh, while the extended life is a monster at 2600mAh. There is also some new information regarding what will and what will not be taken from the cupcake update and released in the next official Google update. This info however must be taken with a grain of salt because nothing is set in stone.

Facts surface about Cupcake elements in a new T-Mobile G1 update

All of you who have coincidentally become cupcake followers can finally have something to sink your teeth into. No the update has not been pushed out by Google, but there is some information regarding what will be included in future updates. More information included after the jump. Google does have the INTENTION to release and over the air update (OHA) that includes elements taken from the cupcake update.  A senior G1 PDA Specialist, Dylan, has apparently made a few facts clear, these facts are listed below.
  • FACT - There WILL be a G1 update shortly as it was INTENDED to be by mid-January so the next target is now by the end of January.
  • FACT - T-Mobile will not just provide Cupcake elements to the G2 and leave the G1 behind.
  • FACT - The next update will be called RC31 and include Cupcake elements.
  • FACT - The mass of calls lately for Cupcake is registering and causing T-Mobile to double their efforts in getting the update out.
  • FACT - NO ONE has received RC31 as of today.
  • FACT - When the update is released it will be done in stages “Over The Air” but it will be by region not when you purchased the G1.
  • FACT - The memo I was privy to is NOT distributed to Support personnel.
  • FACT - T-Mobile Specialists & Support are LAST to know when an update happens and are notified AFTER it is released as was the case with RC29 & RC30.
  • FACT - T-Mobile does have a battery improvement program in motion.
  • FACT - T-Mobile’s plan for battery improvement will be one of OR a combination of efficiencies in an OTA update and an extended life battery replacement.
[Via GoogleAndBlog]
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