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5 years ago

More Details on MOTOBLUR

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If you're a little bit confused on what exactly MOTOBLUR is, don't worry we've got you covered. MOTOBLUR is billed as the first and only solution to sync contacts, posts, messages, photos and much more--from sources such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Gmail, other e-mail--and deliver them to your phone. Think of it as a Super Social Network on your smartphone.

MOTOBLUR includes the use of live widgets, which will show you:

  • Happenings: View all your social site updates in one spot with the live Happenings application. Every friend feed, status update, wall post, bulletin and photo upload is automatically delivered and ready for immediate reply, any way you like.
  • Messages: Quickly scroll through the Messages application for a snapshot of current work or personal e-mails, social site messages, and texts, with the ability to respond to any message however you want no matter how it was sent: text, email, IM, and more.
  • Social Status: Blast your status right form the home screen and even save time by updating your status to one or all your social networks at once.
  • News Feeds: Keep track of your favorite news feeds, sport scores or even celebrity gossip without leaving the home screen

There's also a Universal Contact List that automatically syncs your contacts from your email clients and your social network accounts. What's cool is that when a contact changes their photo, status, or contact details it's automatically updated on your phone. And to combine it all together, when you receive a phone call from a friend, their latest profile picture and status update is shown on your phone's screen. It pretty much combines your world in social networks onto your phone.

Your data--contacts, log-in, email, and social network messages--is kept saved on a secure server through MOTOBLUR. Even if you do lose your CLIQ, you'll have the ability to pinpoint its location and remote wipe all of the data. Your MOTOBLUR account will stay relevant even in future Motorola Android phones, simply enter your account details and you won't even skip a beat.

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5 years ago

Official Specs for Motorola CLIQ

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Want to know the exact specs of the Motorola CLIQ? Don't worry, we've got the full sheet for you after the break. Along with typical smartphone standard specs like 3G, WiFi, and GPS, the CLIQ also offers a digital compass, runs Android 1.5, and has a 1420 mAh battery.

Check out all of the details on the CLIQ after the jump!

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5 years ago

Motorola CLIQ Up Close and Personal

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After the presentation, the execs from Motorola, Goole, and T-Mobile were kind enough to provide some glamour shots of the new CLIQ. After the break, six more up-close-and-personal images of the phone!

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5 years ago

Meet the Motorola CLIQ

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Here's the Motorola CLIQ, in perfect detail. The CLIQ is Motorola's first official entry into the Android game and it looks like it'll be a good one. Judging from the press shots, we feel that the CLIQ is loads better than the prototype Morrison and a solid effort overall. Available on T-Mobile in the fourth quarter, T-Mobile and Motorola both expect the CLIQ to sell a ton of units.

The CLIQ will come in two color options: Winter White and Titanium and will have a 3.1 inch 320x480 screen along with the usual slew of 3G, WiFi, 5 megapixel camera, and such.

hit the jump to see more pictures of the Motorola CLIQ

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5 years ago

T-Mobile and Motorola Announce the CLIQ, Dext

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T-Mobile and Motorola have just announced the Motorola CLIQ, Motorola's first foray into the Android game, which will come to T-Mobile in the US during the 4th quarter of 2009.  The CLIQ is an Android phone (that we all once knew as the Morrison) sporting a horizontal slide out keyboard (yes!). Official details on the specs are thin, but we do know that it has the usual smartphone specs:

  • 3G, WiFi
  • 5 megapixel camera
  • 24 fps video recording
  • 3.5 mm headset jack

The CLIQ's primary differentiator is that it will feature the MOTOBLUR service, which deeply integrates multiple social networking services into all corners of the device.

Outside the US, the CLIQ will be known as the "Dext" and available in 2010.  Motorola also said that they intend to announce more Android devices in the coming months.

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5 years ago

Motorola Announces MOTOBLUR - A Social Network Powerhouse

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Motorola just announced MOTOBLUR, an Android based UI that places a large emphasis on social networking. From what we know so far, MOTOBLUR is:

  • A set of social networking widgets
  • Deep integration of social networking services into the Android OS
  • Online backup, restore, and remote wipe
  • Integrated contacts and email ala Synergy

The service looks to be very compelling. You have Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace statuses all updateable at once and also populated everywhere on the device. Getting a call? See their latest Facebook profile photo and their latest Facebook status (or Twitter, or whatever) pop up as the Caller ID.  Tap on a contact and see their entire social network history right within the address book. It's a very comprehensive take on all your social networks.

Furthermore, it looks like it'll be a joy to use--HTC Sense watch your back.

In addition, MOTOBLUR offers an online backup service that allows you to log in and track your phone's location if you lose it, and then remotely wipe it if it's clear that it's gone astray.

The first device to take advantage of MOTOBLUR will be the T-Mobile CLIQ in the US.  More on that in a moment!

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5 years ago

Watch the Motorola Mobilize Announcement Live!

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We're live on the scene at the Mobilize conference awaiting Motorola's Android announcements. We'll bring you the news (and with any luck, the hands-on) as soon as we can, but in the meantime you can watch it all go down yourself, live, via the embedded video above, courtesy of GigaOM.

The excitement is expected to start at 10:25 Pacific!

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5 years ago

Celebrating 10 Years of Smartphone Communities

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Ten years ago today, 9/9/99, our fearless leader Marcus Adolfsson launched VisorCentral.com - a community providing news, reviews and forums focused on a single product: the Handspring Visor.  The Visor, you may recall, was the PDA that was destined to start the smartphone revolution with the VisorPhone.

Ten years later, we have grown from that single small site to a network of seven different communities, each focused on a core brand of smartphone and dedicated to providing everything a user could need or want to know about their smartphone - from news to chat, reviews to ringtones, podcasts to apps, accessories to wallpapers. The Smartphone Experts Network has over 1.8 million members in our forums; on any given day there are thousands of users logged in: finding help, talking about the latest news, reviewing products, and more. We still have plenty of active members that signed up literally within days of our 9/9/99 launch. Millions of visitors every month come to us to find out the latest information for their smartphone.

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5 years ago

Excuses: HTC Says Tattoo's Screen Too Small for Capacitive Screen to Work Well

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The only aspect of the HTC Tattoo we have a problem with is the resistive screen. We understand the cost-saving implementation of it but from our experience with resistive screens (think WinMob phones), they simply pale in comparison to capacitive touchscreens (think all other Android phones, iPhone, Palm Pre). Capacitive screens in the mobile space just seem to do a better job in registering touch inputs. Remember, Android isn't built to use with styli, it's a finger-friendly capacitive environment.

Apparently, HTC thinks differently. After unveiling the HTC Tattoo, HTC trumpeted the company line, tweeting, "Capacitive screens at small sizes are hard to be accurate with. Resistive ends up registering fewer miss-clicks." HTC could be right but we'd be more forgiving if HTC admitted it was more a financial move than anything else.

Our biggest issue is that if HTC really wants to mass-market this phone and offer it to everyone worldwide, offering a potentially sub-par Android experience might dissuade people from future HTC Android purchases. Obviously, we're jumping the gun a bit--the resistive screen may still turn out to be a great option for the mass market--but we always felt resistive screens were technology of yore, not 2009.

[via engadget]

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5 years ago

Pandora Comes to Android

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Bam! Another big hitter just released an application for Android. Pandora just announced that they've released an Android application and it's pretty much a must download for any music loving, Android user. We've already detailed our love for Pandora but we'll say it again, having the ability to fine tune and personalize your own radio station to your musical tastes makes storing music on your phone's hard drive redundant. Streaming music recommendation services are the way to go.

Pandora for Android will work over Wi-Fi, 3G, and even EDGE. It even comes with a home screen widget and allows for background playback. Pandora is available for free on Android Market.

[pandora]

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5 years ago

Official Facebook App Launches for Android

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Wait no more, an official Facebook application for Android has been released. Though we've been making do with third-party Facebook applications for Android for quite some time now, we were always green with envy to see other smartphone platforms get official apps while Android got tossed to the side.

In the Facebook application for Android, users can check their news feed, view friends' walls and info, add friends, 'Like' things, post and comment on status updates, take and upload photos, and even check up to 125 friends' phone numbers. Neater features include a shake-to-refresh for the news feed and a notification widget that can be added to the desktop. No Facebook chat yet.

We're not the biggest Facebook users (twitter is our game!) so please share your thoughts regarding the official Facebook application for Android. The Facebook application for Android is available in Android Market for free.

We should note that there are some whispers saying that this Facebook app isn't exactly developed by Facebook. Though Android Market lists the application's developer as Facebook, the official web page of the application states that it wasn't developed by Facebook. Weird. Most likely, the application was developed by Google with Facebook approval.

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5 years ago

HTC Tattoo aka HTC Click Officially Announced, Runs HTC Sense

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We've seen the HTC Tattoo before, just in a different name. Previously known as the HTC Click, the Tattoo is a budget minded, low end Android phone that's been officially announced and will be releasing in Europe in early October. What's amazing is that even though it's not targeted for the high-end user (it'll be offered free, after all) the Tattoo will still run HTC Sense.

The downside of the HTC Tattoo? Well, again since it's not targeted for the high-end user, it'll only use a 2.8-inch QVGA(240x320) resistive touchscreen. We know the resistive touchscreen was used to keep costs down but if it's at the expense of user experience, it's a tough pill to swallow. Hopefully the average consumer won't blame the Android OS for hardware shortcomings.

On the bright side, the other specs look magnificent for a mass market device: 528MHz Qualcomm processor, 3.2 megapixel camera, 512MB ROM, 256MB RAM, 3G, quad-band GSM, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, compass and accelerometer. HTC is seriously positioning themselves as the Android phone manufacturer. High-end, low-end, mid-end, anything--they've got it covered.

What do you guys think?

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5 years ago

HTC Touch HD 2 to Run Android ?

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If you don't remember the HTC Touch HD, we don't fault you. It was a splendidly wonderful, beautifully delicious type device that for some reason or another, did not launch in the US. Our friends at WMExperts had a very brief hands-on video, so if you want a refresher, feel free to click on over. The Touch HD was stunning because the screen (800x480) was simply drop dead gorgeous. But the Touch HD was a downer because it ran Windows Mobile.

So now that you've caught up with the original HTC Touch HD, how would you feel if the HTC Touch HD 2 ran Android? And that's not all, the HTC Touch HD 2 would also receive a CPU speed bump to 628 MHz (from 528 MHz)--all the more to make running Android and HD video off your phone that much easier. Amazing, right?

It's only rumor at this point, and a very weak rumor at that, but just the thought of that HD screen running HTC Sense and Android makes us weak in the knees. We won't even talk about it any further for fear of jinxing the whole deal. Glorious!

[engadget]

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5 years ago

LG Etna Android Phone Spotted at IFA

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LG has been relatively quiet on the Android front, especially when compared to the likes of HTC, Motorola, and Samsung. Sure we've heard some reports that LG would eventually make Android phones this year but there hasn't been anything substantial until now: Meet the LG Etna Android phone. The LG Etna was spotted at the IFA trade show in Germany and it quite obviously runs Android (albeit the basic version, no custom UI here).

The LG Etna rocks a 3 inch touchscreen, 5 megapixel camera, and full QWERTY keyboard. We're glad to see the use of a physical keyboard because fewer and fewer Android devices offer that crucial input option. We know LG had plans to release 3 Android phones this year, could the Etna be its first? And does it sound similar to the previously planned LG GW620 Eve?

[bgr]

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