Motorola today unveiled the vision behind its Android portfolio with the introduction of the CLIQ with MOTOBLUR, the first device to feature the MOTOBLUR solution. The CLIQ will be available exclusively in the U.S. from T-Mobile later this fall.
Developed by Motorola, MOTOBLUR is a solution that manages and integrates communications - from work e-mail to social networking activity - on the 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 streams so there is no need to open and close different mobile applications to keep up with the latest content.
The CLIQ is a 3G-capable smartphone featuring a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a full touch-screen 3.1-inch HVGA display. It will take advantage of T-Mobile's 3G network and Wi-Fi. Additional CLIQ features include a 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.
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.
Motorola said the Cliq was one of two smartphones Motorola expected to release by the end of the year running Google's open-source Android operating system.
The other device would be unveiled "in the coming weeks," he said, and both would hit store shelves in time for the holiday season.
Google and T-Mobile released the first "Google Phone," the T-Mobile G1 in October of last year.