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Motorola Cooking Up An Android
To launch second quarter of next year...
by Karl Bode 09:20AM Monday Oct 20 2008
Business Week says Motorola is busy cooking up their own Android phone, and has been showing spec sheets and images of the phone to carriers around the world in the past two months. Motorola's Android will feature a touch screen like the iPhone, but will come with a slide out QWERTY keyboard. Business Week quotes people who say the phone "looks like a higher-end version of the HTC G1," but will cost less. According to the report, the phone probably won't drop until the second quarter of 2009. Motorola could certainly use a hit, given their market share has been dwindling considerably.

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pnh102
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Clarification?

I thought Motorola was getting out of the cell phone handset business?

»www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1GGL···+handset

Or does this device not count at as cell phone, but rather a PDA which happens to have cell phone functionality?
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Re: Clarification?

The plan was to split Motorola into two companies, one of which would solely be the handset unit and the other would be everything else. The hope was that someone would buy the handset division of Motorola off of them for some money, but with the financial markets being what they are I don't think anyone's going to be buying a risky debt-ridden struggling cellphone company anytime soon (they are still the best-selling handset company in the US, but not profitable), so I don't know if Moto is still planning on the split.
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lower expectations

the bar for "smart phones" is so low, that anything released by companies is great stuff.. bad thing is with the economy the way it is, dont' expect big sales numbers especially with a fat profit margin earned on each handset... along the lines of how Apple gouges its customers.

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Re: lower expectations

Handsets not cell phones.

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Re: lower expectations

wow was expecting to see this but I guess I have to say it.... wow! something other then a razor clone!!!!

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Re: lower expectations

said by Subaru:

wow was expecting to see this but I guess I have to say it.... wow! something other then a razor clone!!!!
A pic of what they EXPECT it will look like:
»www.pcworld.com/article/152480/m···one.html
»blogs.pcworld.com/staffblog/arch···928.html


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Re: lower expectations

That's actually a picture of their new Krave ZN4
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Re: lower expectations

It'd be a very possible form factor for a future Motorola Android smartphone though- IIRC the MOTOMING phones they sell in China use that form factor and a (non-Android) variant of Linux as the OS.

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said by Cable:

That's actually a picture of their new Krave ZN4
Yes.
»www.pcworld.com/article/152480/m···one.html
Nothing has surfaced online to give us an idea of what the new phone will look like, although it will reportedly resemble Motorola's Krave ZN4 (pictured above).

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said by tmc8080:

...bad thing is with the economy the way it is...
What's wrong with the economy? Recently a homeless guy saved himself getting crushed in a dumpster by using his CELLPHONE. The economy is so bad, even our homeless have cellphones.

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Re: lower expectations

said by TechieZero:

said by tmc8080:

...bad thing is with the economy the way it is...
What's wrong with the economy? Recently a homeless guy saved himself getting crushed in a dumpster by using his CELLPHONE. The economy is so bad, even our homeless have cellphones.
I guess people nearly getting crushed in dumpsters isn't disturbing enough?

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Re: lower expectations

said by tapeloop:

I guess people nearly getting crushed in dumpsters isn't disturbing enough?
He doesn't care as long as he has his cell phone!
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Re: lower expectations

You do know the guy wasn't even homeless, right?

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Re: lower expectations

said by tapeloop:

You do know the guy wasn't even homeless, right?
Ummm OK, the article I read said he was. I never actually called the guy on his cell phone to verify the story.
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Re: lower expectations

said by TechieZero:

said by tapeloop:

You do know the guy wasn't even homeless, right?
Ummm OK, the article I read said he was. I never actually called the guy on his cell phone to verify the story.
»www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,240797,00.html
TRENTON, N.J. — A man who fell asleep in a trash container awoke inside a garbage truck that was about to compact its load but was saved after making a frantic cell phone call to police, authorities said.
...
"He's not homeless but is unemployed and trying to make ends meet," Pousak said. "If I was him I would go to church and play the lottery, because today was his lucky day."

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Re: lower expectations

"The man said he was looking for returnable bottles when he fell asleep."

Oh come on Man! Are you really going to believe FOX NEWS!?! They are in league with Haliburton, Cheney, and Bush!!!
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said by TechieZero:

Oh come on Man! Are you really going to believe FOX NEWS!?! They are in league with Haliburton, Cheney, and Bush!!!
»www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/01/···G0.shtml
»news.webindia123.com/news/ar_sho···20070106
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Re: lower expectations

LOL --- you realized I stop caring about this thread right?
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said by TechieZero:

LOL --- you realized I stop caring about this thread right?
And yet you keep posting here.

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Could this be

Motorola could take back some serious market share if they get this right. I'm looking forward to the G1, and i guess the G1.1.
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yuck

I would wait like a year before I decided to go with another motorola. The last two phones I had from them have been crap. My razr sucked and I went through three of them then I got the Sidekick slide they make and it has horrible battery issues and turns off and on randomly.
For the foreseeable future I won't be purchasing anything from motorola.

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Re: yuck

said by corinthos:

I would wait like a year before I decided to go with another motorola. The last two phones I had from them have been crap. My razr sucked and I went through three of them then I got the Sidekick slide they make and it has horrible battery issues and turns off and on randomly.
For the foreseeable future I won't be purchasing anything from motorola.
The Razr (and even my Razr2) had tons of issues. Pure junk.

My Moto Q9c is rock solid though. Easily the best phone I've ever owned ... and I've owned a LOT.
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I've had better luck from Motorola than I have from Samsung

Past phones:
Motorola
Motorola Timeport P7328i (excellent, but arcane menu)
Motorola V505 - still works, antenna is broken though
Motorola RAZR - +2 years and still running
Morotola V3xx - worked well until it was lost/stolen

Samsung X426 - nice inexpensive phone, garbled calls
Samsung E316 - nice phone, non standard power adapter, garbled calls
Sassung ZX-20 - looks nice VERY non standard power adapter, drops calls (3 warranty replacements didn't help)
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said by corinthos:

I would wait like a year before I decided to go with another motorola. The last two phones I had from them have been crap. My razr sucked and I went through three of them then I got the Sidekick slide they make and it has horrible battery issues and turns off and on randomly.
For the foreseeable future I won't be purchasing anything from motorola.
Funny how different people have different problems.

My 1st razr is still going, used by my wife.
I use a krzr every day - never had a problem.
I've had Moto cellphones for years - iDEN, CDMA, GSM, TDMA, analog(!). The only one that every crapped on me was dropped onto the concrete driveway very hard.

Maybe you need to stop putting them through the wash or dropping them in the toilet or whatever
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