September 10, 2009 | by Andrew Kameka
Motorola today unveiled the Motorola Cliq, the first Android phone to include Motorola’s new MotoBlur user interface. At the Mobilize ’09 Conference, T-Mobile USA executive Cole Brodman joined Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha to premiere the Cliq, set for release this holiday season.
The Motorola Cliq, previously seen in as the Motorola Morrison, is a device centered on social communication and integrating contact streams. It runs MotoBlur, Motorola’s Android platform that integrates content from social networking websites with live customizable widgets and pushed updates. Blur takes all contacts, posts, feeds, messages, emails, photos and more from Facebook, MySpace, Gmail, and Yahoo, and then serves it up on the homepage. If a friend updates his/her phone number on Facebook, Blur will push that update to your phone’s contacts, SIM card, and store it in the cloud. In the event that a user loses a phone, Blur will reload his/her content on the replacement unit.
- 3.1 touchscreen with 320 x 480 pixles
- Slide-out QWERTY keyboard
- Bluetooth 2.0, GPS, 3G and Wi-Fi network support
- 5 MP camera with autofocus
- Video playback/recording with 24-30fps
- 3.5 mm headphone jack
- Android 1.5 (Cupcake) OS and integration w/ Google products
- Expandable microSD support up to 32GB
- Microsoft Exchange Support
- 1420 mAh lithium polymer Battery
- 360 minutes (6 hours) of continuous usage time and 325 hrs (13.5 days) of standy time
- Quickoffice for built-in Document Viewing
T-Mobile CTO Cole Brodman said that the Cliq will be “heavily promoted by T-Mobile…it will probably be our best-selling device,” this holiday season. Brodman added that T-Mobile is prepared for the influx of customers and data usage it expects from the Cliq and other Android devices. He said the company has spent billions to upgrade the network and hopes to have 3G coverage in over 250 cities by the end of the year.
Motorola will also release the Cliq under the DEXT branding outside the United States. Jha named Orange UK as a carrier. The DEXT will also be released in France and Latin America.
The elephant in the room is that the Cliq’s integration features will remind some users of the Palm Pre. However, we’ve seen time and time again that execution is often more important that similar ideas. Mobilize host Om Malik even asked Jha, “Do you think Palm can stick around?”
Jha simply chuckled and sidestepped the question and said he’s preoccupied with Motorola’s efforts at the moment.