AT&T To Expand Android Selection To 8
By Joseph Palenchar On Oct 18 2010 - 3:01am
– iPhone carrier AT&T will roll out three new
Motorola-made Android phones starting in October,
bringing the iPhone carrier’s Android selection to eight
The 3G models, priced from $79 to $129, run the Android
2.1 OS and feature the latest version of Motorola’s
Motoblur social-network aggregation service. In an unusual
move, AT&T is pricing the phones through its channels
without rebate, matching the practice by large CE
chains such as Walmart, Best Buy and RadioShack.
All three also feature 802.11b/g Wi-Fi with access to
AT&T’s 23,000 U.S. hot spots, corporate email syncing,
FM radio, MicroSD card slot with capacity to 32GB,
stereo Bluetooth 2.1 with enhanced data rate (EDR),
3-megapixel camera and Adobe Flash Lite.
The first model to become available is the $79.99 Motorola
Flipout, due Oct. 16. It is a square model that pivots
open to reveal a QWERTY keyboard below the 2.8-
inch 320 by 240 QVGA TFT touchscreen. The keyboard
has a dedicated fifth row for numbers. The camera is
fixed-focus with digital zoom. Dark sapphire and saffron
battery covers are included in the box. Processor speed
is 720MHz. Memory capacity consists
of 512MB of embedded memory
and included 2GB MicroSD card.
The device will be available Oct.
The Flipside at $99.99, due in
time for the holidays, steps up to
add full-size slide-from-the-side
QWERTY keyboard, 3.1-inch
320 by 480 HVGA touchscreen
with pinch-to-zoom gesturing,
laptop-like trackpad to navigate
with fingers off the screen,
camera image editing, full push
corporate email, support for
Microsoft Exchange, and unified
inbox and such IT-compliance
features as remote wipe
and password enforcement.
The $129 Bravo, also due
in time for the holidays, steps
up to an 800MHz processor,
3.7-inch 480 by 854 FWVGA touchscreen, and Digital
Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certification to stream
video to certified networked PCs and TVs.
The latest iteration of Motorola’s Motoblur service,
like before, syncs contacts, posts, messages, and photos
from favorite social-media sites, work and personal
email, and Last.fm, and then automatically delivers them
to the phones’ home screen. Motoblur service also locates
and remotely wipes lost or stolen devices as well
as automatically restores a user’s contacts, log-in information,
home screen customizations and email via one
user name and password.
The enhanced Motoblur services adds such new features
as social-networking filters and message widgets,
enabling users to filter social-network accounts by contacts
or contact group. Another new feature is screen
customization, letting users move and resize preloaded
widgets on up to seven home screens. It also has a battery
manager, personal and corporate email pushed directly to
the device, and additional social-networking functionality,
such as Re-tweeting and Facebook comments.