Feeds

Motorola's navel gazing Android delayed

'Social smart phone' due 2009

The Power of One Infographic

Motorola's first Android-based phone won't arrive in the US until the second quarter of next year. Europe will have to wait until the third quarter. To compensate, the company's going for a novelty twofer.

What's more fatuously chic than yet another touch screen smartphone? Social networking, naturally.

Motorola is spending $50 million to blend the two ideas, according BusinessWeek. Imagine folks updating their Facebook profile to reflect standing in line to buy a phone, from the very phone they're buying. That's the kind of navel gazing time paradox Moto hopes will reverse its fortunes in the mobile handset market.

Details are presently a bit scarce, but the new Moto "social smart phone" will supposedly be designed with a host of features to make it easier for users to connect to social networking sites. Yes, T-Mobile's Android-based G1 (which debuts October 22) supposedly appeals to the social networking crowd too, but Moto seems to really be playing up the idea.

The phone is also reported to feature an iPhone-like touch screen and slide-out keyboard. BW claims it will take design cues from the Krave ZN4, which has a flip-up lid with a second separate touch-screen. ®

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

More from The Register

next story
Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s
Bigger, harder trouser bulges foretold for fanbois
Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them
It's almost as though pr0n was actually rather popular
Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network
'Prevent people that are passing by to hook up to your network', pleads plod
Google Nest, ARM, Samsung pull out Thread to strangle ZigBee
But there's a flaw in Google's IP-based IoT system
US freemium mobile network eyes up Europe
FreedomPop touts 'free' calls, texts and data
'Two-speed internet' storm turns FCC.gov into zero-speed website
Deadline for comments on net neutrality shake-up extended to Friday
Oh girl, you jus' didn't: Level 3 slaps Verizon in Netflix throttle blowup
Just hook us up to more 10Gbps ports, backbone biz yells in tit-for-tat spat
Want to beat Verizon's slow Netflix? Get a VPN
Exec finds stream speed climbs when smuggled out
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.