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New Motorola Phone Might Devour You

Coming off a so-so earnings report which revealed that mobile handset sales are struggling, Motorola today unveiled the Devour, and Android-based handset that might be considered the Droid’s little brother.

The Devour is the first Verizon Wireless phone to feature MOTOBLUR, Motorola’s content delivery service, created to make wireless phones more personal and customizable.

Motorola says MOTOBLUR is the first solution to sync contacts from work and personal e-mail services, including Gmail, with posts, messages, photos and more from popular sites such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter. With MOTOBLUR, content is automatically delivered to the home screen and fed into easy-to-manage streams.

The company clearly hopes this phone will catch on with the social networking crowd, particularly younger people.

Key features include:

  • Touch-sensitive navigation pad
  • 3.1” capacitive touch screen
  • Pre-loaded applications such as Gmail, Google Talk, YouTube, Google Search and Google Maps with Google Maps Navigation
  • Android Market gives users access to more than 20,000 applications.
  • Happenings Widget – MOTOBLUR automatically pushes status updates, wall posts and photo updates from popular social networking sites to the Happenings Widget on the home screen. Customers can flick through the latest updates and fire back responses using the slide-out full QWERTY keyboard.
  • Universal Inbox – MOTOBLUR gathers texts, social network messages and e-mails into one home screen widget for quick response.
  • Back-Up and Security – Contacts, log-in information, home screen customizations, e-mail and social network messages are backed up automatically on the secure MOTOBLUR portal. The portal also allows customers to use the phone’s fully integrated aGPS to help locate the phone if misplaced. Remote wipe easily clears information from a lost device.
  • 8 GB microSD card pre-installed
  • Bluetooth profiles supported: A2DP, HID, HSP, HFP, AVRCP and GAP

Motorola says to get the most out of Devour, you’ll need to subscribe to a Nationwide Talk or Nationwide Talk & Text plan and a smartphone data package. Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 per month; Nationwide Talk & Text plans begin at $59.99. A smartphone data package runs $29.99.

The Devour will be available through Verizon Wireless sometime in March.


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