Motorola Prepping Android Phone

October 20th, 2008 at 12:00 am

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While fans are waiting for the release of the first Google Android powered mobile phone to hit stores on October 22, Motorola is busy beefing up its Android team and peddling their plans for their own Android phone to carriers around the world.

With about 350 engineers dedicated to the Android team, Motorola will be trying to relive its glory days when they released the Moto Razr V3.  Actually, since then Motorola has had no success in their succeeding phones that they were even forced to split the company in two to save their chip manufacturing business.  Now with the mobile phone business barely floating, Motorola turns to Google mobile operating system Android which promises to be open and probably free, novel, technically superb and hence a market grabber.

The new android powered Motorola mobile phone will be much like the T-Mobile G1 or iPhone.  It will feature, like all the new phones coming out, a touch screen, a QWERTY keyboard, Android of course, and a slew of social networking capabilities.

According to reports, Motorola is already working with social networks like Facebook and MySpace on the features.  However, neither social networks commented on their collaboration.  Motorola also declined to elaborate on its plans, but said in a statement: "We’re excited about the innovation possibilities on Android and look forward to delivering great products in partnership with Google and the community of developers known as the Open Handset Alliance that are working on the Android operating system.

The first Android powered mobile phone the T-Mobile G1 will be hitting shelves on October 22. Motorola plans to unveil their phone late this year or early next year and unleash it to the public sometime on or after the second quarter of 2009.