Motorola announces first Google Android phone: Cliq

Credit: Motorola
Credit: Motorola

Motorola has finally unveiled its first mobile phone based on the Google Android operating system. The Motorola Cliq was announced Thursday at the GigaOM Mobilize 2009 Conference held at the Mission Bay Conference Center, San Francisco, CA.

The Cliq features a 3.1-inch touchscreen, a full slideout QWERTY keyboard, and an autofocus 5-megapixal camera.

It will run on Android 1.5 (Cupcake), and features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and UMTS/HSDPA at 900/1700/2100 MHz. It also has Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, an e-compass, proximity sensor and ambient light sensor.

The most notable feature introduced however is MotoBlur. This tool allows all users to view all conversation threads, Facebook updates, Twitter feeds, emails, text messages, links, stories and photos in one place on the home screen. This eliminates the need to open and close different applications and menus.

Motoblur also backs up user data in case of a lost or stolen phone. User info will be backed up to MotoBlur secure servers so that contacts, customized home-screens and other data can be easily retrieved.

No price for the Cliq has been released yet but the device will be available later this year from T-Mobile.



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