An Android army is fast approaching thanks to Motorola. During a press event Tuesday evening in San Francisco, Motorola co-Chief Executive Officer Sanjay Jha said that the company plans to focus its energy on producing Android-based smartphones. To prove that point, the company has officially revealed seven new Android phones included three dedicated for AT&T's network and two for Verizon.
Still, what about Windows Phone 7? Microsoft's new mobile OS will be officially revealed next week. However given Motorola's previous support for the Windows Mobile platform, the Android focus seems like the company has abandoned Microsoft. "We’re going to be watching Windows Phone 7 very carefully," Jha said. "But I’m going to say that it may be too late for us to engage in Windows Mobile 7."
As for the new Android additions, Motorola revealed the DROID PRO and CITRUS for Verizon Wireless, and the FLIPOUT ($80), FLIPSIDE ($100) and BRAVO ($130) for AT&T. The Motorola SPICE will be launched in Brazil for the Latin market, and the tough, rugged Motorola DEFY will be available on T-Mobile USA later this year. According to Motorola, the latter DEFY model (seen above) will be able to sustain drops, rough handling, and even endure water.
On the AT&T front, the FLIPOUT was revealed last summer and will hit the network on October 17. The phone features a 2.8-inch QVGA pivot touchscreen, a five-row QWERTY keyboard and 512 MB internal memory. It also has a 3MP camera, a microSD card slot supporting up to 32 GB, an FM Radio and more.
The BRAVO will also arrive on October 17 and sport a 800 MHz processor, a 3.7-inch WVGA touchscreen, FM Radio, 512 MB of internal memory, an added 2 GB microSD card and more. The Motorola BRAVO is also a Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) enabled device, so customers can stream, store and share entertainment with multiple devices around the home
Finally the FLIPSIDE will be an HSDPA device offering a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a 3.1-inch HVGA screen, a 3MP camera, 256 MB internal memory and 512 MB of internal storage, an additional 2 GB microSD card and more. Users can stay connected to work with full push corporate e-mail, support for Microsoft Exchange, unified inbox and enhanced features for IT compliance like remote wipe and password enforcement.
While the Motorola DROID PRO looks to tackle RIM's BlackBerry line, the Motorola CITRUS on Verizon--slated to hit the network by the end of the year--is an entry-level phone with a 3-inch touchscreen and a 528 GHz Qualcomm processor. The phone's overall theme is "green," housed in a chassis made from 25-percent post-consumer recycled plastic and certified Carbon Free.
The Motorola SPICE--seemingly influenced by the Palm Pre-- will feature a vertical sliding QWERTY keyboard and a 3-inch touchcreen. It will also come packed with a 3MP camera, 256 MB of memory and 512 MB of internal storage, support for up to 32 GB via a microSD slot, and more. The phone will be available later this year.