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Motorola Gears Up for Android Phone Next Year

Lora Bentley

First, it was T-Mobile's G1. Next up, it's Motorola, according to BusinessWeek. The company is preparing its own Android-based smartphone, the story says.

Motorola's version will boast an iPhone-like touch screen, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and a host of social-network-friendly features... Such phones let users message in-network friends directly from phone contact lists, for example.

The effort is Motorola's bid to revive a struggling handset business, but since it has no plans to release the new smartphone before next year, some readers wonder whether the company will still be around by then.

 

Regardless, the story says, the "social networking phone" is supposed to be huge in years to come, especially among 16-year-olds to 34-year-olds. Informa statistics indicate 23 percent of cell phone users will be mobile social networking users by the year 2012.


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