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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Motorola, Verizon Unveil Android-Based Devour

Motorola and Verizon Wireless on Wednesday announced the availability of a new Android-based phone, the Motorola Devour.

The Devour will be available in March and will include Motorola's Motoblur, a social networking variant of Google's Android OS. Motoblur includes a "happenings" widget on the home screen that consistently monitors networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace and integrates updates, e-mails, and texts into a "universal inbox."

The new phone includes a 3.1-inch capacitive touch screen, and touch-sensitive navigation pad. Slide it up for keyboard access. The phone comes preloaded with apps including Gmail, Google Talk, YouTube, Google Search, and Google Maps. The Android Market will provide access to 20,000 additional apps.

The Devour also includes a preinstalled 8GB microSD card.

On the security front, contacts, log-in information, home screen customizations, e-mail and social networking messages are backed up via the Motoblur portal. GPS lets users locate a lost phone or remotely wipe it.

Customers will need a nationwide talk or nationwide talk and text plan, plus a data package for smartphones from Verizon. Nationwide talk starts at $39.99 per month, while nationwide talk and text starts at $59.99. Data for smartphones starts at $29.99 for unlimited monthly access.

The Devour supports several Bluetooth profiles, including A2DP, HID, HSP, HFP, AVRCP and GAP.

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