Motorola to Debut Two Android Phones at CES?

Motorola is believed to be preparing two new Android-based cell phones for introduction at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next week, according to a market analyst.

Global Equities Research Analyst Trip Chowdhry said in a research note to clients that he believes the company "may announce" a second phone for Verizon Wireless, which already has the hugely-popular Droid, and one for AT&T, which does not carry a Motorola Android phone as yet.

Chowdhry's sources indicate one phone would have an OLED soft keyboard screen and the other would have a physical keyboard similar to the Droid. The two would run the Google Experiences software environment rather than the company's proprietary MotoBlur software.

There has already been rumors floating in Android-related blogs about a pair of phones set for release, so Chowdhry's note might pair up with the rumors du jour. The first phone is called the Backflip, or Enzo, according to Android Central. It's reported to be destined for AT&T and has a fold out keyboard that flips out from beneath the phone, rather than sliding out like the Droid.

Rumored specs are that it has a Qualcomm MSM7201A processor, 512MB ROM/256MB RAM, a 3.1-inch display at HVGA, five megapixel camera, Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi, GPS, Android 1.5 and Motoblur, Motorola's phone sync service.

The other rumored phone is the Motorola Opus One, a phone that looks similar to the HTC Eris and rumored Google Nexus One. It comes with a "Zeus" XScale processor, 512MB Flash / 256MB of RAM, 3.1-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen, 3-megapixel camera with autofocus and flash, accelerometer, proximity sensor, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, a microSD card slot and Android location-based services, integrated into the iDEN GPS engine.

Neither would be a high-end phone. They are aimed at the mid-range, below Motorola's hit Droid.

Droid boosts Android Market

Speaking of Droid, the smartphone is powering up the Android Market, an online app store for Android apps.

The online market research firm Flurry noted that downloads from the Android Market jumped 20 percent on Christmas Day, and Droid was the prime mover. Droid apps accounted for 49 percent of all Android Apps sold on Dec. 25. Droid app downloads increased 93 percent on Dec. 25 when compared with the previous Fridays in December.


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