Ready to Devour Motorola's Latest Android Smartphone?

Motorola today announced its latest Android phone, the Devour, which will be sold through Verizon Wireless at an as-yet unspecified price. While it's not Verizon's first Android phone, it won't be sold as part of the Droid brand shared by the carrier's two existing models, and perhaps in line with that positioning, the new phone boasts some unique features.

The Devour is scheduled to launch in March. It runs Android 1.6 but is notable because it will be Verizon's first Android phone with the "Motoblur" user interface. Motoblur is a single interface that connects the user to Facebook, MySpace and Twitter, and is currently available on T-Mobile's Motorola Cliq.

One possible reason why the new phone isn't getting the "Droid" brand is it's not as beefy as the slick black phone that makes a loud, throaty announcement when powered on. The only thing the two phones have in common is the Google-backed Android OS and slide-out QWERTY keyboard. After that, the Devour compares more to the lower-end Cliq.

The Devour comes with a 3.1-inch capacitive touch screen with 320x480 resolution and touch-sensitive navigation pad. It comes pre-loaded with the usual Android apps -- Gmail, Google Talk, YouTube, Google Search, and Google Maps, plus access to the Android Market for more apps.

The Devour has built-in security that backs up contacts, login information, home screen customizations, e-mail and social network messages automatically on a secure Motoblur portal. If the phone is lost, the integrated GPS can help the user find it. Failing that, a remote wipe signal can be sent.

It supports Verizon's EV-DO 3G network and has Wi-Fi b/g and stereo Bluetooth support along with an 8GB microSD memory card. It has a 3.2 megapixel camera built in.

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. The data plan for smartphones starts at $29.99.

Andy Patrizio is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals.


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