February 8 2010|05.37 PM UTC

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Motorola Devour: MOTOBLUR Enhances Social Networking

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Rumors are circulating that the DEVOUR will be sold via indirect channels on February 25, and at all Verizon Wireless retail channels no later than March 15.

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However, the official announcement from Verizon Wireless and Motorola Inc., made earlier this month, stated that the Motorola DEVOUR will be available at retail in March.

These rumors follow a very interesting Super Bowl 2010 commercial featuring actress Megan Fox bathing with a DEVOUR handset. Interestingly enough, the commercial never makes clear what handset the actress is actually holding as Fox refers to the DEVOUR as, “this little guy.” Instead, the commercial highlights a key feature of the phone, MOTOBLUR.

MOTOBLUR Social Networking Platform

The DEVOUR will be one of the first phone to feature Verizon Wireless’ the exclusive MOTOBLUR social networking platform. Devour’s Google Android operating system will allow MOTOBLUR to sync contacts from personal and work email addresses. Users can simply log-on to the MYMOTOBLUR site and input contacts they wish to have accessible by handheld (from the likes of Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, Outlook, and others) and import them.

Inter-connectivity seems to be the DEVOUR’s main selling point as instant messaging platforms are expanded beyond Google Talk. This is unlike the limited offering of the Droid, by Motorola, which also runs on a Google Android operating system. Perhaps attributed to MOTOBLUR, the DEVOUR will have the capability to run the likes of Yahoo Messenger and AOL Instant Messenger, among others. Visual Voicemail is another inter-connectivity feature the DEVOUR will be readily equipped with.

Motorola Devour Specs:

  • Display Size: 3.1 inch, HVGA (320 x 480 pixels) 65K color TFT LCD
  • Weight: 5.89 oz or 180 grams
  • Size: 61 x 115.5 x 15.4 mm
  • Memory: 8 GB microSD included (up to 32 GB)
  • Battery life: Up to 389 minutes usage time, up to 443 hours standby time
  • Functionality: Touch sensitive navigation pad, Android 1.6 OS, QWERTY keyboard, touch screen, voice commands, accelerometer
  • Network: CDMA 800/1900 EVDO rev A
  • Playable Formats: AAC, AMR, H.263, H.264, MP3, MPEG-4, WAV, WMA, WMV, MIDI, AAC+
  • Video: Streaming video, video capture @ 23 fps
  • Camera: 3 MP, continuous digital zoom, fixed focus, with image editing tools
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, USB 2.0, 802.11 b & g, Micro USB, AGPS, DLNA

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gnarbucketz February 9, 2010 at 11:13 am

Umm… I have a Motorola Cliq, and it runs MOTOBLUR. And I’m on T-Mobile.

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Sum Guy February 9, 2010 at 11:36 am

This Motoblur feature, as described, is very nice. But, truthfully, I don’t wish to share my contacts and email with these online sites. I prefer to keep my mail and contacts between me and MY email provider, whether that is an online provider, my ISP, or even my own personal or enterprise mail server. Android seems to go out of its way to impede my wish.

Android seems to want you to connect whatever you want but through Google. It makes the use of the phone much more limited if you avoid the Google connection and synchronization. I do not wish to share my email, contacts, IMs, calendars, etc. with Google. Likewise, I do not wish to be forced to do it with Verizon and Motoblur.

I’m not against the services and functionality that these companies offer. I’m all for them. But, the way these services are offered, at the exclusion of more private or customizable alternatives creeps me out and makes me think that they have some ulterior motive.

Offer me the service, definitely. But, let me do the same functionality with my own preexisting services without the big brother feeling.

KTHNXXBAI

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BillShrink Guy February 9, 2010 at 11:59 am

gnar: Woops not sure how we lapsed that, considering we also picked the CLIQ for our smartphone buying guide not too long ago. Thanks for the catch and good choice on a phone too ;)

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Paul February 9, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Android 1.6? Why would you want an old operating system when the droid and nexus1 have (or will have) version 2.1?

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Anonymous February 9, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Actually, the cliq doesn’t run on android. the DEVOUR will be the first phone to run the android powered MOTOBLUR.

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Anonymous February 10, 2010 at 4:16 pm

My son has a motorola cliq and it is definitely an android phone. Andriod 1.5 I believe.

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vzwpix February 12, 2010 at 10:05 am

Megan Fox = the ultimate verizon ad. I googled that commercial right after I saw it.

zoing!

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