Enterprise Mobility: Motorola Cliq Joins Google Android Smartphone Club

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2009-09-11 Print this article Print
Motorola Cliq Joins Google Android Smartphone Club

Motorola Cliq Joins Google Android Smartphone Club

Motorola introduced the Cliq, its first smartphone running the Google mobile operating system, Android, on Sept. 10. Motorola, which has a comfort zone in the middle of a market that's currently seeing growth at its extremes, could use a big win, and analysts believe Android could help provide it. "Carriers are looking for an answer to Apple and the iPhone. What Google can bring to [Motorola] is not only a good OS and good mobile environment but also a tremendous number of developers who are going to want to develop for them," said Broadpoint AmTech Mark McKechnie. The Cliq, which will be exclusive to the T-Mobile network in the United States, features a 3.1-inch touch-screen, a slide-out four-row QWERTY keyboard, a full HTML browser, and 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity. It's also Motorola's first device to feature MotoBlur, a syncing feature that makes the Cliq, according to Motorola, the "first phone with social skills."By Michelle Maisto
Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.

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