Motorola Unveils Defy+ Gingerbread Phone Amid Google Bid
Motorola Mobility introduced the Google Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" Defy+ rugged smartphone, which will be hitting stores in Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America in the fall.For Motorola Mobility (NYSE:MMI), is was business as usual on the same day it agreed to put its fate in Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) hands.
The phone and tablet maker, which agreed to be acquired by Google Aug. 15 for $12.5 billion in cash, unveiled the Motorola Defy+, a so-called "rugged" smartphone based on Google's Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" operating system and powered by a 1 GHz processor.
Aside from the Gingerbread inclusion, the new Defy+ boasts better battery life than its predecessor, using a 1700 mAh power source compared to the Defy's 1540 mAh battery. Motorola is promising 7.1 hours of talk time and 17 days of standby time for the new handset. The new device also supports a music player to let users access and share their tunes, which may be streamed from users' desktops via Motorola Media Link. Motorola DEFY+ also includes Google Talk video chat; 2GB of internal storage, expandable to 32GB; support for Adobe Flash Player 10 for multimedia consumption; and a 5MP camera with flash, digital zoom and auto focus. Pricing is not yet available for the Defy+, which Motorola will begin selling in Europe, Asia and Latin America this fall. The device was introduced the same day Google bid to purchase Motorola Mobility, which split from its networking business, to fortify its patent portfolio versus Apple and Microsoft, which are suing Motorola and other Android OEMs.
Motorola has become something of a champion of rugged Android phones. The company launched the Motorola i1 on Sprint's network more than a year ago before following that device with the Titanium on the same carrier this past June.