Motorola Backflip official; CLIQ getting Android 2.1; DROID getting Flash 10.1

SlashGear is at Motorola's press conference at CES 2010 today, and the company has just announced the Motorola Backflip.  While they're not mentioning carrier partnerships today, it's worth noting that the Backflip image shown now is the same as AT&T showed earlier today.  Meanwhile Moto also confirmed that the CLIQ (aka the Motorola DEXT) will be upgraded from Android 1.5 to 2.1, and that Adobe Flash 10.1 will be pushed out to the DROID in future releases.

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AT&T confirm five Android phones in 1H2010 from Dell, HTC and Motorola UPDATE: Two webOS phones too!

So far AT&T have been pretty cagey when it comes to Android on their network, but it looks like 2010 is the year when it all kicks off.  The carrier has just announced that it will be pushing out five Android-based handsets in the first half of this year, complete with models from HTC, Motorola and Dell.  SlashGear is at AT&T's CES 2010 press conference this morning, and will be bringing you all the details as they arrive.

Update: AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega just confirmed that the carrier will offer two Palm webOS device in the first half of 2010 too.

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Motorola MB300 Backflip/Enzo leaks: MOTOBLUR, odd form-factor and AT&T

More detail - and some far better photography - has emerged regarding one of Motorola's next Android devices, the Motorola MB300 variously known as the Motorola Backflip, the Motorola Enzo and the Motorola Motus.  As was speculated, the smartphone has an unusual form-factor in that the QWERTY keyboard folds back against the screen section, leaving both exposed; the 5-megapixel camera with LED flash is embedded into the left-hand side of the keyboard, and there's a trackpad on the back of the display.

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Social networking and the mobile context

There's a growing call to deliver desktop experiences on mobile devices, and in general that's a good thing. I don't want to be limited to cut-down, plain-text "mobile" versions of websites when I have a large smartphone display and speedy 3G connection that could readily handle the full version, and the push for full-HTML browsers (and things like Flash support) has already trickled down from a must-have on smartphones to a common feature-phone element. What's lagging behind, it seems, is an understanding of how mobile device use differs from desktop use, and nowhere is that more evident than in social networking integration. Several devices promise to bring your online social life to the screen that's always with you, but the experience is patchy at best.

Motorola CLIQ and MOTOBLUR review

As Motorola have found over the past couple of years, it's taking an increasing amount to get geeks and gadget lovers to stand up and pay attention to a new cellphone. Right now, one sure-fire way of doing that is by launching an Android device, and so that's what the ailing mobile giant has done in the shape of the Motorola CLIQ (aka the DEXT outside of the US). Not only does the CLIQ promise to make a splash among Android handsets, it also marks the debut of Motorola's attempt to corral social networking into a mobile device. In our review we'll not only be looking at the CLIQ hardware, as Motorola's first-generation Android smartphone, but at MOTOBLUR and its potential beyond the CLIQ. Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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