Motorola DEVOUR coming to Verizon

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Motorola has announced that the cool DEVOUR slider phone will be landing on the Verizon Wireless network. The handset is the first Motorola device for Verizon to feature MOTOBLUR, the company's Android social networking aggregator service.  Packing a slider form-factor similar to the DROID, the DEVOUR has a smaller 3.1-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen along with a hardware QWERTY keyboard, 3-megapixel autofocus camera and EVDO Rev.A.

The handset also has a touch sensitive navigation pad and is preloaded with Google applications like Gmail, Google Talk, and more. The phone will ship with an 8GB microSD card installed and supports Bluetooth a2DP, HID, HSP, HFP, AVRCP, and GAP profiles.

The DEVOUR will also ship with Google Maps Navigation installed and ready to use, rather than Google Maps Navigation.  That's because Motorola's software engineers obviously haven't got their act together quite yet, as the DEVOUR runs Android 1.6 rather than 2.1; we're guessing it's the fault of MOTOBLUR.  Still, you do get AGPS, WiFi b/g, Bluetooth, a 3.5mm headphone socket, DLNA support and a dual-microphone speakerphone with noise cancelation.

There's also Exchange account support, a microUSB port and an aluminum casing.  The Motorola DEVOUR will arrive on Verizon Wireless come March 2010; no word on handset pricing as yet, but Verizon voice and text plans for the smartphone will start at $39.99 and the data package is $29.99 a month for unlimited access.

[via Android Community]

Press Release:

Motorola DEVOUR Brings MOTOBLUR To Verizon Wireless' 3G Data Network
MOTOBLUR Service Gives Customers Home Screen Access to Content and Contacts

February 03, 2010

BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and LIBERTYVILLE, IL — Verizon Wireless and Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today announced the availability of Motorola DEVOUR™ in March. Motorola DEVOUR will be the first Verizon Wireless phone to feature MOTOBLUR™, Motorola's unique Android™-powered content delivery service created to make wireless phones more personal and customizable.

MOTOBLUR is the first solution to sync contacts from work and personal e-mail services, including Gmail™, with posts, messages, photos and more from popular sites such as Facebook®, MySpace and Twitter. With MOTOBLUR, content is automatically delivered to the home screen and fed into easy-to-manage streams.

Key features:

Touch-sensitive navigation pad

3.1" capacitive touch screen

Pre-loaded applications such as Gmail, Google Talk™, YouTube™, Google Search™ and Google Maps™ with Google Maps Navigation.

Android Market™ gives users access to more than 20,000 applications.

Happenings Widget – MOTOBLUR automatically pushes status updates, wall posts and photo updates from popular social networking sites to the Happenings Widget on the home screen. Customers can flick through the latest updates and fire back responses using the slide-out full QWERTY keyboard.

Universal Inbox – MOTOBLUR gathers texts, social network messages and e-mails into one home screen widget for quick response.

Back-Up and Security – Contacts, log-in information, home screen customizations, e-mail and social network messages are backed up automatically on the secure MOTOBLUR portal. The portal also allows customers to use the phone's fully integrated aGPS to help locate the phone if misplaced. Remote wipe easily clears information from a lost device.

8 GB microSD™ card pre-installed

Bluetooth® profiles supported: A2DP, HID, HSP, HFP, AVRCP and GAP

Service plans:

To get the most from Motorola DEVOUR, customers will need to subscribe to a Nationwide Talk or Nationwide Talk & Text plan and a Data Package for smartphones. Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 monthly access, and Nationwide Talk & Text plans begin at $59.99 monthly access. A Data Package for smartphones is $29.99 for unlimited monthly access.