Motorola unleashes Devour Android handset; Motoblur, Verizon

Motorola unleashes Devour Android handset; Motoblur, Verizon

Summary: Motorola on Wednesday announced the Devour, a Google Android-based handset with its Motoblur services suite for Verizon.

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Call it Motorola Droid Lite.

Motorola on Wednesday announced the Devour, a Google Android-based handset with its Motoblur services suite for Verizon.

Like the Cliq, the touchscreen Devour is being sold as a social media smartphone, intent on delivering constant streams of status messages, wall posts, photo uploads, tweets and news courtesy of the Motoblur platform.

It also offers aGPS tracking and remote data wipe through the service.

Unlike the rounded Cliq, the Devour takes inspiration from the hard lines of the company's landmark, non-Motoblur Droid on Verizon.

On the outside, you'll find a 3.1-inch capacitive touchscreen, an "enhanced" processor and Adobe Flash Lite. You'll also find a 3 megapixel camera, 3.5mm headset jack, stereo Bluetooth, video capture and playback and -- gasp -- Verizon Premium Services such as VZ Navigator and VCast.

Devour runs Android 1.6 with Motoblur layered over it, but also offers the Google Maps Navigation found in Android 2.0.

It comes with an 8GB microSD card.

For full specs and a release data, read on:

  • Talk and Standby Time: 389min/443hours
  • Bands/Modes: 800/1900, CDMA EVDO rev A
  • Weight: 180g / 5.89 oz.
  • Dimensions: 61(x) x 115.5(y) x 15.42(z) mm
  • Size: 105 cc / 6.62 ci
  • OS: Android 1.6
  • Battery: 1400 mAh
  • Accelerometer, Dual microphones w/ noise cancellation, Bluetooth
  • Class 2 + EDR, 3.5mm headset jack, USB 2.0, Motorola Media Link, Document Reader, DLNA
  • 3.1” HVGA, 320 x 480, 65K colors display
  • Messaging/Web/Apps: MO/MT, SMS/MMS, Chrome (HTML)
  • Audio: AAC, AAC+, QCP, AMR, MP3, MIDI, WMA
  • Video: Capture/Playback/Streaming, H.263, H.264,WMV, MPEG-4
  • Camera: 3MP fixed focus, digital zoom
  • Browser: Android HTML Webkit
  • Memory: 8GB microSD card included, up to 32GB supported
  • Form Factor: Touch, Full QWERTY slider
  • Antenna: Internal

Motorola's Devour will be available in Q1 2010 from Verizon Wireless.

Topics: Mobile OS, Hardware, Mobility, Smartphones, Verizon, Wi-Fi

Andrew Nusca

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Andrew Nusca is a former writer-editor for ZDNet and contributor to CNET. During his tenure, he was the editor of SmartPlanet, ZDNet's sister site about innovation.

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  • iPhone is for girls

    Droid and Devour are such manly phone names.
    Tom12Tom
    • But, but...

      A phone for social networking is perfect for girls.
      nix_hed
  • Why, why WHY do you guys get to have all the fun!?

    It just isn't fair.
    D.T.Schmitz
  • How does a reader benefit from a spec list: talk time of 389minutes?

    standby time of 443 hours? Battery 14 mAh? Bands/Modes: 800/1900, CDMA EVDO rev A?

    How about this: Unlocked or Not Unlocked (tied to which carriers)

    Talk time - 6 hrs. Standby time 18 days

    Screen size: __ inches wide; __ inches tall

    Phone thickness

    I don't know if ZDNet or Moto is to blame for how 5% of readers actually can interpret techie spec lists like this. If it's ZDNet, step up your game, Mr. Nusca, and appeal to readers. If it's Motorola, your phones should keep you out of bankruptcy but your current spec list shows you may still be going the way of the dinosaur.
    kaneb80
    • Just to clear things up.

      These specs are directly from Motorola, but I
      should have translated some of them a bit
      better.

      To answer your questions:

      --It's locked to Verizon, as I indicated several
      times in the post.

      --Talk time: 6.5 hours; Standby time 37 hours.

      --Dimensions: 2.4 inches wide by 4.5 inches tall
      by 0.6 inches thick.

      As for the rest, well, that's why they're called
      technical specifications -- if you don't know
      it, just skip it!
      andrew.nusca
    • For what it's worth - If they mention Sprint or Verizon...

      ... then it's pretty much a given that it's locked. CDMA phones don't require a SIM chip and rely, instead on other means to lock them to a carrier.

      GSM technology, OTOH, is a lot more flexible. Just power down the phone, pop in the appropriate SIM, and maybe adjust the network setting in the phone.
      Wolfie2K3
  • The processor and Flash are external?!

    [i]"On the outside, you?ll find a 3.1-inch capacitive
    touchscreen, an ?enhanced? processor and Adobe Flash
    Lite."[/i]

    I hate to quibble about semantics, but seriously you've got
    "editor" in your title.
    matthew_maurice
  • 1,6 ?!!!!!

    First, there is the LG GW620 which bills itself as a social nedia snartphone with all sorts of customized apps+ interfaces on it. But your phone is locked to 1.5 and in LG's case, the S-class layered over it. LG is ignoring the massive requests for Android OS upgrades.

    Now we see this phone. Why waste $ and resources on a 1.6 device when you company already releases Droid which runs on 2.0?

    Silly, silly silly, maybe the problem is the social media apps integration?
    CyberGuerilla
    • Dead Phone Walking

      Seriously.
      zclayton2
  • RE: Motorola unleashes Devour Android handset; Motoblur, Verizon

    haha...this is really smartphone, i hope to have it.
    http://androidphone-tips.blogspot.com/
    pastakare