Motorola unveils Milestone 2, Defy phones

Motorola unveils Milestone 2, Defy phones

Summary: The Froyo-enabled Milestone 2 is Motorola's new flagship Android handset, while the Defy is a water-resistant, dustproof phone based on Android 2.1

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  • Motorola unveiled two new Android handsets, the Milestone 2 and the Defy, on Wednesday.

    The Milestone 2, pictured in the middle, has much the same dimensions as its predecessor, pictured at the top, but includes several enhancements in terms of internal hardware, keyboard and video-shooting capabilities. In addition, it will come out loaded with the Android 2.2 operating system, also known as Froyo.

    The Defy, pictured at the bottom of this shot, is a mildly ruggedised Android 2.1 handset. It is not shockproof, but it is scratchproof, dustproof and water-resistant.

    Prices and specific release dates have not yet been revealed, but the new handsets will come out sometime in the fourth quarter of this year.

  • One of the significant changes made between the original Milestone and the second iteration is the addition of the second version of its Motoblur interface. The handset maker kept the first version of its Motorola-specific Android skin off its earlier flagship Android phone.

    Motoblur aggregates contacts' social-networking information, making it easier to keep an eye on everything that friends and colleagues are up to. However, the first version of Motoblur did not discriminate between contacts, resulting in something of an information overload for those with hundreds of contacts in various networks.

    The new version, which company representatives referred to at Wednesday's unveiling as 'Motoblur Enhanced', allows the user to choose which contacts he or she particularly wants to track, so make the information stream more relevant.

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Topics: Mobility, Smartphones

David Meyer

About David Meyer

David Meyer is a freelance technology journalist. He fell into journalism when he realised his musical career wouldn't pay the bills. David's main focus is on communications, as well as internet technologies, regulation and mobile devices.

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