We heard earlier this year that Motorola was making an Android phone for T-Mobile. The rumor was definitely true. Motorola introduced its first Android (1.5 cupcake) phone: Cliq.
This touchscreen smartphone includes a lot of features such as : MotionBlur, new widgets, HTML Google browser, Google maps, Picasa, Google Voice Search, Gtalk, e_mail client, and QuickOffice Suite. It has 3G capabilities, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 5-megapixel camera. The phone comes preloaded with Amazon mp3 store, Youtube, Shazam, LastFM, and Imeem. Not only that, it streams updates from Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace on your home page. Rated talk time is 6 hours and up to 13.5 days of standby time.
The Motorola Cliq will come to T-Mobile later this fall.
Can the Moto Cliq stand up to the iPhone or even the Pre? They have got lots of competition ahead of them.
Android v1.5 Cupcake is now available for G1 users! Have fun, but do take note that customized ROMs will be able to thwart the G1’s ability to receive the update notification. Good thing that removing those cooked ROMs isn’t exactly a tough thing to do, so make sure that gets done before the official Cupcake update can be applied.
These are words right from Android developers blog. They are talking about the Android 1.5 SDK release for developers and encouraging them to start making applications using it.
“I’m excited to announce that starting today, developers can get an early look at the SDK for the next version of the Android platform. This new version (which will be 1.5) is based on the cupcake branch from the Android Open Source Project. Version 1.5 introduces APIs for features such as soft keyboards, home screen widgets, live folders, and speech recognition. At the developer site, you can download the early-look Android 1.5 SDK, read important information about upgrading your Eclipse plugin and existing projects, and learn about what’s new and improved in Android 1.5.
We’ve also made changes to the developer tools and the structure of the SDK itself. Future Android SDK releases will include multiple versions of the Android platform. For example, this early-look includes Android platform versions 1.1 and 1.5. One benefit of this change is that developers can target different Android platform versions from within a single SDK installation. Another is that it enables developers to install Android SDK add-ons to access extended functionality that might be provided by OEMs, carriers, or other providers. We at Google are using this feature ourselves: this early-look SDK includes an add-on for the Google APIs. This add-on provides support for the Google Maps API, which was previously embedded in the “core” SDK.
The applications you release should be built on the final Android 1.5 SDK release, which will be available around the end of this month.”
[via Adroid Developers Blog]