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Motorola Rolls Out Three New Smartphones in China

Sep 01, 2010, 13:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Larry Barrett)

"Handset manufacturer Motorola is hoping to parlay the growing popularity of Google's Android mobile operating system to jumpstart sales of its smartphones in China and regain prominence in a market it once dominated.

"Motorola (NYSE: MOT), which got the jump on its competitors back in 2006 when it was the first to introduce handsets that let users input Chinese characters using a stylus on a touchscreen, has seen its once-dominant share of the Chinese handset market eroded by the iPhone, the BlackBerry and a number of other mobile devices that were quick to copycat its technology.

"This week, Motorola struck back with release of three new handsets (one for each of China's state-run mobile networks) that aim to reinvigorate its established Ming brand by offering a number of must-have features including high-definition video cameras, full touchscreens, the familiar transparent "flip" design and, most important, the Android 2.1 mobile OS (upgradeable to Android 2.2 later this year)."

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