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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)

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"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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