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Motorola unveils Google phone as fightback begins

As expected, Motorola yesterday unveiled its first smartphone powered by Google’s Android operating system as the US vendor attempts to revive its struggling mobile devices unit.

Motorola aims to expand US op support for Cliq

Motorola is looking to take its new Android-powered Cliq smartphone to all the major operators in the US as the company builds on its existing deal with T-Mobile USA.

Forum finishes specs tackling voice over LTE issues

Industry group the VoLGA (Voice over LTE via Generic Access) Forum today published its first complete set of approved specifications aimed at delivering mobile voice and SMS services over future LTE networks. The move is important as there is currently no single agreed way of providing voice and SMS capability on next-generation LTE networks.

Report: China Mobile to sell 8 Motorola OPhones next year

Reuters reports that China Mobile, the world’s largest operator by subscribers, will next year introduce eight OPhone smartphone models from US vendor Motorola.

Report: Motorola wants more MIRS bids

TeleGeography, citing a Globes Online report, notes that Merrill Lynch Israel, which is handling the sale of Motorola Israel’s iDEN subsidiary MIRS Communications, has called on both 012 Smile.Communications and Patrick Drahi’s Cool Holdings to submit revised bids.

T-Mobile USA to sell Moto’s Cliq for US200

T-Mobile USA is to offer Motorola’s new Android-powered handset – Cliq – from October 19 for US$199.99 on a two-year contract, reports Reuters. Pre-sales will run from that date until 1 November, after which time the device will be available widely in T-Mobile USA stores.

Moto demos TD-LTE for China Mobile

Motorola has deployed a Time Division Duplex Long-Term Evolution (TD-LTE) network in the streets of Geneva to support China Mobile’s presence at the Geneva PALEXPO during ITU Telecom World 2009.

Verizon linked to Moto/Android launch next week

Reports this week state that Verizon Wireless – the largest US operator – will get its hands on an Android-powered Motorola device next week. Last month US regulator, the Federal Communications Commission, confirmed it approved a Motorola device known as Sholes as part of the organisation’s testing procedures.

Israel’s big guns withdraw bids for Motorola’s Mirs

Cellcom and Partner (Orange) – Israel’s two largest mobile operators – have both pulled out of bidding for their smaller rival Mirs communications, Motorola’s Israeli subsidiary that is up for sale.