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CES: Motorola unveils Backflip

Latest Android handset features MotoBlur service

Motorola has unveiled the Backflip, a new smartphone running the Google Android platform that also features MotoBlur - a service that allows users to get updates from all their different social media accounts in one place and first seen on the Dext.

The Motorola Backflip has a 3.1in touchscreen and a keyboard that can be folded back behind the screen.

The handset's unique folding design allowed Motorola to add a bigger keyboard than would otherwise be possible, said Sanjay Jha, co-CEO of Motorola and CEO of the company's handset division.

"A first-quarter launch is what we're hoping for," Jha said, adding that the handset will be made available through operators around the world.

The Backflip has a small touchpad located behind the screen that allows users to navigate by touch without their fingers obstructing information displayed on the screen.

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Motorola plans to release APIs that will hopefully permit developers to use this touchpad in creative ways, Jha said.

Android helped revive Motorola's struggling handset business, thanks to the success of the Cliq and Droid, known in the UK as the Milestone, it introduced late last year.

Motorola hopes to build on the success of those devices with more handsets designed to cater to requirements of different customer segments at different price points, Jha said.

In addition to the Backflip, Motorola also announced that it will add support for Adobe Flash 10.1 to its Android handsets with a future software update, offering users access to a wider array of web content from their mobile phones, Jha said.

He did not say when Motorola users would receive the software update with Flash 10.1 support.

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See also: Motorola Milestone outsells Apple iPhone


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