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Motorola Android Phones: Full Speed Ahead

Today, Motorola issued a Press Release proclaiming their Android aspirations are in full swing, titling the publication “Motorola Opens Doors for Accelerated Development on Android”. That is exactly the tone of voice we like to hear, Moto. The announcement of new Android development resources through their Motorola Development Program – MOTODEV – hopes to foster added innovation in the Android space with regards to the manufacturers products:

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Motorola today announced the launch of advanced Android development resources through MOTODEV, including a new App Accelerator Program and MOTODEV Studio for Android Beta. MOTODEV will offer developers early access to a new suite of Google Android developer tools and programs, along with the opportunity to attend the next MOTODEV Summit in San Diego, CA, on October 6, for advanced training and information-gathering. The program is intended to accelerate the development of applications to be used on Motorola’s mobile devices using the Android operating system scheduled to ship later this year.

A couple things about the above COULD be troubling:

  • October 6th
  • Intended to accelerate the development of applications to be used on Motorola’s mobile devices using Android

I know that we’re looking at a holiday release schedule for Motorola’s Android Phones (Motorola Calgary, Motorola Morrison, Motorola Heron) but if their “head start” begins on October 6th and they’re expecting developers to build and submit applications to THEM for approval and inclusion on handsets, then is a 2009 launch reasonably acceptable? Good question if you ask me – but then again I’m the one who asked it.

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In regards to the second point, the question seems to be how “open” Motorola’s Android Phones will be. Thankfully they (at least partially) clear that up:

Through this program, select developers will have the ability to submit their applications to Motorola and leverage the opportunity to distribute through a variety of channels, including carrier stores, the Android Market and third-party distributors. In addition, the program will specifically offer developers:

  • Early access to tools, technical specs, documentation and other development support resources.
  • Exclusive pre-release access to upcoming Motorola devices for testing and debugging.
  • Direct access to Motorola’s developer support engineers via private discussion boards.
  • Maximum market exposure for applications as soon as new mobile devices ship to users.

It sounds as if Motorola will offer additional APIs and frameworks to extend the Android framework even further by utilizing their own resources. I like how the distribution model includes Android Market and how they’ll offer developers “maximum market exposure” – perhaps Motorola will offer something similar to the T-Mobile AppPack where they’ll highlight and neatly package applications they feel consumers would want right off the bat.

But still, “carrier stores” is a little bit concerning and there is a BIG RED FLAG going up in my brain. And the “BIG RED” part is no coincidence – yesterday I feared the Verizon Wireless Android Phone would be severely gimped. Does this suggest Motorola will be the partner in crime or are they merely covering all their bases so people like me don’t draw any conclusions?

There are different flavors of Android ranging from the Google Experience handsets to completely customized versions. Motorola has 3 Android phones in the works (that we know of) and I can’t help but think we’ll get a variety of flavors. And I fear that the “customized version” will be a “gimped version” that heads to Verizon Wireless with applications available in the “Carrier Store” that are build using the MOTODEV Android Acceleration Program. Please… say it ain’t so.

Registration for the summit begins August 12th and you can sign up here. The Press Release also notes that developers in the program may have access to upcoming handsets to help debug and whatnot – if you get your hands on one make sure you hit up our TIP LINE… we are happy to keep our communication confidential and our sources anonymous!

UPDATE: Just found this video posted by MOTODEV YouTube Channel YESTERDAY!

Continue reading on the Motorola Calgary forums, see the specs, or find news and reviews.

Continue reading on the Motorola Heron forums, see the specs, or find news and reviews.

Continue reading on the Motorola Morrison forums, see the specs, or find news and reviews.




  • J.L. Picard

    If Verizon puts out anything with barriers to access, I will go with T-Mobile, despite waiting for word on an Android phone on Verizon since mid 2008.

  • Shane

    woot for more android phones, but for some reason everytime i look at a new device, i keep going back to the G1

  • G

    hmm.. maby there “Carrier Store” will be using an api to call the normal “Market” (linked using the same programs but with a better search ablitly)

    Wishfull thinking but if they were to add to the Markit and call it there own store (with background links to the markit)

    A new face on the markit would mean maby,
    -video and screen shot previews?
    -A link section for other programs made by the same dev.
    -An enhanced catagory system
    -A “Requirments” section (With compatable phones (keybord nessasary or not ext.))
    -A vertion number section with build number and tested with androde 1.5 ext..
    -A regon section because even though I can download Skype and Google Voice they both do not work in Canada.

  • Jason

    Oh my… Motorola is introducing SDK extensions, new Frameworks, new Dev tools and what not. Why not call it MotoDroid ? So we will soon have Motorola, HTC, Samsung, Sony, and more versions of Android. What a great headache for a developer to code for Android ! This is the segmentation I was afraid of. Hate to see a great platform go to waste. Can all these parties please get-off their ego-trip and instead contribute to a unified Android Platform.

  • Thadarkdefender

    G1 rocks , Last 3 Motorola devices iv owned before this wonderful G1 were crap. Ill stick to HTC.

  • Dharmik

    With regards to G’s post, im currently a beta tester for AndSpots marketplace and they have all those features, in our internal documents the launch date is set for September 1st, though they have had some setbacks but for the good of it as there launching with some pretty nifty features.

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