AT&T Now Offering Its First Android-Powered Smartphone, the Motorola Backflip

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AT&T has gotten on the Android bandwagon by releasing the Motorola Backflip. This inexpensive smartphone has an unusual reverse-flip keyboard with an HVGA Touchscreen and an large trackpad.

Motorola BackflipIt has a clamshell design, but not the usual one. Instead, has a reverse flip keyboard, so that when this model is closed its keyboard is on the back. This allows it to set on a a table with its screen flipped up.

On the back of the 3.1-inch, HVGA screen is another unique feature, a large touchpanel called the Backtrack.

Android +
The Backflip is launching with Android OS 1.5, but an upgrade to Android 2.1 is coming at some point.

It includes MotoBlur, Motorola’s software that brings together messages from a range of social-networking services like Facebook and Twitter, text messages, as well as consumer and business e-mail accounts, into a universal inbox.

Like all smartphones running Google’s operating system, it comes with a suite of communication and entertainment software with ties to services like Gmail and YouTube. User can also choose from 20,000+ third-party apps

This Motorola model can access AT&T’s 3G mobile broadband Wireless Network (, and also includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Motorola BackflipIn addition, this smartphone has a microSD memory card slot, a 5 megapixel camera, a GPS receiver, and a 3.5 mm headset jack.

“With the ability to ride on our newest and fastest 3G network, access to more than 20,000 AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots, and the ability to talk and surf at the same time, Backflip boasts a better Android experience said David Christopher, chief marketing officer, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets.

The Motorola Backflip is available now for $100 after a $100 mail-in rebate. A two-year agreement and smartphone data plan are required to get this price.

It can be ordered now on AT&T’s website.

The First of Many
In January, AT&T promised to offer no less than five smartphones running Google’s Android OS. In addition to the Motorola model that debuted today, two more of these will be produced by Dell and HTC, and will reach store shelves by the middle of this year.

This carrier says it is going to pick up Dell’s first smartphone, which almost certainly means the Mini 3iX. This is expected to have a tablet shape with 3.5-inch, 360-by-640 touchscreen, 3.2 megapixel camera, GPS, and a microSD memory card slot. In addition to Wi-Fi and 3G, it will have Bluetooth.

According to unconfirmed reports, AT&T will also offer the Dell Mini 5, a tablet computer with a WVGA (800 by 480 pixel) 5-inch touchscreen, and will run will run the Android OS on a 1 GHz processor.  It will include 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a GPS receiver, and many more features.

AT&T announcement early this year promised an HTC smartphone, but gave no details. HTC makes a variety of models running Google’s OS, and has promised to release many more this year, so at this point there no way to know what this device will look like. 

Source: AT&T



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