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Motorola Spending Big Money To Build Android-based Social networking Phone

It seems that Motorola’s new Android based phone is unlikely to see the light of the day till the second quarter of next year which has lead many analysts to believe that Motorola is falling behind in the smartphone domain.

According reports published by BusinessWeek, Motorola is spending close to USD 50 million to develop an Android based smartphone that will be tailored for social networking.

The concept does seem to have some merit with a possibility of a social smart phone becoming a big draw amongst young users who would love the idea of updating things on platforms like Facebook while on the go.

However with very little information coming out from Motorola regarding the possible features that the phone will incorporate, analysts are raising doubts regarding how successfully such a phone can compete with established rivals like the T-Mobile HTC G1 Dream phone, Nokia 5800 and their ilk.

And in some aspects, this smartphone could well be Motorola's last attempt at recapturing marketshare and anything other than success could spell doom for the American-based company.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.