Motorola MING Gets Smart in China with Android Brains


Motorola has announced today that the company is bringing the power of Google’s Android operating system to its popular MING smartphone in China, which sports the popular transparent flip cover. In the past, the MING lineup has used a variant of Linux; switching to Android will help Motorola and consumers leverage the growing lineup of apps available in the Android ecosystem. According to Motorola, three MING models were announced for the three largest Chinese carriers–China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom. The new MING series with Android will be released in the third quarter in China.

“Motorola Mobility is committed to developing a leading smartphone portfolio that offers innovative experiences around the globe. Our new additions in China build upon the previous MING line and extend the mobile Internet to meet the needs of our Chinese customers,” said Sanjay Jha, chief executive officer, Motorola Mobility.

Here are the models, according to Motorola:

MT810: Social Meets Business–for China Mobile’s TD-SCDMA network

* Unique dual-touch system with a transparent cover and second capacitive touch screen

* Allows full navigation functionality by finger or stylus

* Pre-loaded business applications

* 720p HD video capture and playback


XT806: An Internet Powerhouse for China Telecom CDMA-2000 network

* Transparent flip design and a screen with a super-sharp display

* Integrated mobile business applications including QuicknotesTM

* Supports CDMA EVDO and GSM dual-mode/dual-standby

* SHOP4APPS – Motorola’s own app store with over 800 specially selected applications


A1680: Iconic MING Redefined for China Unicom’s WCDMA network

* Features the classic MING design with a 3.1 inch AMOLED full touch display

* WAPI and Wi-Fi for high speed connectivity

* Intelligent handwriting recognition software with SoftStylusTM handwriting system

* 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and digital zoom


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