As the Motorola Droid‘s little brother, the Motorola Devour was announced on Wednesday by Motorola and Verizon Wireless for use on the latter’s CDMA/EVDO network with the former’s MOTO BLUR UI intact, a widget-based custom home screen that was missing from the Droid. What’s curious is that although the release came out, availability, pricing, and why the Devour eludes the Droid branding are all not answered at this time–Verizon Wireless had licensed the Droid branding for its Android line, which began with the Droid and the HTC Droid Eris with Sense UI.

According to an email we got from Motorola, here are some of the key benefits for the Motorola Devour:

DEVOUR helps you stay on top of your pulsing social life. With a customizable home screen that syncs and displays all your favorite content in one place, MOTOBLUR enables you to keep tabs on your friends’ posts, emails and messages from Facebook®, MySpace, Twitter, and more.

With MOTOBLUR, there’s no need to open or log into new apps or sites to stay in the loop. The unique Happenings widget delivers friend-feeds, status updates, wall posts and photo uploads from social media sites, and the Universal Inbox gathers texts, messages and emails – and places them all on the home screen for easy viewing and access.

The 3.1″ vivid display and enhanced processor make web browsing fast and easy, while you fire off rapid responses to your network of friends on the slide-out QWERTY.

Here are some of the main features of the Devour:

-Touch-sensitive navigation pad

-3.1″ capacitive touch screen

-Pre-loaded applications such as Gmail, Google Talk™, YouTube™, Google Search™ and Google Maps™ with Google Maps Navigation.

-Android Market™ gives users access to more than 20,000 applications.

-Happenings Widget – MOTOBLUR automatically pushes status updates, wall posts and photo updates from popular social networking sites to the Happenings Widget on the home screen. Customers can flick through the latest updates and fire back responses using the slide-out full QWERTY keyboard.

-Universal Inbox – MOTOBLUR gathers texts, social network messages and e-mails into one home screen widget for quick response.

-Back-Up and Security – Contacts, log-in information, home screen customizations, e-mail and social network messages are backed up automatically on the secure MOTOBLUR portal. The portal also allows customers to use the phone’s fully integrated aGPS to help locate the phone if misplaced. Remote wipe easily clears information from a lost device.

-8 GB microSD™ card pre-installed

-Bluetooth® profiles supported: A2DP, HID, HSP, HFP, AVRCP and GAP

The Devour has an optical joystick (marked by the dark square) and full keyboard for texters. We’re wondering how Microsoft and its acquired Danger unit would feel about the Android Devour considering that the device looks vaguely reminiscent of the Sidekick Slide made my Moto and Co. and that the Droid was supposed to a Windows Mobile smartphone until Moto gutted it and replaced it with Android. Ouch.

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