New feature-packed smartphones - Motorola XPRT and Titanium Phones

New feature-packed smartphones from Motorola Mobility are aimed at business users. The Android-powered Motorola XPRT and Titanium will be offered by Sprint Nextel.
May 5, 2011 - PRLog -- New feature-packed smartphones from Motorola Mobility are aimed at business users. The Android-powered Motorola XPRT and Titanium will be offered by Sprint Nextel. Both Android phones and Apple's iPhone are targeting Research In Motion's dominance in the business market, but RIM continued fighting back at its BlackBerry World conference.

Looking to increase its foothold in a Relevant Products/Services-user space that is very much in play, Motorola Mobility on Thursday launched two new feature-packed smartphones aimed at enterprises, to be distributed by Sprint Nextel.

Both the XPRT and Titanium are powered by Google's Android operating system. The XPRT goes on sale June 5 for $129.99 with a two-year voice and data plan, including a $10 charge for premium add-on data. The price and availability for the Titanium have not yet been announced.

Productivity and Security

"Motorola XPRT delivers the security features enterprise customers demand without scrimping on the latest in technology, while Motorola Titanium is a rugged Android smartphone with Nextel Direct Connect's sub-second Push-to-Talk," said Paget L. Alves, president of Sprint's business division.

Motorola's vice president for sales, Jeff Miller, added that the phones "blend feature-packed consumer experiences with an optimal set of Relevant Products/Services and security tools."

Both phones have 3.1-inch touchscreens with a full QWERTY keyboards. The XPRT has access to corporate e-mail through Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync as well as POP and IMAP. The XPRT runs Android 2.2 and has Worldmode for international roaming in more than 200 countries; a 3G Relevant Products/Services hot spot for up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices; a five-megapixel camera with camcorder and dual LED flash for low-light performance; and a microSD slot with a 2GB Relevant Products/Services card included and supporting up to 32GB.

The Titanium, which ships with Android 2.1, supports Nextel Direct Connect and Google mobile services and has a five-megapixel camera with camcorder, 4x zoom and flash, GPS navigation, and a microSD slot with a 2GB memory card included and supporting up to 32GB. The Titanium is designed to meet military specifications for dust, shock, vibration, low pressure, solar radiation, and high and low temperatures, Motorola said.

BlackBerry Still Leads Businesses

The new Motorola phones come just days after Research In Motion at its BlackBerry World Relevant Products/Services announced Multi-Platform Enterprise Mobile support and two new Bold smartphones, as well as integration with Microsoft's Bing search engine. Though it has lost market Relevant Products/Services to Android and Apple's iOS in the general U.S. smartphone market, BlackBerry still appears to have an edge among business users.

A study by marketing research firm TNS in January, based on its Businesswave data from the third quarter of 2010, found that 69 percent of businesses use BlackBerry devices, including 81 percent of companies with more than 1,000 employees. Apple's iPhone and other devices have higher penetration among smaller businesses, the company said. Both Apple and Android are working hard to move beyond consumers to woo enterprises.

"Google's Android team has stated that in 2012, going forward, business and enterprise will take a new center seat," said analyst Gerry Purdy of MobilTrax. "There is a whole lot of development going on on the coattails of the consumer applications."

He added that while BlackBerry's success has long been built around messaging, Android, Apple and Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 could topple its hold within the next year. One way to stop that, he suggested, is to give BlackBerry smartphones the QNX operating system used in the PlayBook tablet.

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