Motorola unveiled its long-awaited Google (GOOG) Android-powered smartphone called Cliq during GigaOm's Mobilize conference Thursday. Joining Motorola in the introduction was exclusive partner T-Mobile, the wireless U.S. unit of Deutsche Telekom (DT).
Limiting its initial telco partnership to the No. 4 player in the market, makes Motorola's all-or-nothing bet on the Android phone operating system an even longer shot than some fans would be comfortable with.
The Cliq, which comes with a slide-out Qwerty keypad, a 5-megapixel camera and GPS, is Motorola's first non- Microsoft (MSFT - Get Report) Windows smartphone and its best hope of competing against Apple's (AAPL - Get Report) iPhone and Research In Motion's (RIMM) BlackBerry.
|Motorola's debut Google Android phone, the Cliq, introduced Sept. 2009.|