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SCHAUMBURG, Ill. ( TheStreet) -- Motorola, (MOT) the mobile phone comeback kid, will let the buzz linger for a few weeks over its first Google (GOOG) Android phone -- named the Cliq -- introduced Thursday and exclusive to Deutsche Telekom's (DT) T-Mobile.
But a follow-up act is in the works, and it will arrive in time for the holidays.
The bigger blockbuster candidate and most immediate challenger to Apple's (AAPL - Get Report) iPhone smartphone crown will be a sleeker, more expensive Android phone for No. 1 carrier Verizon (VZ - Get Report).The next phone is expected to resemble what's widely known as the Sholes, a metal-encased, touchscreen phone with a slide-out screen and a 5-megapixel camera to be available in October. A Verizon rep said simply, "stay tuned." The move would explain why T-Mobile was Motorola's only partner to share the stage at GigaOM's Mobilize conference Thursday in San Francisco. Android phones mark Motorola co-CEO Sanjay Jha's make-or-break strategy to revive the former wireless titan.
|Motorola's debut Google Android phone, the Cliq, introduced Sept. 2009.|