On Tuesday, T-Mobile said that the Cliq would be available in stores in November for $199 with a two-year contract. Industry watchers were a little surprised at the price, which was expected to be closer to the $99 to $149 range.
With the HTC MyTouch at T-Mobile and upcoming HTC Hero at Sprint (S), there will be at least four Android phones in the market for the big gift buying season.
Motorola has demonstrated a deft hand in design with the Razr phone earlier this decade, but it's fortunes collapsed when the company failed to come up with a successor. Motorola's turnaround plans are riding on the success or failure of Google's Android phone software. The new Android lineup is arguably Motorola's last best shot to pull its phone division out of the red ink.
Verizon just hopes the new Google phone help ease its customers' case of iPhone envy.