Oct 06 AT 6:51 PM Taylor Wimberly 14 Comments

Motodev 09: We came, we saw, we left early

Motorola just concluded their keynote event for their Motodev Summit 2009 and unfortunately did not make any new product announcements. I wanted to write a detailed recap for the keynote, but if you follow Android closely there was virtually nothing new talked about.

Motorola Keynote

The keynote session was void of any new information and went basically like this:

  • Sanjay Jha opens the event with a quick speech about Motorola’s Android push. His best quote was, “You guys (devs) do some crazy ass things…and that’s what we want.”
  • Christy Wyatt gives the main keynote and explains Motorola’s definition of a smartphone. The main quote that will interest our readers was that Motorola is working on “multiple 10s of devices”.
  • Rick Osterloh takes the stage and provides a short demonstration of the Cliq. He shows off the Android apps Labyrinth Lite, Compass, Cardio Trainer, and TuneWiki.
  • Christy returns to the stage and announces a surprise. There were 75 vouchers hidden under the seats for free Cliq phones.

Free Phones

My original chair didn’t have a winning voucher, but there were many empty seats in the house. As soon as the event was over I crawled around on my hands and knees and located an unclaimed voucher. The free phones were not available at the event so we will have to wait for them to ship out.

Thank you Motorola.

Thank you Motorola.

Exclusive Press Event

Shortly after the keynote was over, a special event was held for the press. Most of the key Motorola execs (Christy Wyatt, Rick Osterloh, Claudia Backus, etc.) were present and we were allowed to ask questions. There was maybe six members of the press and I was lucky enough to get in before they closed the doors.

I tried to get in as many Android specific questions as possible. The following responses are based on my personal notes and memories. They should not be taken as exact quotes from Motorola.

Will MotoBlur be included on all Motorola Android handsets?

Motorola said to assume that they want Blur on all their devices, but it will be customized for different regions and carriers. It sounded possible that there might be phones without Blur, but that would be the exception. They would not comment on product that was not announced, but I think it is certain that Blur will be included on the Verizon Motorola phone (despite what other sites are reporting).

When will we see the next Motorola Android phone? Why was nothing announced today?

No comment.

Will we ever see MotoBlur on other devices (i.e. other brand Android phones)?

There are no current plans to release Blur for other devices, but this may be a possible option in the future.

Will MotoBlur be opened up to the community? Will there be public APIs for developers?

Nothing official has been announced, but it was noted they have received a lot of feedback requesting this option. I expect in the future we will see Blur become more open.

Is Motorola planning their own application store to target Motorola devices?

Motorola chose not to comment. Speaking with other attendees at the event, it sounds like this will eventually happen.

Will the Motorola Cliq support the upcoming HSPA 7.2 speed boost to T-Mobile’s 3G network?

Yes, the Cliq supports HSPA 7.2 out of the box.

What is the relationship between Motorola and Google like? How is Motorola involved with the development of Android?

Motorola confirmed the close relationship with Google that we have been reporting. I was told there is a steady stream of input and collaboration coming from Motorola on the direction of Android. Motorola has several designated employees which are assigned to working with Google and Android.

Does Motorola have any concern that Google is in control of Android?

Motorola said they do not feel at risk because they have the same goals as Google. Motorola would like to see the development process of Android move into the open and is expecting Google will do that in the future.

Early Departure

Our day was about half way over when we were approached and asked to leave. They recognized we were the Wimberly brothers, ran Android and Me, and categorized us as members of the press. We were informed the event was not intended for the press and then escorted out of the venue. It was unfortunate we had to leave early, but at least we made some new contacts with the Motorola PR team.

Overall, the event was a good time and I’m glad we got to attend. Thank you Motorola for being active in the Android community and hosting the Motodev Summit.

Check back tomorrow for more Android news from CTIA.

Taylor is the founder of Android and Me. He resides in Dallas and carries the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One as his daily devices. Ask him a question on Twitter or Google+ and he is likely to respond. | Ethics statement

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  • Jimmy

    I am certain that the Verizon Motorola Android devices to be announced any day… will (100% sure) not have the BLUR service.

  • Crypto

    So there could have been sneak peeks at the new Motorola phones such as the Sholes/Tao QWERTY and even the Tablet version (codename Flash?) and they had planned and announced ….

    …. but they were verifying identities and NDA’s (non-disclosure agreements) and you had to leave without seeing the good stuff!

    • http://www.nexsoftware.net/ nEx.Software

      Having been there, I can tell you there was nothing of the sort. From a hardware standpoint, this was all about CLIQ.

  • http://twitter.com/DrJeckyl Dr.Jeckyl

    HA! The Wimberly brothers street cred just got bumped up a few notches by getting booted. Thanks for the news you guys did get.

  • http://davehong.yelp.com Dave H.

    I love how you guys got kicked out – definitely adds street cred!

    Like the other commenter said, nice work scoring a phone!

  • gary coleman

    Tell me why not add that u went to the motodev with BLUR ON THE G1?? u were the one that showed it off and u are the reason why motoblur account cant be connected

    • http://clarklab.net Clark Wimberly

      Because that didn’t happen? I’m not sure where you got your info but neither of us was running Blur. We didn’t even have G1′s with us at the event.

      • gary coleman

        i got it from a tweet i read that day.. and was later deleted that day. lemme see if i can remember what it said “Everyone loves my g1 with blur”, “moto spokeperson (or something) took me to a moto executive and was mad i had blur on my g1″ , “more mad when i didnt tell where it came from” it was all here http://twitter.com/androidandme

        • gary coleman

          ahh another tweet addin on “ok im tweetin on cm rom” because they made u take off the blur rom or it was ur own decision. i wouldnt come up with this at all.. just sayin why delete the tweets? your a grown man eff it :) on and i would of left blur on the phone

          • http://clarklab.net Clark Wimberly

            You need to get your story straight before you come on here to attack us. Neither of our phones were running Blur. Neither of us has ever downloaded or installed the Blur rom. Neither of us deleted any tweets (except during the keynote when Taylor and I would accidentally post the same thing twice). If you’d like I’ll track down people we met at the event and have them confirm it. There was a user there running Blur, and it did explode all over Twitter, but we didn’t have a thing to do with it. You probably saw an @androidandme mention in one of the tweets about the fiasco and got confused about the source.

            Now its your turn to be grown, stop posting nonsense. Sorry if that sounds harsh but I don’t take it lightly when someone says I’m lying.

  • Laurie

    great work guys; you must have felt proud to be escorted out. Love the road trip info. And as they say, “on the road again”…

  • carig

    interesting that you would bring back the blur on the verizon device after almost everyone else has decided it won’t happen

    i still think they need at least some customization in the software to make up for the lack of a dialer key on the device, but i also understand the logic about it being a google experience device

    i also wonder if more people would prefer it to have blur or not, i personally prefer it (not all of it but i don’t have to use the apps i don’t like) but i’ve seen a lot of people posting that they won’t get the device if it has blur

  • Neil

    Eh? They hold a ‘special event for the press’ – of which there were only 6 present? – and then you get told ‘the event was not intended for the press’?

  • Mark

    Did you get your phone or hear anything more about it? I also received a voucher and turned it in at MotoDev, but no word yet. Feel free to email me directly.