Feb 18 AT 10:08 PM Taylor Wimberly 12 Comments

AT&T Motorola Backflip will include Google’s Android applications

Myth busted. There was some speculation flying around that AT&T might try and cripple Android by replacing the Google services with their own. Ralph de La Vega, CEO of AT&T Mobility, started this discussion when he told the San Francisco Chronicle that Android needed to “open up even more to offer a wider array of non-Google applications.”

The rumors continued to grow last summer when AT&T pulled the plug on the HTC Lancaster, which we thought would be their first Android phone. Then we had some leaked shots of the Motorola Backflip which included Yahoo! Search instead of Google. A source told Phandroid that the Backflip “will not come with any Google Apps except for Maps which is a bummer to say the least.”

It really was a juicy story, but it appears AT&T backed off their stance to exclude Google from their Android phones.

The Motorola Backflip will include all the native Google applications, plus a few AT&T exclusives. We can see which apps are shipping with the phone from an unboxing video that AT&T posted on YouTube.

It surely looks like AT&T had a full suite of apps ready to go, but decided to allow all of Google’s and let the customer decide. Disaster avoided.

Additional Android applications that AT&T has added to the Motorola Backflip:

  • AllSport GPS
  • AT&T Maps
  • AT&T Music
  • AT&T Navigator (Telenav)
  • AT&T Radio
  • AT&T WiFi Hotspots
  • Mobile Banking
  • Mobile Video
  • MobiTV
  • MusicID
  • Where
  • YPMobile

Source: YouTube

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  • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

    Not getting the extra layer of crap that carriers love to slather all over handsets is one of the things that drew me to Android in the first place. I really hope that Moto keeps their high end Android phones pristine.

  • http://Website Mark T

    With my experience as a Palm Treo users on ATT, the apps are generally useless, and take up space, I would hope that, when I get my replacement phone in Android flavor, I will be able to remove the ATT Apps.

    As Sean stated “Not getting the extra layer of crap that carriers love to slather all over handsets is one of the things that drew me to Android in the first place.” Me too

    That is why I am drawn to the Nexus One

  • http://Website CJ

    Let me go ahead and say what most people are thinking; this phone is going to be a failure. Motorola is doing with Android what they did with the Razr {trying to flood the market with gimmicky versions). MotoBlur is an abomination and I’d bet my balls that no one really wants this form-factor.

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      The form factor is absolutely bizarre to me. It leaves exposed the two portions of the device you least want exposed and basically completely precludes the use of a case.

      If it were possible to fold it over completely leaving only the metallic exterior exposed that would have made some sense as it would have kept everything nice and safe when the phone was in your pocket or bag.

  • http://Website Rendy Sussan McDermand Wyland

    Can’t wait to try it out.

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  • http://www.partsondemand.us Joey

    I’ve read a lot of negs on the form factor. I’ve played with the phone and I have to say the form factor is the MAIN reason I will purchase this phone. As a biz user I need a phone that I can easily email from and video conference on. I can put it with a bit of lag simply because of the mobility this phone provides. I have looked at everything and this is by far the best design for my needs hands down. The 5 customizable home screens is also extremely helpful to keep things organized.

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  • http://Website Jonathan

    WTF? They added bloat and ditched google for yahoo. That would be fine if it could be undone, as in, I could put it back and ditch yahoo. It really irritates me when a tech product is crippled to purposely limit my experience. If you are the executive or marketing dunderhead that thought this was a good idea…get a clue.

  • http://Website Zev

    update: i’ve got the phone. as we all know by now. it has yahoo. not google.

    • http://Website Flinda

      Exactly..so why it has google..you dont get the full effect..such as skype..like Verizon

  • http://Website mark van aken

    How do I get the app to emport exxport my contacts from my sim ccard to my phone