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Google-Owned Motorola Lifts the Curtain on Its New Line of Smartphones


But is the company really sticking a fist in the air at Apple?

MINYANVILLE ORIGINAL Fortunately, this week's Google (GOOG) news is tech-loaded rather than strewn with legal disputes. On Wednesday, Google revealed its new line of Motorola phones: Droid RAZR HD, Droid RAZR Maxx HD, and Droid RAZR M. Google purchased the 84-year-old communications company for $13 billion in May. Computer World points out that this bundle of smartphones will be nothing to get excited over. Because the phones are shipping with the dated Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS and Motorola's own interface, they were probably in development pre-Google buyout. Computer World suggests that Motorola's sales pitch for the new Razr series is Google-influenced, emphasizing hardware and the OS rather than software developments.

CNN Money remarks that Motorola's presentation might have been a veiled rebuff to Apple (AAPL) or pushback against the iPhone tyrant's recent legal squabbles with Google. Motorola tried to position itself as the "first innovator" by shoving Marty Cooper, ex-Motorola engineer, onto the stage for a brief interlude punctuating the hard-tech talk. Cooper led the team that pioneered cell phone technology in the early 1970s.

In other news, Google has selected a spot for its first Latin American data compound - sorry, center - and it's on the outskirts of Santiago. By planting its standard in Latin American soil, Google insinuates that it's ready to go global not only virtually but also physically.

Shortly after I posted last week's report, Reuters reported that the Google and Apple CEOs are engaged in peace talks over intellectual property after Apple won a lawsuit accusing Samsung (SSNLF) of filching a few of its many innovations. There's been no update on this story since then, but keep an eye out for the olive branch.
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