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Motorola flat, Siemens recuperating

Yank maker of handsets Motorola saw net sales stay flat year-over-year. In the second quarter, net sales were worth $5.4 billion, compared to $5.5 billion one year ago.

However, sales were better than in the first quarter, in which they amounted to $5.04 billion. Motorola’s net profit grew from $26 million to $162 million year-over-year.

Business segment mobile devices accounted for revenues of $1.72 billion, six percent less than one year ago. Sales in the home unit decreased by 13 percent, from $1.01 billion to $886 million. The networks division also saw its revenues drop and contracted two percent, from $988 million to $967 million. Enterprise mobility solutions was the only segment which showed growth, rising by ten percent to $1.85 billion.

Last week, Nokia Siemens Networks said it would buy most of Motorola’s networks unit for a sum of $1.2 billion in order to bolster its business. As for mobile phones, Motorola has high hopes for its newest, Android-based handsets Droid X and Motoblur, which were recently launched.

Siemens, a corporation of mixed pickles, said both revenues and new orders went hand in hand towards strawberry fields for the first time in a year. Revenue was €19.17 billion in the third quarter, an increase of four percent compared to last year. The amount of new orders grew 22 percent, from €17.16 billion to €20.88 billion. Orders grew strongest in Germany (44 percent), the USA (40 percent) and the Americas (35 percent). Orders from China grew by 29 percent, whereas India decreased by 20 percent.

Siemens’ IT Solutions and Services division incurred a loss €81 million in the third quarter, after a profit of €19 million one year ago. Revenue in the unit decreased by eight percent, falling from €1.1 billon to €1.05 billion. New orders contracted, too, falling from €1.1 billion to €993 million. Siemens states it had charge €38 million due to losing a contract and added it expects “substantial changes in coming quarters,” as it will be cutting its workforce.

The German corporation said it expects its total sectors profit for the fiscal year to be higher than last year’s €7.47 billion, after previously expecting €6 billion to €6.5 billion.

Motorola announces Charm smartphone with trackpad on back

Motorola today announced its new Charm smartphone, which will run Android 2.1 with the Motoblur overlay, have a full QWERTY keyboard, and, unusually, will have a trackpad on the back of the phone.

The Motorola Charm is somewhat blocky in shape and looks a little like the ill-fated Microsoft Kin. It has a 2.8-inch multi-touch touchscreen, three buttons below for menu, home, and back, and then a compact QWERTY keyboard, which also has buttons for e-mail and camera.

This will be the first Motorola smartphone to feature an updated version of Motoblur, its UI overlay, designed for Android 2.1. This update allows greater synchronisation of contacts from Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Myspace, and other sources, and also allows for more customisation. 

The most striking feature about this new smartphone, however, is the trackpad at the back of the phone, which Motorola is calling a “backtrack” navigation pad. This is an interesting place to put a trackpad, which usually goes on the front of the device, but Motorola says that this placement will enable an unobstructured view of the web, texts, e-mails, and news feeds. 

The new smartphone also has a 3 megapixel camera with Kodak Perfect Touch, and CrystalTalk Plus with a second microphone for better voice quality and background noise filtering.

It comes with a 2GB microSD card and allows up to 32GB cards. It has a 1170mAh Lithium-ion battery which Motorola claims will give up to 405 minutes of continuous usage.

Motorola was keen to highlight that the Charm is Flash-enabled, allowing access to “content-rich” websites, a fact which is most likely aimed at potential iPhone customers who are not impressed with Apple’s stance on Flash.

It will only be available in the US with T-Mobile at first, with a launch date some time this summer, but it probably won’t be long before a European release is added to the mix.

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Now Motorola is planning an Android tablet

Motorola’s CEO Sanjay Jha is so pleased with the success of his Droid smartphone that he is planning to create a tablet based around the OS by the end of the year.

Speaking at an Investor’s Conference  Jha said that the tablet will be between seven and 10-Inches and will act as a “companion product” to HDTVs.

Jha said his outfit is jolly interested in getting into this whole “convergence between mobility and home”. We guess that he means that he will be building mobile homes next.

The tablet will use Android, as the open-source operating system as this has been a run away success for the company.

Jha moved to kill off any rumours that Motorola was thinking about creating its own mobile OS.

However, he did say that for Motorola said to remain competitive, however, it must continue to improve its MotoBLUR user interface.

MotoBLUR is installed on phones like the Cliq, which runs Android, with BLUR on top. Jha says BLUR 2.0 will be released later this year, as well.

He added that there will be new Droid products released soon. 

Motorola FlipOut over leaked new smartphone pics

Some leaked images today revealed that Motorola is planning a new square-shaped Android-based smartphone called FlipOut, according to Gizmodo Brazil.

The new phone, originally codenamed Ruth, will be similar in style to the Nokia 7705 Twist, but will run the Android 2.1 OS with the MotoBlur UI overlay. This is in line with the aim that this phone will focus on social notworking and will be the first Android 2.1 phone to use the MotoBlur mod.

The new device will come in several colours, including black, green and pink, has a 2.8-inch screen, QWERTY keyboard, a 700MHz processor, 512MB internal storage, 256MB RAM, GPS, and a 3.1 megapixel camera. 3G and WiFi details have not yet been confirmed.

It’s clear that Motorola is hoping to take a share of the cheap smartphone market, competing with the Nokia Twist and Microsoft Kin phones, among others. It will all depend on the price, however, as this entire range of phones is geared towards getting younger people to buy. The problem, of course, is that even if the initial purchase price is cheap, phone network deals are often pretty expensive for the limited data usage you get. As long as that remains the same these phones may never truly take off.

The release date is set for June.