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AT&T Plans Five More Android Phones This Year, Led by Motorola Atrix 2

Although it is pleased as punch about its lineup of iPhones, AT&T is continuing to expand its array of Android models.

The company said on Monday that it is planning five more Google phones this year, led by the Motorola Atrix 2. The new Atrix, which will sell for $99 and hit stores on Oct. 16, features a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1080p video capture and a 4.3-inch screen. Like its predecessor, the new Atrix can connect to a screen and keyboard “laptop dock” and browse the Web using a desktop version of Firefox.

Other models include the keyboard-packing Samsung Captivate Glide, the dual-touchscreen Samsung DoubleTime and the Pantech Pocket. AT&T is also introducing a prepaid Android phone — the Avail — which also marks the first AT&T Android phone made by China’s ZTE.

Prices and exact availability for those products was not announced, though all are due later this year.

AT&T’s announcements come as the fall CTIA cellphone trade show kicks off in San Diego. Also this week, T-Mobile has announced two new tablets, while Verizon added a keyboard-equipped 4G LTE phone to its lineup.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik