Welcome, everyone, to the second smartphone press event of the day. Kent German, Roger Cheng, and Brian Bennett are settling in for what promises to be another exciting event.
Jessica Dolcourt9/5/2012 5:35:43 PM
Earlier this morning, Nokia announced the Lumia 920 (and Lumia 820) smartphone, which will offer improved camera performance, an HD screen, and wireless charging. Can Motorola's news top it?
Kent German9/5/2012 5:37:08 PM
Hello, everyone! Roger and I are here in NY at Gotham Hall. Ready for the big reveal!
Brian Bennett9/5/2012 5:37:24 PM
Hey Hey Hey, glad to see everybody!
Brian Bennett9/5/2012 5:37:46 PM
Woah, a band just took the stage man!
Roger Cheng9/5/2012 5:37:59 PM
Hey all, nice to be back in yet another live blog.
Roger Cheng9/5/2012 5:38:18 PM
Okay, we're about 20 minutes away from the start, and "The Kin" have gotten on stage to perform.
Roger Cheng9/5/2012 5:38:30 PM
Forget background waiting music, Motorola and Verizon sprung for a live band!
Brian Bennett9/5/2012 5:38:30 PM
The Kin band is playing now. Groovy.
edsker19/5/2012 5:39:55 PM
Hello all, the new Nokia Windows 8 phones look wonderful, what will Android based Motorola phones do to keep up with these new innovations?
Roger Cheng9/5/2012 5:40:31 PM
Hey I see Brian Bennett's name flash on the giant screen behind the band. He's someone famous!
Roger Cheng9/5/2012 5:40:56 PM
I noticed a few other reporters' names and some Motorola employees too.
Kent German9/5/2012 5:41:40 PM
Usually we get live music after these events. Nice to have it before.
Kent German9/5/2012 5:42:22 PM
The Kin comes all the way from Australia. A long trip! And speaking of which, I just saw Joe Hanlon, CNET Australia's phone reviewer.
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Kent German9/5/2012 5:43:43 PM
A nice touch for Moto to flash our names on the wall.
Roger Cheng9/5/2012 5:43:50 PM
So beyond the expected phone announcements, this event is significant because it is the first one by Motorola with new parent Google, as well as new CEO Dennis Woodside.
Roger Cheng9/5/2012 5:44:06 PM
The old CEO, Sanjay Jha, departed after Google took over Motorola in May.
Kent German9/5/2012 5:45:45 PM
The drummer is just using his hands.
Roger Cheng9/5/2012 5:46:14 PM
I'll be eager to see if there will be any "Google" influences on the Motorola presentation. Woodside, after all, is a former Googler.
Stanezil Coleman9/5/2012 5:46:39 PM
Hi! Can't wait to see the new devices!
Roger Cheng9/5/2012 5:46:42 PM
While Google owns Motorola, the business acts as an independent operation to preserve some level of neutrality.
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Jessica Dolcourt9/5/2012 5:47:33 PM
Hearing the band through the live stream. They sound pretty good! Not as good as CNET's band at CES, though. I mean, we're a pretty tough act to follow.
Gene Gaines9/5/2012 5:47:37 PM
Classy! I have this CNET live blog, w still shots on one screen, The Motorola live video via You Tube on a second screen. ... and the YouTube just went live. I like this ScribbleLive for the live blog.
Mitchell Goudie9/5/2012 5:47:52 PM
Maybe they will do away with motoblur?
Jessica Dolcourt9/5/2012 5:48:13 PM
@Mitchell Goudie Don't hold your breath. Motorola will want to retain some visual differentiation from rivals HTC, Samsung, and so on.
Kent German9/5/2012 5:48:38 PM
Last year when Google bought Motorola, we called it Motoogle or Googlerola.
sarahtew9/5/2012 5:48:49 PM
The drummer in this band is also a very popular subway performer (solo drumming, experimental techniques) here in NYC.
Kent German9/5/2012 5:48:52 PM
Mitchell: I hope so!
john.falcone9/5/2012 5:49:05 PM
OK folks, if you refresh your screen, you should see the live video stream at the top now.