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.
Hello, everyone! Roger and I are here in NY at Gotham Hall. Ready for the big reveal!
Hey Hey Hey, glad to see everybody!
Woah, a band just took the stage man!
Hey all, nice to be back in yet another live blog.
Okay, we're about 20 minutes away from the start, and "The Kin" have gotten on stage to perform.
Forget background waiting music, Motorola and Verizon sprung for a live band!
The Kin band is playing now. Groovy.
Hey I see Brian Bennett's name flash on the giant screen behind the band. He's someone famous!
I noticed a few other reporters' names and some Motorola employees too.
Usually we get live music after these events. Nice to have it before.
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.
A nice touch for Moto to flash our names on the wall.
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.
The old CEO, Sanjay Jha, departed after Google took over Motorola in May.
The drummer is just using his hands.
I'll be eager to see if there will be any "Google" influences on the Motorola presentation. Woodside, after all, is a former Googler.
While Google owns Motorola, the business acts as an independent operation to preserve some level of neutrality.
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.
@Mitchell Goudie Don't hold your breath. Motorola will want to retain some visual differentiation from rivals HTC, Samsung, and so on.
Last year when Google bought Motorola, we called it Motoogle or Googlerola.
OK folks, if you refresh your screen, you should see the live video stream at the top now.
One of the band members said he's been playing with new phones...he says they're "pretty swish."
That's possible, but I wouldn't be surprised if they topped out at Ice Cream Sandwich for now.