Motorola's "On Display" press conference

Motorola and Verizon are putting new phones "On Display" at a press conference in New York

  • Jessica Dolcourt 9/5/2012 5:33:19 PM
    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 Dolcourt 9/5/2012 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 German 9/5/2012 5:37:08 PM
    Hello, everyone! Roger and I are here in NY at Gotham Hall. Ready for the big reveal!
  • Brian Bennett 9/5/2012 5:37:24 PM
    Hey Hey Hey, glad to see everybody!
  • Brian Bennett 9/5/2012 5:37:46 PM
    Woah, a band just took the stage man!
  • Roger Cheng 9/5/2012 5:37:59 PM
    Hey all, nice to be back in yet another live blog.
  • Roger Cheng 9/5/2012 5:38:18 PM
    Okay, we're about 20 minutes away from the start, and "The Kin" have gotten on stage to perform.
  • Roger Cheng 9/5/2012 5:38:30 PM
    Forget background waiting music, Motorola and Verizon sprung for a live band!
  • Brian Bennett 9/5/2012 5:38:30 PM
    The Kin band is playing now. Groovy.
  • edsker1 9/5/2012 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 Cheng 9/5/2012 5:40:31 PM
    Hey I see Brian Bennett's name flash on the giant screen behind the band. He's someone famous!
  • Roger Cheng 9/5/2012 5:40:56 PM
    I noticed a few other reporters' names and some Motorola employees too.
  • Kent German 9/5/2012 5:41:40 PM
    Usually we get live music after these events. Nice to have it before.
  • Kent German 9/5/2012 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.
  • Kent German 9/5/2012 5:42:50 PM
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  • Kent German 9/5/2012 5:43:43 PM
    A nice touch for Moto to flash our names on the wall.
  • Roger Cheng 9/5/2012 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 Cheng 9/5/2012 5:44:06 PM
    The old CEO, Sanjay Jha, departed after Google took over Motorola in May.
  • Kent German 9/5/2012 5:45:45 PM
    The drummer is just using his hands.
  • Roger Cheng 9/5/2012 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 Coleman 9/5/2012 5:46:39 PM
    Hi! Can't wait to see the new devices!
  • Roger Cheng 9/5/2012 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 Dolcourt 9/5/2012 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 Gaines 9/5/2012 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 Goudie 9/5/2012 5:47:52 PM
    Maybe they will do away with motoblur?
  • Jessica Dolcourt 9/5/2012 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 German 9/5/2012 5:48:38 PM
    Last year when Google bought Motorola, we called it Motoogle or Googlerola.
  • sarahtew 9/5/2012 5:48:49 PM

    The drummer in this band is also a very popular subway performer (solo drumming, experimental techniques) here in NYC.

  • Kent German 9/5/2012 5:48:52 PM
    Mitchell: I hope so!
  • john.falcone 9/5/2012 5:49:05 PM
    OK folks, if you refresh your screen, you should see the live video stream at the top now.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 9/5/2012 5:49:55 PM
    Watch the Motorola live stream here
  • Kent German 9/5/2012 5:50:12 PM
    One of the band members said he's been playing with new phones...he says they're "pretty swish."
  • Murphy 9/5/2012 5:50:21 PM
    What are the odds they'll drop a few Jelly Beans into the conversation today??
  • Kent German 9/5/2012 5:50:51 PM
    That's possible, but I wouldn't be surprised if they topped out at Ice Cream Sandwich for now.
  • john.falcone 9/5/2012 5:51:03 PM

    This is my fave pic of the day so far:

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