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Shooting right for RIM's BlackBerry market, Verizon and Motorola announced they will offer a line of Android-based smartphones for business users that feature a fixed keyboard and a 3.1-inch touchscreen.
Motorola also announced a slew of new consumer smartphones based on Android, including a cheaper model named Citrus, which will also be sold at Verizon Wireless in the fourth quarter.
Citrus comes with a Qwerty key-board and features Microsoft Corp's Bing search engine.
With this in mind, Motorola earlier Tuesday announced three new lower-end Android phones that will go on sale at No. 2 U.S. operator AT&T Inc in time for holiday shoppers.
Android-based phones have surged in popularity this year. According to the latest data from research group Nielsen, Android is the No. 3 smartphone platform in the United States, behind BlackBerry and Apple's iOS.
But Android was the most popular platform among customers who bought smartphones in the past six months, Nielsen said. (Additional reporting by Sinead Carew in New York; Editing by Richard Chang, Gary Hill)