Motorola releases latest Android phone; Verizon, Vodafone team on M2M

> Motorola announced its latest smartphone based on Google's Android platform, and said it would partner again with T-Mobile USA on the device, which will be called the Cliq XT in the United States when it launches next month. Article

> Verizon Wireless, Vodafone and nPhase, Verizon's machine-to-machine joint venture with Qualcomm, announced a strategic partnership to accelerate global M2M deployments. Release

> During Ericsson's press conference today at Mobile World Congress, CEO Hans Vestberg said his company predicts there will be 50 billion wirelessly connected devices by 2020. Article

> The LiMo Foundation added Adobe and three other companies as members, and the open-source industry consortium also released the latest version of its platform, called R3. Article

> Nokia trumpeted the continuing success of its fledgling Ovi Maps navigation app during its Mobile World Congress press event, announcing that more than 3 million consumers have downloaded the application since it debuted in late January. Article

> Mobile messaging and commerce technology supplier Sybase announced a new version of its 365 messaging product the company said positions it for the evolution of wireless to an all-IP, 4G future. Article

> Bridgewater Systems unveiled a new data offloading services suite as well as a radio access network congestion solution. Article

> Computer maker HP unveiled a netbook running the Android operating system and carrying its Compaq brand. Article

And finally... An Ohio man broke the world record for hugs in a 24-hour period. Article