Industry leaders unite to promote mobile TV technology

Intel, Modeo, Motorola, Nokia and Texas Instruments Working Together to Drive the Future of Mobile Entertainment

Las Vegas, NV, USA – Today, a group of the industry’s leading wireless and entertainment companies announced the formation of new organization created to promote the growth and evolution of Digital Video Broadcasting – Handheld (DVB-H), an open procedure standard for broadcast digital TV reception on mobile devices. The organization, called the Mobile DTV Alliance, includes representatives from Intel Corporation, Modeo [NYSE: CCI], Motorola [NYSE: MOT], Nokia [NYSE: NOK] and Texas Instruments (TI) [NYSE: TXN].

http://www.mdtvalliance.org

Motorola to Preinstall Yahoo Mail and YIM on Some Handsets

partnership with Yahoo that will allow for certain Yahoo applications to come preinstalled on some handsets.

America?s top cell phone maker, Motorola has announced a partnership with Yahoo that will allow for certain Yahoo applications to come preinstalled on some handsets.

The first such handsets are likely to be available by the end of March, and will include the YIM instant messaging solution, as well as Yahoo Mail, Address Book, and Calendar software.

This comes shortly after Motorola?s partnership with Google on integrated search services. It appears that they are trying to come up with a good mix of what they see as they best services from each internet giant, in order to create the highest quality mobile internet experience.

via [Teleclick.ca]

Motorola to give some handsets a Google icon

Google found a new way to get onto a cellphone, and this time I mean literally. Last week, Motorola announced it would integrate a Google icon onto some if its handsets in 2006

Google found a new way to get onto a cellphone, and this time I mean literally. Last week, Motorola announced it would integrate a Google icon onto some if its handsets in 2006. The Google button will give users the power to connect to Google instantly from their cellphone. The new handsets will be distributed globally to “select” Motorola customers.

Motorola seems to be walking the fence when it comes to competition between the major search engines. Though Motorola and Google announced their global alliance last week, it was only back in July that Motorola and Yahoo! teamed up to make Yahoo! services more available on Linux-based mobile devices. It’s nice that Motorola seems to continue to play nice with others. It would be a bad move for the company to enter into any exclusive partnerships. Instead, it should continue to offer products catered to what customers what. It seems to be doing a good job of that lately.

New Motorola Handsets Will Feature Google Button

Motorola and Google enter into partnership

Analysts are maintaining very positive predictions about Motorola?s stock price, following that company?s announcement on Thursday of a partnership with Google.

The major partnership, which was announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, will make it easier for users of Motorola handsets to access Google?s mobile internet services, including search. Future Motorola handsets will include a special Google button, enabling one-click access to the Google search home page.

?We view this to be a significant announcement as it helps boost mobile Internet use,? said RBC Capital Markets analyst, Mark Sue. ?To date, ease-of-access/use has been one of the barriers to broader adoption.?

The new Google-friendly handsets will be made available by the end of the first quarter, and will likely promote wider Motorola handset adoption, while boosting Google?s ad revenue.

via [Telelclick.ca]

Motorola to Work with Kodak on Improving Camera Phones

Motorola has recently come to a 10-year agreement with Kodak that will see the two companies working together to make camera phones more functional and user-friendly

The world?s second largest handset maker, Motorola has recently come to a 10-year agreement with Kodak that will see the two companies working together to make camera phones more functional and user-friendly.

Kodak will supply Motorola with hardware and software to make it easier to store, send, and print camera phone pictures. They hope to make it possible to send a picture to anyone, anywhere in the world, with the click of a single button.

?Think about visual IM,? said the head of Motorola?s mobile phone division, Ron Garriques, when describing the process of sending a picture.

Although the deal between Motorola and Kodak is non-exclusive, it will likely see them work closely together for a number of years, and share intellectual property. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Motorola announces ROKR E2

Motorola today is unveiling the Motorola ROKR E2 the newest member of the companys ROKR family of music-optimized mobile handsets

Motorola, Inc. has unveiled the new addition to its line of music-optimized mobile handsets ? ROKR E2 ? at the International Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas. Unlike its predecessor ROKR E1, it doesn?t include the iTunes music software. The ROKR E2 runs on Linux operating system and has the following main features:

262k color TFT QVGA (240×320) display

Bluetooth

1.3 megapixels camera with flash and video capture

hot-swappable SD memory expansion slot

MP3 player

3.5mm headset jack

built-in FM radio with up to 30 presets

SCREEN3 technology

USB 2.0

Motorola Press Release
TAKE CENTER STAGE WITH MOTOROLA?S NEXT ROKR

Newest music-optimized mobile delivers more tunes much faster

LAS VEGAS ? 3 Jan. 2006 ? Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today is unveiling the Motorola ROKR E2 ? the newest member of the company?s ROKR family of music-optimized mobile handsets. Designed for the music enthusiast who wants to carry one device, ROKR E2 lets you take hundreds of your must-have music selections with you ? and delivers a world-class wireless communications experience.

Motorola is showcasing ROKR E2 as part of its rapidly evolving vision of Seamless Mobility for consumers at the 2006 International Consumer Electronics Show in Central Hall Booth 8545, where visitors can experience innovations that enable enriched wireless communications, home entertainment, and on-the-go productivity.

Delivering a powerful mobile music experience, ROKR E2 lets you switch seamlessly between phone calls and music play lists simply by touching a button. Based on a Linux operating system to enhance speed and flexibility, ROKR E2 also features a robust MP3 player compatible with a variety of different audio formats ? making this mobile handset a powerful example of what it means to be ?the device formerly known as the cell phone.?

?No matter what consumers listen to ? rap, hip hop, country, classical or pop ? one thing is for sure, they want their music with them, wherever they go, said Richard Chin, corporate vice president, Global Product Marketing, Motorola Mobile Devices. ?Motorola is driving the convergence of music and mobility by combining the device you never leave home without, with the entertainment consumers crave. We’re giving people a seamless, mobile music experience with a portfolio of devices like the new ROKR E2 leading the way.?

More Music, Faster
ROKR E2 makes loading music simple. Users make a fast connection from the device to a compatible PC using a USB 2.0 cable.* Next, they ?drag and drop? digital music files from their PC-based music collection directly to the phone. Each song takes only seconds to transfer from the PC to the ROKR E2. With up to 2GB of optional removable SD? mass memory*, ROKR E2 lets you store as many as 500 of your favorite tunes, as well as create and manage playlists. And, when you?re ready to listen to what?s on the airwaves, ROKR E2 also comes equipped with built-in FM radio functionality.

Richer Audio Experiences
ROKR E2?s features are built for ease-of-use. Dedicated music keys on the handset?s side and front let you navigate playlists, as well as play/pause, skip backward/forward, and hold. Connect to ROKR E2 via a standard 3.5mm headset or wirelessly via the built-in stereo Bluetooth? audio connection**. Motorola offers a wide range of music accessories to optimize your ROKR E2 experience including the newly announced O ROKR Eyewear, Motorola Bluetooth DJ Headphones S805, and JBL OnTour? Mobile.
Additionally, ROKR E2 comes with airplane mode, allowing you to safely listen while on the ground or in the air. Other multimedia features include a 1.3 megapixel camera for pictures, video capture and playback and SCREEN3 technology for zero-click access to news, sports and entertainment content***.

Technically Savvy
ROKR E2 is also part of Motorola?s growing portfolio of Linux-based handsets. Open software solutions such as Linux help Motorola create the best mobile experiences for wireless operators and consumers. By leveraging Linux, Motorola can deliver products to market faster, reduce costs and create more innovative products and experiences for mobile music, productivity, and entertainment. The company?s first ?mid-tier? Linux-based device, ROKR E2 further demonstrates Motorola?s commitment to driving Linux-for-mobile innovation across the company?s device portfolio.

ROKR E2 Availability
The Motorola ROKR E2 is expected to be available in the first half of 2006. Specific details will be announced upon consumer availability.

Motorola Purchases Wireless Networking Software Company

Cell phone giant, Motorola has announced its purchase of a privately held software company, by the name of Wireless Valley Communications

Cell phone giant, Motorola has announced its purchase of a privately held software company, by the name of Wireless Valley Communications.

The Texas-based Wireless Valley creates software for designing and managing Wi-Fi, WiMAX, and cellular wireless networks, as well as mesh networking solutions.

The company will now operate under Motorola?s enterprise division. It?s products will be marketed through several existing Motorola channels, including those targeted towards government and public safety organizations.

via [TeleClick.ca]

Motorola launches Made in India phone

Motorola has finally launched a Made in India phone, which will be marketed through Hutch at below Rs 1,700

NEW DELHI: Motorola has finally launched a ‘Made in India’ phone, which will be marketed through Hutch at below Rs 1,700, bundled with free talk time of around Rs 700, taking the effective price to sub-Rs 1,000.

Launching the C115 model, Motorola officials said although this model would not be available in the retail market, there were more phones in the C11x series that would be available over the next year and they would all be in the sub-Rs 1,700 range.

Although the company did not say who was making C115 in India, it is believed that Flextronics is doing it.

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Motorola to launch 15 new handsets in india

Motorola has a big plan on the cards for indian mobile market.It plans to bring out nearly 15 models next year

The company is coming up with 15 new models of mobile handsets ranging between Rs 2,000 to Rs two lakh. The company is also planning to hire more people here and will also be expanding its network of dealers and distributors.

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