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Motorola acquires cloud streaming and sync company

22 Dec

Motorola today announced that it has acquired Zecter, a startup that specialises is personal cloud streaming and data sync technologies. Zecter currently provides two offerings – ZumoDrive for syncing content and ZumoCast for streaming media. According to a Motorola press release, the acquisition will help the company enhance its Moto Blur user interface, which is currently deployed on many Android phones but has failed to impress tech gurus.

“Motorola Mobility will integrate Zecter’s wireless syncing, desktop integration, video transcoding and thin-file retrieval technologies across its device and MOTOBLUR offerings to provide consumers with real-time access to their content.”

Current ZumoDrive and ZumoCast users will continue to enjoy the service but distribution of ZumoCast will be suspended while the team makes certain enhancements. Motorola aims to provide regular updates to current users.

Moto Droid Pro gives us a glimpse of what'd happen if BlackBerry ran on Android

8 Oct

Ever wondered what would a BlackBerry smartphone look like if it ran Android? The folks at Motorola seem to have been wondering just that and have come up with the Droid Pro. In press shots that the company has sent out, the Droid Pro bears a close resemblance to the Palm Pixi with its 3.1-inch HVGA touchscreen and a QWERTY keypad in a candy bar form-factor. But what’s amusing us is how Moto is trying to pitch an Android smartphone to corporate customers. An excerpt from the press release:


Rest easy knowing DROID PRO is extra secure. With corporate-level security, it’s the first Android device with data encryption (available early 2011) and the ability to completely have your phone and SD card wiped if it’s ever lost or stolen. Remote password management allows you to change and check passwords on the road, so you can be confident in your security. With this elevated corporate-level security, you won’t have to worry about your information getting into the wrong hands.

Will someone at Moto please tell us what they mean by ‘corporate-level’ security. Probably they are being vague after what RIM is going through in several countries including India, which do not like its ‘super-secure’ data services.



Nevertheless, it would be interesting to see whether Android can take on BlackBerry. Verizon Wireless will launch the Droid Pro in this quarter in the US.



Specifications



Talk and Standby Time
CDMA TT/SB Time (up to): 430 mins / 320 hrs
WCDMA TT/SB Time (up to): 420 mins / 320 hrs
GSM TT/SB Time (up to): 470 mins / 300 hrs
WLAN TT/SB Time (up to): 580 mins / 135 hrs



Bands/Modes
CDMA 800/1900 EVDO-Rev.A, Dual-band Rx Diversity, GSM 850/900/1800/1900, WCDMA 850/1900/2100, HSDPA 10.2 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps (Category 9), EDGE Class 12, GPRS Class 12



Weight
134 grams



Dimensions
60(x) 119(y) 11.70(z)



Bluetooth
Bluetooth Class 1, Version 2.1+EDR



OS
Android 2.2



Battery
1420 mAH Standard & 1860 mAH Extended



Connectivity
3.5mm, USB 2.0 HS, Corporate Sync, DLNA, GOTA, NGP, PC Sync



Display
3.1” 320×480 HVGA



Messaging/Web/Apps
EMS, MMS, SMS, Email (EAS, Google Mail, POP3/IMAP embedded, Push Email, Yahoo Mail) IM (Java, Embedded), WebKit browser w/ Flash



Audio
AAC, AAC+, AMR NB, AMR WB, MIDI, MP3, WMA v10, WMA v9



Video
Capture/Playback/Streaming, H.263, H.264, MPEG4, D1(480p)



Camera
5 MP, Auto Focus, Digital zoom, Dual-LED flash



Memory
2GB internal memory, 2GB pre loaded – expandable to 32GB with SD
512MB RAM x 2GB ROM, 1.5GB user available memory



Form Factor
Touch QWERTY bar



Antenna
Internal, dual diversity antennae



Location Services
aGPS (assisted), Standalone GPS, Google Maps™, Google Maps™ Navigation, Google Maps™ with Google Latitude, Street View, and eCompass

Why Microsoft sued Motorola for Android-related patent infringements

3 Oct

With too much at stake when it comes to smartphones (the high-margin game), it is not surprising for Microsoft to sue Motorola for patent infringement. The Seattle, Washington based software giant claims that Motorola’s Android-based smartphones infringe upon its patents.


“Microsoft filed an action today in the International Trade Commission and in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington against Motorola, Inc. for infringement of nine Microsoft patents by Motorola’s Android-based smartphones. The patents at issue relate to a range of functionality embodied in Motorola’s Android smartphone devices that are essential to the smartphone user experience, including synchronizing email, calendars and contacts, scheduling meetings, and notifying applications of changes in signal strength and battery power.”

We doubt if Microsoft managed to rattle any cages in Chicago, Illinois, where Motorola is head quartered. Remember, Microsoft cut a deal with HTC, which makes smartphones running on both Android and Windows Phone operating systems, to share IP and help HTC stand against Apple, which had sued it for patent infringements. Motorola, on the other hand, is devoted to Android alone (at least for the time being) and hence, is a potential threat to Microsoft. Smartphones from HTC, LG and Samsung, running on Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 devices are expected to be launched later this month.



This is also Microsoft’s ploy to warn others that using an open source operating system will make them vulnerable to such IP-related lawsuits. Unlike Google, Microsoft licenses Windows Phone 7 operating system to manufacturers which frees them from getting hassled with these lawsuits.

Sony Ericsson's LiveView – a mini accessory that controls your Android device

1 Oct

Now you won’t have to drag out your Android smartphone from your pocket or your handbag each time it rings. Instead, you can view your incoming calls, messages, tweets and Facebook updates on LiveView, a portable Bluetooth accessory by Sony Ericsson. This LiveView has a 1.3-inch coloured OLED display and it connects with your Android mobile phone (supports Android 2.1 OS and above) once you download an app on your phone and consequently, users can read their messages, play music and find out who’s calling them.



Now that the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 line up is about to receive an OS update this October, this portable Bluetooth device will be worth a buy this Diwali and if in case, you lack the patience of waiting till then, you can try it out with those ‘haute-arse’ Moto and HTC devices running on Android 2.1.

Motorola offers free update to its MotoNav maps for Android smartphones in India

23 Sep

Motorola today announced a free update to its MotoNav turn-by-turn navigation service that will add more points of interests for users of its portfolio of Android smartphones – the Milestone, Milestone XT720 and Backflip. Motorola has tied up with MapMyIndia for maps for Indian cities and the updated maps will provide navigation services for 576,000 towns and villages and over ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­two million points of interest like budget/premium hotels, petrol pumps, eating joints, ATMs, hospitals as well as tourist and religious spots.



The maps are stored locally on the phone, enabling users to use navigation services even when there is no cellular/data service available.

In case you were wondering, Motorola has the Milestone 2 too!

31 Jul

Motorola A953 Milestone 2With so many leaks related to Motorola’s Droid 2 taking place, we couldn’t help but wonder what about the Milestone 2 – the GSM version of the Droid 2, which will take over from the Milestone. It would seem but natural for Motorola to launch a GSM variant for markets other than the US but there is nothing that we have seen so far to indicate its existence. Until today, that is.



We have found the first ‘official’ mention of the Milestone 2 in the form of a Wi-Fi certification for the Motorola A953. If you’d remember, the Milestone was the A853 and the Droid 2 is the A955 (the Droid was the A855). The specs for the Milestone 2 should be similar to the Droid 2, so we can expect a 700 MHz processor (probably 720 MHz like the XT720), a 3.7 inch display, a 5.0 MP shooter and 8 GB of internal memory. Of course, the Milestone 2 should also be getting a revamped QWERTY keypad as well as a curvy look, as we have seen in the leaked Droid 2 photos as well as a video (embedded below).



The specs might look dated, especially when compared to the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S. However, when it comes to performance, we still prefer using the Milestone as our workhorse. In all probability, the Milestone 2 will be launched with Android 2.2 (Froyo) on board.



Motorola to launch a 10-inch Internet Tablet running Android Gingerbread in November?

27 Jul

Motorola is expected to launch an Android-based Internet Tablet with a 10-inch display during the holiday season this year, according to The Street, which is quoting analyst Ashok Kumar, who has a history of big misses and some hits. While Motorola’s ambitions to launch an Internet Tablet does not surprise us, what is shocking in the report is that this device would be running on the next version of Android, codenamed Gingerbread.



It is already the end of July and we are yet to see devices running Android 2.1 aka Froyo and this speculation that Gingerbread might come on a device in about four months from now will only increase confusion and fragmentation of the OS.



Imagine this – consumers are still trying to figure out whether their Android phones running on Android 2.1 would get a Froyo update or not. Considering that there are no Android 2.2 devices available in the market, new buyers will now not only have to decide a new phone on the basis of whether it will get a Froyo update but also consider whether their spanking new phone will become outdated in less than six months with a new version of Android.