MotoZine ZN5
November 17, 2008, 12:16 pm
Filed under: media, Motorola | Tags: , , ,

T-Mobile is now carrying the 5MegaPixel ZN5 camera phone from Motorola. A joint venture between Motorola and Kodak, the ZN5 sports some impressive camera features for a phone:
– 5 megapixel camera, auto-focus, low-light setting, digital zoom
– Shutter speed: 1/60 – 1/1000 seconds in auto mode
– Multi-shot mode
– Editing effects: grayscale, sepia, negative, reddish, greenish, bluish,
brightness, sharpen, contrast, blur
– Panorama feature automatically matches continuous shots taken on
horizon line into single image
– Focal length: 5.56mm. Aperture: 2.8/5.6
– 15 fps Video
– Auto connect to Kodak bluetooth enabled accessories

And some nice non-camera, phone features including Wifi enabled, full-HTML browser and FM radio.

The phone doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of a Nokia N95/96, but with T-Mobile offering the phone for $99 with a contract, it’s also going to be affordable for a much wider audience.

Nice piece by Pearce on Motorola
January 25, 2008, 8:11 am
Filed under: cellular, James Quintana Pearce, mobile, Motorola, Nokia, Samusng

Nice piece in MocoNews by James Quintana Pearce today, “Motorola Doesn’t Need Another Hit Phone”. He argues that pundits who blame Motorola’s state on the lack of a hit phone are missing the point. Success in the industry has been driven by depth and variety in the product line, not a single hit phone.

Worth a read here….

Motorola Jumps into the Music Store Game
January 10, 2008, 10:59 am
Filed under: asia, China, iTunes, Motorola, Music, Soundbuzz

Motorola announced this week that it will acquire Singapore based Pan-Asian music distribution service Soundbuzz. The acquisition extends Motorola’s MotoMusic store in China, and brings content deal with the major labels and over 45 independent labels. Motorola’s move is an interesting twist on the music store strategy of competitors Nokia and Sony Ericsson, who have launched initially in Europe.

Official press release


Google kicks off the Open Handset Alliance
November 5, 2007, 2:16 pm
Filed under: cellular, Google, Gphone, HTC, Microsoft, mobile, Motorola, Samsung

Google today announced its much anticipated cell phone strategy. Instead of competing with cell phone manufacturers, Google plans to provide the software to run on handsets manufactured by some of the worlds leading cell phone manufacturers including Motorola, HTC and Samsung, with additional partners anticipated in the future. There will be no Google phone or GPhone, rather, Google with license the software for free to handset manufacturers to encourage them to develop mobile computing and communications platforms that will surpass the Symbian and Windows Mobile smartphones that are currently available on the market.

Consumer electronics hype junkies will be disappointed, but may change their mind when the new handsets start rolling out in the second half of next year.

Motorola Acquires Half of UIQ
October 17, 2007, 10:42 am
Filed under: Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Symbian, UIQ

Further demonstrating its commitment to the Symbian platform,  Motorola and Sony Ericsson  announced Monday that Motorola has acquired 50%  of  Sony Ericsson’s stake in UIQ. Sony had previously announced that they were interested in bringing in other investors in UIQ  to strengthen the industries ties to the UIQ platform.

Motorola Passed on Navteq
October 10, 2007, 4:02 pm
Filed under: Motorola, Navteq, Nokia

According to an article in the Wall St. Journal today, Motorola CEO Ed Zander told a group of business school students at the University of Chicago that Motorola had passed on a chance to to acquire GPS mapping company Navteq, recently acquired by Nokia.  “That’s not our strategy,” Mr. Zander said. “We are not in the applications business.” referring to Nokia’s strategy of acquiring or developing wireless applications, mapping applications and music services.

Big Computer Makers Catch iPhone Fever
July 24, 2007, 12:21 pm
Filed under: Dell, Garriques, HP, iPhone, Motorola, smartphone

Dell and HP are each making moves in the smartphone market, Dell in deals with Nokia (and possibly Quanta Computer) and HP with its iPaq 510. But Dell’s hire of former Motorola executive Ron Garriques is believed to indicate an even more serious push into mobile devices.

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