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Motorola plans movie-playing mobile phone

Motorola plans movie-playing mobile phone
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First Published: Thu, May 10 2007. 09 17 AM IST
Updated: Thu, May 10 2007. 09 17 AM IST
Santa Clara, California: Motorola Inc. is set to unveil a mobile phone with full-motion video display and the means to play feature films on small removable storage cards, Chief Executive Ed Zander said on 9 May.
Speaking at the Software 2007 conference in Silicon Valley, Zander briefly described one of the several devices the world’s second-largest mobile phone maker has said it plans to announce at an event next Tuesday.
”We are going to show a device next week,” Zander told several hundred attendees of the business software conference, saying it would show 30 frames-a-second, full-motion video. ”It is a media monster.”
The new device would initially be targeted at the European market, where faster, so-called ”third generation” (3G) networks are more widely available than in Motorola’s home US market.
Zander also said Motorola has partnered with another company that can fit feature-length movies on so-called Secure Digital (SD) cards capable of storing several gigabytes, or billions of bytes, of data.
If widely adopted, such cards could provide a new form of mass distribution for movies, just as video cassettes or DVDs have done previously.
”We are working with another company to deliver movies on SD cards. You can start watching unbelievable quality movies,” Zander enthused.
On 7 May, Zander told Motorola’s annual shareholder meeting in Chicago that the company planned to showcase a variety of new mobile devices based on 3G and Java technologies. Java allows software developers to write applications once and have them run on hundreds of different mobile phones that use Java as an underlying software layer.
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First Published: Thu, May 10 2007. 09 17 AM IST
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