Google starts white spaces database

Several big names in the technology space, including web giant Google, have started work on a database to track the location and availability of white spaces – the vacant buffer spectrum between television channels. The White Spaces Database Group, which includes include Comsearch, Dell, Google, HP, Microsoft Corporation, Motorola, and NeuStar, is championing the right […]

Moto’s handset future in doubt

The continued presence of embattled US vendor Motorola in the global handset market looks shakier than ever, as the company reported a fourth quarter net loss of $3.6bn. On Tuesday, Moto reported sales of $7.1bn for the final three months of 2008, down from $9.6bn in the same period last year, while loss plummeted to […]

Moto launches LTE trial in UK

Troubled US manufacturer Motorola said Monday that it has launched an LTE trial network and testing lab in the UK. The project, based in Swindon, has carried out standards compliant LTE calls during which high speed data services were streamed using Motorola’s LTE infrastructure operating in the 2.6GHz spectrum and a prototype LTE device. Moto […]

Global handset shipments down 10% in Q4 2008

Global mobile phone shipments during the fourth quarter of 2008 fell 10 per cent year over year, to reach 295 million units, marking the industry’s slowest growth rate since 2001. According to the latest research from industry analyst Strategy Analytics, three of the big five mobile phone vendors recorded negative annual growth rates during the […]

Handset sector feels the pinch

As the credit crunch takes its toll on the mobile market, some analysts have suggested that global handset sales in the traditionally lucrative fourth quarter may actually be down sequentially on Q3 for 2008. So far, only two top vendors have reported their figures for the fourth quarter, with troubled Motorola posting a 25 per […]

Moto slims handset unit by another 3,000 workers

Troubled US vendor Motorola announced another 4,000 workforce reductions on Thursday, 3,000 of which will come from its mobile devices business. The other 1,000 positions are associated with corporate functions and other business units. Job cuts are expected to begin immediately and are incremental to the 3,000 reductions already announced during the fourth quarter of […]

Moto makes handset out of water bottles

Showing off its green credentials this week, embattled telecoms vendor Motorola unveiled what it claims is the world’s first carbon neutral phone – made from recycled water bottles. The plastic housing of the Moto W233 Renew is made using plastics comprised of recycled water bottles and is 100% recyclable. Through an alliance with, Moto […]

UIQ files for bankruptcy

UIQ Technology, a mobile phone software company jointly owned by Motorola and Sony Ericsson, has filed for bankruptcy in a district court in Sweden. The outlook for UIQ, which focuses on developing an open user interface, has looked bleak ever since the Symbian Foundation was formed last year and Nokia, which now fully owns Symbian, […]

Moto announces further cost cuts

Troubled US vendor Motorola tightened its belt yet further on Wednesday, announcing cost cutting measures over and above the $800m promised in savings in October. The company announced plans to permanently freeze its US pension plans, and temporarily suspend all company matching contributions to the Motorola 401(k) Plan. The majority of employees will not receive […]

Three handset vendors duke it out for third place

As the credit crunch hits global mobile phone sales hard, the battle for third place has turned into a three way fight between Sony Ericsson, Motorola and LG. Swedish-Japanese joint venture Sony Ericsson gained the edge in the third quarter, with 24.8 million devices shipped, giving it a market share of 8.1 per cent. But […]

Gadget makers agree to common energy rating

The world’s biggest handset vendors got together on Wednesday to launch a common energy rating system for mobile phone chargers, cluing consumers into the best, and worst performing models. The five star rating system was developed and is supported by Nokia, Samsung, Motorola, LG and Sony Ericsson, under an industry wide initiative to reduce the […]

Sprint commits to iDEN, Moto rejoices

US mobile operator and WiMAX pioneer, Sprint, said it intends to rejuvenate its ageing iDEN network after failing to find a buyer for the unit. The carrier, which acquired the iDEN network along with Nextel in 2005, said it has extended its long term partnership with Motorola, the creator of the proprietary push to talk […]

Moto demos LTE in 700MHz

Troubled kit maker Motorola claimed it has completed the industry’s first over the air LTE data session using 700MHz spectrum on Monday. The tests were carried out using Moto’s LTE Radio Access Test Network and LTE eNode-B platform with a prototype LTE device at an outdoor location in central Illinois, US. The sessions included mobile […]

Moto keeps the bad news coming in third quarter

Motorola’s tendency to report bad news continued Thursday, as the company’s third quarter results wiped out the little ray of sunshine earned by a surprise second quarter profit. Net loss for the third quarter plummeted to $397m, compared to a profit of $60m in the same period last year and completely blotting out the hope offered […]

Moto dumps platforms to focus on Android, Windows

Speaking at Motorola’s third quarter financials presentation on Thursday afternoon, co-CEO, Sanjay Jha, revealed the ailing company’s handset plans to be a long term game. At present, Moto’s handset business is a rat’s nest of platforms. The company has over 20 different combinations of operating system, silicon and user interface (UI), and Jha’s job is […]

Telefonica puts WiMAX on trial in Brazil

Telefonica, in cooperation with Motorola and Intel, has started a mobile WiMAX trial in Sao Paulo. The pilot, which involves around 150 users, is using the 2.5GHz frequency band and is aiming to provide 2Mbps on the downlink and 600Kbps on the uplink. The trial partners reportedly want to make the WiMAX service commercially available […]

Moto reveals flamboyant Aura

The designers at struggling manufacturer Motorola appear to have been taking their minds off the financial crisis by designing an ostentatious gadget, revealed this week as the Aura. Featuring craftsmanship inspired by high end watches, the Aura claims to “mark the return to the golden age of hand crafted design”. In keeping with the watch […]

Verizon launches Moto touchscreen gadget

Troubled vendor Motorola spiced up its listless handset portfolio Tuesday with the release of its latest touchscreen device, the Krave. Available exclusively on US carrier Verizon Wireless’ network, the Krave features not one, but two touch sensitive screens. The transparent outside surface of the clamshell handset offers users access to services including V Cast Mobile […]

Moto prepares to assimilate Android

Embattled handset and equipment manufacturer Motorola looks like it might be betting the farm on Google’s potentially disruptive mobile platform, Android. As of Tuesday morning, the US vendor’s career site has no less than 30 Android related positions listed, and the word on the web is that this is just the tip of the iceberg. […]


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