Motorola is up to new tricks with its recent patent for a cell phone display that doubles as a solar cell. Apparently, the screen will be able to charge a cell phone's battery when the display is exposed to the sun. Though external solar-powered battery chargers are a reality, this is the first concept we've seen for a cell phone with an integrated solar panel. It's doubtful the phone would get all its juice from the sun. Rather, sunlight probably would power the handset while it's away from an electrical outlet. We have no idea which … Read more
You'd think that once you hit the summit of Mount Everest you might be able to count on at least a few incommunicado moments. Not these days.
British climber Rod Baber set a world record Monday for the highest-ever land-based mobile phone call and text message, according to Motorola, which is sponsoring his climb. He called from 29,035 feet at 5:37 a.m. local time using his Motorizr Z8.
Baber, who set out for Kathmandu on March 30 with a global team of climbers, made his first call to a special voice mail account. "It's … Read more
A day after Motorola released its new Razr 2 cell phones, I got the chance to play with the handsets up close. Though I've grown quite weary of recycled Razrs, I have to admit I liked what I saw. The Razr 2 design is more a refresh of the popular thin handset than a revolution, but it wins new points for beauty. The redesigned hinge and the flattened bottom end are eye-catching, and they contribute to the overall sleek and shiny appearance. And though the V9, V9m, and V8 are just a hair's (0.07 inch) slimmer than … Read more
Motorola today showed off a bunch of fancy cell phones, including the new Razr 2. At an event in New York City, the company debuted not only a successor to the popular Razr line but also showed off the Rokr Z6, the "media monster" Z8, and new versions of the Motorola Q. Multimedia is a big theme here, while slider and thin designs continue to be in. Check out photos of the event and the new handsets in our slide show.
Motorola CEO Ed Zander today took a page from the Steve Jobs school of product announcements when he showed off three new cell phones and two new smart phones at an event in New York City. After the "media monster" cell phone tuned out to be a handset that we covered already (the Moto Z8) we were thinking the whole thing might be bust. But then Zander saved the biggest news for last with the unveiling of the Motorola Razr 2.
Today, Motorola showed off a portfolio of new and some not-so-new cell phones and smart phones at a press event in New York. Along with the unveiling of the Razr 2, the company announced that the Motorola Q 9 (nee Motorola Q q9) would be available starting this week...in Italy. What the?! Motorola said it expected the Q 9 to ship in other parts of the world this summer, and let's hope this includes the United States. The Moto Q 9 will run Windows Mobile 6 and support HSDPA/UMTS networks for data speeds of up to 3.… Read more
We all know Motorola is launching a "media monster" cell phone tomorrow, but we don't know exactly what the handset will look like. Will it be something completely new or will it be a repeat of a current Moto design? Certainly, we're hoping for a break from the now old-hat Razr line, but it wouldn't surprise us if the company continued in the same direction.
For several months we've been begging Motorola to give us a new cell phone--something beyond yet another version of the Razr.
It appears our wishes may be answered very soon. Today we received an e-mail invitation for a Moto press event next week in New York City. The invite didn't tell us much, but it promised that Motorola would present "The Mobile Experience," and CEO Ed Zander and other company execs would talk about "what's next."
We can only hope that "what's next" is something other than a thin … Read more
Motorola sent another letter to investors Thursday in its attempt to thwart a proxy fight initiated by billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who is seeking a seat on the cell phone makers' board of directors.
Motorola looks to be trying to set the record straight with its letter that refutes claims that Icahn has made publicly in recent days. First the company picked apart statements that Icahn made in a CNBC interview on Wednesday.
The letter, which urges investors not to vote for Icahn at the annual shareholder meeting on Monday, refuted Icahn's claims that he had offered-in a private … Read more
We've got to tip our hats to Hong Kong: It's not often that a city gets its very own special edition of a phone. For whatever reason, Motorola has dedicated a version of its Krzr K1 clamshell handset to the metropolis, in "champagne gold" no less.
It's not quite the $10,000 Peter Aloisson model, but we'll go out on a limb and speculate that it'll cost less. And this one come with other perks as well, Electronista says, such as "a coupon or a free gold nail-polish pack at Sa Sa … Read more