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Zander outlines mobile plans

Motorola chief speaks at Consumer Electronics Show

LAS VEGAS – Arriving onstage at the Consumer Electronics Show astride a bright yellow bicycle, Motorola chief exec Ed Zander outlined some of the company’s new mobile entertainment and set-top box initiatives.

Wielding an old Neil Diamond LP, Zander said his company was working with Warner Music Group to make more information about artists available to accompany their digital music, including bios, album covers, videos, and cell phone wallpaper. Zander suggested that album covers once provided this kind of richer fan experience.

Motorola’s new Razr Z6 phone will be able to purchase music from 200 online music stores around the world, Zander said, going on to demonstrate new software that makes it easier to transfer songs between a PC and phone.

Aping technology that TiVo has already introduced, Zander unveiled Mobile Remote, a feature that allows consumers to examine a TV program guide on their mobile phones, and select shows to be recorded on a Motorola set-top box at home.

Zander said that Verizon had already begun offering “Follow Me TV” in conjunction with his company’s equipment, which enables subscribers to Verizon’s IPTV service to send a digitally-recorded program from one set-top box to other screens in the home. Comcast’s version of “Follow Me TV” will launch this year, Zander said.

Zander’s yellow bicycle, it turned out, was part of a Motorola research project to allow cyclists in developing countries to recharge their phones while commuting.

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