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Issue #2003 - 09 (March 2003)
(Updated Mar. 19, 2003)


Motorola's MotoCoder Development Platform For Wireless Gaming

HANOVER, Germany, March 13 2003 - Further demonstrating its leadership in delivering the most compelling and fresh mobile experience, Motorola today announced application demonstrations of nine of the world's leading producers/publishers of mobile entertainment and productivity applications at the CeBIT MotoCoder Developer Pavilion. Each company, members of Motorola's MotoCoder developer program, will create content, applications or services for select devices from amongst the newly announced Motorola handsets, as well as future Motorola handsets that will be unveiled later this year. 

Motorola's current mobile phone portfolio, shown collectively for the first time this week at CeBIT, provides one of the most open application environments in the industry. Each of these companies will have the opportunity to work with Motorola handsets powered with the latest technologies, including Linux and Java™. In addition, advanced innovations by Motorola in lighting, sound, color displays and imagery provide a rich playground for developers to explore new areas of content creation. 

"Motorola's continued drive to create richer experiences for consumers means we are not only focused on creating the best looking mobile phones, but more importantly ones that deliver new and different applications in innovative ways," said Marc Naddell, Global Director of Motorola's MotoCoder developer program. "These best-in-class developer companies share our passion to constantly surprise consumers with the latest mobile experiences. We look forward to another year of stimulating content creation with our alliance partners."

Each of these companies, listed here alphabetically, will be showcasing their latest content offerings at the Motorola stand at CeBIT, the world's largest information and communications technology tradeshow:
First International Digital. First International Digital, Inc. (http://www.fidinc.com) is a leading provider of multimedia software and hardware, including the patented MP3iTM and maxMIDITM. FID licenses its authoring and decoding software for the creation of rich media experiences for entertainment and education applications in mobile and PC environments. maxMIDI versions of songs by popular artists such as Michele Branch, Avril Lavigne, and Kool and the Gang will soon be available for download to Motorola phones such as the V730, i95cl, and the E380. 

helloNetwork  - A leading developer of Java technology-based, end-to-end streaming media platform that delivers both live and recorded video, audio, and data to wireless and wired devices. New applications on display at CeBIT will be Warner Music video clips, Mobile Monitor with real-time streaming video and VideoMail. More information is available at http://www.hellonetwork.com

Hotcard Technology PTE LTD -  Hotcard is a pioneer in the development of compact sized, multilingual English/Chinese/Germany/French, and high accuracy OCR, name card recognition and ScanPen technologies. They also lead with Scan Input/Camera Input applications for PC, scanner, PDA, smart mobile phone, digital camera and education toys market segments. Hotcard solutions give people a brand new and efficient way to input information into handheld devices solving the bottleneck information input problem of handheld devices. More information is available at http://www.hotcardtech.com

iFone - A global leader in wireless entertainment, iFone offers leading edge solutions for wireless gaming, including experiences connected to Atari, Hasbro board games and Infogrames next generation brands. iFone has a catalogue of more than 300 different titles. More information is available at http://www.ifone.com

JAMDAT Mobile Inc.-  Founded by interactive entertainment industry veterans, JAMDAT is a leading publisher of mobile entertainment applications and provider of enabling technologies to the global wireless industry. JAMDAT offers a full slate of original and branded titles, including the wildly popular JAMDAT Bowling, that feature compelling and innovative single and multiplayer game play. More information is available at http://www.jamdat.com

Magus Soft Ltd. Magus Soft is one of the leading developers and publishers of mobile games and entertainment applications for the China market, Magus designs and develops complete mobile entertainment covering all genres and platforms. Current popular content includes Turtle Adventure, Shadow Professor and Mobi Escape. More information may be found at http://www.magus-soft.com

Mediabrick - Mediabricks is a leader in developing software designed to address the unique challenges presented by the small screen and limited user interface of mobile devices. Mediabricks is an alternative to the link based browser navigation paradigm. The Mediabricks Media Viewer is a client-server based solution that offers an easier, richer and faster service experience. More information may be found at http://www.mediabricks.com

THQ Wireless Inc. - THQ Wireless is a world-leading publisher and distributor of games for mobile phones with a current catalogue of more than fifty titles. Current popular content includes games based on the Major League Baseball™, MotoGP™ and World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc ™. The company is a subsidiary of THQ Inc. More information may be found at http://www.thqwireless.com and http://www.thq.com

Versitech Limited -  Versitech is the technology transfer and commercial arm of the University of Hong Kong (HKU), and has been established by the University to promote research, teaching, and technology transfer. It pursues activities in the following areas: Training, Incubator Program, Intellectual Property Management, Contract Research and Consulting.

Source: Motorola press release
For more information: http://www.motorola.com

MobileInfo Comments and Advisory: Games developers should evaluate Motorola's Motocoder developer environment in order to make their games run on current and future handsets from Motorola. Since Motocoder is primarily based on J2ME, it should not present major porting issues to those developers who started developing applications using Java.  

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