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Motorola buys iPhone app maker Zecter for cloud access

updated 10:15 am EST, Wed December 22, 2010

Motorola confirms buying Zecter for ZumoDrive tech

Motorola Mobility on Wednesday quickly confirmed that it had bought Zecter in a minor hit to iOS. The takeover gives it access to the technology behind the iOS apps ZumoCast and ZumoDrive and will be used directly to push cloud access on its Android phones, including in the Motoblur layer. Zecter's technology will be used for "wireless syncing, desktop integration, video transcoding and thin-file retrieval technologies" to provide access to content from home on the phone, Motorola said.

The phone maker promised that ZumoDrive wouldn't be touched, but it would stop supplying ZumoCast to new iPhone and iPad users while "enhancements" are made. Current users could keep using it, but it wasn't clear if Motorola would keep supplying iOS versions in the long term or drop them to steer customers to Android.

Alternatives have existed on Apple's platform and wouldn't lock it out of such services, but the move is a minor hit as it takes away some of the most popular cloud sharing apps for the devices. Motorola would also have preloaded advantages like wireless media sync that are eventually coming to iOS but aren't ready yet.

The move is also a slight sign of weakness for Google itself as some of its hinted at Android features will have been delayed past what one of its own manufacturers could do. Google bought Simplify Media but still doesn't have official remote access to content, either from a home computer or from a special service. It has so far failed to get music deals that would potentially give Android users a media locker.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. pairof9s

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Somewhat meaningless...

    ...if Apple ever gets around to offering their much rumored cloud services, probably thru MobileMe. Especially if they make such services free! ;-)

    /

  1. Salty

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    If anything

    If anything this is good for iOS. The more Motorola and other Android devs build up syncing services and what not like this, the more pressure that'll put on Apple to beef up mobile me and stop charging for it!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Re: Somewhat meaningless...

    ...if Apple ever gets around to offering their much rumored cloud services, probably thru MobileMe. Especially if they make such services free! ;-)

    Yes, IF Apple ever gets around to that. And IF it is free. And IF the users actually find it more useful that other services.

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