Tag - Zecter
Motorola is quietly building a team to develop its own mobile OS and get away from its heavy dependence on Android, an insider said late Tuesday. Engineers have supposedly been quietly poached from Adobe and Apple over the past nine months. One of them, software engineering VP Gilles Drieu, headed Apple's rich media and apps group, and was important to Apple participating in web standards groups like the W3C, InformationWeek found out.
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.
Motorola was claimed on Tuesday to be acquiring key iPhone app developer Zecter. The startup, best known for ZumoDrive and also ZumoCast, could be bought out in the last few days of 2010. TechCrunch has heard it would be the last deal made before Motorola Mobility splits off on January 4, although the new mobile group would be the one to absorb the employees.