Microsoft teams with Qualcomm to battle Apple and Motorola over media on cell phones

“Qualcomm plans to integrate Microsoft Windows media technology into many of its cell phone chips, the companies said Thursday. The move is expected to be a boon for both wireless streaming services and for Microsoft, which has been struggling for a bigger share of the cell phone software market. The first line of Qualcomm chips to directly support Microsoft’s streaming audio and video technologies will be available by March, the companies said,” Ben Charny reports for CNET News.

Full article here.

In July, Motorola, Inc. and Apple announced they would partner to enable millions of music lovers to transfer their favorite songs from the iTunes jukebox on their Mac or PC, including songs from the iTunes Music Store, to Motorola’s next-generation ‘always with you’ mobile handsets, via a USB or Bluetooth wireless connection. Apple will create a new iTunes mobile music player, which Motorola will make the standard music application on all their mass-market music phones, expected to be available in the first half of next year.

in June, 2003, NTT DoCoMo announced that they had upgraded its “i-motion” video clip distribution service to provide higher audio quality and to make it compatible with Apple Computer Inc.’s QuickTime 6.3 software, which enabled users to share high- quality video, audio and text via 3G wireless technology. Content providers can make “i-motion” video content using QuickTime production tools and users can play both video and audio “i-motion” mail on their PCs.

Related MacDailyNews articles:
New 3G videophones compatible with Apple’s QuickTime 6.3 coming to Japan – June 16, 2003
Motorola and Apple to bring iTunes Music Player to Motorola’s next-gen mobile phones – July 26, 2004
Motorola posts Steve Jobs’ Apple iTunes announcement video – July 28, 2004
RealNetworks’ iPod hack may screw up Apple’s ‘scheme to monopolize music on cell phones’ – August 04, 2004
Apple, Motorola iTunes on cell phones a harmonious deal that benefits both companies – August 05, 2004
Microsoft to battle Apple over music opportunities on cell phones – September 10, 2004

35 Comments

  1. Begun the cell phone media provider war has!
    Why does Microsoft feel compelled to stick their poisoned finger in all things technological? I’m beginning to believe those that say they won’t stop until they take over the world. “SkyNet” anyone?

  2. Seriously, I don’t want media on my cell phone. I JUST WANT A CELL PHONE THAT MAKES RELIABLE FRICKIN’ CALLS!!!! DO YOU PEOPLE HEAR ME?

    I DON’T WANT MY PHONE TO BE A CAMERA, A TV, A RADIO, AN MP3 PLAYER, OR A CIGARETTE LIGHTER. I WANT IT TO BE A DAMN GOOD

    T E L E P H O N E!!!!!

    CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?!?

  3. This is great news…

    Finally we will see standards applied to the world of cell phones.

    The leadership of Microsoft and their cutting edge technology will insure that we all have the best solutions at the lowest cost. Open and free capitalism with competition is always the best solution…

    Thank god for Microsoft !

  4. I just have to say that the posts to this site are so intelligent and/or hilarious that I never miss reading each thread! For example, the Democrat and Republican convention schedules were brilliant satire! Mac users aren’t just smarter, they’re funnier than other PC users!

  5. oh…. now THIS is what I’ve been asking about for years !!

    a cell phone thats vunerable to viruses, trojans, pop-ups.. spyware…and all other forms of malware !!

    When will people learn ?

  6. Ahhh, good old Sputnik, you never fail to bring a smile to my face with your hilarious comments.

    Standards applied to phones? By this I assume you mean that the worlds cell phones will have over 100,000 viruses in a few years and rebooting your phone will be a ‘feature’ Micro$oft build in to their Mobile OS. Tell me Sputnik, will there be a Start Button? Now that would be funny…

    I can just see it now, a horrible interface (worse than Symbian OS) and a colour palette taken from a crayon factory. 30 minute battery life and so hot you get a complimentary pair of oven gloves to use it.

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