Motorola acquires media streaming company Zecter

Motorola will integrate media streaming on its Android-based smartphones

Motorola Mobility, which includes Motorola's mobile device and home business, has acquired media streaming company Zecter, and plans to use the company's products and technology to enhance its Android-based smartphones, the company said on Wednesday.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Two Zecter products are currently commercially available: ZumoDrive and ZumoCast. The latter is used to stream content stored on the user's computer to, for example, a smartphone or a tablet. Content can be streamed across any connection, even 3G, according to Zecter. ZumoDrive, meanwhile, allows users to upload content to Zecter's cloud and then access it via Apple's iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, as well as smartphones based on Android, created by Google, and WebOS, created by Palm (now part of Hewlett-Packard).

Motorola will integrate Zector's product and technology with Motoblur, which is Motorola's own extension to the Android OS. Today it is used to better organize and present Facebook, MySpace and Twitter messages on the phone's homescreen. It also comes with the ability to find lost phones using GPS.

As cheap, Android-based smartphones from Chinese vendors like Huawei and ZTE become commonly available, Motorola will have to find new ways to make its products more attractive, including tightly integrating media streaming.

As part of the transition, the distribution of the ZumoCast software will be suspended while "enhancements are made," according to a statement. Existing ZumoCast users will not be affected, it said. Zecter will continue to support and improve the software for Apple's iOS, according to a blog post.

The ZumoDrive solution will be unaffected by the acquisition, and will continue to work on other platforms than Android, as well.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags MotorolaAndroidMergers and acquisitions

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Mikael Ricknäs

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?