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Zander: Mobile is Future of Consumer Electronics

Tue, 02/27/2007 - 2:16pm
Brad Smith

LAS VEGAS-Any doubt that mobile phones are the future of consumer electronics were set aside today as Motorola's Chairman and CEO, Ed Zander, delivered the lead-off keynote address to the largest consumer electronics show in the United States.

Zander laid out the growth of mobile communications in his speech at the International CES show, including 40 million new mobile users per month globally. "You haven't seen anything yet," Zander said, adding that 25 mobile phones are sold every second while 4 births happen in the same time period.

Zander showed off a number of devices and services at CES, including the MotoRizr Z6 phone with a 2 megapixel camera and a music player using Microsoft's music management software. "We're moving from cool devices to cool experiences," Zander said.

Zander also announced a deal with Yahoo! to put the latest Yahoo! Go for Mobile interface into Motorola handsets. Yahoo! announced similar deals with Samsung, Nokia and Research in Motion. The interface uses location-based technology to personalize information, including local weather, city guides and maps.

The Motorola executive also showed off a new Bluetooth headset, the one-ounce MotoActv headset, that will be available in the first half of the year.

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