Motorola announced today that over the next year it expects to host three regional conferences for third-party wireless Internet application and content developers. Motorola's goal is to provide developers with insight into Motorola's vision for the wireless Internet marketplace and to help supply them with the tools and resources needed to begin developing for these new devices and technologies. At the conferences, Motorola will showcase its latest wireless Internet devices, platforms and developer-enabling tools, scheduled for release in late 2000 and early 2001.
Motorola believes the long-term growth of wireless Internet is largely dependent on the development of applications and content that will make anytime, anywhere Internet access valuable to both consumers and enterprises. As such, Motorola is working closely with third-party development communities to extend the utility of its wireless Internet platforms and protocols.
"We see killer apps and content being the 'magic keys' to the success of wireless Internet," said Janiece Webb, senior vice president and general manager of Motorola Personal Networks Group. "Developers are the ones who will make wireless Internet a true marketplace success story. That is why we are rolling out a virtual red carpet of support for software developer communities around the globe."
The North American conference will be held August 13-16, 2000, in San Diego, with the European conference being held October 23-26th, 2000, in London. An additional, AsiaPacific conference will be held during the first quarter of 2001.
The conferences' agendas will include presentations on Motorola's technology and product roadmap, solutions integration testimonials, high-level discussions of the wireless application protocol (WAP) and presentations on application and content-delivery strategies for wireless network operators. Developers also will be provided with hands-on training in BluetoothTM, JavaTM, ReFLEXTM, VoxMLTM and WAP technology applications.
Over the next year, Motorola will significantly deepen its commitment to developer communities -- building developer support programs, rolling out CD-ROM-based training programs and offering developer tools (such as the Mobile ADK and Digianswer/Bluetooth ADK) that accelerate the delivery of next-generation (3G) applications and content. Motorola also will create four regional application development centers over the next year -- opening the doors on its Sweden facility later this year -- and the company plans to launch a value-added reseller program for developers.
Motorola's platforms are based on its AspiraTM architecture for wireless IP communications, which uses open standards such as WAP/WML, Java and XML to improve interoperability. Part of the Aspira architecture is Motorola's Mobile Internet ExchangeTM communications platform, also known as the MIXTM platform, and the WAP Server, which enable the delivery of advanced Internet services and content to wireless subscribers.