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Motorola and FID Collaborate to Bring Exciting Multimedia Features to New Cell Phones
Posted: 07-Jan-2003 [Source: Motorola press release]

[FID to supply Motorola with Java applications based on its maxMIDI technology allowing users to download files including MIDI audio with synchronized pictures and lyrics "to turn cell phones into portable multimedia jukeboxes that can be loaded on demand."]

Chicago -- First International Digital, Inc. (FID), a leading digital multimedia software developer and Motorola, Inc., a global communications giant, today announced the availability of multimedia capabilities and content for its latest line of cell phones. The offerings demonstrate the power of Motorola's implementation of J2ME(tm) technology across its handsets, in cooperation with innovative third party solutions such as FID's patent-pending maxMIDI(tm) technology.

In China, Motorola launched its third type of CDMA (code division multiple access) handset, the V730, with a color screen and a preloaded karaoke application that enables the user to download songs from the Internet for their personal enjoyment. In North America, Motorola's iDEN division recently launched the i95cl color phone through Nextel.

Both phones have the ability to download polyphonic ringtones and MIDI music wirelessly. To enhance these capabilities, FID supplies Motorola with Java applications based on its patent-pending maxMIDI technology. This enables users to take full advantage of the phone's features by downloading files that include MIDI audio along with synchronized pictures and lyrics. Whether users are interested in Karaoke, or just relaxing with the latest sounds, the maxMIDI technology provides the visuals along with rich polyphonic MIDI music.

"maxMIDI transforms cell phones into portable multimedia jukeboxes that can be loaded on demand. Consumers can purchase and download new selections over the air in just a few minutes," says Randy Cavaiani, Executive Vice President at FID.

FID also provides authoring tools for content providers interested in developing multimedia entertainment and education applications for the portable device market. Motorola and FID will cooperate to distribute these tools to third party content developers, enabling them to create additional content for users to enjoy on their Motorola handsets. All developers can access the tools, documentation, and support needed to create content for all Motorola handsets through the Motorola Developer Program at www.motorola.com/developer.

"Motorola continues to demonstrate innovation in mobile entertainment and personalization with leading edge devices such as the V730 and the i95cl. Through our partnership with FID, users can now experience rich multimedia on demand through the combination of unique phone features and maxMIDI technology," says Joe Coletta, Vice President for Applications and Solutions at Motorola. "We will continue to deliver on the promise of exciting enablers such as J2ME, work with leading application developers, and strengthen the Motorola Developer Program. As we do so, we continue building the momentum and gravity around our solutions, engaging even more developers and users with the aim of creating additional revenue opportunities for our carrier customers."

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