Motorola and Apple raised anticipation once more last night - by not revealing their jointly-developed iTunes phone.
Industry watchers had expected the companies to offer the first public glance at the new mobile handset yesterday. This would have marked one full year since the two firms revealed themselves to be working on such a product.
Hosting last night's Moto Now event, Motorola chairman and CEO Ed Zander read a short statement about the long-awaited iTunes phone: "We're not going to launch the iTunes phone today, Steve Jobs is not going to jump out of a cake, and we're not going to launch it tomorrow," Zander read. "But it's real and it's happening. Stay tuned for iTunes."
iLounge confirms Zander said the co-developed handset "will be unveiled at a separate music event within the next 66 days, and shipped this quarter".
Motorola, Microsoft debut Q
Zander did unveil another handset (called Q) - driven by Windows Mobile 5.0 and equipped with a QWERTY keyboard. It has a design similar to Motorola's RAZR clamshell phone, though without a hinge, and should ship in the first quarter of next year, said Ron Garriques, executive vice president of Motorola and president of mobile devices at the company. The Q will include Bluetooth, a one-handed navigation thumbwheel and a 1.3Megapixel camera with flash.
Motorola followed up last year's announcement of the RAZR by unveiling an expanded range as well as a variety of other upcoming handsets and other products. One of the new RAZR models is a UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) version, scheduled to ship at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
Pebl and Slvr
Zander also showed off the previously announced Pebl line of phones, coming in the third quarter, which have a smooth, rounded clamshell design and can be opened with a tap of the finger, and the Slvr line of slim "candy-bar" style phones, coming out worldwide in the fourth quarter. He also demonstrated the Razrwire, a Bluetooth headset on a pair of sunglasses, developed along with sunglasses maker Oakley.
The company also discussed three new technologies:
A video voice-mail system for the company's Ojo Personal Video Phone;
Whole Home Media, a technology that will let consumers send saved video programs from a Motorola digital video recorder to multiple devices around a home, including mobile devices;
A wireless broadband product portfolio called Wi4, to be based on the emerging IEEE 802.16e mobile WiMax standard and positioned as the fourth generation of wireless mobile technology for carriers.