Kicking off CES, Motorola announced four new handsets, among other new wireless products and plans to acquire Asian music provider, Soundbuzz. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed, but Motorola said the purchase will allow it to expand its existing MotoMusic into India, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Motorola said that Soundbuzz’s system includes subscriber management, content management, payment, client software and media delivery technologies, and that the company will continue to provide “white-label” services to carrier customers.
Motorola also said it intends to maintain Soundbuzz’s Singapore headquarters.
As for new handsets, Motorola has released what it claims is a filmmaking phone. The MOTO Z10 promises to help consumers create, edit, share and consume multimedia on the go.
The company also announced its next-generation music phone, the ROKR E8, which also debuts Motorola’s new FastScroll navigation wheel and is the first handset to offer the company’s ModeShift technology.
Motorola also announced two new handsets in its W line, the W230 and W270, which both include mobile music players and expandable memory card slots.
And finally Motorola announced that the company, through its strategic venture capital arm, has made a strategic investment in Inside Contactless, a developer of contactless payment chips and near field communications (NFC) technologies for mobile devices. The exact amount of the investment was not released.