Jan 07 AT 11:44 AM Taylor Wimberly 25 Comments

Motorola teases CES announcements with “stay unplugged” message


Motorola just released a teaser video for CES with the short message “stay unplugged.” We don’t know exactly what products they are hyping up, but it likely has something to do with the connected home.

Last year Motorola acquired the remote access software ZumoCast and then rebranded it as MotoCast. You have probably seen the service promoted in some of the Verizon ads for the Droid Bionic and RAZR, but MotoCast allows you to stream your personal media anywhere and sync your phone’s content.

Yesterday Motorola also announced their 4Home Connected Home Gateway. This box allows customers to easily add connected home services such as home control, home security and energy management. It also allows customers to access their home from a smartphone, tablet or PC.

It looks like a simple WiFi router, but the Connected Home Gateway includes a 1.2 GHz processor running Motorola’s open 4Home software platform, which supports a host of standards and protocols, making it easier to connect multiple disparate devices to a home network.

“People want anywhere, anytime access to their digital lives. Our suite of award-winning products addresses the new ways that people are embracing their connected lifestyle in the home,” said Dan Moloney, president, Motorola Mobility. “We’re seeing more consumption of more media and lifestyle services across more devices. This is an unprecedented opportunity for service providers to differentiate by streamlining these converged experiences. At CES, Motorola is showcasing a range of new products that are paving the way for the next stage of the connected home.”

Motorola also recently announced another product called Televation that hopes to also evolve the way we watch TV. This box provides a “smart, streamlined way to enjoy a personalized TV experience and relevant social features from your smartphone, PC or tablet.” Televation comes with its client app for Android that currently works with the Motorola XOOM and DROID XYBOARD, as well as tablets from other manufacturers.

The more I think about it, this sounds like a Google TV product on steroids. CES is just days away, so we will find out what Motorola has in store soon. What do you think Motorola will announce at CES?

Via: Motorola press release

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  • http://theandroidappshow.com Lane Montgomery

    Wireless charging in their high end phones is my guess.

    I just can’t wait until the acquisition is finalized!

  • Dirge

    Hm, a [email protected] product?

    • stenzor

      heh, reminds me of [email protected]

    • http://theinternet-allofit.blogspot.com Jorge Branco

      I sure hope so. I can’t wait for fancy android lightbulbs!

  • ericl5112

    2 things come to mind. They feel like they have a phone with a massive battery life (awesome) or they have a wireless charging solution (cool, but slightly less awesome to me).

  • ashclepdia

    Maybe they doing that new wifi charging I heard about…or Bluetooth charging or something lol.
    Would be sweet

    • bruce080


  • spazby

    Whatever it is, I cant wait to find out….

  • Leif

    Wasn’t WiFi direct implemented into DLNA few months ago?

    So maybe some accessoires like a wireless speaker using WiFi Direct/DLNA instead of the Bluetooth.

    • ericl5112

      I thought about something like that, but they specifically use an AC charging cable, so I assume it’s something to do with “plug your phone into power less” rather than media.

  • sylar

    Hmm hope it turns out to be something cool. My only problem with keeping everything in the cloud is it eats up your battery when you want to access it.

  • Dr.Carpy

    This is cool! I’ve already implemented some home automation strategies, so ones that are tailored towards Android are certainly welcomed by me.

  • http://youtube.com/user/jawckamoe Marcus

    I honestly thought this would be about phones with longer battery lives. Or maybe even wireless charging somehow. That’d be cool anyway

  • supercaliber64

    Better battery life or new charging.

  • aranea

    Looks interesting! We need something that will connect everything together and we can control from the phone.

  • dacatalyst41

    I hope an oem is FINALLY investing as much innovation into battery life as they are into the hardware/software and overall appearance. No one wants a Ferrariv with a 2-gallon tank.

  • Horaz

    The word is “Charging”.
    The wireless charging is a possibility.
    My first guess is something about battery life. I wish, I want, I need this.

    We need this.

  • T1392

    How about solar powered batteries wasn’t this tested before in some college or small businesses? Would be just amazing if it was.

    • Nivki

      Nokia recently more or less abandoned this solar powering concept. Don’t think Motorola will have anything better related to solar powering devices than Nokia was researching.

  • lokidokie

    Sounds interesting… go on…

  • http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?id=583695634&ref=profile Rahul Singh

    Super excited for CES 2012

  • nivekkev

    Definitely something wireless, just now sure what…

    • nivekkev

      After thinking a bit more, looks to be better battery life, just based on the clues available when you put them all together…

  • vid500

    Sounds interesting. I wonder what it will be at the end. Can’t wait CES to start.

  • Hall Lo

    Wireless charging? :O This would definitely make me just buy their fones rite away!