Motorola’s Linux Phone Launches Today

MotoRokr Z6 (formerly MotoRizr Z6)


Motorola MotoRokr Z6
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Motorola announced the MotoRizr Z6 in January, touting it as the first Linux phone to support all of Microsoft’s Windows Media technologies. Now known as the MotoRokr Z6, the phone officially launches today, with global roll-out expected over the next several weeks.

The Z6 has a unique slider form factor aimed at clearly delineating modality. In other words, “Closed, it’s an MP3 player. Open, it’s a phone,” Dale said.

Dale also called the Z6 “Our first true Linux/Java product,” presumably a reference to the device’s monolithic processor architecture, on which a real-time enabled version of Linux may provide both control- and data-plane functionality; earlier Motorola phones used VRTX or other real-time OSes on separate baseband processors to handle signal processing and run the cellular modem.

Other touted features include:

  • PC song sync at 3 sec/song — three times faster than Sony Walkman phones
  • Song storage on removable 2GB SD/MMC cards
  • Simple music management using Windows Media Player
  • X9 stereo bluetooth headphones included in European package

Lots more about the Z6 can be found in our earlier coverage, here.

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