Moto Opens Apps Store in China

SHOP4APPS store to launch in China for both paid and free Android applications; new Ecosystem Partners include Baidu and others

January 22, 2010

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BEIJING and LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. -- Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today in China introduced SHOP4APPS (or Zhi-Jian-Yuan, which means "Place for Apps Wisdom" in Chinese), Motorola’s store for Android applications, which makes it easy to discover, purchase, and download applications designed to customize Android-based Motorola phones in China. SHOP4APPS will be available on new Motorola smartphones in China starting in time for Chinese New Year. Motorola additionally announced a new feature on their Android handsets enabling users to customize their Android devices by selecting their own search provider. Users will be able to select their search experience from a number of providers including Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU) and others, with whom Motorola has signed strategic agreements.

With SHOP4APPS and the ability for users to select their apps and search services, Motorola is providing China consumers with the ability to personalize their mobile device experiences. The store will support the open Android ecosystem and will be offered to other manufacturers or partners in China for license. SHOP4APPS additionally gives developers a seamless path to promote their applications in the market through MOTODEV, Motorola’s global developer program, and through other Android development ecosystems. Developers can begin immediately to submit their Android applications for ingestion into the SHOP4APPS store in China at http://developer.motorola.com.

“Our ability to offer SHOP4APPS and choice in search is a testament to the openness of the Android platform. SHOP4APPS will provide developers the opportunity to market and promote their applications on Android handsets within the Chinese market,” said Christy Wyatt, corporate vice president of software and services, Motorola Mobile Devices. “In addition to our close collaboration with the Android community, we are working closely with our carrier partners in China, and with ecosystem partners like Baidu to provide consumers with a full suite of services. These services will include search, email and maps for our newest China smartphones.”

Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT)

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