Motorola's 'Family Room' trademark hints at media sharing

Motorola (NYSE:MOT) is dropping clues about what kind of products it might produce from the combination of its handset unit and its set-top box division. The company filed a trademark application for something called "Family Room" with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that strongly hints at media sharing products.

Little is known about the proposed product, but according to the filing it is described as cellular phone software that will allow users to share digital content, including calendars, photo albums and music, and might be cloud-based. A Motorola spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Motorola co-CEO Sanjay Jha, who will lead the company's handset and set-top box units when the firm splits up early next year, has hinted at such kinds of products in the past. Speaking at a recent Fortune conference, he said he expects to release products that combine elements from both units next fall.

Jha has also hinted that Motorola may introduce some kind of tablet product that will allow users to walk around the house and watch TV, and has said Google's Android platform might be a suitable operating system for such a "companion" product. "We're very focused on participating in this convergence between mobility and home, and I actually think you will see some products from us in a very short period of time," he said at an investor conference in May.

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