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New motorola defy smartphone with satellite messaging unveiled at MWC 2023

New motorola defy smartphone with satellite messaging unveiled at MWC 2023

Bullitt and Motorola debut the first rugged smartphone using the ‘Bullitt Satellite Messenger’ service, with advanced two-way satellite messaging technology, location sharing and SOS assistance

MWC Barcelona, February 24th 2023. Bullitt Group, the innovative British mobile phone manufacturer, in partnership with Motorola Mobility, a Lenovo company, has unveiled two new devices in the motorola defy rugged range that incorporate its unique satellite-to-mobile messaging service. The motorola defy 2, a rugged smartphone, and motorola defy satellite link, a Bluetooth device that provides satellite connectivity to any smartphone*, are designed for anyone that has ever been frustrated by a lack of cell coverage – whether travelling or participating in outdoor activities, or just in their daily lives.

Motorola and Bullitt have reaffirmed their commitment to innovation by integrating Bullitt Satellite Messenger into the new motorola defy range, showcased by both companies at MWC 2023. The motorola defy 2 is an advanced 5G rugged Android smartphone. Fast and responsive, it can cope with the stress of day-to-day life and outdoor adventures, while providing unique always-on connectivity.

“The defy range of rugged devices have broad appeal, from outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers to consumers who just want an ultra-durable phone,” said Dave Carroll, Vice President, Strategic Brand Partnerships at Motorola. “Adding assured connectivity with two-way satellite messaging broadens the appeal of the motorola defy 2 to anyone who finds themselves outside of traditional messaging coverage. We look forward to bringing the motorola defy 2 to a new segment of mobile phone users in the coming months.”

“We are delighted to be working with Motorola to bring another innovative solution to the defy range. Adding satellite connectivity to the defy 2 smartphone will give our core customers improved peace of mind, while the motorola defy satellite link, combined with the Bullitt Satellite Messenger service, brings accessible and affordable satellite messaging to everybody’s current smartphone. This is the definition of democratizing satellite communications and ensures customers are able to be in constant communication whenever they need it.” said Dave Floyd, Bullitt Co-Founder.

In addition to offering satellite connectivity and 5G, the motorola defy 2 boasts an extremely robust design. The phone is built to survive drops and falls, and is lab and real-world tested to heights of up to 1.8 meters, including repeated drops onto a steel plate in every orientation. It is impervious to dust, sand and dirt ingress, and highly waterproof, submersion tested to depths down to 5 meters and subjected to high pressure water jets, earning the product IP68 and IP69K ratings. And it is fully resistant to the elements. Put through rigorous Mil-Spec 810H testing, motorola defy 2 has been tested in high and low temperature extremes, in humid environments, in salt mist conditions, and has been put through vibration and tumble tests.

Featuring a hygienic device design, the motorola defy 2 can be cleaned and sanitized with soap and water, or even alcohol wipes without issue, and it includes Bullitt’s Hygiene+ technology – with all external surfaces of the device manufactured with materials blended with antimicrobial, antibacterial additives.**

Despite its robustness, the motorola defy 2 is slim and pocketable, and includes a large 6.6” FHD+ display, with20:9 aspect ratio and up to 120Hz refresh rate. It also includes a large 5000mAh battery, providing up to 2-days of power, and support for 15W fast-charging and Qi wireless charging. It is powered by MediaTek’s Dimensity 930 octa-core 2.2GHz processor, with 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage – expandable with MicroSD cards. And it includes a triple camera array (50MP main sensor, 8MP ultrawide sensor, 2MP macro sensor) on the rear, and 8MP front facing camera. Launching on Android 12, the motorola defy 2 will receive two OS updates – and 5 years of security patches***.

“Satellite technology for any smartphone is the next big step in mobile connectivity, and what MediaTek has delivered with its stand-alone, standards-based satellite communications chip. We successfully worked with Bullitt, integrating our 3GPP NTN technology and chipset into the world’s first commercially available devices with two-way satellite messaging,” said JC Hsu, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of MediaTek’s wireless communications business unit. “It’s a significant advancement for remote users and emergency services, but this technology also paves the way for other unique smartphone satellite communication and connectivity markets.”

motorola defy satellite link: a robust Bluetooth accessory with Bullitt Satellite Connectivity

The motorola defy satellite link is a compact, lightweight, Bluetooth accessory with a handy attachment loop that allows any Android or iOS device to connect to the Bullitt Satellite Messenger service and utilize the full functionality of the application, including true two-way messaging over satellite, as well as location sharing and SOS assistance.

The tough, pocket-friendly device has also passed Mil-Spec 810H testing and is waterproof and dustproof with an IP68 rating. It has a 600mAh battery, providing sufficient battery life for multiple days of use. The design includes physical SOS and location ‘Check In’ buttons, allowing it to offer some functions even when apart from its paired smartphone.

Designed to give any smartphone the power of satellite connectivity, the motorola defy satellite link is an advanced satellite hotspot device that ensures peace of mind – wherever your next adventure takes you.

Bullitt Satellite Messenger: Featuring direct-to-satellite mobile phone technology for two-way satellite messaging

Bullitt Satellite Messenger is the first 3GPP standards-based satellite NTN or ‘direct-to-device’ service. The new motorola defy range will use the service to access existing geostationary satellites, providing affordable and continuous coverage internationally over existing, well-established infrastructure. With this new technology, customers can message over satellite, as long as they have a clear view of the sky.

The service works by utilizing the motorola defy 2’s hardware, or the motorola defy satellite link hardware connected to an iOS or Android smartphone, along with the Bullitt Satellite Messenger app, to send messages. It will first try to connect via Wi-Fi or cellular as normal, and if neither are found to be available, it will connect via satellite. Recipients without the Bullitt Satellite Messenger app can receive a message as a simple SMS to their existing phone, and are invited to download the associated Android or iOS app to respond.

The cost of the messages sent or received over satellite will be deducted from the satellite messaging subscriber’s plan with no cost to the recipient. There is no charge to either party when sending messages over an internet connection.

SOS Assist – with 24/7 access to emergency response centers provided by FocusPoint International – is available free for the first year at launch with the motorola defy 2 and is included in all plans. Messaging plans start from as little as $4.99/ month, with other flexible and heavier usage plans also available.

Pricing and availability

The motorola defy 2 will be available from Q2 2023 from selected operators across North America, Latin America and Canada. Priced from $599 including 12 months of SOS Assist.

The motorola defy satellite link will be available from Q2 2023 across international retailers, for local availability visit www.motorolarugged.com. Priced from $99 for the device only. A bundle including 12 months subscription to the Essentials Messaging service plan (up to 30 two-way messages per month and SOS Assist) will start at $149.

The new motorola defy range will be available for the first hands-on demonstrations at Showstoppers at MWC23, Sunday, 26 February, 4-7pm, Maritime Museum and at the Bullitt stand, Hall 7, Stand B50.

The devices are also on display on the Lenovo stand in Hall 3, Stand 3N30 and MediaTek in Hall 3, Stand 3D10.

 For more information contact Lisa Meakin: l.meakin@bullitt-group.com

 For more details visit www.bullitt.com

*iOS 14 or later, Android 10 or later.

**All external components of this product have manufactured using materials that have been blended with a silver ion-based antimicrobial additive.

***Comprising as a minimum, 3-years of quarterly security maintenance releases (SMRs) and a further 2-years of Emergency SMRs as required.

About Motorola Strategic Brand Partnerships

For over 90 years the Motorola brand has been known around the world for high quality, innovative and trusted products. Motorola’s Strategic Brand Partnership program seeks to leverage the power of this iconic brand by teaming with dynamic companies who offer unique, high quality products that enrich consumer’s lives. Strategic brand partners work closely with Motorola engineers while developing and manufacturing their products, ensuring that their products meet the exacting safety, quality, and reliability standards that consumers have come to expect from Motorola. To learn more about Motorola strategic brand partnerships, follow us @ShopMotorola.

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About Bullitt Group

Bullitt Group is an innovative British smartphone company specialising in ruggedised, and satellite-connected devices, apps and services. Bullitt Group enables its customers to use their device wherever they go—whether that be construction sites, off-shore fishing farms, or in rural places where terrestrial-based connectivity can’t reach. Bullitt Group’s heritage in offering resistant, reliable, all-proof rugged devices, is bolstered by its leveraging of satellite connectivity to offer the world’s most advanced t satellite-connected smartphone. Bullitt Group’s satellite-connected devices enable customers to access connectivity services in the most challenging and remote locations, while also enabling its MNO partners to deliver connectivity beyond the limitations of terrestrial-based networks. For more information, visit: www.bullitt.com / www.bullitt-group.com.

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Motorola expands its indigenous languages digital inclusion initiative with two new endangered languages spoken in India

Today, in partnership with the Lenovo Foundation, Motorola is excited to announce the next phase of our indigenous languages digital inclusion initiative with the addition of two new languages – Kuvi and Kangri – spoken in regions of India. Over the last two years, we’ve added the support of three endangered indigenous languages to our devices – Cherokee (spoken in the United States), Kaingang (spoken in Brazil) and Nheengatu (spoken in the Amazon). We’re incredibly thrilled to continue our commitment to embracing inclusivity and delivering smarter technology for all, by delivering the first-ever Kuvi language writing system and keyboard, and a fully localized Kangri smartphone User Interface to our devices.*

Of the 2,464 endangered languages around the world listed in the UNESCO Atlas of World’s Languages in Danger, India tops the list with 197 endangered languages, followed by the U.S. (191) and Brazil (190). When selecting the languages for this most recent phase of our project, we analyzed many factors including the percentage of speakers in the communities to indicate loss of language, community access to technologies, engagement with the broader community, and availability of linguistics resources. We found that while the Kuvi language community accounts for about 155,000 people, who live primarily in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, India, only about 9% of the people in the region still speak the language. Similarly, we discovered that while Kangri is spoken by around 1 million people in India, only a very small fraction are fluent speakers.

The first-ever Kuvi language writing system

With this project, Motorola and the Lenovo Foundation worked closely with the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) under the guidance of Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS and leadership of Dr. Sushree Sangita Mohanty and support from the Kuvi speakers & language experts to determine the needs of the Kuvi communities in all regions where Kuvi is spoken. Together we determined that the most important step in Kuvi Language Preservation would be to develop the first-ever Kuvi language writing system. Additionally, to facilitate the usage of this new written system, we created a Kuvi keyboard supporting 4 scripts – Kuvi Odia, Kuvi Telugu, Kuvi Devanagari and Kuvi Latin. The new keyboard is available for download via the Google Play Store to help with the utilization of the written form in smartphones and allow for other forms of digitization.

“We at Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) are delighted to partner with Motorola and Lenovo Foundation in this one-of-its-kind project to revitalize the endangered status of Kuvi language,” said Samanta. “KISS with support from the Lenovo Foundation has been integral in bringing together the member of tribal communities (Kondh, Kond and Jatapu), linguistic & technical experts, and various other fraternities to collaborate with the Motorola Software Globalization team and develop a keyboard for the Kuvi Language. This initiative sets the path for the revival of many more such languages, helping to preserve the rich legacy, knowledge and heritage that rests in the depths of our country.”

The first fully localized Kangri Smartphone User Interface

We also worked alongside linguists, scholars, and experts from the Kangra, Hamirpur and Una districts of Himachal Pradesh, to deliver the first fully localized Kangri. Smartphone User Interface, in both AOSP content and Motorola Experience apps. To make for a seamless Kangri experience on our devices, we also added Unicode Common Locale Data Repository (CLDR) support with a richer Kangri language data and user interface, all locale-specific patterns for formatting and parsing such as dates, times, currency, measure units, country & language information. Localizing over 200,000 English words into Kangri on our devices means that from the moment a Kangri user sets up their device, they can select the language and navigate a richer UI for both Android AOSP and Motorola experiences.

“With just about 1.7 million speakers of Kangri from a total 1.4 billion people who make India, Motorola and Lenovo Foundation’s language revitalization effort is truly a testimony of their commitment to preserving endangered languages,” said Professor Sunhu Sharma, consultant to Motorola’s Endangered Indigenous Language Initiative for Kangri. “The project was humongous and extremely gratifying, as researchers, tribals, linguists, and tech professionals, worked together to localize over 200,000 English words into Kangri on Motorola’s devices, which will enable Kangri speakers to set up their device in their language and navigate their phone in their mother tongue.”

To further our efforts in bringing more awareness and action to revitalize endangered indigenous languages, this past December, Sergio Buniac, President of Motorola, announced at UNESCO’s  International Decade of Indigenous Languages event, that we are also partnering with UNESCO to conduct further research on the impact and potential of digitizing endangered indigenous languages. “Lenovo and Motorola, in collaboration with UNESCO New Delhi Office, are in the planning phase to develop a toolkit sharing experiences and technology in digitizing endangered indigenous languages,” said Hesekiel Dlamini, Officer in Charge, UNESCO, New Delhi. “This is in line with our shared vision for digital inclusion of indigenous communities.”

In addition to these languages, we also recently introduced a new logo dedicated to our indigenous languages digitization initiative. The new logo is meant to make support of these languages more recognizable on our devices and raise awareness towards the cause.

“With each phase of our endangered indigenous languages project, our goal is to help bridge the gap in digitally inclusive technology and inspire more actions towards the revitalization of these languages”, said Janine Oliveira, Executive Director of Globalization Software at Motorola Mobility. “The addition of Kangri and Kuvi to our growing list of supported languages is a milestone we’re excited to celebrate, but our work doesn’t stop here.”

Moving forward, we will continue to conduct research alongside indigenous communities and engage with regional teams to enrich Motorola experiences and the lives of our incredible consumers.

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