Motorola Phone Portal enables WiFi PC-to-phone connections, browser-based management

Recently some of the system dumps from the upcoming Motorola Sholes/Tao/Droid hit the Developer community, and they have been trying to piece the puzzle together of what the Motorola Sholes/Tao/Droid is all about.  We got our hands on a new app which looks like it will be front and center when the device finally hits the shelves, Motorola Phone Portal.

Those that remember using the Motorola Phone Tools app to hack their Motorola’s back in the day (I’m getting all “Ahmad – Back in the Day” about my v600, v810, and RAZR) will instantly recognize this little gem, but it’s been updated for Android and provides some pretty cool functionality.  Basically, Motorola Phone Portal (MPP) serves as an all-in-one phone manager that allows users to  easily view, edit, create, delete, and play their contacts, ringtones, photos, wallpaper, and media.  The key difference now is, the app is web-based and you log into your phone from directly from your browser!  No installing “modems” and drivers on your Windows machine (painful), just fire up the app and press the “Connect with Wi-Fi button.  When you press the button, the app prompts you to either turn on Wi-Fi, or connect over USB.  For this experiment, I chose Wi-Fi.

Quick Note:  I took these screenshots on my laptop running Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty.  Obviously the tool may not be 100% finished yet, but the WebUI rendered a bit weirdly in some places both in Firefox and in Chrome.  Some shots are in FF, some in Chrome.

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