Motorola has been looking for more business IT opportunities, trying to ride the coming unstoppable wave of companies moving their apps onto mobile devices. For example, it created a company called CanvasM to develop custom wireless business applications and help companies implement apps and related services as part of a joint venture with IT and telecom services provider Tech Mahindra. It has its own line of business-minded, rugged handhelds, specialized radios, and network offerings. It's making a major play in the development of WiMax wireless networks.
But the megatrend here is all about putting more data on mobile networks and more function in workers' mobile devices--no matter what the device or what kind of wireless network. What's interesting to me about the Motorola-Symbol deal is the potential to build more of Symbol's specialized technology into standard-issue cell phones. We're all going to expect our mobile phones to do more. Motorola needs to be in a position to help us do that.