Motorola Reportedly Trimming Operating Systems In Favor Of Android - InformationWeek
IoT
IoT
Mobile // Mobile Devices
News
10/29/2008
04:48 PM
50%
50%

Motorola Reportedly Trimming Operating Systems In Favor Of Android

The cell phone maker is hoping that next week's FCC white spaces vote will bolster its efforts to bring an Android phone to market.

From the day Google announced its Android platform alliance last November, Motorola has been a featured partner. From Android day one, it was assumed that Motorola would one day have its very own Android handsets.

Since then, the pieces have been gradually falling into place for Motorola. Most recently, CEO Greg Brown lobbied the Federal Communications Commission to approve flexible use of the white spaces spectrum, which, of course, could be used by an Android phone built by Motorola.

The FCC votes on the white spaces issue on Tuesday and Motorola may set the table before that when it reports its quarterly earnings on Thursday. The Wall Street Journal reported that Motorola is cutting the number of its mobile phone operating systems and may announce its intention to center its efforts on Android phones.

So the planets are aligned for Motorola's Android effort. All that is lacking is a Motorola Android mobile phone. Much could depend on the outcome of the white spaces vote; approval of the unused and still unlicensed spectrum that exists alongside the 700-MHz band would likely spur sales of a Motorola Android handset.

The sole Android phone in the United States today is T-Mobile's G1 phone, but given T-Mobile's vociferous opposition to unbridled use of the unlicensed Wi-Fi spectrum, the cell phone service provider is unlikely to embrace unbridled white spaces, use either.

The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday said Sanjay Jha, Motorola's new co-chief executive, has told employees that he plans to jettison some of Motorola's older operating systems to focus on the Android platform in addition to Microsoft's Windows Mobile and Motorola's older home-grown P2K OS.

In spite of its long litany of problems, Motorola is still the leading supplier of cell phones in the United States and its RAZR model still tops the sales charts, although Apple's iPhone and Research in Motion's BlackBerry Curve are rapidly gaining.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
2017 State of IT Report
In today's technology-driven world, "innovation" has become a basic expectation. IT leaders are tasked with making technical magic, improving customer experience, and boosting the bottom line -- yet often without any increase to the IT budget. How are organizations striking the balance between new initiatives and cost control? Download our report to learn about the biggest challenges and how savvy IT executives are overcoming them.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll