Today Motorola filed its first quarter earnings. Buried within the report was a juicy gem about the company's plans regarding Android devices, which CEO Sanjay Jha said will be available in time for the holidays. (Oh, and handset sales fell a whopping 45%.)Eek. Another bad quarter for Motorola's troubled handset division. It lost $509 million in the first three months of the year. As bad as that sounds, it is an improvement over the fourth quarter of 2008, when it lost $595 million.
That slight improvement in the loss doesn't tell the whole story. Motorola said it shipped 14.7 million phones worldwide, a 45% drop compared to the previous quarter. That drops its worldwide share of the phone market to a meager 6%. That's not a good sign at all, but it's also not all that surprising. Aside from the QA4 Evoke, W233 Renew and A3100 Surf, Motorola has barely announced any new handsets in 2009. It's hard to sell phones when you're not refreshing the lineup with exciting new models every few months.
It appears as though Motorola is looking to the fourth quarter for a Hail Mary pass from Android.
Sanjay Jha, co-CEO of Motorola and CEO of Mobile Devices, said, "Customer feedback on our smartphone roadmap remains very positive, and we plan to have differentiated Android-based devices in stores in time for the fourth-quarter holiday season."
Looking at the spy shots of both devices, I am not overly hopeful. Neither is the stylish killer that Motorola needs to bring to market. I am keeping my fingers crossed that these are early renderings and don't represent the final designs.