Android has been available to developers for about a year now. It takes most companies 12 to 18 months to develop a phone and bring it to market. HTC managed to bang one out in 11 months. The report that Motorola would have something ready by mid-2009 seemed about on target. Why the schedule has been pushed back, Jha didn't explain.
Either way, it leaves more room for Motorola's competitors to beat it to market with devices of their own. As I reported yesterday, Kyocera, Hop-on, OpenMoko, and even Asus have Android handsets in the works. They all have plenty of opportunity to gain some ground on Motorola.
Motorola managed to remain the world's number three provider of cell phones (how, I don't know). The company sold 25.4 million cell phones in the third quarter, down from the 28.1 million it sold in the second quarter. The cell phone unit lost $840 billion on $3.1 billion in revenue for the quarter. Ouch.