Verizon Said To Be A No-Show At Motorola's Android Event - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Mobile
Commentary
8/31/2009
11:29 AM
Eric Ogren
Eric Ogren
Commentary
50%
50%

Verizon Said To Be A No-Show At Motorola's Android Event

On September 10, during a keynote address at the GigaOm conference in San Francisco, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha is expected to announce the company's first Android device(s). A Verizon representative has said that Verizon won't be attending and doesn't know what's being announced. This begs the question, which carrier is going to sell the to-be-announced device(s)?

On September 10, during a keynote address at the GigaOm conference in San Francisco, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha is expected to announce the company's first Android device(s). A Verizon representative has said that Verizon won't be attending and doesn't know what's being announced. This begs the question, which carrier is going to sell the to-be-announced device(s)?The Motorola Sholes was widely expected to be announced at next week's event. The Sholes, which boasts a QWERTY keyboard, touch screen and 5 megapixel camera, is said to be going on sale via Verizon Wireless later this year. Or is it?

According to TheStreet.com, an unnamed Verizon representative has confirmed that the nation's largest wireless provider won't be party to Motorola's announcement next week, and, in fact, doesn't know what's being announced at all. Motorola, however, contends that a carrier partner will be part of next week's event. This is a bit of a head scratcher.

So if the Sholes isn't on deck, then what is? Evidence pointing to Motorola Android devices has been spotted regularly across the Internet for months now. Considering what we've heard about AT&T's reaction to Motorola's Android handsets, it is likely that AT&T isn't going to be involved. That leaves T-Mobile and Sprint.

We already know that the HTC Hero is being prepped for release on Sprint at some point in the fourth quarter. Would Sprint launch two competing Android handsets in the same quarter? Doubtful. Is T-Mobile really going to be involved and pick up the first Motorola Android handset? That would be T-Mo's third Android phone (behind the G1 and myTouch 3G), with no other carriers hopping onto the Android bandwagon yet. That doesn't feel right.

Motorola has pinned a big part of its future on Android. It needs for its Android devices to be successful. The importance of next week's announcement can't be understated. Has Motorola picked the right partners for this important launch? We'll find out on the 10th.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Slideshows
10 Ways to Prepare Your IT Organization for the Next Crisis
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  5/20/2020
News
IT Spending Forecast: Unfortunately, It's Going to Hurt
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  5/15/2020
Commentary
Helping Developers and Enterprises Answer the Skills Dilemma
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  5/19/2020
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
The State of IT & Cybersecurity Operations 2020
The State of IT & Cybersecurity Operations 2020
Download this report from InformationWeek, in partnership with Dark Reading, to learn more about how today's IT operations teams work with cybersecurity operations, what technologies they are using, and how they communicate and share responsibility--or create risk by failing to do so. Get it now!
Video
Current Issue
Key to Cloud Success: The Right Management
This IT Trend highlights some of the steps IT teams can take to keep their cloud environments running in a safe, efficient manner.
Slideshows
Flash Poll