Android: Motorola’s Future?

Posted by Sam Churchill on

Motorola is banking on Android, reports, to help steer its floundering mobile device division into a positive revenue stream by 2010.

Sanjay Jha, Co-CEO and mobile device leader at Motorola, told investors this week that his 2009-2010 smartphone road map features a variety of Android devices.

Android works well for Motorola, he said, as Motorola’s new device applications are now focused on providing “best-in-class Web browsing and unique experiences” which would include social networking capabilities. Motorola’s expertise in Linux and Java is also a natural fit for Android development, he said.

“We have a large team which is very familiar with Linux, Java and now Android. That gives us an advantage,” Jha told investors, noting that efforts in those platforms have produced software modules that Motorola has not yet been able to plug into handsets. His expectation is that Motorola will be able to leverage Android software to build unique products that will prove alluring to carrier partners and resellers.

Analysts expect a flood of Android devices to debut at 3GSM, the Mobile World Congress event this month in Barcelona.

Jha said Motorola is ahead of schedule in developing its new Android product road map, is already getting good vibes from prospective carriers and resellers have been receptive. He said a good portion of Motorola’s research and development is focused on differentiating device UI and experience.

Meanwhile, Samsung, the world’s second-largest handset vendor after Nokia, plans to launch its applications store at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later this month. The store will be compatible with the vendor’s Symbian- and Windows Mobile-based devices and will initially be available in the UK, offering some 1,100 applications at launch.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Thursday, February 5th, 2009 at 10:25 am .

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