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Motorola Buys Mobile Operating System Maker

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Motorola Buys Mobile Operating System Maker

As smartphones develop ever more into computers that happen to make phone calls there has been a pleasant move towards OS interoperability and cohesion. But it is a move which many handset makers still appear to be fighting...

Surprisingly joining this group today is Motorola - a company which has seen its fortunes transformed by adoption of Android. It has completed the purchase of Azingo, a niche Linux-based mobile phone operating system, according to Azingo CEO Yogish Kulkami.

Motorola has yet to confirm the move, but the company's big cheese Sanjay Jha recently said during its Q1 earnings call that: "I’ve always felt that owning your OS is important, provided you have an ecosystem, you have all the services and you have an ability and the scale to execute on keeping that OS at the leading edge. And I continue to believe that at some point, if we have all of those attributes, that owning our own OS will be a very important thing."

As which point I want to scream "No! No! No!" You don't see Dell, Acer or Lenovo saying it is important to own your own OS in the PC space, it would complicate life for software developers and consumers alike and this is increasingly true of mobiles. It is also a criticism which has been strongly (and we'd say rightly) levelled at Vodafone 360 and Samsung bada.

With RIM, Apple and Palm (now HP) having founded their businesses on proprietary software I'd argue that sector is already saturated and the smartphone landscape shouldn't be fractured any further. Instead we should be looking to open, hardware neutral platforms to provide competition, commonality and familiarity for consumers.

*Sigh*

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sonisoe

May 6, 2010, 6:44 pm

while i agree that mobile OS space has been used up, i still like seeing new OSs see what difference they can bring....

LetsGo

May 6, 2010, 6:47 pm

Looks like they want to repeat the 80's Home computer war again, that did not turn out well for any one except the IBM alliance. Google Android = IBM PC alliance

Gordon394

May 6, 2010, 6:48 pm

@sonisoe - I agree with you entirely, it's mobile OSes made by handset manufacturers I'm not a fan of since they will never be widely adopted by rival companies.

scotw

May 6, 2010, 6:56 pm

I couldn't agree more, but at the moment they are all a bit nervous about putting their trust 100% in Google. Perhaps the Nexus one spooked them somewhat even though it was really just a kick start for the Desire. That said the Desire is selling well, Android is on the up and I doubt HTC will abandon it anytime soon, so it'll all get sorted out in the end.

Ed

May 6, 2010, 8:53 pm

I'd rather see them give it a go than just accept Android forever more. After all, that OS is hardly perfect yet. This could be the next WebOS for all we know.

Hallainzil

May 7, 2010, 1:45 am

@Ed: This is Motorola. Do you really trust them that much? Personally, I'd imagine this is going to be more bada than WebOS.

Jawad Mateen

May 7, 2010, 5:55 pm

Hi there everyone...


Gordon does nothing if not worshipping at the altar of iPhone OS and Google Android. I totally agree with Ed here. It can be the next WebOS for all we know as yet but NO!! How can we let slide a perfectly good chance of having another go at a company like just-recently-down-on-it's-luck Moto. You never know where the next big thing will come out from. 18 months ago nobody was exactly banking on Palm to create the Best Mobile OS TM. I know, I know we'll all say 'But look where they've gone now' but no matter what HP does to WebOS, it will remain the best piece of software never 'given to fly' (Pearl Jam ref.)


If RIM can get away with it because of it's installed user base in the business sector why not just wait and see if a tried and tested hardware maker like Moto can do anything as unique. I won't even mention Apple here... they have a hardware/software eco-system and a real bastard one at that but nobody suggests that they should let other handset manufecturers (most of them way ahead in knowing how to make a 'really' great and user-friendly handset) use the iPhone OS. They have the biggest app store in the world, why not make money out of 'that' by allowing anybody with an iPhone handset downloading the apps they want... Just making my own silly point...

Gordon394

May 8, 2010, 11:52 pm

@Jawad - I've LOVE to see Apple over up its iPhone OS to other handset makers, but it is NEVER going to happen ;)

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