Smartest move in a long time?
Has the dam broken?
Today has already seen the T-Mobile G1 launch and widespread talk of an impending Asus Android handset and now Motorola is getting involved as well. According to the Wall Street Journal Moto co-CEO Sanjay Jha has decided the troubled company will wholeheartedly embrace Android with numerous new phones being based on the Google OS.
No details of the handsets themselves or any indication of releases schedules (darn it) were hinted at in the report but if it isn’t to be late to the party mid 2009 would seem to be the deadline in getting the first models out the door.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the news filtered through behind wider talk of more job cuts at the company and the possible streamlining of its manufacturing process which could apparently see production of some of its Windows Mobile based handsets outsourced (no prizes for guessing the obvious companies who would do that role… Asus / HTC).
Of course from a financial standpoint it also makes sense for Motorola to opt for Android because its open source model would offer significant savings compared to licensed alternatives.
Could Motorola finally be seeing the light or is it too late? Well, as long as the first Android handset doesn’t have ‘RAZR’ in its name it stands a chance…