In business, it's a simple strategy - when you find a winning formula, you run with it. After being on the brink of bankruptcy, it's safe to say that Motorola has finally found success in the Android OS. In a conversation with Spiros Nikolakopoulos, vice president and general manager for Asia Pacific and International Distribution for Motorola’s Mobile Devices business, CNET Asia was able to obtain more information about the company's plans:
“There will be between 20 and 30 smartphones globally and, at this moment, all of them will run Android. Naturally, not all will be available everywhere as it depends on the company’s partnership with the various telco operators in each country. For non-smartphone models, they will run either Brew or the Motorola’s own operating system.”
With Windows 7 expected at some point this year, it's entirely possible that Motorola will forego a relationship with Microsoft and Windows Mobile 7. As a Windows-centric blog, wmpoweruser thinks that Motorola is driving itself into oblivion, which I couldn't disagree with more. It's evident that the Windows strategy hasn't worked for them over the past few years (think Motorola Q here), and the focus on Windows Mobile and their proprietary UI put them in the position they're in now. I'm not saying focus solely on Android, but given the immense popularity of Android at the moment, Motorola couldn't be making a better move.
What say you? Agree with me, or are you in the Windows Mobile camp?