In an earnings call today, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha confirmed that Motorola will launch "at least one direct-to-consumer device with Google" this year. Given Google's strategy, this appears to mean that Motorola will offer one of the followup devices to the HTC-manufactured Nexus One.
The Google-Motorola device is only one of 20 Android smartphones that the company expects to launch this year, ten of which will run Motorola's MOTOBLUR customer user interface. Formerly geared at consumers, MOTOBLUR has its sights on the business market as well, with a new version due out this year that will address "additional security and device management functionality."
The company also announced that it continues to back out of the mid-to-high-end feature phone market, stating that the market will likely "decline throughout the year." Motorola plans to focus on smartphones and low-end devices. The low-end devices are slated for China, Latin America, and Southeast Asia, with few models coming to the United States and Europe due to the company's focus on smartphones in those regions. The US will "dominate" smartphone sales, Jha said. Motorola shipped 2 million Android devices in the fourth quarter of last year, and expects to ship 11 to 14 million this year.
With the launch (and subsequent success) of the DROID, has your interest in Motorola been re-ignited?