updated 11:55 pm EDT, Tue October 28, 2008
Motorolas focus on Android
Motorola is expected to focus efforts on Google's Android operating system as a nearly exclusive platform for its phones, which could lead to even more layoffs and restructuring, according to sources that spoke to The Wall Street Journal. Recently appointed co-CEO Sanjay Jha will allegedly unveil a new set of plans, which could include a new round of layoffs, adding to the already staggering 10,000 jobs cut so far. The announcement could happen as early as Thursday, should this prove true.
Motorola's first Android phone is expected to offer a keen focus on social networking, not geared towards business users, as with its Q series handsets. The move to Android is one that Jha hopes will restore Motorola to its former glory, having slid behind other companies in overall sales worldwide.
The plans will reportedly involve scrapping four device platforms, leaving Android and two others, reducing the amount of staff required to oversee regional support.
It is unknown if the decision will delay Motorola's entry into Android territory, a move expected to come to fruition in 2009. It represents Motorola's attempts to catch up with Apple's iPhone, the BlackBerry, and several other key handsets.