updated 09:25 am EDT, Thu April 29, 2010
Motorola may get into game to challenge iPad
Motorola is interested in getting into tablets, the company said when discussing its most recent results. Co-CEO Sanjay Jha explained that Motorola was "very engaged" with the tablet arena and was "intimately" involved with the category. He didn't provide details and was careful to note that Motorola would only signal more definitive plans "at the appropriate time."
The company has already been involved in tablet-like devices in the past and has made both the DH01 and DH02 portable TVs, but until now it hasn't hinted at making a full computing device in a slate design. Android is a candidate for any design as it's currently Motorola's platform of choice, although Windows Phone 7 is also a possible choice in the future.
Jha was also grilled during the call about the prospect of owning its own OS in the light of HP buying Palm but shot down the idea in the near future. He liked the philosophy embraced by Apple, RIM and now HP of owning one's own OS, but all the right components had to be in place. A successful manufacturer needs to have a device ecosystem as well as services and the ability to keep everything at the leading edge, Jha said. Otherwise, it would be better to license another's platform.
For now, Motorola is still committed to Google and has previously said it would look at Windows Phone 7 for next year.