Motorola has recruited engineers from Apple and Adobe to help create a web based operating system, possibly to dump Android in the future. At the Credit Suisse Technolgy Conference at the end of last year, Motorola Mobility CEO, Sanjay Jha seemed worried about the impact that the iPhone would have on Verizon. Apple’s iPhone 4 made it’s way to store shelves in February of this year with lackluster fan fare.
Motorola has released a few hot products already this year including the Motorola Atrix on AT&T and the first Honeycomb Google Tablet, the Motorola Xoom on Verizon. The Motorola Xoom wi-fi, which also comes with Android 3.0 Honeycomb and access to market apps, debuted yesterday.
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We were told by several anonymous sources in Orlando last week that sales for the 3G version of the Motorola Xoom have been below Verizon’s expectations. Motorola, again invested heavily in the Superbowl, as they did with last years launch of the Motorola Endeavor. Motorola’s sci-fi jab at Apple’s 1984 ad, seemed to get dismal reviews and didn’t highlight the functionality of the product. In fact pricing and marketing for the Motorola Xoom have had significant impact on the Xoom’s performance at Verizon.
With all this in the mix, it seems Motorola may be ramping up a Plan B. Information Week asked Motorola Mobility for a comment and while they didn’t deny the existence of a new OS a Motorola Spokesperson said “Motorola Mobility is committed to Android as an operating system,”
Deutsche Bank analyst Jonathan Goldberg said he knew for a fact Motorola was working on this web based operating system, adding that no company wanted to rely on one single supplier, like Google.
Motorola’s recruiting efforts have scarfed up; Gilles Drieu, VP of Software Engineering at Motorola Mobility, Benoit Marchant, Director of Engineering at Motorola Mobility, and Sean Kranzenberg another Director of Engineering. All three of them came from either Apple or Adobe.
An anonymous source told Information Week that Google is shooting themselves in the foot and that Motorola still has concerns about fragmentation,and product differentiation. The source also said that Motorola has issue with the way Google treats it’s partners.
Source: Information Week