Motorola Flirting With Microsoft?

Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha File Photo

Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha keynoted Tuesday at the Oppenheimer technical conference in Boston Massachusetts. A lot of what he talked about were things he originally addressed on the companies Q2 conference call and expanded upon at the conference.

He also talked about Motorola Mobility’s global initiatives, the tablet that are coming out this year, Ice Cream Sandwich, and the Droid Bionic.

The meat of his keynote came when he was asked about Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform and if Motorola would adopt it.  Some analysts have been growing concerned about Motorola’s exclusive relationship with our beloved Android operating system.  Jha said that he would consider Microsoft Windows Phone 7 if they could get a similar to deal to the deal Microsoft did with Nokia.

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In other words with a 2 billion dollar upfront payment, Motorola may consider Windows Phone 7. Of course we all know (including Jha) that that’s not likely to happen. Jha also suggested that Nokia’s deal with Microsoft may push more OEM’s into the arms of Android.  Jha has repeatedly said this year that he isn’t sure the market can sustain a five operating system ecosystem.  RIM/Blackberry, HP WebOS, Microsoft Windows Phone 7 and Android make for a pretty crowded pallet.

A couple of weeks ago Jha and Motorola Mobility President Dan Moloney released their Q2 numbers.  Although they beat the street estimates they still lost $81 million dollars overall in their second quarter as an independent company. Back on January 4th Motorola split into tow companies; Motorola Solutions and Motorola Mobility.

Jha reinforced the position that the Droid Bionic would be on shelves in September and that the 3G Motorola Xoom would get it’s upgrade in September as well. He also reiterated the fact that they have more tablets to introduce, including some with 4G/LTE, before the end of the year.

Motorola came on like fire with Android, by introducing Verizon’s flagship Android device the Motorola Droid.  The Motorola Droid X, introduced a mere 8 months after the Droid, also did very well.  So far they haven’t been able to replicate the success of either of those models.  Motorola has since introduced a Motorola Droid 2, Droid 2 Global, Droid Pro, and the Droid X2 and of course the Motorola DeVour.

Motorola has expanded their ties with other carriers and now has a flagship or “Superphone” with Android on each of the four major carriers.  Although it doesn’t have the specs of a 2011 super phone, Motorola used T-Mobile’s Motorola Cliq to introduce their custom, socially focused UI, Moto Blur through 3 versions of the Cliq on T-Mobile.

Source: SAI