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Rick Osterloh is the new COO and President of Motorola Mobility

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Rick Osterloh Motorola

Motorola’s Dennis Woodside recently left the company to join Dropbox leaving an open vacancy for a new President. And the company’s little known executive Rick Osterloh has filled his spot now until the Lenovo acquisition goes through. Osterloh is a known company man, so Motorola has saved itself the trouble from hunting for a new executive outside the company.

Up until now Osterloh has been the Senior VP of Product Management at Motorola, so the reins are in very capable hands. He was also briefly involved with Skype where he oversaw the design and product team until it was acquired by Microsoft at which point he joined Motorola back. While Osterloh is likely to continue for the foreseeable future, he could be replaced once the company comes under the control of Lenovo.

Motorola is going through a transitional phase right now and changes in executives are much expected at this juncture. Even though the Lenovo acquisition was inked earlier this year, it will take some time to take effect, so Motorola will have to manage the day-to-day affairs as usual until then.

Source: Motorola Blog

Via: Droid-Life

Google X Phone to come in more than 20 color options

 

New rumors have surfaced the internet on the much awaited Motorola X phone. According to Motorola sources at phone arena, Google X phone will have plenty of color options and by plenty, I mean more than 20. This would mean that you could get your favorite smartphone in practically any color you like. Having to choose from 20 colors will definitely attract a lot of customers, especially when android phones do not have such customization options.

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Ofcourse, the company has not yet confirmed or denied of any such rumors but we don’t actually expect them to confirm anything especially when they are silent about this much talked about phone. From last year we have been getting reports through various leaks and online sources that Google is busy working on a Motorola X phone that would help Motorola make a mark in the market. However, even after contacting Google or Motorola several times, the company officials have not commented on this topic at all. The closest news we have got from the company is that they would be releasing a series of smartphones later this month that would be sized just right (and by sized just right they mean not too big) and would run on stock android. Not that we believe Motorola X phone to be one of these devices, but atleast now we have hopes that once the existing smartphones in the Motorola pipeline is done, we can see some better and innovative smartphones like the X phone.

Earlier, we had got reports that the phone’s hardware would be customizable. Although it would have been a great customization feature, we were really wondering how the company could implement such customization option. And as expected a few days later, these reports were found to be fake and unfortunately we won’t be seeing a phone with a customizable hardware. But a phone with 20 color options? That sounds possible and would indeed attract a lot of new customers to the company. Having to choose from 20 color options can be a daunting task especially if you happen to like 2 or more colors. The exact number of color options is still not confirmed but the word is that both Motorola and Google are looking forward to provide more than 20 color options to its users.

However, 20 color options sounds kind of overkill. We think that allowing the users to choose from a preset 5 or 6 colors would be sufficient enough. C’mon android phones have never seen good customization options and giving the user the option to choose from 5-6 color options would definitely be enough. We have seen windows phones offer the same kind of 5-6 color strategy and it seemed to work for them fine.

Anyways, what we are sure of is that you will get plenty of color options with the device but we are not yet sure whether the phone will be launched by the end of this year. Earlier rumors suggested that it would be launched during Google I/O but now that seems to be highly unlikely. Until we get an official announcement from the company, we just have to be satisfied with such rumors.

via Phone Arena

Flextronics acquires Motorola bases in China and Brazil

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To turn Motorola Mobility into a profitable state, Google aggressively streamlined 20 percent of its workforce and one-third of its offices and it still continues its cost cutting drive. One of the most recent developments is that Motorola Mobility has already closed a deal with a Singaporean-based company, Flextronics, selling its bases in China and Brazil.

In a joint statement released on Monday, it was revealed that Motorola sold its production operations in Tianjin, China and the management of its facilities in Jaguariuna, Brazil for an amount yet undisclosed. The deal is reportedly going to conclude in the first half of 2013 and would include “manufacturing services agreement for Android and other mobile devices.”

Flextronics boasts stability in its manufacturing expertise in 30 countries across four continents. Having signed this agreement with Motorola would definitely bring mutual benefits to both but analysts believe it is the latter that would take advantage of the deal. The senior vice president of Motorola noted that this is an “important step forward” for the company to turn its supply chain into a competitive advantage.

“We look forward to leveraging our extensive manufacturing expertise and supply chain solutions to provide Motorola Mobility with increased value,” Flextronics CEO Mike McNamara said.

Google’s acquisition of Motorola was believed to be an intellectual property move considering the company has a large and strong mobile patents portfolio that it could use to boost its dominance in the mobile market. Google, however, pledged to make Motorola a separate and independent Android vendor.

This is not the first time Motorola and Flextronics would be working together. Both also signed a multi-billion five-year contract, which was scaled back a year later, in 2000.

Motorola is also shutting down many of its international sites. It also recently announced of its plan to pull out from South Korea next year. Only the company knows which sites will be shut down just to bring it back to profitability. The assurance is, Google has its back.

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Verizon Motorola Droid Bionic Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update now available

Verizon Morotorola Droid Bionic ICS update

Verizon Morotorola Droid Bionic ICS update

Verizon customers using Motorola Droid Bionic smartphone can now download the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) update after almost a year of painfully waiting and using Gingerbread. It has been reported last week that Big Red will push the update on Friday, October 19th, and it seems it’s true to its word. There are already some Droid Bionic owners who reported to have updated their device.

The update is huge bringing along a 368MB package, which is typical. While Gingerbread has already been proven to be the most stable Android version, Ice Cream Sandwich offers tons of new features. Here is a short list of the some notable features Droid Bionic owners could enjoy.

Easier and smoother multi-tasking. This is one of the features long-time Gingerbread users could easily notice because the speed of switching from one app to another is a lot smoother.

Face Unlock. It is a typical and common feature that would be added if users update their devices from GB to ICS but it is also among the few features that would surely be appreciated especially those who haven’t used any face recognition technology on mobile before.

Battery improvements. Battery optimization is common to any updates and while Droid Bionic received good feedback for being a power-saver, owners may even find it more desirable as they can now use their phone longer than before.

Direct Access Lock. Owners can now unlock their device directly to their text message, camera app, keypad or unlock screen.  This feature will save plenty of time but owners will have to program the device on what app to run once unlocked.

Enhanced Notification Window. The new swipe to dismiss functionality of the new notification bar is one of the most practical and lauded features that come with ICS package. The interface also received a total facelift.

Home screen folders creation. It is now easier to create folders on home screen and manage icons; owners can just drag an icon over another to create a folder.

Other information about the new features and functionalities can be found here.

The package can be pulled down over the air and since it is a major update, owners are advised to have a stable Wi-Fi connection before initiating the process. Interruption may have bitter consequences. Also, depending on the speed of your internet connection, the download may take from 10 to 15 minutes. If you’re ready, here is the official downloadable guide from Verizon.

No Android 4.0 ICS Updates for Motorola Atrix 4G, Electrify and Photon 4G

Slightly over a week ago, Google’s newly-acquired company, Motorola Mobility, updated a post on its website showing a list of Motorola smartphones to get updated either to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) or Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (JB). While many devices are on the list, more devices “will remain on Gingerbread (Android 2.3)” than receive updates and three of the unfortunate ones are Motorola Atrix 4G, Electrify and Photon 4G.

Basically, the devices that will remain on Gingerbread are those that do not qualify for ICS update. For models subsidized by carriers, the decision will basically be based on mutual understanding of the manufacturer and the provider. In the case of Motorola Atrix 4G, it could be the latter affecting the decision for the update considering the device does NOT fall short of specs needed to run ICS.

Atrix 4G sports Nvidia Tegra 2 AP20H chipset with dual-core Cortex-A9 processor clocked at 1GHz and 1GB RAM. We’ve seen devices with single-core processors and 512MB RAM run ICS without having any problems. So, Atrix 4G’s capacity is definitely out of question here. The same goes for Motorola Photon 4G, which almost has the same specs as with Atrix 4G, and Motorola Electrify that packs a Tegra 2-equivalent TI OMAP 4430 chipset with dual-core processor.

Some manufacturers have recently jumped into the “dual-core CPU bandwagon” and release devices running Android ICS as the native OS. Needless to say, smartphones with these specs have the power to run the latest Android version, even Jelly Bean. The Motorola Mobility Software Team didn’t provide explanation why these devices will be left out.

Here are other Motorola devices in the US that will remain on Gingerbread:

  • CLIQ 2 (MB611)
  • ADMIRAL (XT603)
  • DROID 2 (A955)
  • DROID 2 Global (A956)
  • DROID 3 (XT862)
  • DROID PRO (XT610)
  • DROID X2 (MB870)
  • MILESTONE 3 (XT883 / XT860 / ME863)
  • MILESTONE X2 (MB867)
  • MOTOROLA PRO+ (MB632)

Source: Motorola via GSM Arena

Google’s Motorola Files New Case Against Apple at ITC

Motorola Mobility filed an infringement case anew against Apple over some of the features of the latter’s devices including the Siri voice-recognition program. In a statement, Google’s newly acquired company said that Apple was unwilling to work out a license leaving them without a choice but to file a complaint to defend their innovations.

There were seven patents Apple allegedly infringed including location reminder, e-mail notification and phone/video players. Motorola is seeking a court order to ban imports of Apple’s devices which include iPhones, iPads and Mac Computers. Considering Apple’s devices are made in Asia, if the former becomes successful in obtaining a court order, Apple iPhone 5’s release might be put in jeopardy.

After licensing talk failures in 2010, both companies engaged into a brawl and after Google fully acquired Motorola, this legal battle came into being with allegations that Apple’s most popular Siri feature was copied. Apple claims otherwise saying Motorola had been making unreasonable demands and that all devices running on Android OS copied patented features of iPhone.

Until now, no manufacturer ever claimed that the voice-recognition technology wasn’t really Apple’s innovation. While it may be more difficult for Motorola to prove Apple’s Siri infringed one of its patents, the claim will surely shed light to the outstanding claim made by latter against its fiercest competitor, Samsung Electronics Inc.

This is the second case Libertyville-based mobile maker filed against the Cupertino tech company. In April, US Judge rolled in favor of Motorola saying Apple infringed one of the four patents included in the first case and the final decision will be announced on August 24th and it could lead to an import ban of iPhones in the US.

The second case is apparently just a part of the broader battle between these companies and should the first case fail to impose import ban on Apple’s products, it may just be in time to force a ban before iPhone 5 reaches the American soil. Despite all these, however, Apple’s stock reached an all-time high when it closes at $648.11 on Friday.

Motorola Lays Off 700 Workers in the U.S., 4000 Worldwide

Motorola Mobility is reportedly laying-off more than 20% of workforce in Chicago and Libertyville areas lately. A total of 700 workers will be sent home, bringing along their last pay. Prior to this, pertinent rumors spread in the past few weeks telling that Google Inc., which bought the entire company for $12.4 billion in May, will be laying off employees in a bid to steer it back to profitability. But there was no information if some American employees would lose their jobs due to this drive.

According to reports, Google wants to pull out markets that are unprofitable and opts to focus on making just a few cell phone models instead of dozens. This means that Motorola Mobility has to create certain strategy that carries risks in a highly competitive gadgets market.

Because of this decision, many people are going to lose their jobs. Motorola Mobility is laying off 4,000 workers, hence, cutting thousands of jobs. That is about 20 percent of its entire workface. Google said this Monday that its new vision for Motorola Mobility involves shuttering about 90 facilities worldwide. This is to simplify the Motorola line of mobile phones “from feature phones to more innovative and profitable devices.

Motorola Mobility CEO Dennies Woodside, in an interview, said that his company will be leaving unprofitable markets. He also added that the company will no longer be making features and other low-end devices, and will shift its emphasis into more robust devices that will help drive profits. In 14 of the last 16 quarters, Motorola Mobility hasn’t had a profitable quarter.

The New York Times also reported that the cuts will hit operations in Asia, focusing research and development on the existing units in Chicago, Sunnyvale and Beijing.

This could be a hint that Google is eyeing to change the company into a profitable competitor. Investors should then expect to see significant revenue variability for Motorola for several quarters. Google sees these actions as a key step for Motorola to achieve sustainable profitability.

Google explained in Securities and Exchange Commission that Motorola understands how hard these changes will be for the employees concerned and is committed to helping them. The spokesperson said, “Motorola is committed to helping them through this difficult transition and will be providing generous severance packages, as well as outplacement services to help people find new jobs.

Severance packages will be provided to all affected employees as well as outplacement services for employees to find new jobs. According to the company, the total cost of its compassion is $275 million in severance and related layoff costs.

There are a lot of reasons as to why a layoff occurs. When a company is experiencing financial difficulties, jobs are eliminated regardless of the employee’s performance. This is common in businesses where profit margins are especially thin and any reduction in the labor costs means a better chance of survival in the marketplace.

Despite layoffs, Google’s Motorola Strategy aims at innovation.

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Sprint Announces Motorola PHOTON™ Q 4G LTE, Its First LTE-Capable Smartphone

Sprint Motorola Photon 4G LTE

Sprint launched a dedicated page on its website for Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE, its first ever LTE-enabled phone, on Thursday, July 26th. This is the carrier’s latest foray into the ever-growing smartphone market and its entry into 4G LTE category. Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE comes with PC-like full QWERTY keyboard, 4.3-inch display panel and capability to operate on one of the biggest networks in the US with high-speed data transfer rate.

Sprint Motorola Photon 4G LTE

David Owens, Sprint’s vice president for Product Development said in an official press release that the company is making sure its customers will have a wide array of devices capable of running on an LTE network to choose from.

“We want to make sure our 4G LTE handset portfolio has the full complement of choices for our customers. Adding a product with both a physical keyboard and world mode makes this a great addition to the Sprint family of devices,” Owens said.

Both Sprint and Motorola Mobility boast of the device’s slide-out QWERTY keyboard and LTE capability. Basically, it is the efficiency and speed they are trying to promote but inside the hood, tech enthusiasts and new customers will not be disappointed either. Here is a quick overview of the specs of Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE.

Processor. There is no information as to the specifics of its processor but the handset will sport a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU. Since it is capable of connecting into the LTE network, it is presumably a Snapdragon S4 SOC from Qualcomm.

RAM/ROM. To make sure it has the power needed to provide the performance it promises, the manufacturer has given it a 1GB RAM and a spacious internal memory of 8GB. It also has a microSD slot that supports up to 32GB of removable storage.

Display/Camera. Motorola has given this handset 4.3-inch display with TFT LCD panel that features a resolution as high as 540 x 960 pixels and the ColorBoost Technology for high quality display.

OS. PHOTON Q 4G LTE comes with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich pre-installed so customers don’t have to worry much about having to wait for an update. There is no information if this device is Jelly Bean-ready but based on its specs, it is capable of operating on Android 4.1.

Battery. It has an embedded battery pack with total power of 1785 mAh, enough to make the device run for 7.5 hours of straight talk time; this is one of the advantages of using LCD display.

Pricing/Availability. For now, there is no information as to the price of this handset or when it will be released but Sprint promised to reveal more information in the following weeks.

If you need more info about Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE, you may visit Motorola’s fact sheet or Sprint’s press release.

Google is Quiet on Motorola

While they did mention the world that they acquired Motorola Mobility back in August for $12.5 billion, Google has been surprisingly quiet about their plans post the acquisition. While revenues and profitability seems to be going only one direction for the search giant, with numbers such as 11% profitability increase, everybody was expecting some updates about what they have with Motorola.

The sales recorder on the second quarter were amounting $8.36 billion as reported recently and this does not take into consideration the impact that might have happened due to the Motorola Mobility. The acquisition of Motorola Mobility has been a great advantage for Google with reportedly more than 17,000 patents that came into the hands of Google. These patents certainly put Google in a more comfortable position with its legal fights against other companies when it comes to the Android operating system.

At the same time, these patents are surely going to help Google to position itself better when it comes to building their hardware portfolio. This of course will be a cause for worry for its competitors like Samsung and Apple. Currently Android is the most popular mobile operating system, with more than 56% of the global smartphones and tablets sold. It comfortably leaves behind Apple’s iOS, the second best OS, at 23%. Android is also an open source project, which means more apps and developer support are available at any point of time, compared to iOS or Windows Phone. Google still looks at its online advertisement operation as a major source of revenues. As such it is likely to push for more devices to be using its operating system to boost revenues from its ad sales.

Recently Google CEO Larry Page seems to have been having troubles with his voice so apparently he cannot speak out, but someone in Google should step up and let the world know, right?

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Don’t Worry About Motorola’s Sanjay Jha He Made $47 Million Last Year

Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha to become $62 million dollars richer when the Google deal closes

A regulatory filing with the SEC has revealed that Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha made $47 million dollars last year. That’s quite a lot considering the company is about to be purchased by Google, they haven’t had a super hit since the origina Droid and Jha is believed to be out after the Google Merger (which actually makes him more money).

Jha’s pay quadrupled from 2010 to 2011. According to Motorola it was his work splitting Motorola into two companies that warranted a $34 million dollar raise. He was most likely instrumental in the Google deal as well.

It was reported back in February that when the merger closes Jha would be out and Google Executive Dennis Woodside would assume command of Motorola Mobility under Google. What does that mean for Jha? Well we reported back in August that Jha has a pretty nice golden parachute. When he joined Motorola from Qualcomm he received 3.8 million shares of Motorola stock. He also received 2.9 million options. Jha’s 2.9 million options are valued somewhere around $62 million dollars. They vest when he’s been with the company 3 years.

While that’s great for Jha, what’s even greater is that his contract states if he leaves the company as a result of an ownership change, ie Google buying Motorola, those 2.9 million shares vest immediately.

source: 9to5

 

Google To Sell Or Not To Sell That’s The Rumored Question About Motorola

Google has yet to close on their $12 billion dollar purchase of Motorola Mobility. The sale has been approved by the U.S and the European Union however it is still undergoing some international approval. All analysts are suggesting that it’s a done deal and in the coming months Motorola Mobility will be part of Google.

With that in mind there are rumors running rampant on exactly what is going to happen post merger. Google has said they aren’t going to bring Motorola to Mountain View right away and that they are going to run it as a separate business. They also admitted early on that Motorola’s treasure trove of patents going back to their early days as a cell phone pioneer are a big part of this deal.

The Wall Street Journal has cited unnamed sources suggesting that Google is already in talks with Chinese manufacturer Huawei about selling the hardware business from Motorola Mobility. If the sale is entirely about the patents than that strategy might make sense however that sale in itself will have huge hurdles to overcome. The U.S. government already keeps Huawei at an arms length, and like Australia, our government has passed on approving infrastructure deals with the Chinese manufacturers networking division because of what’s perceived as close ties with the Chinese military/government.

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Apple Files Complaint Against Motorola With European Union Authority

Motorola has reported in a regulatory filing filed Friday, that Apple has filed a complaint with the European Union’s competition authority. The complaint alleges that Motorola Mobility is violating a pledge to license industry standard patents on fair terms.

Because of Motorola’s years of manufacturing cell phones they hold a treasure trove of patents related to cellular communications. Some of these patents are found in Apple’s iPhone and are at the core (no pun intended) of patent disputes going on in courts around the world between Apple and Motorola.

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Motorola Reports Q4 2011: Sold 1 Million Android Tablets

It’s been a big week for quarterly results. We’ve heard from Verizon, Apple, and AT&T just to name a few. Motorola Mobility also reported their Q4 2011 earnings today.  Motorola also recapped their entire 2011 year.

In 2011 Motorola Mobility’s total net revenue was $13.1 billion which was up 14 percent over 2010. Net earnings were $.33 per share which was up from a $.28 loss per share in 2010.  Motorola generated $225 million in positive operating cash flow in Q4 with a total of $357 million in positive operating cash flow for the entire year. Obviously the fourth quarter was good for them.

In Q4 Motorola shipped  10.5 million mobile phones, and 42.4 million mobile phones for the year. In Q4 Motorola shipped 5.3 million smartphones and 18.7 million smartphones for the year. Motorola also reported shipping one million tablets in 2011.

Motorola also gave an update on their pending merger with Google. According to Motorola the merger should close in the early part of the year.

source: Motorola

 

Motorola Mobility Stockholders Approve Google Merger

Motorola Mobility held a special stockholders meeting today to vote on the merger agreement between Google and Motorola Mobility (NYSE MMI).

Stockholders of record as of October 11, 2011 were invited to the special meeting held in California for the vote. An overwhelming 99% of the shares voting at the special meeting voted in favor of the merger agreement.

Sanjay Jha, chairman and CEO of Motorola Mobility, said, “We are pleased and gratified by the strong support we have received from our stockholders, with more than 99 percent of the voting shares voting in support of the transaction. We look forward to working with Google to realize the significant value this combination will bring to our stockholders and all the new opportunities it will provide our dedicated employees, customers, and partners.”

Google and Motorola announced on August 15, 2011 the proposed $12.5 billion dollar buy out of Motorola Mobility Inc by Google Inc.

Although Motorola Mobility’s stockholders have approved the merger, it’s still pending regulatory approval. Both companies are confident that the merger will close in the early part of 2012.