Recently we told you that Nokia planned to stop selling Symbian smartphones in North America and would in fact concentrate on Windows Phone 7 offerings, now we are hearing that Motorola is quite interested in Microsoft’s mobile operating system, but don’t worry they still seem to be concentrating on Android.
This news was revealed at the Oppenheimer Technology & Communications Conference in Boston, here Motorola’s chairman and CEO, Sanjay Jha, suggested that the company would be open to a deal with Microsoft for Windows Phone 7. Here is what he said:
“I would have to consider whether defocusing from Android to Windows will be the right thing for us to do, but if the capabilities on Windows are such that that is the right thing for us, I think we will consider it.”
As you can see he carefully worded what he said, so much so that it suggests that for the time being Android is its number one OS choice, that said he went on to say that he would keep a close eye on Nokia’s Windows Phone 7 devices to see how successful they are. Yesterday we heard how WP7 Tango would be used on cheaper Nokia handsets, perhaps Motorola are also interested in releasing some basic devices which run an OS which is optimized for basic functionality – is this where WP7 Tango fits in?
Another quote from Sanjay Jha read: “In the fourth quarter I’m hopeful that we will launch some much more interesting products. Going forward I think we have some important global launched coming up, both in tablets as well as in smartphones” and he also stated that Motorola would be doing more global launches and hinted that he expects products to launch with the same names in all regions – which makes sense to us!
We can’t wait for Motorola to launch products globally with the same name as it gets confusing when devices like the Motorola Droid are known in Europe as the Motorola Milestone etc, as for Motorola launching WP7 devices this has taken us by surprise a little, we think that Motorola has turned things round for the better since switching to Android, so why change things now?
You can read more on the situation over at TheInquirer, do you think Windows Phone 7 will grow in popularity over the next year or so?