Posts Tagged ‘Symbian’
This rumor (and here) that Motorola is stopping its Symbian/UIQ development of the RAZR3 is no surprise, given Moto’s 2003 sale of its stake in Symbian. Also, Moto made lots of noise in October about their commitment to Android. With Moto losing it’s “best selling in the US” bragging rights this year to Samsung, and their position still more tenuous internationally, it’s clear a move to a modern smartphone platform was warranted. Moto’s membership in the Open Handset Alliance supports this, too.
Yet, I don’t expect a raft of Android-based handsets from Motorola in 2009. Moto is still king of the mid-market device, while it’s high-end devices – like the Q – have gotten mixed reviews (see here, here and here). Therefore, I believe Moto will be in test-the-water mode until it creates a successful first example of matching its (formerly) powerhouse brand name with Google’s up-and-coming platform.