Motorola and Verizon are planning to launch new Android-based products; Motorola co-Chief Executive Sanjay Jha confirmed at an investor conference Thursday that two Android-based Motorola phones will indeed land on Verizon’s turf in July.
During the conference, Jha stated that Motorola reached a deal with Verizon Wireless that ensures the two devices will be heavily promoted. Apparently Motorola is heavily depending on these two Android phones to complete a string of “hits” and turn around its struggling handset business. Motorola is also hoping that the new devices will boost their overall sales in their first quarter. Motorola’s cellphone division is already in deep water and are already losing around $22 for each device it ships.
“Never from the beginning did we assume this would be a Motorola thing,” said Lowell McAdam, chief executive of Verizon Wireless. “If [customers] think Android, that’s the generic. If they think Droid, that’s going to be the latest and the greatest on our network.”Advertisement
As for Motorola, the company may eventually leave the Android OS for something else, however that won’t be anytime soon. Fact is, Motorola doesn’t have the resources to move to another platform. “Right now, I get what I need from Android,” Jha said. A dozen Android-devices are expected to launch this year, however because Verizon holds the reigns of the Droid label, it will be up to the carrier to determine what device will qualify.