Never say never: Motorola considers Windows Phone six months after statement

Never say never: Motorola considers Windows Phone six months after statement

Summary: Motorola has had an all Android smartphone line for a couple years, but is now openly considering Windows Phone as a future platform. Will they join HTC, Samsung, and others with a dual OS strategy?

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I read Larry's post from yesterday on the statements made by Motorola Mobility CEO, Sanjay Jha, regarding Windows Phone and find it interesting that they are having such a change of heart after just six months ago seemingly closing the door on Windows Phone 7. Motorola has done very well with Android devices, primarily with the Droid lineup on Verizon Wireless, but as Larry laid out it sounds like there could be issues with going all Android for a smartphone lineup.

A couple of years ago Motorola went all in with Android, but that was back when Microsoft only had Windows Mobile available and there were lots of issues with those Motorola devices. Windows Phone 7 was in development, but was still a ways out from being released. In February 2011, Motorola's VP of Software and Services Product Management, Christy Wyatt, stated:

I don't envision us using Microsoft. I would never say never but it's not something we're entertaining now.

Wow, never sure doesn't seem to be very long in today's fast moving world. Maybe some people at Motorola actually used a Windows Phone 7 device and if it had the Mango update loaded on it then I can see why they would now be considering Microsoft's mobile operating system. Last fall, Microsoft filed a suit against Motorola for their Android work and if Motorola joined the team that may be forgiven.

Readers here know I am a huge Windows Phone 7 fan and think it would do very well in the market if people would just give it a try and if Microsoft and the carriers actively marketed them with an emphasis that they are NOTHING like the old Windows Mobile or Pocket PC devices. As Android gets more fragmented and Motorola tries to stay profitable, Windows Phone is the only other choice to consider. HTC and Samsung seem to be doing quite well with dual Android and Windows Phone strategies and I honestly think that Windows Phone will join iOS and Android as the top three smartphone platforms sooner rather than later.

Topics: Operating Systems, Android, Google, Hardware, Microsoft, Mobility, Software, Windows

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  • RE: Never say never: Motorola considers Windows Phone six months after statement

    Microsoft need to rent the carriers' store fronts and put some Windows Phone on display.<br><br>Windows Phone desperately need some attention it deserved.<br><br>Currently, some stores doesn't even have Windows Phone on display while others have dummy units or hid the units in the back of the stores.
    illegaloperation
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    gork platter
  • RE: Never say never: Motorola considers Windows Phone six months after statement

    In a few years time, the top tier will be Windows phone OS, iOS, blackberry. The pirated andoroid wont survive lawsuits, framentation, and malware.

    Motorolla is now wagging its tail when they see Ballmer and Co.
    owlnet
    • I thought I was the only one who said

      Android will be gone in two years.
      jk_10
      • RE: Never say never: Motorola considers Windows Phone six months after statement

        @jk_10

        Not gonna happen with the inertia behind it. When Nokia flops with WP7 it will be the next to the deathbed. Then Blackberry....
        itguy10
      • RE: Never say never: Motorola considers Windows Phone six months after statement

        Can I borrow your crystal ball, itguy?
        Michael Alan Goff
    • RE: Never say never: Motorola considers Windows Phone six months after statement

      @owlnet
      iOS is invincible due to die hard Apple fans
      Windows Phone will and is gaining significant market share, and will succeed.
      Blackberry is already hopeless in my opinion
      Symbian, WinMo, Meego, and WebOS are dead/dying
      Bada is proprietary, and I think it might fail, but it has a chance


      Android is a blatant rip off of iOS. I have a Motorola Atrix, and every software update makes it more and more like iOS. 2.3.4 even adds 4 customizable icons to the bottom part make it even more like iOS.
      aminy23
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    itguy10
    • RE: Never say never: Motorola considers Windows Phone six months after statement

      @itguy10

      Why deleted? Did the truth about MS and Motorola hurt?
      itguy10
  • This points to at least three distinct problems

    For Android. The biggest I think is others IP being used and over time that will be settled in courts. The result being Androind is going to be more expensive than originally thought. Another big problem is all Android OEM's are soon to be up to their collective necks in their version of the classic PC price wars. Not many of them will make any real money and many will dia from starvation. Last is fragmentation.

    Pagan jim
    James Quinn
  • RE: Never say never: Motorola considers Windows Phone six months after statement

    Motorola should have went with WP7 to begin with. Now look at them, they are squirming because of android. They don't know what direction to go in because of the overcrowded android market. WP7 will be the life saver for Motorola just like it is for Nokia. They'd be smart to jump on board now.
    LoverockDavidson
  • Lawsuit condition

    I bet it's a condition of MS dropping their suit against Motorola for Android. Mot is the only major maker to say NO to Windows Phone 7 and yet they were the only ones that got sued... Very fishy...

    Why would a company invest in a phone OS that has a declining marketshare, little consumer preference, and generally is not regarded well. Not a good business decision to invest in a DOA Technology.
    itguy10
    • Bzzzt wrong. Everyone who sells android devices that hasnt settled has been

      or will be sued. And not just by MS.
      And wrong again, WP is generally regarded as better than both ios and android by those whove tried it.
      And not surprizingly wrong on yet another count. WP is not doa, in fact it has a very healthy ecosystem growing. The WP marketplace is growing faster than apple or androids did. Their hw oem relationships are also growing as are the number of markets its entering.
      Johnny Vegas
  • They better have already started WP7 phone, software, and service

    development. Their management has made some extremely stupid discisions regarding mobile os and have let Nokia take the lead here. If they aren't already well underway they're going to get creamed in 2013. That said it'd be stupid of MS to drop the law suit against moto just because they decided to build WP devices. They should still be sued for a cut of every android device they sell as long as they continue to do so. This is how it works with the other oems so dont expect anything different with moto.
    Johnny Vegas
  • Can we say 'never' now?

    Certainly looks like these comments were a feint to influence negotiations with Google....
    NerdNotes
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