In a press conference call today Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha spilled the beans by stating that Windows Mobile 7 will not be released by Microsoft until 2010. This is the first public confirmation we’ve seen anyone make but Motorola (s MOT) is certainly in a position to have that information from Microsoft. Jha went on to state that Windows Mobile, including the next update 6.5 rumored to appear this year, are not significant enough for Motorola to bother with. He states they will be concentrating on Google’s Android for 2009 for that reason.
“As you know, Windows 6 series is available in 2009 and as compared to Android, we believe in 2009 Android is more competitive; more of our effort and focus in 2009 is going to Android, but in 2010 when Windows 7 will become available, we will then participate in a more focused way in Windows Mobile 7 in 2010.”
I’ll bet the folks in Redmond are very happy with Motorola right about now. Jha went on to proclaim that Motorola is backing Android in a big way:
“Our Smartphone road map includes a variety of devices, many based on the Android operating system. Android is a flexible operating environment and has attracted thousands of developers with it as we believe we can enable differentiated user experience,” he said.