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Motorola Drops LiMo for Android

gigaom_icon_google-androidAs we wait for Motorola’s (s mot) Android phone, the Cliq/Dext, the company is once again confirming its commitment to the Android platform. Motorola had already stated that it was dropping Windows Mobile to focus on Android, and it’s doing the same with LiMo. Christy Wyatt, VP at Motorola, has vacated her seat on the LiMo Foundation board of directors. The company has also changed its association with LiMo from founding member to that of associate member. And Motorola has reiterated its affiliation with Android (s goog):

“At this time [Motorola] feels that the Android platform gives it a richer, more consistent foundation with strong support for the ecosystem and developer community.”

10 Responses to “Motorola Drops LiMo for Android”

  1. @ Sachin,
    I agree with Sachin. In India, Nokia is reputed for having the most rugged hardware and an excellent battery life and a good enough software. With over a billion people, and among the highest growth rates and lowest tarrif rates in the world, this is where the growth is. Nokia aught to give more choice to the customer.

    @ caustic,
    Even though Android and Maemo share the Linux kirnel, they are significantly different. The former just uses the kirnel with its own application framework, while the later is a complete Linux ditro, originally designed for tablets and netbooks. Android is the larger alliance, therefore it has advantages of externalities. It makes sense for Nokia to adopt the Android platform catch on the momentum rather than going alone.

    Lastly, while there is significant support for Android in the blogosphere, Microsoft is quietly entering into alliances with carriers and manufacturers across different markets. Most of which is being missed by the US centric internet ‘chatterati’. Once Microsoft gets a hold on the mass market it would inevitably create a ‘lockin’ in the mobile market just like the pc market. Remember the 1980’s, the then most popular Macintosh, was consigned to less than 10 percent of the pc market in less than a decade. History may well repeat itself if Nokia, the market leader, decides not to join the Android Open Handset Alliance.

  2. Hamranhansenhansen

    > Next year will be the Year Of Android

    2007 was the Year Of Android already, remember? Then 2008, then 2009.

    I don’t think the idea with Android is to change the game like the iPhone did. If you are looking at it as Android vs iPhone or anything else I think you will always be disappointed. I don’t think you will really see an “Android year.”

    The mission of Android is just to replace Windows Mobile on the same generic hardware, not to displace any other system, or be the Rolls Royce of handset hardware. The reason is that Windows Mobile is so far behind every other system, and so incompatible with the Web, and of such poor product quality, that Windows Mobile users are not able to participate with other smartphone users in today’s open Web. Since Google is the biggest website in the world and they build for the open Web, Windows Mobile users are basically being artificially prevented from using Google products because they don’t have the infrastructure in their handset to communicate effectively with or or many other moder, open, HTML5 Web sites.

    If you imagine 2 people both buying an identical HTC handset, but one gets Windows Mobile and one gets Android, the Android user will be able to fully utilize Google services and the open HTML5 World Wide Web, while the Windows Mobile user on the other hand, has 2001 level browser technology that is already blocked by many websites, and their software is simply of such incredibly low quality that they struggle with the most basic things. They cannot run Google’s most recent apps at all, and their older apps run very, very poorly.

    So it is actually more advantageous for Google to maintain and give away a BASIC handset software stack that is Unix+Internet+Web compatible (unlike anything Microsoft makes) so that users of HTC handsets can be full citizens of the modern Web, which Microsoft has yet to support at all and may never support.

    The good news is for Android is that many handset makers like this strategy just fine. They get a better software system for their phones for less money, and they don’t have to partner with Microsoft who also have their own vertically-integrated phone handset project and who have had a lot of trouble shipping products during the 21st century.

    So I think Android is already a success, and it will just gradually gain the rest of the Windows Mobile users and also take a chunk away from Nokia who have the next worst OS after Windows Mobile. But it’s not going to be the kind of hit that the iPhone is, it’s not going to shoot off any fireworks, it will just quietly improve the experience dramatically on many, many, generic handsets. People who have Android instead of Windows Mobile gain about 8 years of technology that affects their every interaction with the device. Most especially, to have an HTML5 browser (like all smartphones) instead of IE6 (like all Microsoft devices) is a night and day improvement.

    • pmiller

      “2007 was the Year Of Android already, remember? Then 2008, then 2009.”

      Really? Android wasn’t even released a year ago. Who exactly was saying that before there was even a phone on the market?

  3. Tom Ross

    If the number of different devices were what counts, WinMob would be number one today and Apple would be dead last… Android still doesn’t have the polish required for the main stream market. First you have to get your core qualities right, then you can branch out into different form-factors (see iPod or BlackBerry). The other way around will never work.

  4. Fredrik Olsson

    @AndyT: There sure are allot of Android phones anounced, maybe ebb each week. But so far this har not resultet is so many phones released.

    But even so, would it matter if we had 5 or 500 different Android phones, if they all have the same features? So far no Android phone has stood out from the crowd, so they are still all competing for the same pool of potential consumers.

  5. Looks like Android has the Big Mo (aka Momentum) right now. This could turn into the snowball-rolling-downhill effect. If that snowball gets big enough it could steamroll Nokia, Blackberry and Apple (okay maybe not Apple). Next year will be the Year Of Android – Mark It On Your Calendar folks. Android is poised to take over the Phone and TabletPC market very rapidly unless somebody (i.e. Government) puts the brakes on this unstoppable force. At least that’s how i sees it. It sure seems like a new Android device is coming out every week these days. Google done good on this one.