10/1/2008 1:54:00 PM
Motorola looks to Android to resurrect handset business
Motorola is rumoured to be looking to develop an Android handset to revive its struggling handset business. The company is said to be in the process of recruiting Android experts.
Motorola is one of four handset manufacturers in the Open Handset Alliance, an alliance established to promote the operating system.
The first handset using the Google developed operating system, the T-Mobile G1 was released last week and is seen to be only the beginning of a potentially thriving sector of the mobile market.
Industry experts say the Android plans would be the most innovative leap Motorola have made since the launch of the firs RAZR in 2005. Using the Android platform would also reduce Motorola’s production costs as it would not be required to pay royalties to Google.
Motorola are in the process of making its struggling handset division a disparate entity, and CEO Greg Brown has been promised a £1.8 million bonus if the company floats on the stock market for £1.1 billion.