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Is Motorola working on its own mobile operating system?

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Is Motorola working on its own mobile operating system?
When a big name in the mobile industry like Motorola starts getting together a ton of experienced software developers and puts them to work, it becomes pretty evident that something major may be coming down the road. Reportedly, nine months ago Motorola Mobility began hiring skilled software engineers, some of which former Adobe or Apple employees, in order to set off the development of a web-centric operating system for future Motorola mobile devices.

When Motorola was asked about further details regarding the supposed project, a company spokesperson neither confirmed nor denied the existence of such development, but made it clear that  Motorola shall remain committed to Android as its mobile platform of choice. On the other hand, it is rumored that Motorola may be already drawing the blueprints for an Android alternative in order to differentiate its products from the competition.

For now it is a bit too early to tell how devoted Motorola really is to the idea of building an operating system of its own. However, such a platform will need some serious work if it is going to compete against the well-established giants, which Android and iOS have become.

source: InformationWeek via FierceMobileContent

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posted on 23 Mar 2011, 16:06 1

1. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


they might just be working on a new Blur project.

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 16:07

2. deago78 (Posts: 156; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I feel like this would take more resources than Motorola would be willing to put towards this large an endeavor.

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 16:20 7

3. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Motorola is horrible at software! Please Motorola, stick with what works. Make good phones and stuff them with Android! Vanilla please, no more Blah..oops, I mean Blur.

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 16:27 4

4. Misanthropos (Posts: 56; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)


motorola is horrible at everything.

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 17:03 4

7. zuno gyakusatsu (Posts: 257; Member since: 16 Mar 2010)


couldnt have been more correct. motorola is failure +1.

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 17:03 5

8. XxVerbalxX (unregistered)


their god awful software is what almost bankrupted them last time. not like they got any better with the blur crap. i hope they do, so i can go back to hating motorola. its the natural order of things. i still love my droid but its so weird MOTOROLA of all people made it.

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 17:41 1

9. JW1ngman (Posts: 21; Member since: 18 Mar 2011)


sometimes you need to take a leap of faith. trial and error. the greatest things ever invented came out of trial and error, thus the lightbulb!

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 16:27 1

5. BaiGanyo (Posts: 308; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


"such a platform will need some serious work if it is going to compete against the well-established giants, which Android and iOS have become."

Thanks for the indepth analysis, Captain Obvious.

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 16:38 3

6. Honeycomb_FTW (unregistered)


This is most likely them working on WebTop for docking. . . as they have stated in the past--all high end Android devices will ship with webtop.

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 17:51

10. protozeloz (Posts: 5369; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Great Minds think alike... if Motorola wants some ''appeal'' they better work on polish the one thing noone has ans the one thing that may call peoples attention web top means more wen it becomes a much better usser experience... and also why the thumbs down when someone says the word blur? if they are working on making it better wouldn't that be good for us?

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 18:28 1

11. b (unregistered)


I think its more they are working on a big update for motoblur and god knows it needs it. Hopefully for the good of mankind motorola isn't trying to develop an os for its will be the plague of many if it does. Stick with android moto

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 18:30

12. Sniggly (Posts: 6697; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Blur has its weaknesses but I still find it a good skin over stock Android. I agree with the others that Motorola probably isn't working on anything completely independent in the software field. I also agree that their proprietary software in the past hasn't been any good. BUT if they're hiring a bunch of software professionals anything they produce software wise will be better than before.

And no matter what, you can't say much against their high end hardware anymore. And there was only a couple year period where you could say anything against it anyway.

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 21:36 1

14. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


i smell failure ;)

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 22:27

15. KIANO (Posts: 67; Member since: 13 Feb 2011)


— "...to differentiate its products from the competition." — This is a good strategy.

Though it looks like the beginning of the software or apps ecosystem of 'MotoBlur' and 'Webtop'. If they offer only one product a year for each a phone and a tablet. Perhaps that will define and set Motorola apart from other competitors by quality and performance in hardware and software and of course an unique product.

posted on 24 Mar 2011, 16:30

16. phoneguru173 (Posts: 54; Member since: 09 Apr 2008)


If I recall....Moto did this once before....it was called IDEN...and it was CRAP!

posted on 24 Mar 2011, 16:30

17. phoneguru173 (Posts: 54; Member since: 09 Apr 2008)


Ok....sorry...they COLLABORATED on CRAP!

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