Motorola: No Moto Windows Phones

Motorola left little room for chance that the company would be launching a Windows Phone 7 device. During a press event at the 2011 Mobile World Congress, Christy Wyatt, Motorola's VP of Software and Services Product Management, stated,

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

Not exactly nailing the door completely shut on the possibility but the statement is strong enough that we won't be holding our breaths in anticipation.

Wyatt cited timing issues and concerns about Windows Phone 7 not being open source as the reasons behind the decision.  Motorola felt that a closed platform did not afford them the opportunity to create unique value. Wyatt added that going with Microsoft would create a situation where the only value Motorola could offer was "commoditized hardware".

All of which raises the question; doesn't it make sense to have the software company (Microsoft) focus on the OS and the hardware company (Motorola) focus on...say...the hardware?

While the prospect of a Motorola Windows Phone does have a certain appeal to it, the company seems well rooted with Android. Wyatt notes that Motorola is the only vendor who is 100 percent Android. It is entirely possible that diversification isn't for everyone but it doesn't appear to be hurting HTC, LG, Samsung and other multi-platform companies.

Source: PCWorld  Via: Engadget


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Motorola: No Moto Windows Phones


I haven't had a Moto phone since my MPX 220. We don't need a WP7 version of Moto Blur. Don't let the door hit ya @ moto.

Maybe not too surprising considering MS is suing them, but to me OEM's seem to drinking the anti-MS kool-aid a bit more and dismissing WP7 as though they expect it to have iphone/android like sales numbers on release. More than ever, MS needs to move fast to show the positives of WP7.

The Droid was the device that single-handedly pushed Android, Verizon, Motorola, and to a lesser extent MotoBLUR into the public mindshare, and it's successors and some other MotoBLUR-skinned, Android-powered phones have also proven extremely successful. I never saw them with a large investment in Windows Phone 7 simply because it makes MotoBLUR wholly redundant. Pity, as they do make some solid hardware.

@George Ponder, totally agree w/ you regarding MS doing OS & device mfrs sticking to devices. I have mentioned this before on forums, and in twitter. What they are trying to do is gain a position where they can sell more devices w/ fragmented feature sets, like they do on the Android platform. Then force people to upgrade by not giving updates to older hardware.Bad for consumers...good for Moto bottom line.

With the downside of Verizon not having an iPhone and Motorola on a slippery ride to nowhere its of no surprise that the two teamed up ,I would speculate, out of shear desperation to combat Apple. May I remind that the Droid did not "single-handedly" push Android - it was the marketing behind the momentum that sold the idea of Droid. Such a powerful image that until today Verizon with the iPhone still has a hampered image because of it. Motorola struck gold again and found success with Android. And like a girl that lost her virginity for the first time is sticking with Droid til the end. It shows the short sightedness and lack of vision that Motorola always had. Clinging on to that razor shell for life as if it was never going out of style. I personally wouldnt want a moto phone with WP7 I am quite happy with Samsung and HTC. Moto waters down the phone to much and maybe thats why they are so un-happy to not be able to tweak the OS to their dis-illusioned perspectives. My two cents anyway...

IF MS can stick to updating everyone at the same time and not fragmenting the heck out of things then people will come around and get off of that silly Android mess. Sure it won't happen overnight and Motorola might as well stick with android forever as far as I care, but when this turns into a 3 way race with RIM finally out of the picture a year or so from now we'll see what OEMs and carriers think then.

I definitely agree; there's nothing wrong with "commoditized hardware." If you specialize in hardware, why no continue the focus? Besides, as LG, Samsung, and HTC have shown (even though I'm not happy about it), they can make apps specific to their handsets to further separate them from the pack.