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Motorola favors Android, tells WinMo “No phones for you!”

October 8, 2009 | by Andrew Kameka

Android News

Motorola favors Android, tells WinMo “No phones for you!”

Motorola has made no secret that it is betting all of its chips on the Android operating system. They’ve spent months cultivating developers, creating their own Android-based UI, and have plans to release “multiples of 10″ Android phones, starting with the CLIQ/DEXT.

According to Information Week, Motorola has absolutely no plans to support Windows Mobile 6.5 and will continue to focus on Android for the foreseeable future. That means we can look forward to more MOTOBLUR devices and Motorola Android innovations.

Motorola was thought to use Android for “average” consumer smartphones but would still develop a business-friendly Windows Mobile phone. However, in a roundtable discussion, Motorola VP of Software Platform Christy Wyatt said the company would not support WinMo 6.5. Instead, it will wait to get back into the Windows game in late 2010 when Windows Mobile 7 is expected to relaunch the platform.

Motorola lost millions of dollars last year and had to cut thousands of jobs. As the quarterly reports kept churning out bad news, they cited Android as the light at the end of the tunnel that would return Motorola, the fourth largest handset manufacturer, to better days. When the numbers for the CLIQ/DEXT and Sholes/Tao start rolling in, we’ll know if the decision was a wise one.

[Information Week]