December 18, 2014

Motorola "Not Entertaining" Windows Phone 7, is 100% Committed to Android

As it appears today, Motorola is not looking beyond Android for help with their smart phones. With the slow rise in Windows Phone 7 and a new set of devices to contend with, one might have expected the handset maker to join the likes of Samsung and LG. In speaking with the press at Mobile World Congress this week, Motorola representative Christy Wyatt hammered home their desire to stick with Google’s mobile OS.

“I don’t envision us using Microsoft. I would never say never but it’s not something we’re entertaining now.  We’re the only vendor who is 100 percent Android”

At one point, it was suggested that Motorola would consider other platforms, including the reborn Microsoft OS. However, thanks to a much delayed rollout and closed approach, Windows Phone 7 doesn’t get a second look today.

“…But there were a bunch of things that we believed about Microsoft that ended up not being true, mostly about what functionality it would have in what period of time… We would like an opportunity to create unique value and we don’t feel we could with a closed platform.”

Source: Yahoo!



  • c00ller

    “But there were a bunch of things that we believed about Microsoft that ended up not being true, mostly about what functionality it would have in what period of time”

    I find this INCREDIBLY ironic… (update schedule for their Cliq, Cliq XT, Backflip, etc etc devices)

    • Kindroid

      WP7 has no update record to compare. But if the original release OS doesn’t have features that older version Android OS phones have, Motorola is on target. The Cliq, Cliq XT, Backflip etc all have serious features that are missing from WP7.

    • acupunc

      It is impossible for a hardware manufacturer to know in advance if the next upgrade of an OS they license will be beyond the last generation hardware they released. This is the reality of tech. Try and run win7 on a Windows 95 box. It just seems more extreme in the mobile area today because hardware is accelerating 10x than it did on the PC side, and we can thank Android for that. Without it’s open licensing we wouldn’t have near the competitive landscape we are now seeing. Nonetheless, your non-upgradeable hardware still functions properly and can do all it did when you purchased it ;)

      By mid 2012 I’m sure any top of the line smartphone will have enough power to run Android for several years to come, thus first adopters “always pay to play”. Today however, that may not be the case. So choose hardware wisely ;)

  • comrade

    I’d be SHOCKED to learn otherwise considering Andoid literally saved their behind!
    Wish they’d also be just as much committed to providing updates & support to the huge array of Android devices they have now :))

  • bman

    Funny, I’m not entertaining buying any Motorola products…I’m glad they are 100% committed to Android, but what is missing from that commitment? Any commitment to customers (i.e. locked devices, lack of updates, etc.) Funnier still is they say that they don’t feel they could create unique value with a closed platform, but then they lockdown an open platform…splitting hairs a bit on this?

    • adv

      it isnt too locked down to be honest.
      And for them, they can’t alter UI, they cant make it Moto, yeah.
      For you, you can install a new UI if you want, you can install whatever app you want.
      If you have an android and you feel locked, just try a wp7!!! it’s truly locked!

  • Greg

    This is one of the best phones I have ever owned. I love the features on it! You can read more about it on my blog at http://readb4its2late.blogspot.com/

  • Lilith Grant

    I have to agree with Comrade. Motorola would be stupid to do anything that would take them away from Google Android. It has a huge app base and developer base as well as a growing user base.

    Apple and Google aren’t going to slow down the pace of innovation to give Microsoft and Nokia a chance to catch up. Just Wednesday (15 Feb., 2010) ITProPortal.com broke news that the “Apple iPhone 5 to have 4 Inch Screen,” an upgrade designed to bring yet more users to its mobile device platform – away from PCs and competitive smartphones. And we also know Google Android-based handheld manufacturers are bringing out 4.3 inch screens in their effort to keep growing the Android user base.

    Motorola is back in the game in a really good way – and much of it thanks to Google Android. You can read more about this on a Forbes blog I read this week (http://bit.ly/gaRkcK) by Adam Hartung – he really gets to the heart of the Nokia/Microsoft joint venture and the likeliness of it being successful. NOT. Comrade’s comments above made me think about that Forbes entry and realize yeah right – I totally get why Motorola wouldn’t consider MS. Any step away from Google Android is a step into darkness.