Motorola, one of Android’s most prominent supporters, is developing a smartphone platform of its own, reports suggest.
Moto has staged a remarkable resurgence in recent years, thanks largely to strong sales for the Android powered Milestone and Milestone 2 – especially its US variant the Droid. The company is also behind the Xoom tablet computer, which runs the slate optimised Honeycomb version of Android.
However, whether Google will be able to count on the US phone maker’s wholehearted support in years to come is a moot point, after it emerged that Motorola Mobility has begun hiring devs to work on a proprietary web-based OS.
Deutsche Bank analyst Jonathan Goldberg, who’s reportedly got the inside line on matters down Moto-way, told Information Week: “I know they're working on it.
“I think the company recognizes that they need to differentiate and they need options, just in case. Nobody wants to rely on a single supplier."
Asked to comment on the report, Motorola would not confirm the existence of the project but reaffirmed its ongoing commitment to Android. For the time being at least...