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Motorola To Drop Symbian And Concentrate on Android?

It seems that Motorola is all set to trim down the development of its mobile phone platforms and plans to focus on Google’s Android operating systems for its phones.

A recent report published in the Wall Street Journal claimed that a decision to give more emphasis on the Android platform, which is being developed under the aegis of Open Handset Alliance, was made by Motorola’s new cell phone chief Sanjay Jha.

Many analysts believe that Jha may launch focused initiatives to bring profitability at Motorola’s mobile device division and it is expected that up to four phone systems may face the axe.

Quite expectedly such reports had lead to speculation of job cuts at Motorola with analysts predicting that a number of phones under development may be shelved which will lead to layoffs of people working on them.

Incidentally many believe Motorola has plans to build a mobile handset based around the Android platform which is expected to be priced around USD 150 and is likely to sports a touch screen and a QWERTY keyboard.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.