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Moto Rising (Part II): Droid Succession

Posted in Mobile Devices and Company Updates by Manas Ganguly on May 4, 2010

A day after the first post on Motorola’s new rise with the Android devices, we had speculated about Moto’s future flagship. Fortuitously, Moto seems to be readying its future flagship and this post covers the Droid II (or possibly Nexus Two)

Shadow, Droid II, Nexus Two: The device and the names may be confusing, but amidst all confusion what comes through is that Motorola is at it, releasing smartphone after smartphone and this time it looks like it is the successor of Droid, the Droid II that Moto is readying laying to rest the question: What after Droid?

There are two stories on Droid II and Nexus Two. One that The Nexus Two has become Droid II which means there is no Nexus two in ranks. The second is that the device has two variants: Nexus Two (without the Keyboard) and Droid II (with the keyboard). Motorola Shadow / Droid 2 / Nexus Two will have a 4.3″ touchscreen with 854 x 480 pixels resolution and 8MP camera with dual LED flash and HD video recording (most likely 720p) plus an HDMI out. Other spec includes the TI OMAP 3630 processor clocked at 720MHz, 512MB RAM, Android 2.1 with MOTOBLUR (or maybe v2.2 Froyo) in a very thin and light body. The Droid II/ Nexus Two will also sport a WiFi readiness.

The heartening thing in the whole story is the rise of Moto and its Android machines. Slightly let down with the “almost” Droid looks though. Lets hope Droid II does what its designated to and proves Moto detractors “One Pony Moto story” wrong.

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Moto Rising

Posted in Mobile Devices and Company Updates by Manas Ganguly on May 2, 2010

Motorola Android launches are beginning to gain traction in the market. Here’s profiling Moto’s rising…

This is a continuation of the Moto story which started in November with the launch of Droid. Read the blog here.

The Moto Droid/Milestone was instrumental in turning the fortunes of Motorola around. The success of Moto Droid/Milestone can be gauged from the fact that there were comparisons between the Droid and the iPhone and was chosen Time Magazine’s device of the year 2009.It also ranked highest (Android device) in terms of % of web traffic by Admob for March 2010. The Droid/Milestone has arguably done its bit very well in terms of Motorola’s better-than-expected first quarter—a profit of $69 million, or 3 cents a share, on revenue of $5 billion. The Moto comeback has been overshadowed by competition worries. Simply put, Moto cannot rest on its Droid laurels—or hit smartphone—for very long. With competition increasingly, what will replace the Droid (right) in Motorola’s lineup is going to be critical. For now, there are no signs that Droid sales are going to fall off dramatically. However, the Droid will have to battle a bevy of HTC devices for shelf space and Android flag-ship status. The HTC Incredible is already getting rave views some putting it at par with iPhone and better than it. Google has been pushing HTC’s new phone and innovation (a spot of bother for Motorola). Even though Android is the fastest innovative platform in wireless and Motorola will not be missing in action with regards to Android, but Moto needs to ensure its stays ahead versus HTC in the reckoning for the Android OS.

The good news is that Motorola isn’t a one or two device pony—the company plans 20 smartphones with shipments of 12 million to 14 million in 2010—but there isn’t a clear successor to the Droid just yet. There is some action on this front after the launch of Droid already and the carrier tie-ups are impressive and should be able to give Moto traction in consumer space.

MotoBlur (Moto’s one stop Social networking platform for its phones) remains an important cog in Motorola’s smartphone lineup and will be featured on the majority of devices.The MotoBlur has seen some traction from carriers and users and given the usage data that it generates, MotoBlur could be very incidental in Moto’s understanding of usage and consumption to serve its customers best. MotoBlur will leverage social media, Location aware services and leaner data consumption to push convergence to its users.

Moto CEO Sanjay Jha has made it clear that the company will not be pursuing its own OS. Jha stated that an OS makes sense only if there is an ecosystem, services, and the ability and the scale to execute on keeping that OS at the leading edge. (In absence of these three components fully), Jha is unequivocally taking the Google Open Source route to OSs, Applications and others. Amongst other things, I call that Focus and keeping resources, intent and goals focused on devices while letting Google do what it does best. (Quite unlike the Finns really)

Given the success of iPad, Motorola also sees a spike in media consumption habits and devices used at Home and creating a home based eco-system in the near future. The Tablet and other form factors and solutions would thus form an integral part of the Moto roadmaps going forward.

Moto was just too good to write it off, and after gone through 3yrs of oblivion, Motorola seems to be coming out of its dark days. There’s more that needs to be done to stay ahead but currently Moto seems set for a good Q2 and more.. We will watch this space.

The Moto Android partnership timeline

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Droid Does!(iPhone doesn’t)

Posted in Mobile Devices and Company Updates by Manas Ganguly on November 5, 2009

The iPhone was officially released in mid 2007. In two and half years, it has captured the fanfare and frenzy of the device and telecom geeks acquiring the status of an Icon and fuelling Apple’s growth story.

There have been many challengers from Samsung, HTC, Sony Ericsson, Nokia and others, but iPhone has held its ground because it combines a glitzy UI, a remarkable device and a 100 thousand strong applications store to its strength. That doesnot stop the challengers from take shots at the frailties of the iPhone.

One of the strongest challenge to iPhone yet is the upcoming Motorola Droid on the Verizon Network and backed by the new Android OS 2.0 (Eclair). That is a strong proposition and they have their sights set on iPhone if the “Droid Does” campaign is to seen. Watch the video here.

The latest in this round is the Droid stealth commercial which is an announcer of the launch date amidst a hyper technology scenario. Catch the video here!

What the “Droid does” to the “iPhone” will be an interesting thing to watch. Watch this space.

Read more about the Droid here!

Moto Droid: A lot rides on it!

Posted in Mobile Devices and Company Updates by Manas Ganguly on October 21, 2009

There have been many contenders to iPhone’s best smartphone crown and yet none have really come close to the Apple’s prodigy (check statistic). On the other hand, Motorola has been lying dead for 3 odd years. (When was the last time, Razr was hot?). But then, all it takes is one strong offering to win back consumer confidence and cheers. (Ask Palm!). Earlier this month, Moto announced the Cliq, a social networking machine (Pic Below).And while it’s unlikely the new Moto Droid will knock the iPhone off its perch as the top consumer smartphone in the world, it could be in a position to pose the most serious challenge yet to the iPhone’s unquestioned supremacy.



Powered by Android and backed by Verizon, Droid has the right combination of strong hardware, Google’s brand strength and Verizon’s network that could present the iPhone with a formidable foe over the next few months.

 Here’s how the stack up: The Droid versus the iPhone.

Droid versus iPhone

The real test of Moto Droid will be when the rubber hits the road. It stacks up well against the iPhone! On other terms a lot of other successes including that of Android as a platform and Verizon’s flagship devie depends on the success of Droid.

We will watch the game.

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