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Motorola Considering its Own Smartphone OS, Android “Shooting itself in the foot”?

This is one of those “You’ve got to be kidding me!” kinds of stories.  Motorola, according to a couple of sources close to the matter, has been hiring mobile and web engineers from companies like Apple and Adobe like crazy because it has plans to create its own mobile operating system for smartphones.  Uh oh.  When asked to comment on these reports, a spokesperson had this to say:  “Motorola Mobility is committed to Android as an operating system.”  Not exactly a denial, right?

One of the sources close to the matter brought up Android as one of the reasons for Moto to consider its own mobile OS, stating that “Android is shooting itself in the foot.”  How exactly are they doing that, you ask?  According to this “source”, fragmentation, product differentiation, and issues related to Google’s support for its partners are the concern.  Really?

Let me just throw an idea out there if fragmentation and product differentiation are a concern:  stop putting a garbage skin over top of a product that doesn’t need it.  If you are having trouble updating fast enough, maybe it’s time to stop throwing in bloatware, skins, and worrying about locking down phones and instead offer up what Google is giving devices like the Nexus S; it sure seems to get updates on a regular basis.  And how about showing some love to the mobile OS that brought you back from the dead?  (/end rant.)

I should also point out that this is just a rumor and should not be taken as fact.  They could be considering an OS, but we should at least attempt to be a little fair until there is concrete evidence to support these semi-anonymous claims.

So what do you guys think?  Dumbest move in history?  BlurOS is #winning?

Via:  Information Week

Cheers Rob!

  • http://twitter.com/LamborghiniJ8y LamborghiniJ8Y

    i can say that the phone company and network put so much bloatware on your phone its crazy i freaking hate moto blur. I have an HTC Incrediable and i love my phone but then when verizon put all that bloatware on it when they did 2.2 it just draged my phone down if you put on my phone and i still dont use it then you should just give people the choice to have network apps or not

  • Paul

    Unrelated note… “(/end rant)” is redundant. The “/” means end, so really you just need “(/rant)”.

    You rock Kellex!

  • Mike2758

    Just one more reason, besides the locked Bootloader, to never buy a Moto product again. The Droid X will be my last.

  • http://www.agrstech.com Zephaniah

    hmmm, BlurOS…BURN IN HELL!

  • drinksprite

    those motorola guys are on crack

  • Prankm

    I guess Motorola just thinks what just happened to Nokia is a fluke.

  • Vantado

    Oh man, I was just getting more and more pissed about bootloader locking, but now they want to make their own OS?

    Seriously?

    How far has the development team at Motorola tried to shove their heads up one another’s asses? No body (exaggeration there are some) purchases their android phones because of MotoBlur… I bought the droid 1 because 1) I’ve always purchased Motorola because their reliable and 2) it was running android, but not only android, stock android! Imagine that! PLENTY of people did that, so they see this and think “let’s start locking bootloaders and make a new OS to ruin the user experience!” Piss off, I’ll find another manufacturer that wants to let me OWN the phone I PURCHASE.

  • Gigachick

    I guess they’d rather go back to being dead. I hope they are smarter than that but one never knows. I think you nailed the problems right on the head.

  • Imgoingbacktoiphone

    iPhone FTW.

  • Anonymous

    I am going to ty to be optimistic and hope the new additions moto supposedly now has will help them make better decisions and/or software for their future devices.
    I will also say that I hope they don’t ditch android os and I completely agree with kellex on this. Hopefully this at least means a better blur or something.

  • http://profiles.google.com/jasonuehling Silver Hawk

    I guess they prefer bankruptcy.

  • Anonymous

    I LOVE Android, I LIKE Motorola. If they are considering making there own smartphone os nobody will be talking about Android “shooting themselves in the foot” they will be talking about Motorola “shooting themselves in the head”. Without a doubt an absolute FAIL

  • D.J.

    LOL, good luck with that Motorola. You are not a software company. Never has been, never will be. Your software was the reason you almost died. I understand maybe having their own OS for featurephones and special markets, but acting like this is going to be anything in the high end is laughable.

    Motorola must be brain dead because they have the shortest memories of any company I’ve ever seen. It is like they want to fail.

  • http://twitter.com/MrBouche MrBouche

    Motorola makes excellent phones, but they’re not the only manufacturer to make excellent phones. They should take a nice loong look at Nokia and their OS hopping. I agree, they need to stop adding bloatware and skins. My sister recently purchased a Droid X and hates all the crap they put on her phone. She hates not being able to delete certain items (I have an the Droid, so I didn’t know she was stuck with it). It’s one of those things I hated about all cellphones for years. Locked crap hogging up space on your phone. This is why I got the OG Droid. I have a ROM I like with what I want on it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Danny-Yang/100000650290495 Danny Yang

    I don’t care if Motorola decides to put a skin on their phones. Just give me an option to disable it and switch to vanilla. Oh and unlock those bootloaders. Thanks

  • Victuals

    I suppose the only question I have then is what exactly does Motorola think of PC manufacturers? ASUS, HP, Dell; last I checked, 99% of their equipment came with Windows.

  • thebigmann

    Blur is the coolest thing since sliced bread that’s been re-sliced into oddly shaped pieces.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dan-Carter/500179789 Dan Carter

    I bet this is a feature phone OS.

  • cowdog

    I think Motorola misses the day when they could make phones with minimal software that essentially never received updates with the exception of a few critical bugs. Sell phone, and they were essentially done with a customer. A mobile device is a very different beast. Great hardware is out of date if doesn’t run the latest OS. But that means when Motorola sells a “smart” phone, they are essentially in a multiyear commitment with both a customer and google (and wireless provider). This is complicated model, and I would be shocked if Motorola and others weren’t looking at alternatives.

  • Djstar2k2

    wow this reminds of the nwa come back song hello! “i started this gangsta shh and this is the mfkn thanks i get” so android saves u from utter lameness and your best selling android phone is the og droid( which is vanilla). you help create fragmentation with bloop(blurr+poop) and you take a shoot at Google? im so confused.
    but if this droid 3 aint vanilla im done with moto. oh failed to mention droid 2 and r2d2 droid didnt sell worth a damn. proof enuff?

  • Aznkaos05

    Bad idea… If you make Google mad, there might be a giant Andy at your doorstep waiting to annihilate you.

  • Aznkaos05

    Bad idea… If you make Google mad, there might be a giant Andy at your doorstep waiting to annihilate you.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ThornfullessRose Devin Jones

      LOL

    • http://www.facebook.com/ThornfullessRose Devin Jones

      LOL

  • rruready

    I have to thank Moto immensely, not for the OS plans though. I want to thank them for that comment “….shoot themselves in the foot.” That is the funniest hypocrisy I have heard in a long time, and I needed a laugh today. By the way Moto, I went out of my way to remove the sh!t you put on my DX. What makes you think that anyone wants an OS that is completely designed by you? If it weren’t for the amazing 3rd party rom devs out there, I would have returned my X months ago. Why do you refuse to listen to your customers? Keep down this path though, I can’t wait to watch you go down in flames for your idiocrasy. Either way, this phone will be the last Motorola trash I ever own.

  • Anonymous

    seems to be alot funky rumors about Moto today almost seems like someone is planting rumors and letting them fly.

  • Qman

    The real difficulty Motorola will face if they go down this road is app development. How are they going to convince developers to spend time and money porting apps when they already need to do iOS, Android, WebOS, Windows Phone 7, etc.

    A Motorola phone would get apps last or not at all.

  • Sparrkex

    android is the only reason motorola came back on top and they are now tryna downplay it and shit on it.what an ungrateful company like seriously. Motorola is messing up their phones with all that bloatware and blur put down are our throats. so glad i have a OG droid

  • http://twitter.com/NovembersDirge The Observer

    If this rumor turns out to be true, based on my experiences with Blur, i can safely say Moto will be looking at an EPIC FAIL.

    It may be time for me to ditch my DX and catch a ride on the HTC starship.

  • http://www.twitter.com/slinky317 slinky317

    My thoughts here: They’re referring to webtop. It’s obvious it needs a little bit of work, and has the potential to be something good. If they could keep Android on their handheld devices and make a new OS strictly for their webtop phones, that would work out pretty well.

  • Kel Kel

    Maybe they’re looking to be unemployed #WINNERS

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mic-Quiroz/1666050482 Mic Quiroz

    “sell sell sell”-kramer

  • Ken

    IMO if anyone is shooting them selfs in the foot its the hardware guys, they need to slow down the release of devices. I for one am getting tired of buying the greatest and 1 month later regretting spending the money.

  • Anonymous

    Hey just Christy Wyatt (Canyon) and she will tell you the real scoop.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B2QSIC2M72JOFETTNGSRQFCFRY EricS

    Let’s run down the list of “engineering talent”. A VP of software engineering and two directors of engineering. Not exactly “engineering talent”. These are middle management paper pushers. They probably have not touched a line of code in years, if not decades.
    People buy Motorola smartphones because they run Android. They do not want some half-baked OS from Motorola. The MotoBlur skin they slap on all their Android phones is bad enough.

  • Anonymous

    Can’t some or most of this crap that they embed into the phone be added by way of an app and/or widget?

    Perhaps, it is time for Google to open up a set of APIs for better customization that OEMs (and devs) can take advantage of without having to compromise the integrity of the system.

  • Mordechai Daniel

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha….. pant pant pant pant… hahahahahahahahahaha!!!! Ah my sides they hurt… hahahahahaha SO FUNNY!!! HAHAHAHA

  • ZachAndTired

    If Motorola actually is looking into developing their own mobile OS, it’s most likely because they want to differentiate themselves from the rest of the pack. The average consumer doesn’t care if a phone is made by Motorola or HTC or whoever. They care that it’s running Android. This is a major reason why Nokia chose to align itself with Windows Phone instead of Android. That being said, Motorola has a major uphill battle if they actually think they can succeed with a new proprietary OS.

  • Terryrook

    I agree with everything the author said. Motorola really needs to start listening to us. Motorola makes android bad, motoblur is a joke and its always the first thing to go on my motorola phones. Android saved motorola and what do they do in return? Talk sh*t and lock down their open source phones, plus lay their crap motoblur and bloatware combo so the phone lags like a snail and they say “see, this is why we need our own os”. Could you imagine opening up an app and seeing bloat within bloat? Or ads in your app tray? I’m sure that’s why they want their own os, to fill it with blur and useless ads. Android made motorola, not the other way around, unlock your devices and don’t think you can ever compete with android and I may consider to buy moto again.

  • Terryrook

    I agree with everything the author said. Motorola really needs to start listening to us. Motorola makes android bad, motoblur is a joke and its always the first thing to go on my motorola phones. Android saved motorola and what do they do in return? Talk sh*t and lock down their open source phones, plus lay their crap motoblur and bloatware combo so the phone lags like a snail and they say “see, this is why we need our own os”. Could you imagine opening up an app and seeing bloat within bloat? Or ads in your app tray? I’m sure that’s why they want their own os, to fill it with blur and useless ads. Android made motorola, not the other way around, unlock your devices and don’t think you can ever compete with android and I may consider to buy moto again.

  • Mr. Joe

    HTC released a Brew based version of Sense. I could see Moto doing the same thing with Blur. WHICH BTW they did release a phone running android but not exactly running android.

    Also it’s all up to company and not so much skin. The Ally ran stock 2.1 but didn’t get 2.2 till last month.

    They make some good points. Android doesn’t really have any requirements to it. As we’ve seen with low end devices. I think it’s great that there are REALLY cheap android phones out there and I hope that they can one day replace feature phones. Since they have A LOT more to offer the user. The problem is no one can see them ever updating.

    Take the Devour for example. That phone should have NEVER been released. It’s forever stuck at 1.6 which was a waste back when it first came out. With google releasing major updates all the time it’s hard to see when a phone will get an update and when not. Even if the update gets pushed it usually sucks on the device cause it can’t handle it.

    It seems like any phone with 256MB of RAM can’t handle GB properly without some huge modifications. The hacking community is starting to get it sorted out but are still far from a perfect port. I’m dying to see how the Optimus line from LG (American line) will handle GB. Cause TBH I don’t see it doing it.

    This is what makes devices like WP7 so appealing. There are requirements so in theory all phones should be able to get the updates working with no issues.

    These companies can’t spend all this time and money getting the latest version of android to work on all devices.

  • shr1k3r

    maybe they’re just trying to get blur better?

  • Poker_vol

    Do they think developers are going to develop apps for a Motorola-only OS, when they can reach infinitely more people by developing for Apple and Android?

  • Anonymous

    put windows and see how it goes motorola android is what saving your life!!!

  • RobVanwinkle

    Blur sux. Moto sux. Good riddance.

  • RobVanwinkle

    Blur sux. Moto sux. Good riddance.

  • http://www.facebook.com/moondrius Nolan Smith

    I guess android is not locked down enough for them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/moondrius Nolan Smith

    I guess android is not locked down enough for them.

  • Mommydearest

    Oh please, Motorola make your own OS, and Blur the crap out of it. With you out of the way, I’ll have to worry about one less crap manufacturer vomiting and shitting all over Android to make themselves feel better.

  • Anonymous

    The only reason I bought a Moto was for Android. Thanks to “fragmentation”, I have the choice to keep android and switch to another manufacturer. Thumbs up for “fragmentation”.