Motorola CEO confirms Droid follow-up, hints at tablet plans

Motorola has a follow-up to the Droid in the works, and may be looking to the burgeoning tablet market as a good place to expand on their recent mobile efforts. During a recent investor conference, Motorola’s co-CEO, Sanjay Jha, dropped a few strong hints when referring to a TV “companion product” that would feature a 7 to 10 inch screen.

Jha also mentioned that Android would be a good fit for this potential product. This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise when looking at Motorola’s recent successes with Google’s mobile OS. While talking about their commitment to Android, Jha dismissed the idea that Motorola has plans to create their own OS saying, "Nearly all of my focus is on Android today."

Sticking to the topic of Android, Jha also said that vendors need to differentiate their products in order to succeed. He cites their own MotoBLUR as an example of this, but an Adroid tablet would certainly be a differentiated product. In relation to their Droid follow-up, Jha said, "I think we're very well positioned [at Verizon]. We will introduce new Droid products in the Verizon franchise. I know the devices we are going to introduce, and that gives me comfort.”

The Wall Street Journal says to expect two big smartphone launches from Motorola in July.

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And the Moto Cliq (and even newer Cliq XT) are still crippled with Android 1.5 and the Backflip has 1.6 while Moto keeps saying "soon soon" about upgrading them. It is obvious that MotoBlur is holding them back. They didn't cripple the Droid with MotoBlur and it already has 2.1. MotoBlur has some nice features, but if it results in a completely crippled device, get rid of it already.

I'd like to see them updating their current Android devices with 2.2 before they start throwing new stuff out there.

How about Motorola stop thinking about creating new models, and instead focus on making their existing models (Droid / Milestone) up-to-date with a FULL version of 2.1 (and 2.2) without having anything that makes those systems great stripped out? I bought an Android handset, give me the features I paid for!

-=MagMan=- said,
How about Motorola stop thinking about creating new models, and instead focus on making their existing models (Droid / Milestone) up-to-date with a FULL version of 2.1 (and 2.2) without having anything that makes those systems great stripped out? I bought an Android handset, give me the features I paid for!

Motorola DROID / Milestone comes with full Android 2.1 system. There is nothing stripped on DROID phone.

Andrey said,

Motorola DROID / Milestone comes with full Android 2.1 system. There is nothing stripped on DROID phone.

He's probably comparing the Droid to HTC and other Moto phones which have their own overlays.

-=MagMan=- said,
How about Motorola stop thinking about creating new models, and instead focus on making their existing models (Droid / Milestone) up-to-date with a FULL version of 2.1 (and 2.2) without having anything that makes those systems great stripped out? I bought an Android handset, give me the features I paid for!

Yes... I'm curious what these stripped features are.

vip said,
I would like the droid on T-Mo, it would be nice

Motorola Milestone, though it won't have 3G. The Telus version supports AT&T 3G, though!

vip said,
I would like the droid on T-Mo, it would be nice
i believe the Europe version of milestone supports T-MOs 3G