Making your mind up
> the firm's insistence on supporting every software platform
"Insistence" implies there was a strategy. "Indecision" would be a better word, surely?
Motorola is to split into two companies - one selling infrastructure and networking equipment, the other left to try and sell handsets against increasing competition. The split comes as no great surprise. Motorola has been seeking a buyer for its handset unit for months, and the company's news has long been split between …
It's not just that they support so many platforms - but the only compelling Motorola phones I have seen in years has been the RAZR V8/V8i, which was good for while it lasted. Plus, the lineup is very patchy and they aren't present at some crucial price points - which I think matters in developing economies like India.
They need to emulate Nokia - a lot of phones, at every price point in the market.
"When they were dropped by Apple, for the CPU the Mac, surely that should have told them that they had lost the plot."
It was the other way round. Moto fired Apple after a Steve Jobs screaming fit at Chris Galvin.
And Moto screwed Apple royally. They had to overclock the G4 (remember the Wind Tunnel?) until the G5 came along (for desktops) and until they moved to Intel (for notebooks).
I use a year-old pre-3G RAZR. It's an ok phone and of better build quality than most. The lack of software functionality lets it down, but I personally wouldn't consider anything that's either bigger or doesn't have a flip.
The two big non-software bugs are the way it has outside mounted buttons that stay live when its closed (why!) and it's refusal to recharge off a vanilla USB cable.
I wonder what will happen to the old Symbol business in this deal?