Is Motorola working on its own OS?

BlurOS coming? Please god, no.

BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system. We’ve made no secret about our opinion of Motorola’s programming chops (damn you motoblur!). My gut reaction to this rumor is, “Oh heavens above, no. Say it ain’t so!” But you’re not here to read gut reactions. From a business standpoint this might make a little sense for Amazon…

Word out of Informationweek is that Motorola mobility is building a web based OS. The company is said to have hired a number of experienced mobile and Web engineers from Apple and Adobe and is developing a Web-based mobile operating system as a possible alternative to Google’s Android software, according to a source familiar with the matter. The chorus of me-too’s from industry analyst are giving this particular rumor an extra sheen of plausibility with limited details. The one thing agreed on is uncertainty as to how far along the process is.

According to Informationweek, Motorola has been on a hiring spree over the past 9 months for positions that are well suited to help them create a new OS. Perhaps someone should point out the numerous other things they are suited for. Look, I understand that Motorola Mobility needs something that will differentiate its phones from everyone else, and the company isn’t beneath secretive shenanigans, but they are a few screws short if they’ve learned nothing from WebOS and Windows Phone 7. You would be forgiven for arguing that Motorola handsets sell because they are Android handsets with all the 1337 might of Google behind them. Motorola simply lacks the pedigree, engineering, or resources to impose its will on a market that is both saturated and dominated by hegemonic forces. Microsoft has the resources to buy Motorola Mobility and give it away as a gift many times over, and despite this financial might, it is floundering at the feet of the two main Juggernauts.

From the bottom of my heart, good luck Motorola… no, not really, I don’t actually care. I specifically don’t believe Motorola is dumb enough to be creating its own OS so as to differentiate itself. I don’t believe it. I choose to take this quote by their spokesman at face value: “Motorola Mobility is committed to Android as an operating system,” And no, silly little analysts, the idea of Android “fragmentation,” is overblown, so don’t cite that as an excuse to convince me. The only excuse I will accept for Motorola doing this, is that Sanjay Jha is batshit insane (I have it on good authority that this is possibly the case — I just commited argument suicide).

Source: InformationWeek

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