Motorola Adding Up to 300 Android Mobile Developers
Reports say Motorola wants to expand its Android team from 50 to 350 developers as country's top cell phone seller seeks to find its way out of a prolonged period of slumping sales. Although Motorola has its own Java-Linux initiative, its interest in Android mobile developers could indicate the company is searching for a new direction.Almost a year ago, bloggers were speculating that Motorola was hiring "scads" of Android developers. Apparently, Motorola still is, as it scrambles to cash in on the expected consumer rush to Android, Google's Linux-based mobile operating system. According to several reports, Motorola, the top handset maker in the United States, is heavily recruiting to increase its Android developer team from 50 to 350 members. Motorola is a founding member of the Open Handset Alliance, a powerful alliance of technology providers organized to move Android into the mainstream.
Although Motorola has its own Java-Linux initiative, its interest in Android developers could indicate the company is searching for a change of direction for its own line of struggling cell phones. While Motorola captured almost 26 percent of the U.S. market in the second quarter, sales declined more than 10 percent from a year ago and opened the door for second-place company LG Electronics to close in on Motorola at 21 percent.