Motorola Finally Launches U.S. Linux Phone
Years after it promised Linux in phones, Motorola is finally delivering the Linux-powered "Rokr" and "Razr2" models to the U.S. market.Linux/Java has topped CEO Ed Zanders list of things to look for from Motorola as it attempts a financial turnaround. At a New York press conference this morning, Zander introduced Linux-based "Rokr" and "Razr2" models, along with new top-level executives. Zander opened the conference by introducing a new CFO, and new VPs of products and sales. He said the company is working to reset its strategy, prioritize its markets and technology investments, and "put the Wow back" into its devices. Referring back to a March investor call at which Motorola announced a $1B shortfall in projected earnings, Zander said, "We talked about three things to look for from our new strategy. One was Linux/Javatoday youll see some products. Another was 3Gtoday youll see some products. The third was multimedia and messaging, and weve got some wild stuff there, too."
Motorola announced plans to adopt Linux more than four years ago, but has shipped Linux phones in volume only in Asia and Latin America, to date. That should change in the weeks ahead, as the companys Linux-based MotoRokr Z6 (formerly known as the MotoRizr Z6) rolls out around world.