Friday, September 17, 2010

Motorola's Tablet will Miss the Holidays

The Wall Street Journal

Motorola Inc. aims to deliver a tablet computer early next year, a move that will extend its products beyond cellphones but after the key holiday selling season.

"We want to make sure that any tablet that we deliver is competitive in the marketplace, and I think all of us will make sure that we will only deliver that when that occurs," Co-Chief Executive Sanjay Jha said late Wednesday at an investor conference. "Hopefully, that's early next year."

Apple Inc.'s success with its new iPad have made tablets a must-have offering for gadget makers. Samsung Electronics Co. is expected to unveil its seven-inch Galaxy Tab to the U.S. market at an event Thursday in New York City. Dell Inc. has recently launched a tablet in the U.S., and others are expected ahead of the holidays.

Mr. Jha has tried to turn around Motorola's troubled cellphone business by refocusing it on smartphones powered by Google Inc.'s Android operating system.

Google has made clear it doesn't think the latest version of Android, called Froyo, is appropriate for tablet devices, Mr. Jha said Wednesday, adding that he wouldn't roll out a tablet until the technology is ready.

Mr. Jha said he's eager to get into the tablet business, but also indicated he is thinking more broadly about new forms of mobile computing, hinting that he is interested in models that are "even more smartphone-centric."