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MOTODEV Observations

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I made some irritating errors in writing about Motorola mobile software last week, so it’s clear that by trying to post again on the subject I’m just making myself a glutton for punishment. Nonetheless…

If you look across the Motorola mobile portfolio you’ll notice there’s a range of software in use. While pushing the new Mobile Linux platform, Motorola also acknowledges that one size doesn’t fit all phones. For the professional market (i.e. smartphones), Motorola uses Microsoft Windows Mobile; for mass-market devices, it’s Motorola’s AJAR platform; for certain markets in Europe, it’s Symbian.

Meanwhile, Motorola has a big presence at LinuxWorld 2007 this week, so I’m expecting more news on that software front in the near future. And notice, there have been some similar software trends taking place across both the mobile devices part of Motorola’s business and the set-top group. At CTIA in March, Motorola announced its Java ME software developer kit (SDK) as part of the larger MOTODEV initiative. Also part of MOTODEV is the OCAP SDK I’ve talked about before.

It only makes sense. After the explosion of Internet apps over the last couple of years, there was bound to be a similar revolution in both mobile-phone and television applications. And since software is so critical to product success, it is smart strategy to get more developers involved in creating applications for Motorola products. The same is true whether those products are mobile or based in the home.