Motorola’s CEO Sanjay Jha spoke at the Oppenheimer Annual Technology & Communications Conference yesterday answering questions about the company’s mobile strategy through the end of 2011.We learned a lot.
Jha said Motorola has a lot in store for the second half of the year, including some new tablets. He also touched on the competition, and where he thinks the Windows Phone platform fits in.
Keep reading for the most interesting things we learned from the keynote. You can also listen to the entire thing right here.
First and foremost, Jha says strong relationships with carriers are important. Carriers are the ones selling phones from their retail locations, so its important to be a good partner.
Jha notably mentioned that Motorola doesn't have plans to work with T-Mobile until the whole AT&T merger thing gets settled.
Jha said he thinks smartphones are much more important for mobile computing than tablets. That being said, Motorola still plans on releasing at least one more tablet this year.
Jha said he did not expect the Droid X2, Droid 3, and Photon 4G to sell as well as they have been this summer. In fact, he said many stores have been selling out of the devices.
Jha is taking a page out of Samsung's marketing book. He said Motorola is considering launching new Android devices under a common brand, just like Samsung does with its 'Galaxy' phones and tablets.
We've seen some speculation that Motorola could choose its recently acquired 'Kore' domain for these devices.
Jha has picked up on the trend of developers making HTML 5-based web apps that can run in the browser of pretty much any mobile device. He says these apps will continue to grow.
In the long run, the smartphone market won't be able to support all 5 major mobile operating systems
Jha says iOS and Android are here to stay. But when it comes to HP's WebOS, BlackBerry OS, or Windows Phone 7, some will have to die off.
Jha doesn't rule out making a Windows Phone 7 device, but says he would prefer to keep Motorola's resources invested in Android. If Windows Phone ends up taking off, we may see one from Moto in the future.
Jha admitted there were three main things wrong with the Xoom launch back in February:
- It needed a more competitive price point.
- It needed more apps and access to better content.
- It needed to launch globally with a Wi-Fi model in addition to the 3G model.
After learning from its mistakes with the Xoom, Jha said the Motorola's next tablets will have a more competitive form factor (i.e. thinner and lighter like the iPad and Galaxy Tab 10.1), and will offer more access to multimedia content. (We're guessing that means some sort of music and video store.)
When asked about Android's next version, 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Jha said he would like Motorola to manufacture the first device to run it, but there are a ton of risks involved.
Bottom line: we're guessing another manufacturer has Google's blessing to make the first Ice Cream Sandwich phone.