Motorola has revealed smartphone sales have already dipped in anticipation of the Verizon iPhone 4, with the company's Q4 performance impacted even before the official announcement had been made. According to CEO Sanjay Jha,"since the announcement of the iPhone, we have seen a little slow down in our sell through of devices at Verizon. There was anticipation of devices coming to Verizon even prior the announcement of the iPhone." However, Jha also suggests that expectations around a flagship Motorola device in Q1 2011 also impacted the previous quarter's sales.
AT&T were at pains to highlight the fact that the Motorola ATRIX 4G was a network exclusive when they launched the Tegra 2 based superphone yesterday, but it seems that limitation only applies to the US. Canadian carrier Bell has just announced that the ATRIX 4G will be winging its way to their HSPA+ network in the coming months too.
Motorola co-CEO Sanjay Jha has confirmed that the company "will have 4G devices in the marketplace early next year," while both 7-inch and 10-inch tablets are also close in the pipeline. Speaking at the Credit Suisse 2010 Technology Conference this week, Jha said that Motorola would look to custom software to differentiate its tablets from the rest of the market, with particular emphasis on the enterprise and retail segments. Meanwhile, he also dropped a heavy hint regarding what could be Verizon's iPhone launch early in 2011.
Generally it's pretty large news when your company decides to change its name, yes? Maybe not so much when it's such a tiny one - or is it? Announced today, but effective January 4th, 2011, Motorola, Inc. will change its name to Motorola Solutions, Inc. and will change its ticker symbol on the New York Stock Exchange from MOT to MSI. Additionally, they'll switch over to a brand new board of directors (listed below) which includes election of Greg Brown to the "additional role" of chairman (effective May 2011) plus Dave Dorman's transition to lead independent director.
Microsoft's patent suit against Motorola will definitely be escalated into a full US International Trade Commission investigation, according to the USITC. Microsoft alleges that Motorola infringes several patents in its range of Android devices, including how the smartphones synchronize contacts, calendars, and email; schedule emails; and notify applications of changes in signal strength and battery power.
Today we've got the unboxing and hands-on of a T-Mobile G2 and an HTC Desire Z. We've got reviews of a whole slew of items, such as the HTC HD7, some Parrot Zikmu speakers, and a pair of JH Audio JH16 Pro earbuds. There's a big fat reminder of the costume contest for the LG Optimus T (YOU COULD WIN IT). We have a conversation with Barnes & Noble, learn of a lovely couple of pumpkin carvings, and get listed in the featured section of the ever-so-nicely-designed Pulse App for all your favorite devices. Get into it! Today, on The Daily Slash.
In the world of earphones, there are some obvious tiers: the bundled earbuds that came with your PMP or cellphone and should probably be dumped straight away; their mainstream replacements; off-the-shelf in-ear monitors (IEMs); and then custom-molded IEMs. There's also a less publicized hierarchy, of the audio craftsmen behind the IEMs themselves. Ask an audiophile their opinion of Jerry Harvey, and you can probably expect an hour or two of hero-worship; having tested out the new JHAudio JH16 Pro custom IEMs, we now know why. Check out the full review after the cut.
You can't have missed Motorola's Android push over the past few months - with another few handsets making their official debut in the past 24 hours - but the company isn't counting out Windows Phone 7. After Microsoft filed a lawsuit against Motorola on Friday, alleging patent infringement by the company's Android line-up, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha has said that lawsuits of this sort are just "part of business" and that his company is "open to finding ways to work with Microsoft, but it has to be a compelling offering."
At tonight's CTIA event, Motorola took some time out of their busy schedule to announce the Motorola Droid Pro. While it may not look like the other Droid-based products that have launched on Verizon, from either Motorola or HTC, it's definitely got the feature set to warrant the title. Featuring a candy-bar style, "BlackBerry-esque" look, along with a capacitive touchscreen atop the full QWERTY keyboard, the Droid Pro will stand out amongst the crowd.