Indeed, even before the show has actually begun and while Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) pulled in a packed house to its developer's conference, Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s open operating system was stealing the show.
Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) especially added fuel to the Android fire, announcing seven new handsets based on the OS, all targeted at different niches in the mobile market, including the workplace.
Most notable was the Droid Pro for Verizon Wireless , what Moto co-CEO Sanjay Jha called the first Android designed specifically for the enterprise. The Pro adds security features that were typically lacking in the open OS and includes the ability to remotely wipe the device and memory card if lost or stolen. Moto will also add encryption in the first quarter of next year, Jha said at a CTIA media event. (See Moto Unleashes 7 New Androids and AT&T Gets 3 Moto Phones .)
Android has been creeping up on Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) and BlackBerry for market share of the enterprise for a while now, but it's certainly not neglecting the consumer. (See OS Watch: Facebook Phones It In.)
In related Android news from the week so far:
- In total, Moto introduced seven new Androids, including three for AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and one for T-Mobile US Inc. .
- We didn't, however, see an Android Stingray 3.0 from Moto, as rumored. (See LTE Watch: The CTIA & '4G'.)
- T-Mobile has extended WiFi calling to select Android devices in the enterprise. (See T-Mobile Brings WiFi Calls to Android.)
- Skype Ltd. has launched an Android app. (See Skype Launches Android App.)