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Moto's Woes

NOON -- Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) placed a lot of emphasis on the Android operating system during its fourth-quarter earnings call today. The impression I got from the call, however, is that cuts, and not a new operating system, are what might help improve Motorola's handset unit operating loss later this year. (See Moto Hangs Hopes on Android.)

I can understand the emphasis on Android though, because -- at this moment -- what other choice does Motorola have?

Sanjay Jha and Co. are unlikely to find a buyer willing to pay a decent price for the handset unit, while the business is in no shape to be spun-off right now.

Motorola has already dropped the Symbian OS and some of its own efforts. Jha admitted on the call that the company is downplaying Windows Mobile in favor of Android this year because they're waiting for Windows Mobile 7 in 2010.

So a focus on Android makes sense, even though it doesn't seem to me that the OS will have a huge impact for Moto in 2009.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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