Verizon's iPhone is going to steal some of the spotlight from Android, but Moto will be the most effected, says IHS iSuppli Senior Analyst Tina Teng. Android is Moto's biggest platform and the U.S. is its biggest market. Whereas Samsung Corp. and High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) (Taiwan: 2498) have a strong global presence, Moto is fairly U.S.-centric. (See Verizon's iPhone: Angst for Android.)
"It's going to be very interesting to see how Motorola will defend itself," Teng says. So far, Moto has been leveraging its biggest advantage, 4G. Verizon will get the Long Term Evolution (LTE)-powered Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) Bionic 4G later this year, AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) will get the HSPA+ Atrix, and both will offer the Xoom tablet. Moto just has to keep the momentum started by getting these three devices going, Teng says. (See CES 2011: Moto's 4G Gadgets Blur Lines, CES 2011: OS Watch Goes Gadgets, and CES 2011: Verizon Takes 10 With LTE.)
According to a Computerworld report this week, Verizon is the best at moving quickly through the testing process to get updates on phones. Of Android phones on Verizon, 33.3 percent got the Android 2.2. Froyo update last year. Next comes Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S), which updated 28.6 percent of eligible Android phones to Froyo during the first six months after availability.
T-Mobile US Inc. , meanwhile, only updated 12.5 percent of its devices, or one. And AT&T came in at a big zero.
For handset makers, HTC took first with 50 percent of its devices upgraded, and Motorola trailed in a distant second at 15.4 percent. Samsung fared worse at 11.1 percent, or one device. Reports, and even a potential class-action lawsuit, suggest that Samsung may be holding back the Android updates to the T-Mobile Vibrant on purpose, in order to make its most recently announced Vibrant 4G look more impressive. This, of course, goes against the openness policy Android was built on.
— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile