Motorola just concluded their keynote event for their Motodev Summit 2009 and unfortunately did not make any new product announcements. I wanted to write a detailed recap for the keynote, but if you follow Android closely there was virtually nothing new talked about.
The keynote session was void of any new information and went basically like this:
- Sanjay Jha opens the event with a quick speech about Motorola’s Android push. His best quote was, “You guys (devs) do some crazy ass things…and that’s what we want.”
- Christy Wyatt gives the main keynote and explains Motorola’s definition of a smartphone. The main quote that will interest our readers was that Motorola is working on “multiple 10s of devices”.
- Rick Osterloh takes the stage and provides a short demonstration of the Cliq. He shows off the Android apps Labyrinth Lite, Compass, Cardio Trainer, and TuneWiki.
- Christy returns to the stage and announces a surprise. There were 75 vouchers hidden under the seats for free Cliq phones.
My original chair didn’t have a winning voucher, but there were many empty seats in the house. As soon as the event was over I crawled around on my hands and knees and located an unclaimed voucher. The free phones were not available at the event so we will have to wait for them to ship out.
Exclusive Press Event
Shortly after the keynote was over, a special event was held for the press. Most of the key Motorola execs (Christy Wyatt, Rick Osterloh, Claudia Backus, etc.) were present and we were allowed to ask questions. There was maybe six members of the press and I was lucky enough to get in before they closed the doors.
I tried to get in as many Android specific questions as possible. The following responses are based on my personal notes and memories. They should not be taken as exact quotes from Motorola.
Will MotoBlur be included on all Motorola Android handsets?
Motorola said to assume that they want Blur on all their devices, but it will be customized for different regions and carriers. It sounded possible that there might be phones without Blur, but that would be the exception. They would not comment on product that was not announced, but I think it is certain that Blur will be included on the Verizon Motorola phone (despite what other sites are reporting).
When will we see the next Motorola Android phone? Why was nothing announced today?
Will we ever see MotoBlur on other devices (i.e. other brand Android phones)?
There are no current plans to release Blur for other devices, but this may be a possible option in the future.
Will MotoBlur be opened up to the community? Will there be public APIs for developers?
Nothing official has been announced, but it was noted they have received a lot of feedback requesting this option. I expect in the future we will see Blur become more open.
Is Motorola planning their own application store to target Motorola devices?
Motorola chose not to comment. Speaking with other attendees at the event, it sounds like this will eventually happen.
Will the Motorola Cliq support the upcoming HSPA 7.2 speed boost to T-Mobile’s 3G network?
Yes, the Cliq supports HSPA 7.2 out of the box.
What is the relationship between Motorola and Google like? How is Motorola involved with the development of Android?
Motorola confirmed the close relationship with Google that we have been reporting. I was told there is a steady stream of input and collaboration coming from Motorola on the direction of Android. Motorola has several designated employees which are assigned to working with Google and Android.
Does Motorola have any concern that Google is in control of Android?
Motorola said they do not feel at risk because they have the same goals as Google. Motorola would like to see the development process of Android move into the open and is expecting Google will do that in the future.
Our day was about half way over when we were approached and asked to leave. They recognized we were the Wimberly brothers, ran Android and Me, and categorized us as members of the press. We were informed the event was not intended for the press and then escorted out of the venue. It was unfortunate we had to leave early, but at least we made some new contacts with the Motorola PR team.
Overall, the event was a good time and I’m glad we got to attend. Thank you Motorola for being active in the Android community and hosting the Motodev Summit.
Check back tomorrow for more Android news from CTIA.