To help lighten the mood a bit after revealing their fourth-quarter $US3.6 billion bloodbath, Motoroloa CEO Sanjay Jha revealed that we likely won’t see Windows Mobile 7 until 2010 at the earliest.
We’ve seen lots of Win-Mo 7 dates floated; most recently, the “early 2009” projection was more realistically hedged to the /”second half” of 2009 by Microsoft in September. Jha’s announcement could potentially mean that we won’t be seeing any Motorola Windows Mobile 7 phones until 2010, but the Electronista folks have Jha saying on the earnings call that the expected worldwide rollout of WM7 won’t happen until 2010.
This is also interesting because it appears to disprove yesterday’s rumour in the Wall Street Journal that Motorola was planning on completely abandoning Windows Mobile in favour of the “more competitive” (and completely free to licence) Android. Jha says Moto is still focused on Google’ open source OS, but we have yet to see any official word of Motorola-branded Android gear getting close to release–they’re not expected until the end of this year. Oh Moto. [Electronista, WSJ]