Motorola could provide consumers with smartphone options

8 January 2010 — 12:00 PM

Motorola has stated that it plans to concentrate its efforts on Android handsets, which could encourage consumers to trade in their old mobile phone.

The launch of the Android-powered Droid and Cliq handsets as well as two other Android-powered smartphones in the Chinese market may have improved the company's fortunes, which are reported to have seen a downturn in recent times.

Motorola has stated that sales of the new handsets had beaten its expectations.

Sanjay Jha, co-chief executive of Motorola, said: "I think we have made a good start [in revitalising the handset operations]."
He added that the company was now at the centre of the "Android ecosystem" and that 2010 could be a "very important battleground" in the smartphone market.

The comments were made at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas as Motorola unveiled the Backflip, which features a sliding screen that flips backwards to reveal a large thumb-operated Qwerty keyboard.

The Android operating system is growing in popularity and the recent launch of Google's Nexus One may push the platform to the next level, market experts have suggested.

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