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Motorola to Release 10 Android Phones?

Posted by: Olga Kharif on September 17, 2009

Motorola plans to release at least 10 cell phones based on Android operating system in the next six to 10 months, according to a report from Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry released this morning. On Sept. 10, Motorola showed off its first Android phone, called the Cliq.

The phones will be sold to end users for $39 to $399, Chowdhry says, citing industry sources. And they could, potentially, help Motorola ramp up its market share fast. In the second quarter of 2009, the company claims it held 5.5% market share — a far cry from the double-digit market share it held several years ago.

Much will depend on which carriers pick up the phones, and how much money they sink in promoting them. But most analysts I’ve talked to believe the company’s share can only go up from here.

Reader Comments


September 18, 2009 05:10 AM

Wow! It definitely looks like Motorola is planning to make up for lost time!

HTC clearly has a lot of Android momentum, especially after their release of the HTC Hero & the Sense UI, but I must say, Motorola has also done a nice job with Motoblur. Heck, I just watched the "ARCHOS 5 Tablet with Android: Introduction and Overview" on YouTube and it is quite impressive also.

This is a great time to be an Android fan!

Joe Remo aka JoeyAndroid

September 19, 2009 02:51 AM

Go Motorola! Yes, it definitely is a great time to be an Android fan! Android will create many jobs in the United States as well as in other parts of the world, and some of them will be high paying jobs. I can't wait until someone opens a retail store with nothing but Android devices: phones, netbooks, etc. I predict someone will finally do real CTO or Configure-To-Order with the help of Android.

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