It’s official: Motorola drops Linux Java and Symbian UIQ, embraces Android

by: Darcy LaCouveeOctober 30, 2008

In the company’s quarterly earnings call, Motorola co-CEO Sanjay Jha confirmed that he is reducing the number of cell phone platforms that his company supports.  Symbian OS and the UIQ user interface, as seen on devices like the Motorola Z10, will no longer be used except for devices that the company has already committed to building.  Motorola’s own Linux Java platform (originally called JUIX) suffers the same fate.

Jha said that his company will use Windows Mobile and Android for its mid-tier and high-end handsets for both consumers and enterprise.  That’s great news for newcomer Android.

The less good news is that the first Motorola Android phone won’t be ready until the holiday shopping season in 2009 – a full year away.

So while a device is coming, it won’t be here for quite some time.