Motorola CEO Blames Android Openness For Performance Issues

by: Aerol BibatJune 6, 2011
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Motorola may have a good track record of making Android phones, but they don’t always get one hundred percent satisfaction. Of the Motorola Android devices returned to stores, over seventy percent were returned because of performance issues. Motorola’s CEO, Sanjay Jha, places the blames squarely at the feet of the open nature of the Android app store.

Google’s Android Market, unlike other app venues, is totally open. This means there is no oversight at all on who can upload an app. The only time Google steps in to moderate is when someone has reported an application for a particular violation. This means hobbyist coders can run wild and cook up applications for whatever purpose under the sun. Unfortunately, this widespread approach has a big negative side-effect; namely, that these apps are not tested or optimized for whatever hardware platform they end up on. This, Jha says, is the main reason why performance issues crop up in some Motorola phones.

Currently, Motorola’s top way of making sure such applications don’t negatively affect performance is their Motoblur app. Originally conceived as a social-networking hub, it currently does double duty by monitoring app performance and app interactions with the phone. If there are any alarming results, like an app excessively using power, then it can quickly notify the user so that he or she can take appropriate action.

Jha says that this is only the first step and hopes to build on these current features of the Motoblur app to better the Android experience for over 10 million of the app’s users and to help Motorola phones to adapt quickly to Android’s quick evolution cycle.

Source: PC World

  • Chuck Angel

    Overall, I have been very satisfied with Android performance since I first switched from WinMobile – never even considered the iPhone and never will.

    My only complaint with Android is more a hardware issue than a software issue: Battery Life is really, really poor (and maybe some of that is the result of poorly written apps, but I think its also the result of screens that provide a heavy drain and batteries that are too small to store enough charge.

    I currently use a Samsung Captivate and the standard battery just doesn’t cut it. I ultimately ordered a 3500mAH battery and extended back cover. I think that cellphone manufactures are missing the boat – they’re trying to make phones thinner and thinner, but they compromise battery life to do it. I would have been perfectly happy with the Captivate if it was thicker out of the box to allow for better battery life.

    The combination of JuiceDefender Extreme and the larger battery has made the Android experience much, much better.

    • TeddybeArish_55

      Get an iPhone! Lol!

  • Joe

    My problem is *with* Motoblur. It causes more problems than it helps – the moment I go to something built from source instead of Moto’s messy overlay, everything works beautifully. Stock? Messy and tempermental.

    Motorola, stop screwing with Android – use whats there, give us great hardware, and walk away, You’re creating your own problems.

  • Los

    100% agrees with Joe. Motorola is digging its own grave by
    – delivering poor customization with Blur: usability, performance and battery life way below HTC Sense.
    – not solving really annoying issues for months: e.g. the time display getting stuck, wifi connection
    – preventing users happy with the HW to install custom firmware (at least with my Milestone 2).

    My Milestone 2 is the last device I buy from Motorola, and this due to the poor SW implementation. When I read the headline of the article I CHOKED!