Motorola CEO Blames Android Openness For Performance Issues

June 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

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