A few days ago we reported that Motorola may be working on their own OS due to frustrations with Android fragmentation, lack of Google support, and most importantly, difficulty in developing a standout device in an Android-saturated market.
In an attempt to clarify this, Motorola spokeswoman Kira Golin told PCMag.com that "Motorola Mobility is dedicated to Android." But, in an almost condescending manner, she went on to say, "That's our statement, and I can't control how you interpret or print it."
Naturally, there are a few things that bother me about this statement, the first being the fact that they did not deny the existence of an alternate OS. It is well known that Motorola - like any reputable company - wants to have a backup plan in case something "doesn't work out" with their primary vendors, and I can't imagine them feeling any different about software affiliates.
It has also been noted that Moto has been hiring mobile-centric engineers, including some ex-Apple and Adobe employees. This could easily backup up the rumor that Motorola is indeed developing their own OS, right? On one hand, I want to say yes, but as tech blog Technologizer points out, they have already developed an OS.
I'm referring, of course, to Webtop – the "application" developed to run on the lapdock and set-top dock for the Motorola Atrix (and eventually all high-end Moto phones). If Google's own Chrome OS is considered an operating system, why isn't Webtop, especially when we know it's based on Debian?
I'm not one to start a conspiracy theory; I have just seen a lot of useless speculation about what Motorola is really up to, and I want to bring some logic and reason to the table. Do I think that Moto will turn their back on Android? No way. The little green robot has helped them reach the top of their game. With that said, do I think that they want to diversify their products? Maybe. Either way, I have no doubt that Motorola will continue to put out some of the most innovative, top-of-the-line Android devices that we have ever seen.