This makes all the delays excusable in one respect, but kinda less so in another. I would say fully excusable if this internally developed chip set is more comparable to the second gen LTE stuff from outside, but far less excusable if it's nothing vastly different than they could have just acquired elsewhere. This is further explanation of why they are having trouble showing profits. It's great to have IP like this, but not sure it's a wonderful idea to try and build phones AND keep up with more dedicated specialized vendors of wireless chipsets? If it were a more stable and mature sector it might, but seems lifecycles in that realm are going to extremely short until LTE is a lot more mature.
I'm pretty much on the fence with this one. Ballzy in one respect, but not sure how smart it is overall. And I guess Jah is from Qualcomm and Moto probably does have the right staff for such a thing still. Guess we will see if they can keep up with Qualcomm and the others. If they can actually be ahead of the others it would be a huge deal.
I do still say though they need to scale things back to 3-4 phones and 2 tablets that are cross carrier/internationally branded like you have with iPhone and iPad or they had with the various RAZR incarnations. Droid branding with VZW is OK, but overtime I am pretty sure it will get soiled as they try too hard to exploit the branding and let to many junk phones in on the branding.
I'm all for a Bionic QWERTY or Droid 4G or something though.
Just got a pretty well put together Droid branded book from Verizon today. It is stamped as Summer 2011 edition, but does not mention the Bionic, not even on the "comming soon" back cover where the Droid 3 was advertised. I'm sure it will still release in September though. Not very helpful but there you go.
I am more concerned with the financial aspects of being a company that really only generates revenue from consumer mobile devices while also trying to develop mobile chipset that are normally marketed by a dedicated firm to external entities(this includes samsung and their ARM products) rather than for 100% internal use.
I am actually a HUGE Motorola fan, but have found they are a company that can never maintain a position as a top player. A concerned fan. I was totally amazed at what they did with OG Droid, but then have been kinda scratching my head ever since. Somewhat impressed by what they pulled off with Atrix, but it wasn't really as nice a device overall as the Droid even though it's maybe faster. Then they are way late with Bionic. I think Bionic will be a nice device and WAY better than Atrix or what bionic WAS going to be, but it's still not a impactful as Droid was. I just have FAR higher standards I try to hold this USA based iPhone competitor too than you is all. Not sure if anyone here has taken a stroll through an american automaker forum, but they are MUCH more critical than this this Moto forum. I take that extreme critical standpoint as I want the only the best from them, nothing less. The smallest of weaknesses will always be amplified MASSIVELY if they are few, but do exist. Things are to competitive from foreign competition too excuse any weaknesses. Doesn't matter if the rest is better by a large degree.
A Bionic with physical keyboard? Do we even have a codename for it?
If the Bionic was delayed due to, among other things, battery issues, it's a safe bet maybe Motorola is designing their own LTE chipset because that was the source of the battery issues? 4G is a battery killer, poorly designed chipsets cause more battery issues.
"Jha declined to provide further details about the devices but said the company will have at least five 4G devices in the market by year's end, including two new tablets."
Shouldn't the Bionic be Motorola and Verizon's highest end phone for a couple of quarters?
As to the release. I always knew it would never come in July or August. Not that I'm smart but I use a crystal ball named Winston. It never lets me down. People will never learn I swear lol.
I am missing something. Which to be released phone from Motorola will be better than the Bionic before next year?