Sanjay Jha, CEO of Motorola’s consumer business and mobile devices division, today confirmed that the company will continue to roll out Android phones at a fast pace, including a 2 GHz smartphone by the end of the year.
In a long standing tradition, speeches at the Executives Club of Chicago are not the place to make specific product announcements, but the environment is apparently attractive enough for key leaders in the IT industry to drop notes about future product plans. Last year, Steve Ballmer talked about Project Natal, describing it as a “new Xbox”, which signifies the importance of the product for Microsoft.
Earlier today, Sanjay Jha talked about his vision for the mobile devices industry. If it is up to Jha, mobile computers will simply die within a few years. Many corporations will give their employees smartphones instead of notebooks within 2 years, he predicted. Smartphones are quickly increasing their computing power, driving by a convergence of applications and usage scenarios.
By the end of the year, Motorola will be releasing a phone with a 2 GHz processor, Jha said. While the executive did not elaborate any further, another Motorola executive who asked to remain anonymous said that this new phone is intended to incorporate everything that is technologically possible in a smartphone today. It will be based on Android, and include, like the iPhone 4, a gyroscope and add an Nvidia Tegra-based graphics processor with full Flash 10.1 hardware acceleration. It appears that the 2 GHz chip will be an evolutionary step above the current 1 GHz Snapdragon chip.
Especially Apple’s display seems to have sparked interest, even if the Motorola source noted that the upcoming Android phone will support 720p output, “HD screen resolution” and integrate a camera with “more than 5 megapixel” resolution.
Jha’s message at the Executive’s Club was rather simple. Motorola is betting on a world that is going mobile with smartphones. These devices would enable people to have “faster and faster access to information”, he said, while it is up to content providers and platform makers to make sure that the information is not overwhelming, but shown in a simple and intuitive way.