Motorola to develop an Android-based social networking smartphone

It looks like Motorola has some tricks up its sleeve and may be introducing an Android phone with a twist. No plain Jane Android phone for Motorola and its 350 person strong development team – instead it may be crafting an Android-powered handset with a strong focus on social networking. Yup, that’s right. Our favorite buzzword of the year, social networking, rears its ugly head again. The folks over at AndroidGuys came across a job advertisement for the Interaction Design team that hints at this possibility:

As a Senior Staff Interaction Designer, you will be responsible for leading and actively participating in the concept, design, documentation and development of user interfaces for our mobile products including our new Android Social Networking SmartPhone. You’ll lead brainstorming and work sessions, usability and innovation reviews and other forums of design development. In addition to your primary responsibility in the delivery of great design, you will also be expected to mentor other designers, bringing your personal strengths to the rest of the team.

With Motorola moving towards more niche phones this phone would fit in nicely with its current lineup and would offer an interesting alternative to the upcoming crop of Google-centric Android phones. Maybe Jaiku will actually end up serving a purpose after all. So what do you think, a Motorola social networking Android smartphone, fantastic or a flop?

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