Motorola to work with Google to sell the next direct to consumer Android phone

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In its Q4 2009 financial conference call with analysts, Motorola’s Co-CEO Sanjay Jha confirmed that Motorola will be bypassing the traditional telco route and working with Google to sell an Android handset directly to consumers, similar to HTC and the Nexus One. This handset will be one of twenty smartphones that Motorola hopes to offer in 2010 as it attempts to shake off its lagging performance. Despite selling twelve million handsets in Q4 2009, two million of which were Android-based, Motorola continues to slide slowly downward with handset sales falling from $2.35 billion to $1.8 billion, a 22% year over year decline. Motorola also anticipates a first quarter loss of up to 3 cents per share which is far below the 3 cent per share profit expected by analysts. As of the writing of this post, Motorola’s stock has fallen 11% from yesterday’s close.

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