Jun 7th, 2011

Last week, Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha was caught on the record saying that poorly-developed Android apps in the market are to blame for poor device performance and battery life. What’s more is that he claimed MOTOBLUR would be able to help with the battery life part in the future with technology that’ll show which apps on their phone eats the most battery. He came under heavy fire from the community, including some words from yours truly.

They’ve  clarified the CEO’s remarks, saying “he did not state that 70% of smartphone returns was due to third-party applications, but that examples of potential contributing factors are battery life, sluggish operation and third-party applications.”

That’s all fine and dandy, except that is not what he said at all. In his words, his belief is that, because the Android market is more open than others, more applications aren’t designed for optimal power consumption, stating “power consumption and CPU use, those apps are not tested. We’re beginning to understand the impact that has [on battery life and performance].”

Funny, that, considering most folks blame MOTOBLUR for their devices’ bad performance and poor battery consumption, stating performance is just as bad out of the box as it is when they install 10-30 applications. And from my own personal experience, MOTOBLUR absolutely does bog Android way down.

We know the PR folks at Motorola are just doing their jobs, but there’s no way to skewer that one. On the bright side, they did state that they’re 100% behind Android developers and want nothing more than to provide support. Unfortunately, this goes in the exact opposite direction. [Computer World]

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