Speaking today at Morgan Stanley's Technology, Media and Telecom Conference in San Francisco, Jha said that while hardware was obviously an important part of the equation in the tablet market, consumers would ultimately decide which devices they like best based on the operating systems and available. So while most new tablets to hit the market may have similar processing power, they won't all have access to same operating systems.
Jha said he felt confident that his company's early embrace of Google's mobile operating system would continue to yield dividends for Motorola. In particular he said that the enterprise market had taken a keen interest in Android-based tablets and that Motorola was in negotiations with some enterprises that want to order Android-based tablets by the thousands.
"CIOs like Android," he said. "The ability to add applications and customize your devices is appealing."
Jha also said that he couldn't second-guess the decision of rival mobile-device manufacturer Nokia to embrace 's Phone 7 as its primary operating system, even though Microsoft's mobile OS is not as widely used as Android or Research in Motion's BlackBerry OS. Jha said that couldn't be fully understood unless the public knew more details about negotiations between the two companies. Jha did say, however, that Motorola hoped to take advantage of Nokia's transition period and make headway into some of its biggest markets such as China, Europe and Latin America.