Apple Store“Motorola fans who tuned in to the company’s first-quarter conference call had at least one unpleasant takeaway: There’s still no new phone to save the company from its post-Razr crisis,” Scott Moritz reports for The Street.com. “The Schaumburg, Ill., wireless tech titan lowered targets for the second quarter and promised to make additional cuts that it would explain more fully in June.”

MacDailyNews Take: “Motorola fans?” Bwahahahahaha!

“While Apple’s soon-to-be-released iPhone captures all the industry buzz, Motorola will be trying to patch up old mistakes like getting 3G devices to the market a year late and making phones for India that actually work with India’s languages,” Moritz reports. “As far as new phones for Motorola, expect a lot more um … well … revamped Razr lookalikes.”

“On the conference call with analysts, CEO Ed Zander was asked what was in store beyond the three design platforms the company offers. Zander said he expected to see a good reception for the Rizr, a slide-open version of the Razr,” Moritz reports. “But beyond that, Zander didn’t put much faith in the notion of a killer design. ‘I don’t know how many ways there are to make phones,’ Zander said on the conference call. ‘We have to be careful not to build things like Swiss army knives.'”

MacDailyNews Take: Now that’s real leadership failure. You should’ve spent more effort on PowerPC and less on crap phones with unintelligible user interfaces, Ed, you vapid, soon-to-be-ex CEO.

Moritz continues, “Referring to the iPhone though not naming Apple, Zander says its what’s in the phone as much as what it looks like that might be the key to success. ‘The brouhaha’ about the ‘West Coast’ phone ‘is what it can do,’ says Zander. ‘That’s were I have the team focused.’ But as one money manager pointed out, Motorola is going no where this year, so all they can offer is ‘spin.'”

MacDailyNews Note: Motorola posted a loss of $181 million for the first quarter as revenue from sales of its mobile devices slid 15 percent to $5.4 billion, MarketWatch reported Wednesday morning.

Full article here.
Oh, you’re going to see some “brouhaha,” Eddie. Guaranteed.

Who else finds it funny (or sad) that Motorola’s CEO is already to the point where he can’t even bring himself to utter to names “Apple” or “iPhone?”

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