Since the failed Motorola ROKR joint venture with Apple, the two companies haven't really been on good terms. Apple had a long term partnership with Motorola, using their 68000 and then PowerPC chips in Macs for years. Then the ROKR and iPod Nano were released at the same time in 2005. Things went south fast.
Then-CEO Ed Zander remarked during questioning later that year "And we know that they are going to build a smart phone -- it's only a matter of time." He also said: "Screw the Nano. What the hell does the Nano do? Who listens to 1,000 songs?"
In the four years since, Apple has had remarkable success while Motorola has faltered.
Now it appears that Motorola is making Android phones. Their latest leaked Android phone bears a striking resemblance to a certain phone Cupertino makes – albeit with a slide-out keyboard. (OK, I wouldn't mind an iPhone with a slideout keyboard — Photo from Phandroid):
It looks like the device will run on the Tmobile network and compete with HTC devices like the G1.
In the bigger sense Motorola will be competing with firms like Dell, Samsung and maybe even Nokia. But it is hard to shake the fact that the company that ushered Apple into the mobile phone space four years ago is now copying their designs on their new flagship phones.
This story, "Motorola's Android Phone: An iPhone with a Keyboard?" was originally published by Computerworld.