When a major player like Google comes up with a new mobile operating system that's better than the competition
and is totally free, you would certainly expect handset manufacturers to be interested. But there's interested, and then there's interested
. After lingering for nearly a year in the former category Motorola is now firmly moving to the latter, hiring and headhunting in an effort to build up a 350-person group entirely focused on development of Android phones. The company was one of the original members of the Open Handset Alliance
, but seems to have waited for the release buzz from HTC's G1
before diving in head-first. There's talk that Nokia (and its "real phones
") may be feeling the vibrations too, allegedly forming an internal team to do the same -- on the down low.