The Motorola Dext could be the first of many Android handset announcements for the mobile manufacturer, according to Western Europe Marketing Director for Mobile Devices, Simon Collinson.
Speaking to Stuff earlier today, he told us that the DEXT heralded a new direction for Motorola's troubled mobile division, which lost $2.7bn in 2007. He said that the focus had changed from previous fashion hits such as the RAZR, to the smartphone market, as this is where consumer interest now lay, "with Android as the bedrock".
When quizzed over why it had taken such a long time to get the DEXT to market compared to Android competitors HTC, Collinson said that the company wanted to get back into the market with exactly the right product and believed that the Motoblur interface, with its social networking connectivity, did exactly that.
Although when challenged over the claim that the DEXT was the "first phone to deliver messages, contacts and content directly to the homescreen (er, HTC Hero?) he said Motorola didn't want to compare the DEXT to any other handset on the market. Better stop making bold market-first claims, then.
That said, Collinson confirmed that we should "watch this space" for more Android announcements in the near future. But considering that Motorola consider Android to be the bedrock of the smartphone market and the springboard to relaunch their mobile campaign, it seems likely that it will be more Android handsets to follow suit.
We'll be at the special Moto/Android/Orange event next week, so at the very least we'll get pricing on the new DEXT handset... keep it locked to Stuff.tv