KOLKATA: India, along with China and Latin America, have emerged as the top three markets for development of third-party applications and services for US-based mobile biggie Motorola Inc. The company now plans to use its Indian developer community to come up with next-generation applications based on internet and for its up-coming touch-based phones.
In fact, Motorola is witnessing the fastest growth in the number of third-party developers in India. “There’s an accelerated rate of growth in our third-party developer base in India. Our Indian developer community is now working on multiple projects for our mobile devices portfolio across the globe,” Motorola Inc’s VP (software platforms & ecosystem) Christy Wyatt told ET over phone from San Francisco.
The company preloads such applications developed by third-party vendors on to its handset. Typically, a Motorola phone has 8-15 of such applications but is lower for smartphones. “The number of preloaded applications varies from market to market, based on telecom operator and customer responsiveness,” Ms Wyatt added.
Motorola is also integrating such applications for its handsets in its R&D centres at Bangalore and Hyderabad. “Integration of third-party application is taking place at the platform level in our Indian facilities. However, it can be done individually for each market since the applications developed in India are also made available for our global operations,” said Ms Wyatt. Motorola currently employs close to 3,000 engineers in India.
India’s emergence as a major third-party application development centre, according to Ms Wyatt, is due to unique nature of the market. “While in US and Europe, handset sales and features are largely mobile operator dependant, the Asian market is much more balanced with multiple sales channels such as retail. This is triggering such a large pool of application development in India,” she said.
Motorola is going to unveil a new line up of touch phones by early next year with “sophisticated and unique applications”. The Indian developer community is quite pro-active in such development process. “The profile of developers too are changing beyond Java specialists and today nearly 65% of them are web developers, web publishers and designers,” Ms Wyatt said.
Interestingly, Motorola will be hosting a ‘Motodev Summit’ in Bangalore on May 14 to highlight the new areas of application development and unveil a roadmap for availability of new toolsets supporting such development. More than 500 people are going to participate in the event. “This is the largest registration by developers for such a event, much higher than we saw in China and US,” Ms Wyatt added.