Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha stirred up a little controversy by seemingly saying that the poor performance on Android phones could be attributed to third-party apps but the company is back tracking and trying to make things nice with developers.
“Android is really truly multitask so you can run 64 parallel apps at the same time,” Jha said during a conference last week, according to Computer World. “That has an impact on consumer experience and we’re beginning to understand it and understand why 70 percent plus of devices that come back are because they’re downloading third party applications and the impact that that has on the performance of the device.”
That sounds like a pretty clear condemnation on third-party apps to me but Motorola is trying to clarify what he really meant to say. “”He did not state that 70 percent of smartphone returns was due to third-party applications, but that examples of potential contributing factors are battery life, sluggish operation and third-party applications,” a Motorola spokesperson said in a statement.
It’s clear that Motorola isn’t trying to throw developers under the bus for some poor Android performance and maybe Jha just misspoke. He’ll likely be speaking again at the June 9 event with Sprint, so you should follow our live blog of the event to see what happens.