Motorola Mobility Hires Apple Engineers to Build Web-Based OS

Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc (MMI) is hiring a number of experienced mobile and Web engineers from Apple (AAPL) and Adobe (ADBE) in an effort to build a web-based operating system [OS] as a possible alternative to Google’s (GOOG) Android, Information Week [IW] reported last night.

Motorola says it is “committed to Android as an operating system,” but did not deny the existence of the project.

Jonathan Goldberg, an analyst with Deutsche Bank (DB)  in San Francisco, told IW that he too had heard Motorola was at work on its own OS.

“I know they’re working on it,” he said in a phone interview. “I think the company recognizes that they need to differentiate and they need options, just in case. Nobody wants to rely on a single supplier.”

Shares of MMI fell 12 cents, or 0.47% to $25.50 in recent trading. Approximately 883K shares have traded hands today vs. average 90-day volume of 4.4 million shares.

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