In an interview with Forbes yesterday, Christy Wyatt, vice president and general manager of Motorola Mobility’s enterprise unit, said that the firm could develop rugged tablet market for the health, education and retail markets.
The company already has a range of ruggedized phones for these vertical markets, like the Titanium phone, but has now hinted that it may push ruggedized tablets into these markets in future.
“It’s conceivable we could apply the ‘life-proof’ franchise to tablets over time,” said Wyatt, who added that it is still 'early days' when it comes down to Motorola's work within these markets. “There are tons of interesting things we can do with our existing hardware today.”
Should Motorola Mobility dip into the enterprise market, it could cause fractions with its sister company, Motorola Solutions, which has already developed the retail-friendly ET1 tablet that launched towards the end of last year. Motorola Solutions may be somewhat disturbed by Wyatt’s comments that her company is ‘eyeing’ retail for smartphones and tablets to be used for point-of-sale purposes.
Motorola Mobility’s tablet offerings currently comprise the 8.2-inch and 10.1-inch Xyboard tablets (the latter is known as the Xoom 2 in the UK), as well as the original Xoom slate. Google announced plans to acquire Motorola Mobility last year, with the deal expected to be concluded in the first half of the year.