Google have publicly commented on the Motorola pipeline, after buying the company last year. This will come as a blow to many people who had hoped that the Google/Motorola deal would lead to an array of exciting smartphones in the near future.
Speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology Conference, Google CFO and senior VP Patrick Pichette said that the company have not been impressed with the existing Motorola pipeline when they bought the company last year.
Pichette said “The case with Motorola is that we’ve inherited a pipeline. Motorola has a great set of products, but they’re not really like ‘wow’ by Google standards. Dennis Woodside and his team have inherited 18 months of pipeline that we have to drain right now.”
This is very damaging for Motorola, not something they would have expected during a transitional phase of ownership. Information week add “To be fair to Motorola, not all of Google’s devices bring the “wow” factor, either. All of the Nexus devices currently on sale, including the Nexus 4 smartphone and Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets, have their own faults. For example, the Nexus 4 doesn’t offer LTE 4G, a “must-have” feature for many of today’s smartphone shoppers. It also has glass surfaces that are all-too-easily broken. There are surely plenty of quibbles one can make about Google’s Chromebooks, too.
More to the point, Pichette didn’t really define what gets Google excited about hardware. Is it the technology? The design? The fact that it says “Google” on the back? We simply don’t know.”
Pichette has yet to announce when the first ‘real’ Google phone will arrive after the takeover of Motorola.
Kitguru says: Perhaps the Nexus X ‘super smartphone’ will redress all the negative comments.