When asked about Motorola, the company Google acquired in mid May 2012, the search giant said that it has inherited a 12-18 month product cycle so it would be no less than six or more months after this October until we start seeing the first true Google Motorola phones.
Google chief financial officer Patrick Pichette explained the Motorola situation:
Remember that we inherited an entire product pipeline where hardware business cycles are typically 12 to 18 months.
So if you’re still wondering why Google is releasing all those new Motorolas with no Jelly Bean on board, now you have the answer. After the current pipeline is exhausted, we’ll finally start seeing what Google has done with Motorola later in 2013. How did we arrive at late-2013? Simple, accounting for a 12 to 18 month cycle inherited in May 2012 when the acquisition was finalized, you arrive at a period from May to December 2013 when that pipeline should be exhausted. And quite honestly, we can’t wait.