Google considers giving Motorola the responsibility of producing future Google Glass models
Motorola just introduced last week the Motorola Moto X, the first smartphone believed to be the result of cooperation between the two companies since Google acquired Motorola in 2011. Ironically, the Motorola Moto X comes out of the box with Android 4.2.2, not the latest Android 4.3 build that was rolled out last week to Nexus models and the Google Play Edition handsets. It is believed that the guys at Mountain View are somewhat scared of upsetting Samsung for fear that the Korean manufacturer, which is behind huge Android sellers like the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Samsung GALAXY Note II, might pullback from Android and focus on home grown software.
When it comes to mobile devices, not too many companies have the long time experience that Motorola has, dating back to inventing the walkie-talkie that debuted during World War II. During that time period, Motorola accumulated a large number of patents that Google was coveting as a way to fight back against Apple's law suits aimed at the Android OS. But as it turns out, acquiring Motorola might provide some other benefits that Google hadn't thought about when it first came up with the idea of making the acquisition.
As far as Google Glass is concerned, there are currently 8000 users who won the #IfIHadGlass contest and that could be doubled based on a promotion Google is currently running to sell the product to contest winners' friends. There are about another 1500 developers who purchased Glass late last year after signing up to buy it during the 2012 Google I/O show. Google is said to be thinking about selling the Augmented Reality based specs in dedicated Glass stores from coast to coast. Regardless of how the sales are made, Google is expected to have a wider launch of the product later this year.
source: WSJ via TechRadar
1. Captain_Doug (Posts: 730; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Motorola cannot get close enough to Google and vice versa. Would love if Google was more hands on with them.
3. kozza3 (Posts: 524; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)
well duh, you would think they thought of that from the start
4. belovedson (Posts: 811; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)
Your going to hand a potential breakthrough product to Motorola who has been such a fail they were bought out by google (y'all)?
Does not make any sense
5. rawbow (Posts: 362; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
that means its google now right? not much of a fail company i'd say
6. Sniggly (Posts: 6206; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Oh, yeah the company that invented the cell phone, made the best selling phone ever prior to the iPhone 3G, made one of the thinnest smartphones ever until the iPhone 4, made the first Android smartphone to last more than a day on a single charge, the same phone that became the first to outsell the iPhone on Verizon? The company whose phone has the highest customer satisfaction outside the iPhone and latest Galaxy models? That fail company?
7. TheLolGuy (Posts: 449; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
Well whatever their accomplishments are, numbers don't lie. They've been in the red for a long while now and even with Google's intervention to try to staunch the bleeding, it's not happening so far.
HTC, LG, Sony etc. all have had their great innovations but still fell flat all the same. Consumers can be so fickle... they've all made great products at some point but didn't take off. Even the HTC One which is selling relatively well isn't enough to save the company.
People want subsidized cost for Moto's phones, but other OEMs will cry foul, and they'd be right. Also, Moto desperately needs to make a green report, and selling subsidized won't help them do that too. They're being treated separately, and that means they need to make a profit on their own accord too.
Google can't give them an unfair advantage with their products, but they can be a 'customer' for a manufacturing contract. That is fair game, and a good opportunity to boost Motorola's revenue.
8. joey_sfb (Posts: 1479; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Please give it to all their OEM to manufacture, that will ensure wide spread adoption.
At this era, speed is of the essential and more OEM give wider glass design choices as well.