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Motorola had 12-18 month product roadmap when purchased by Google

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Motorola had 12-18 month product roadmap when purchased by Google
Earlier on Tuesday, we passed along to you the results of Google's Q4 earnings. Of course, when you think Google, you think Motorola and the latter hurt Google's bottom line by reporting an operating loss of $353 million dollars for the quarter. Google profited to the tune of $2.89 billion in the quarter. This could go on for some time according to Google Senior VP and Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette. During the fourth quarter earnings call, the executive repeated that when Google purchased Motorola, it inherited 12-18 months of products that were promised to buyers. Fulfilling this roadmap could continue to bring red ink Moto's way, but there really is nothing Google can do until all prior obligations are met.

Motorola still is contributing red ink to Google's earnings reports

Motorola still is contributing red ink to Google's earnings reports

While Google has only had 6 months since closing the deal, it takes time for these charges to work through the system. The amount of red ink that Motorola produces is not large enough to affect Google's stock although Pichette says that Google aims to make money with Motorola. The upcoming Motorola X will be an important indication of what Google and Motorola can produce together. Motorola has made no secret that this will be the first Motorola phone that lets everyone know who Moto's daddy is.

The last time Motorola and Google worked so closely on a smartphone might have been the Motorola DROID which was the first Android model to launch with Android 2.0. You might recall that the OG Motorola DROID came with stock Android. The . To reiterate the speculation we passed along on Monday, the Motorola X is expected to be introduced at Google I/O in May. Speculation calls for a July 8th launch of the phone at a price of $299 on contract from Verizon while the model will also be offered unlocked and off-contract at the Google Play Store. The Motorola X will also be offered by other U.S. carriers.

source: AndroidCentral

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posted on 22 Jan 2013, 19:10 9

1. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6139; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Still excited for MOTOROLA to release the X PHONE

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 20:26 2

12. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


These are all just rumors who knows what is next but if the x phone is true I have a good feeling about this phone.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 00:36

29. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 701; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


motorola shud change name to mogorola

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 19:31 3

2. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)


Blah blah blah Motorola needing help from Google inorder to be viable. Moto is soft and weak period. Samsung pimp slaps moto all day long.

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 19:44 10

3. cheetah2k (Posts: 768; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


Compare the handset quality between Moto Razr HD vs the SGSIII, the SGSIII looks like a kids toy.

For a long time I hated Moto - they were slack with AOS upgrades, never kept promises and their hardware was very ordinary. 2012 was a good year for them though, and the Razr HD series is having great success..

Times a changing IMO. Motorola is really going to blow some 5hit up from 2013 onwards! Bring it baby!

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 19:57 1

5. mick25 (banned) (Posts: 110; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


yeah... 2012 and razr hd was such a success that they faced a $353 mil loss and nobody is raving about their phones (no hate to moto)

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 20:59 2

19. JC557 (Posts: 848; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


A lot of motorola phones are known to be utilitarian as they can withstand some abuse, have built in encryption , understated design, and decent to excellent battery life.

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 21:09

21. Jimstar (Posts: 259; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


ignore this guy, he's an out of touch shill that mouths off at every major phone blog on the web. I'm almost convinced he's a troll persona that took on a life of its own.

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 20:18 1

8. corporateJP (Posts: 1520; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


Say what you want about the S3, but it is handing it to anything with the "Batwing" logo on it these days.

I've seen nothing but horrible stuff from Moto over the years...StarTAC, OG RAZR, the horrendous Droid 2, the Droid RAZR's that couldn't convert from CDMA to LTE and freeze the phone...NO THANK YOU!

I used to take Nokia over Moto back in the analog flip days, digital basic phones were LG's over Motorola's, easily. In todays world, I'd take anything over Moto, with the exception of ZTE, Huiwei, and Pantech.

I hope Google makes them relevant again, but based on history, Motorola is a rollercoaster on product. They go five years between breakthrough models, then mass-produce, then find that they lose quality control once they pump heavy.

I'd never hedge that bet.

Good luck, Moto.

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 22:10 4

23. BattleBrat (Posts: 1038; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


My RAZR has never locked up on me, I never had network problems either, and the people i know that did stopped when they got ICS. I am on the MOTO owners forum, and freezing wasn't really an issue with the RAZR line, the CDMA LTE thing was, then ICS came out and pretty much fixed all that. Hell the RAZR is STILL $100 on contract over a year after it came out and was replaced by the HD's THAT is proof of a good phone

our secretary's GS3 cracked then died (all while in an otterbox) sammy replaced it free, but such things should never have happened. The RAZR and the MAXX are incredible phones incredibly beautiful sleek and sexy. I have nothing against sammy, hell I plan on buying a Galaxy player 5.6 when they get around to releasing it. But sammy makes the same old rubberized(/) plastic bricks that characterized all android phones. Then I saw the RAZR and I knew that no one could match something soo sexy. Sony's phones are sexy as hell too (I have a Walkman Z and a Xperia tablet S, getting the Tab Z), but I'm with Verizon so I went with MOTO.

Sammy has never made anything that really knocked my socks off, and I never liked the Nature UI. And I've SEEN with my OWN EYES on my cousin's Note 1 BURN IN on the screen (the keyboard is permanently ghosted on the screen)

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 23:15 1

25. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1205; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Seriously? The StarTac was in it's time one of the top phones, same as the original Razr. The Droid2 wasn't great, I'll give you that. As far as phones having trouble switching from 3G to LTE, remember the issues with the Galaxy Nexus? All phones have issues from time to time, but they usually get fixed and we move on. Moto was actually doing pretty well until LTE came into the picture, and the Bionic was the start of their problems, going with a processor that didn't play well with LTE (Tegra). But up until that point Moto and HTC were the top dogs in android.

With Moto now under Google, and new management, I think we'll see good things from them. They've always had good build quality and excellent radios, but their screens and software was always their Achilles heel. That has gotten better as well. I think with them releasing HD versions of the the Razr/Maxx series, that was a small upgrade so they could focus on revamping their offerings. But that's just my opinion.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 00:50

30. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


When he said the StarTac was horrible...I think I didnt even read the rest of the post....lol.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 05:57

34. JC557 (Posts: 848; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


I still have a StarTac sitting in my drawer and the plastic casing is tough enough to show very little wear after all these years.

It served me and my brother well during the early days of cellphones and that thing held on to a signal quite well. Shame I couldn't use it past 2004.

The same goes for my OG Razr flip phone. It still looks great due to the solid metal body being resiliant to scratches. Right now it serves as an emergency backup phone.

The Bionic was a decent phone. It also used a TI OMAP and not Tegra. The pre-production demo units sported that SoC.

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 20:21 3

10. htc_prep (Posts: 303; Member since: 09 Oct 2009)


@richardyarrell2011 they are far from soft and weak, samsung is riding the wave of brand loyalty as HTC was riding in 2007-2011, the one that apple has been riding to this date... not because they are a "pimp" (which is an ignorant term) ans "slap" the other manufacturers.

not a fan boy but...

in terms of usage motorola has higher build quality with stronger materials (not reinforced plastic). and higher quality antennas (only with the s3 has samsung improved GPS and cellular antenna)

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 20:28 5

13. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1205; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


I remember around 2-3 years ago hearing you saying that no one (Samsung included) could touch HTC, so how do you know the same thing won't happen here? At that time all of the blogs were calling HTC the king of android, and we saw what happened to them.

None of these companies are the be all end all. I recently made the switch from HTC to a GS3, & while it's better in some ways, it's worse in others. Better battery and runs faster with 2gb of memory, but the SLCD2 & 3 screens on the HTC phones are much better, and that's what used to be Samsung's strong suit. The radios are much better in the Motorolas (with HTC not far behind) and their build quality can't be beat. I have no allegiance to any OEM, & not necessarilly to any platform since I may try either WP or BB next go around. But the thing to remember is none of these manufacturers have it locked up, and it only takes a few missteps and you're in the back of the pack.

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 20:30

14. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I was warned recently to not feed the trolls.....so I wont. :)

Glad you like Samsung so much. I like Motorola just as much. But we express our views in totally different ways.

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 20:32 1

16. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


With moto being owned by google I would be ready very soon to eat your words.

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 19:55 2

4. Synack (Posts: 659; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


If this phone can be released OFF CONTRACT on Verizon for less than the usual outrageous price ($650+) then I will sell this POS iPhone5 and buy it immeejitly.

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 20:24 1

11. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Why diss the iphone this article isn't even about it.
It is in no way a "pos." The iphone accomplishes what it sets out to do and works for many people. It might not work for you but that doesn't make it a pos. Be grateful you can afford a phone at all smh.

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 22:30

24. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1205; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


He's not saying all iphones are a pos. He's expressing his opinion on his experience with his iphone. It's a pos to him because it doesn't fulfill his needs.

I've had phones that others thought were a pos, but I didn't have that experience. But I didn't berate them for it. They had a bad experience so obviously they would have a negative opinion of it. Now if they'd said that every one of phone A was a pos, I'd simply say that they cant judge all phones of that model based off of one or two that they had. But nowhere did this guy say that all iphones were a pos, just the one he has, in his opinion.

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 20:04 3

6. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5540; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


you guys always seem to overlook the XOOM which was a Google experience device.

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 20:13

7. Synack (Posts: 659; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


true. but it suuuucked bad.

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 21:03 1

20. joey_sfb (Posts: 2565; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I don't agree that xoom is bad. Do you actually own one with jelly jean update?

I think its the best nvidia tengra 2 device.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 00:33

28. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3881; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


It is the best Tegra 2 device, but that isn't saying much...

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 20:31

15. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Good point but the xoom was rather forgetable. I don't blame anyone for forgetting about it.

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 20:20 1

9. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


I really like moto phones and I would love to see google get involved with them more. Moto has found a way to make huge batteries and has very solid build quality. Combine that with the really cool edge to edge screen and a google experience on the software side I can see big profit coming google's way.

The only concern with moto phones is the sar level. I don't care how good their radios are I always want to minimize the chances I get cancer. Buying a phone with high sar levels always freaks me out a bit.

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 20:38

18. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Yea....what makes me a Moto fan is the reception. If its SAR levels....its a risk I'm willing to take to have a reliable phone when an emergency arises. I got 2 kids...and help take care of 2 more. A phone with reliable reception is a must for me.

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 21:52

22. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Thats why I have verizon for reliable servicd. The radio is more about sound clairty

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 00:54

31. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


For Android phones I started with the Droid 1, then Droid X1, then RAZR. After using a Rezound, G Nex.......now a Maxx HD....the SAR levels might have something to do with reception too....

Cuz the Rezound and G Nex didnt do too good vs any Moto phone I had....maybe on par or better than the Droid 1.

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 23:46

27. Jurdiales (Posts: 111; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)


I don't know, but I never heard of someone's getting cancer just for using cellphones in the world... i mean, brain cancer, ear cancer or I don't know, just my opinion...

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 20:35

17. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Even if there are prior obligations....Google can still have input about hardware, right? Software...Blur is so close to stock Android...its funny hearing ppl still complaining about it. Its a non issue. It started getting better with the GB update on the Droid X1 and has gotten better n better.

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 23:43

26. Jurdiales (Posts: 111; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)


It could be great if Motorola release a new Motorola Defy HD... appart from the XPhone

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 02:37

32. belovedson (Posts: 830; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


im really not sure if many of you guys were around the late 90's and early 2000's. tsed a o put it kindly motorola absolutely sucked a big one. the razr the krazr the crap m series. the friends who worked at verizon and tmobile strongly advised against moto.

many of us remember those crappy motorola years, and it's really difficult to go back to them.

i recently tried to go back. i had a razr maxx and a xoom 2 or xyboard. both were epic failures. i had to replace the maxx about 3 times because the crappy screen had blotches due to the glue? that was just the beginning.

the maxx had a good radio when it worked, but there would be time when the signal would simply disappear. the xyboard had a great radio but absolutely no support.

we have motorola's at work for sprint. and fudge they suck. build quality, radio.

the general view it seems is motorola is good from people from this forum. but the reality is most people who have used motorola in the past .... move on because simply put. totally unreliable. the only product i would use from motorola are the heavy duty secure radios we used in the military

i for one am glad motorola is dead and i am glad google bought them out. google might be able to turn this piece of junk company around

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 05:53

33. pemiwo (Posts: 7; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


As exciting as this phone may seem, it's going to take a lot for Motorola to make me come back to them. One great thing I liked about their phones was their build quality (Droid X & X2) and how they felt real solid in the hand. On the flip side I had terrible experiences with the touch screens crapping out and archaic (2.3) OS. If memory serves correct, I think I had a total of six factory replacement phones due to various reasons. People kept saying to get an iPhone, it's the best thing out there. Well I've had my Galaxy Note 2 for over a month now and couldn't be happier. Every time I take it out people say damn that's a big phone. Yes it's big, but I wanted a phone that could last all day, which it does under HEAVY use. The size is perfect and I couldn't imagine ever going back to a smaller phone.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 06:19

35. pemiwo (Posts: 7; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


Forgot to mention that I was talking about the Motorola X or any other phone in their roadmap.

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