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Motorola's pipeline didn't "wow" says Google's CFO

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At the Morgan Stanley Tech Conference on Thursday, Google CFO Patrick Pichette said that Google inherited 18 months of Motorola devices that did not live up to the standards that Google would call "wow". This statement comes despite positive comments from critics and consumers about Motorola's latest handsets including the Motorola DROID RAZR HD, the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD and the Motorola DROID RAZR M.

The Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD has been well received by consumers and critics

The Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD has been well received by consumers and critics

Pichette said that Google has had to "drain" the remainder of Motorola's pipeline, a task that has not been completed, while Google works on building the next generation of innovative products. A Motorola branded device built with Google's input could be just months away with the executive saying that, "our own kind of work is actually quite promising." There is speculation that the next Motorola flagship model to be released later this year, the Motorola X, will be the first smartphone built with the Motorola name using input from Google. The phone is rumored to run on Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie and could be introduced at Google I/O in May. One rumor has Hugh Bradlow, Chief Technology Officer for Telstra, calling the device a "game-changer."

Additionally, Pichette added that talk of a feud between Google and Samsung is overblown. With Samsung taking a long look at releasing a Tizen powered smartphone sometime this year, there has been talk that the Korean based manufacturer is looking to put some space between it and Google to prove that it doesn't need to rely on the latter's open source OS. Samsung's two top handsets run on Android, the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Samsung GALAXY Note II

source: TheVerge via Engadget

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posted on 28 Feb 2013, 18:37 4

1. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

Still excited too see the hand set and 5.0. But only bad thing is it will be only for VERIZON. I just want too see KEY LIME AND THE HUGE BATTERY LIFE they would put in it

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 18:38 6

2. D_Tech-tive (Posts: 104; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)

Can't wait to see what the Moto X has to offer!

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 03:10 1

18. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

Google is almost making excuses here just in case the X phone accidentally puts the entire field to shame. :)

I mean it sounds exactly like downplaying that they I mean Motorola made something so good that questions Google's promised impartiality, because badmouthing own product doesn't make sense otherwise.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 18:39 6

3. mydi.maus (unregistered)

this MOTOROLA X might just kill the GS4 .WOW..

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 18:54 5

4. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

Wonder what the word wow means to these guys

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 19:10

5. maka.itu.gua.BENCI.BB (Posts: 3; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)

Seeing the google standard.... such as nexus 4,7 & 10
I think we all will be thrilled by it.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 19:23

6. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

"calling the game changer" link doesnt work

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 19:37 3

7. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

Come on Google- Bring it. Wow me. I love Moto products, they just FEEL top notch. I am hoping KLP is the beat all/end all, and that Moto runs stock Android for those of us wanting that and choices besides the Nexus series.

I like the looks of some UI's running over Android, but usually not the long-term performance of them. The Nexus series are always good devices, but not since the original couple efforts have they been that "wow" factor they are reffering to.

Come on guys- you redefined Mobile. I am excited here....

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 20:29

10. 14545 (Posts: 1666; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

Only if it comes with an unlocked BL......

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 21:06

13. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

I also wish for some wow... Google now and search there the only real wow, and the share shot feature on the galaxy (I wowed) oh and the shooting while filming got one of my eyebrows up high... But I could use some actual change... Maybe new navigation options (similar to Ubuntu and BB10) a gaming platform, a new way to interact with my message applications (/I would love a message center) but please give us something worth 5.0 update...

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 20:26

8. belovedson (Posts: 1045; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)

tizen can become a hit. they really need to concentrate on a lightweight os with app support. the blackberry os

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 20:27

9. techguy22 (Posts: 227; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)

i wonder the game thing too. motorota phones are well build. really good stuff. i dont buy them but i see business people here in NY with them. i dont know why google dont "wow" by the RAZR

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 20:36 3

11. BattleBrat (Posts: 1476; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

I saw a naked RAZR at Radio Shack today, I forgot how sexy they are, mine is in an otter box...

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 20:41

12. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

But "going forward", does Motorola's line of RAZR phones have and "upgrade path" ? Will existing users that bought its 2012 flagship handsets be "left in the lurch" when Motorola decides to not push the key lime pie update due to differences in the kernel??

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 01:52

16. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

what kind of issues are you referring to? i'd say the HD is every bit as solid as the M and i have both of them. o:

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 22:43

14. Ruckus (Posts: 286; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)

Motorola is so hit and miss. Their Razr HDs have had their issues but the DROID Razr M seems solid. Still at the end of the day id buy an HTC/Samsung/Nokia instead. Motorola let me down with my horrid Photon.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 23:34

15. Techboi (Posts: 84; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)

WOW its on more carriers. Wow me Google!

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 03:01

17. giri5555 (Posts: 4; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)

This is a slap on the faces of Motorola phone owners! Its like saying "You are fools to buy our phones"..

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 10:47

19. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 901; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

I appreciate the honesty but still want to see it for myself.

Also it looks like someone went on a thumbs down rampage in here.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 15:58

20. bluescreen (Posts: 154; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)

i really want the note 3 although if motorola can build a phone with specs almost as good and fantasic cell reception i might go with them instead as im on the verge of coverage and need better reception....

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