Google VP again says Motorola is 'just like HTC or Samsung' to them

Google VP again says Motorola is 'just like HTC or Samsung' to them
Not that we haven't heard this before numerous times, but Android's VP of Engineering Hiroshi Lockheimer did take to the airwaves in an interview to confirm again they are not playing favorites with Motorola against the other Android makers: "We treat all of our partners fairly. Motorola we consider a partner just like HTC or Samsung. It's almost as if they are a separate company."

Just yesterday Google's CFO mentioned there was not much "wow" factor in Motorola's product pipeline when they bought it, and they are still working through the existing production plans, yet are "actually building the next wave of innovation and product lines" at the same time.

That doesn't sound much like firewalling to us, and if the rumored existence of the Motorola X Phone is confirmed come May at the Google I/O conference, then all bets seem to be off. Not that Google and Motorola have any chance of the scope that Samsung commands over the Android market, but they can still bring something sought-after and exclusive along the lines of the Nexus brand, so things are about to get even more heated this year.

source: CNET

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35 Comments

1. rodkurt

Posts: 128; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

poor motorola

5. imsickwithsmartphone

Posts: 153; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Don't say that.... I hope they will figure out they way they should be....

2. thelegend6657 unregistered

Samsung's dominance must end , its hurting the ecosistem.

4. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

how so

16. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Its hurting Apple so it's hurting ecosystem :D

25. lauremar

Posts: 181; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

By putting their crappy TouchWiz UI on top of Android OS...

34. thelegend6657 unregistered

Samsung is choking other Android phone manufacturers . Also , monopoly halts innovation . And this has nothing to do with the Samsung vs Apple s**t , I view it more as an android vs apple . By replacing apps on android with their own suckswiz apps they are hruting Google's revenue . Example such as : Google calendar with S planner Play store with Samsung apps Google talk with chat on You get the idea . Those apps sync with Samsung account instead of Google account

6. samsung_royally

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 27, 2013

are you human? Most people are smart enough to know that samsung is better than everyone else, moto lg and sony deserve to make losses and i cant wait to see htc make loss this quarter

9. adjou

Posts: 106; Member since: Jul 06, 2010

Coming from 'Samsung_royally'... :S The only reason why samsung is top is because it is turning into Apple, people get it for fashion. Just like what BB was in UK. Honestly, moto, htc and sony all build better quality phones than samsung. And whoever thinks plastic is better than glass or metal, please get yourself checked out. I do applaued samsung for getting the top spot, but that is because of their amazing marketing team, nothing more. Sort of sick of samsung fanboys putting down anything that's not samsung

10. evil_slayer

Posts: 50; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

exactly samsung is going down the same path as apple i mean samsung fans now bash anything not samsung...and even to some people now android=samsung and nothing else yes..samsung release great phones(note II is my fav among their galaxy line) BUT their fans are taking it too far...and acting like non could ever match it or come close...or anything not smasung means it simply can't and wont be good...

11. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Yep,it's terrible how people buy things nowadays. Galaxy line is a great product but many people are going too far as to say that if it's an android smartphone it has to be Samsung but what about the other manufacturers? They get overshadowed by what the majority chooses

19. cretinick

Posts: 148; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

I only disagree on Glass better than polymer for mobile devices construction. Maybe Dragontrail or Gorilla Glass 3. But The Glass in the back of Nexus 4, the Optimus G, iPhone 4/4S... Only makes the phone heavier and fragile!

33. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Samsung is successful because they manufacture the best parts and includes them into their Galaxy S series and they try to cover all bases. Only morons think it is only marketing and only morons think that casing materials decide the build quality.

35. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Well said bro, I agreed most of the things that u said

31. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

You cheap... I'm a samsung fan...i know they deserve what they have...but that doesn't mean others deserve losses....a guy like you can damage the image of whole group.... To others....i think removable battery is more for me than metal or glass....functionality is more for me than look....samsung is not heading in apple's way...you know idevices are considered as premium device...but s3 is considered as ugliest baby 2012 flagships...then how is samsung heading in apple's way???

15. rodkurt

Posts: 128; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

yup, alot of people forgot other brand because of them

3. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

The more defensive Google sounds of Motorola the more likely the X Phone will trash competition. It makes no business sense to downplay your own product unless you can afford it, because it's going to be THAT good. The downplay is simply to regain manufacturer trust that they are not giving Motorola special treatment when in fact it's 100% that they do, they bought them after all. So this is a political statement.

21. cretinick

Posts: 148; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

I don't think they have to give special treatment to Motorola make great Phones. Don't need to be a Nexus, neither have to come with KLP to make the X-Phone a sucess They just need to change the culture of developing handsets from Motorola and adopt a model closer than they do when they develop Nexus handsets with other manufacturers. Creating a device sturdy, beautiful and with a guarantee of quick updates, Motorola will be half way to re-grow. But the real Achilles' heel of Motorola today is their cameras...

7. jbreault

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 04, 2012

this is funny why would Google make war with all the other boys they need them around and they will make some great phones. And if the shoe was on the other foot you don't think they would do the same. motorola just needs a little help get back on top and google will do that for sure

8. darkvadervip

Posts: 366; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

Reality check! If you buy a new company wouldn't you put your best and latest hardware into your product and make it number one and profitable.

12. karim77

Posts: 70; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

No appreciation to Motorola the company who started the android success?!!!!!

13. SonyXperiaNexus

Posts: 374; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

yeah, its just like htc and samsung to them.... until they finish draining motorola's pipeline. Bring the MOTONEX!!!! show us what wow means in google's dictionary!

14. dragonscourgex

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

I find nothing wrong with Google using Motorola to it fullest. They have ever right too. They should not be held back from doing so. As long as they keep Android in it's full open source glory, no one should care what type of hardware they make.

18. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Does this mean google is worried about aggressive posturing that samsung may take ?

27. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Google welcomed the Firefox OS... the only aggressive posturing Samsung will take will probably be to drop Android and fully use Tizen on their phones. If Google welcomed Firefox, it'll most likely welcome Tizen, as they did say competition is good.

20. Desmund

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 01, 2012

Honestly still haven't gotten over a Samsung Phone I bought like 5 years ago it was using Windows 6 on phone, but I did want to give Galaxy 4 a try, but with what I see in HTC that might wait even longer, and I know LG is a carbon copy or exact replica of Galaxy Note 2, but even with that who wouldn't want over 3000 mah and what was it 32 GB expandable to 64 in their phone I think?

22. Atlas

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 15, 2012

I can't wait for Motorola's phones this year, I agree that they haven't been used to their full potential and this year they can make up for the lost profit. Waiting desperately for MotoX!

23. weedl

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

i want nexus 4 but why it's still priced at $600

24. BesnikRrustemi

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 08, 2013

Google is a great company,i don`t think that we will see a Motorola X Phone this year. i think its too early to release a product like motorola x phone,they wont do something unless they make something cool,they wont do such a mistake like apple did with google maps,releasing its own maps application before finishing it Releasing a service or product before it is ready.the result is failure so for my opinion i think this year we will see a nexus 5.

28. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Why would it be too early? The X Phone's rumored specs are all possible with all the technology available at this moment. Apple's fail with maps was because they have absolutely no background with maps. Motorola is still Motorola, but just owned by Google. I think if the X Phone gets released later this year, it will be fine. If they rush the product just to get in the competition with HTC and Samsung right now, then it'd be a problem. Knowing how Google is with Nexus line, they'll be fine.

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