Google says Nexus 4 supply a "priority", will focus Motorola on future phones' battery life and durability

Google says Nexus 4 supply a
Google's CEO Larry Page spent some time discussing issues near and dear to our hearts during the conference call with investors after the quarterly results came out yesterday.

On the shenanigans with the Nexus 4: “clearly there’s work to be done managing our supply better, and that is priority to our teams.” Last week LG's France office boss said Google based their demand forecasts on previous Nexus phones sales, underestimating how much people would want the phone, and now LG has to up production to equate supply and demand by mid-February.

As far as Motorola goes, so far things have been focused on restructuring and streamlining the phone maker's operations, but it is increasingly clear that in the end Google won't just keep it completely autonomous as it tried to portray during the purchase process. A few tidbits said by Larry Page and the CFO reveal that Google is much more involved in the strategy of the company than it was previously thought.

Google's CFO said that Motorola had a 12-18 months product roadmap when they bought it, so they had to go through that, with the Razr M being the last device conceived under former CEO Sanjay Jha, and now they are working closely with the manufacturer to resolve two very critical issues for smartphones - battery life and durability:



Given that the rumors about a joint Google-Motorola X device are increasingly often, we might see the first attempt to bridge the gap from where we are now to where we want our phones to be in terms of durability and battery endurance as soon as Google's I/O in May. Motorola is top dog when it comes to battery life with its MAXX line, and Sony showed what can be done in terms of design and durability with the Xperia Z, so we are keeping hopes high.

On the rivalry with Apple, Larry Page said that Google is taking the steady approach, perfecting products over long periods of time until nobody else can replicate them easily, and he gave the case in point saying "long-term investment in Maps has paid off," considering they've been working on mapping the world for a decade now, and Apple mustn't have spent more than a couple of years on its own software. 

It was also mentioned that Google doesn't expect immediate returns from its products, and is monetizing efforts like Maps directly and universally across platforms: "The number of search queries that we receive that are geographically related is very high, and we generate quite a bit of money from our web search business. But we’re in the early stages of monetizing Maps directly in the Maps product.”


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14 Comments

1. Jurdiales

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

Motorola gained a great opportunity with their MAXX'ed phones... If they can develop huge capacity batteries with smaller directions... they can put everything they want on their phones... , the yesterday mobile tech wars were Screens technology and Designs, Today they're fighting for Screen sizes and Processors, and the mobile tech war of tomorrow maybe is going to be Battery Duration?? Motorola already has one step forward... they must not miss this chance.

2. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

In other words.. future Motorolas will be Awesome

3. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

i hope google will put some priority in the design of maxx series. the hd series is absolutely hideous to look at

4. Jurdiales

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

I hope they revive the Defy, making a Defy HD with Gorilla Glass 3 and Kevlar... :D

7. poddey

Posts: 77; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

.. and the same edge-to-edge screen design (but this time with on-screen buttons of course). Yeah a top-spec flagship Defy would be great!

5. rabih_z

Posts: 45; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

"When you drop your phone, it shouldn't go splat" old news.. Nokia did it

10. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

And it was a brick.

6. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

The Red Circle with the M in the middle will once again be a "very" popular brand.

8. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 889; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

This means all the fault is of LG management. They underestimated the capabilities of their own engineers & workforce.. Well done great team effort LG..!!!!! They thought who would buy LG phones. So lets produce less phones.. LOL Google's only fault was that they chose & trusted LG.. I think they should stick to Samsung and HTC for their Nexus devices.

9. troutsy

Posts: 382; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

It's like you didn't even read the article... LG isn't responsible for telling the customer how many phones they will buy. Google paid LG to be able to produce 1,000 phones per week when they really needed 10,000 phones per week. Now, Google must pay LG to be able to produce another 9,000 phones per week.

11. BadAssAbe

Posts: 507; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

i want a 4.8in Razr M :0

12. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

With that quote, I'm really looking forward to the Motorola X....

13. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Google and Motorola are focusing on the very most important things for phones now being that displays and processors have gone above and beyond what is truly needed for a Smartphone.

14. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

And need availability on all carriers. Im glad he said something bout battery life thats the only #1 issue no matter wat phone u have

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