Motorola CEO Woodside talks Google

Motorola CEO Woodside talks Google
The Motorola Moto X and the lower cost Motorola Moto G, are widely assumed to be the first handsets that Motorola has released with major input from corporate parent Google. But originally, the deal to buy Motorola was struck by the crew at Mountain View in order to beef up its patent portfolio. However, the $12.5 billion acquisition has not worked out the way Google had hoped.

Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside recently sat down to talk about life under Google. The executive first presented readers with a mission statement, saying that the company's goal is to provide access to the mobile web for millions of people. With that out of the way, Woodside claims that we are beginning to see the manufacturer's strategy in the Moto G, which he says matches the iPhone spec for spec, but at one fourth the price.

So what does Google bring to the table? Woodside states that Google encourages Motorola to have a bold, long-term vision and is able to help back up Motorola's dreams with its capital. But that is where the connection between the two companies ends. Both use their own technology systems, and Motorola gets no favors from Google when it comes to obtaining the next build of Android. According to Woodside, Motorola does not receive an advance copy of the OS, and receives it from Google at the same time as any other manufacturer.

The executive says that in the future, he sees manufacturers improving on the build quality of smartphones. Woodside notes that people are concerned with breaking their new handsets, He sees this being addressed within the next 24 months as companies start replacing glass with...plastic (we heard you groan!). Woodside also expects to see smartphones responding to voice commands and "doing what you intend".

When Motorola's top executive was asked to name the company's closest competitors, to no one's surprise, he named Samsung and Apple. Anyone disagree with that assessment?

source: JournalGazette

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11 Comments

10. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Can anyone explain to me how the Moto G match the iphone spec for spec? Does the guy mean the older iphone?

11. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

He probably means in broad, general terms. Dual core, quad core vs dual core, quad core. Ram vs ram. Not A7 64bit cpu vs Moto custom chip Not 1GB ddr ram vs 1GB ddr3 ram. Those are just examples....dont know the actual specific specs of each phone.

2. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I don't understand people aversion to plastic, especially in regards to replacing *glass*. Polymers are much more resilient to drop damage than glass ever will be. Heck, people lauded Moto for the "kevlar" design, and kevlar is made with polymer and carbon.

3. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

because plastic scratches easily. I hate scratches on my screen.

4. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

How many smartphones do you see now a days with plastic screens? He's talking about the overall build material not the screens.

6. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Well, I was referring to both actually. And the same principles apply with both cases. Overall I would rather plastic over glass or metal anyday. Just a personal preference.

7. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

I stand corrected LoL.

5. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

So do glass screens. That's what screen protectors are for. I would rather a device that has a screen that is far less likely to break than one that is less likely to scratch. Generally speaking, in engineering terms, as hardness goes up, ductility goes down proportionally, and brittleness goes up with hardness. You can fix those issues with a tempered glass *cheap* screen protector, or even a plastic screen protector, much easier than replacing the whole glass when it shatters.

1. Plesman88

Posts: 17; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

I disagree with that assessment. Nokia is their closest competitor in term of bringing "access to the mobile web for millions of people". They even have (had?) the same slogan "Bringing the internet to the next billion." - conversations.nokia.com/2010/09/16/bringing-the-in​ternet-to-the-next-billion/ And in my personal opinion, having searched for a good phone below 200 Euro. Only the Nokia Lumia's and Motorola Moto G are worthy contenders, the rest is overpriced crap.

8. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Nokia? Lumia? Oh, come on…

9. sri_tech

Posts: 188; Member since: May 21, 2013

There is truth in what he said. Lumia 520 is very successful and priced very well. That is the reason why Samsung reduced the prices of Galaxy S duos and also released galaxy core and grand quattro at same prices as 520/620/720. Sony also released Xperia M, L models at same prices as other Lumias.

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