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

Motorola's pipeline didn't
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.

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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20 Comments

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

2. D_Tech-tive

Posts: 104; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

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

18. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 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.

3. mydi.maus unregistered

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

4. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Wonder what the word wow means to these guys

5. maka.itu.gua.BENCI.BB

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

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

6. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

"calling the game changer" link doesnt work

7. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 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....

10. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

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

13. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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...

8. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

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

9. techguy22

Posts: 227; Member since: Aug 09, 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

11. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

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

12. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 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??

14. Ruckus

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 20, 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.

16. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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:

15. Techboi

Posts: 84; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

WOW its on more carriers. Wow me Google!

17. giri5555

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

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

19. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 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.

20. bluescreen

Posts: 154; Member since: Nov 22, 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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