Eric Schmidt teases new Motorola phone

April 16, 2013
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Eric Schmidt, Google's chairman, speaks during a press conference on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012 in New York, where Motorola introduced three new smartphones, the first since it became a a part of Google. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Eric Schmidt, Google’s chairman, speaks during a press conference on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012 in New York, where Motorola introduced three new smartphones, the first since it became a a part of Google. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Eric Schmidt, our favorite Google Executive Chairman, is usually not one for cautious statements. Back in 2011, he predicted Android would be bigger than iOS, a very brash statement at the time. Recently, he has said the entire world will be online in 7 years’ time, which seems inconceivable right now considering conditions in some countries.

This morning, at All Things D: Dive into Mobile, Schmidt made another interesting statement. He said he has seen Motorola’s upcoming devices, and they are “phenomenal”. He went on to say they were “Phone plus” devices. That’s high praise, and further teases the rumored Motorola X phone.

We were a bit let down by Google CFO Patrick Pichette’s statement some time ago that the next Motorola devices wouldn’t “blow us away”, as he intimated they inherited some devices that were already in the works. We’ve consistently heard rumblings about the Motorola X phone, even seeing a working prototype. Is Eric Schmidt hinting at the X phone, or something we’re not even aware of?

He may not be talking about any particular device, really. Google seems to have a pretty heavy hand in Motorola’s mobile sector, as that old prototype of the X phone shows. They’re famously very involved with Nexus devices, and having their own hardware manufacturer can only drive their innovations further. While Eric’s statements could have just been kind words by a company man, it’s doubtful. Eric is a straight shooter, and if he’s impressed by what Motorola is doing… we may just be blown away.

Comments

  • MasterMuffin

    I chose to wait for the X phone or Nexus instead of continuing with the Galaxy S line, I hope it’s worth it AND I CAN GET IT IN FINLAND unlike Razr HD maxx >:/

    • http://AndroidAuthority.com/ Bogdan Petrovan

      It may be worth it, but don’t hold your breath on the international availability…

      • MasterMuffin

        If I can order it to Finland and 3g works, I’m happy :)

  • mjolnirxz

    I am this close from jumping on the one, but now… ill just wait till after io

  • Microsoftjunkie

    Still garbage

    • Charles Kinnamon

      That coming from a WP8 junkie. HTC One is just the tip of the iceberg as to what Android will become. Motorola X could up the ante even more. Meanwhile, WP8 remains a crippled iOs wanabe.

      • Microsoftjunkie

        Lol, that was really insightful. How can wp8 be a copy of ios when that is exactly what Android is. And both are copies of Windows. seriously little one, get your head out your ass.

        Android halfed assed optimizations, horrible ass battery life, horrible security, horrible phone designs, except for htc One. Just because you didn’t like my comment doesn’t mean yoire right. Ignorant commentor.

        • FuckYoFeelings

          “You’re” welcome

    • Mr Mop

      Making premature conclusions on a product that hasn’t even been announced, tsk tsk.

      • Microsoftjunkie

        Not really, I’ve always disliked the designs and experience of Android phones. They always sucked, from back when htc incredible, G1, to Nexus’s, S3, xperias and they still crashed slowed down. Just an unpleasant experience. I always heard stock Android was good, until i got my Nexus and the same result.

        So I’m perfectly in my own right to say that, because it still runs Android.

        • joseph pastor

          You actually…dont know how to use a smartphone? Nexus has been and still is the epitome of mobile phones.

      • swannanoa72

        Just ignore it – Here is another person who believes that criticizing/bad mouthing others and another product is the best way of proving that the product he/she owns/uses is better and that his/her opinion is correct. ‘IOs and Android are copies of Windows’ it seems! God Bless!!!

  • Nujad Bolivar

    This coming from the man who still likes Blackberry.