Dreaming of a pure Google Motorola phone? 2013 will bring it (maybe)

October 19, 2012
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Yesterday, after the big brouhaha over the prematurely released earnings report, and the small brouhaha over the Chromebook (yes, they jumped the gun on that too), Google also discussed the situation of Motorola.

The Mountain View-based company’s CFO, Patrick Pichette, answered questions about the state of Motorola Mobility, which Google has been running for almost five months now. Pichette declared himself satisfied with the progress that Google has made at streamlining the operations of the ailing manufacturer, thanks to measures such as narrowing the product portfolio and pulling back from under-performing markets.

The Google exec also warned investors not to expect dramatic changes in Motorola’s product lineup, at least not in the following six to twelve months. Here’s Pichette relevant statement:

Look, we’re really pleased with Motorola’s progress in its first 150 days. As indicated in our public filings, our team has made a lot of operational changes, we harmonized and narrowed the product portfolio, [undertook] streamlining of software operations, and we scaled back the markets in which we operate. But that said, we’re just at the beginning of the Motorola-Google story, and we should expect, as I mentioned before, results from this segment to be quite variable for quite a while yet.

Remember that we inherited an entire product pipeline where hardware business cycles are typically 12 to 18 months.

In other words, it’s too soon to demand fresh products that are completely free of Blur and (in an ideal world) of Verizon’s meddling. In 2013 at the earliest, we might see something that would resemble a Motorola Nexus, if Google is able to break free of Verizon’s influence and assuage the worries of other Android OEMs.

Are you disappointed of Google’s progress with Motorola? Would a Razr Nexus float your boat?

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