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?

    Comments

    • Zeals

      I really want Motorola to release a Nexus device, since their phones are phenomenal when it comes to battery life, which is the achilles heel of any smartphone.

    • Daniel Brresen

      Imagine the Nexus MAXX

      • MasterMuffin

        I was going to comment that, damn, 1 hour too late! Motorola nexus MAXX HD premier xtra developer edition :D

        • noyfb

          Droid Nexus, with a quad core processor, 2 gb ram, 5″ edge to edge super amoled + true hd screen, 13 mp shooter and 1080 video recording, maxx battery, expanded storage 64 gb, led notification ligh, same body as the sammy/ lg nexus

          • MasterMuffin

            Totally possible, litttle marketing from google and that would sell like sgs3! But 3Gb of ram would be nicer (that’s totally possible too)

    • B R

      I can’t wait to see what they come up with. I am no Google fan boy, hell even considering a windows 8 phone right now. However, for one company to own the entirely vertically integrated stack of technologies to make something very cool happen, I trust that google would.

    • Dietrich Schulten

      Moto knows wireless. My OG Milestone was a much better device than my Gnex in every respect – except for OS updates. So yes, a Moto Nexus would be it, with 6 inches, no bezel and an sdcard, please. It tracks my eyes and scrolls while I am reading, understands gestures. And it allows me to take notes and add contacts easily while I am using the phone hands-free, not like today. :-)

    • Alexander Garcia

      I’ll be patient with Google and Motorola considering that Google’s purchase of Motorola was not official ’til 5 months ago and the new RAZR line were in production over a year ago. 2013 will be an interesting year for Google and Motorola and I will be eagerly awaiting to see what they come up with.

    • Jared Persinger

      The nexus maxx would be awesome but Google did a good job with the droid razr hd maxx

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