News by Andrew Kameka on Thursday February 28, 2013.
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Google CFO and SVP Patrick Pichette did something executives rarely do - be honest about his company's products. At the Morgan Stanley Technology Conference, Pichette said that upcoming Motorola products "aren't 'wow' by Google standards." Should that worry anyone who has been hoping for a Motorola Nexus or the fabled XPhone?
Reiterating previous talking points shared in past Google earnings calls, Pichette noted that Google acquired Motorola at a time when the company was already moving forward with products that had been in development for a long time. The time that it takes to bring a device from concept to consumer-ready is long and laborious, so Google hasn't had time to put its own stamp on any Motorola phone yet.
According to The Verge, Pichette said:
"The case with Motorola is that we've inherited a pipeline. Motorola has a great set of products, but they're not really like 'wow' by Google standards. Dennis Woodside and his team have inherited 18 months of pipeline that we have to drain right now."
Motorola has been rumored to be developing an "XPhone" that would make significant strides in display improvement, battery life, camera technology, and more. It was rumored to better position Motorola against what's likely to be 2013's most successful smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S IV, but Pichette's comments seem to throw water on the idea of an amazing new Motorola smartphone. That doesn't mean Motorola won't still manage to deliver an incredible smartphone at some point this year. Pichette said the upcoming phones aren't "wow" by Google's standard, but it might be hard to impress a company trying to make self-driving cars and wearable computers mainstream technology. Google might not be overly-enthused by the products internally, but the next Motorola Android phone might still have a "wow" factor in the eyes of consumers.source: The Verge
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.