Google VP Says They Treat Motorola Just Like Any Other Manufacturer

| March 1, 2013 | 3 Replies


According to Google, we shouldn’t expect much from Motorola’s upcoming devices. Google’s CFO, Patrick Pichette was quite open about it, and clearly stated that after purchasing Motorola, Google inherited a pipeline. It would be a waste of valuable resources to cease production on all the devices that were set in motion before the acquisition. Essentially, Motorola is still going to push out everything it was working on before Google came along, and then once those products are out of the way, we’ll start to see more “wow,” or hopefully we will anyway.

“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.”

That is certainly discouraging to hear, especially when you consider Pichette’s words. As he says, Motorola’s upcoming products are probably not going to be anything extraordinary. Pichette did say not to worry though, because they’re “actually building the next wave of innovation and product lines” simultaneously.

Many are worried that Google will favor Motorola in regards to future Nexus devices since they now own the company. During a recent interview, Android’s VP of Engineering Hiroshi Lockheimer once again stated that they [Google] treat Motorola no different than any other mobile manufacturer.

“We treat all of our partners fairly. Motorola we consider a partner just like HTC or Samsung. It’s almost as if they are a separate company.”

Personally, I find this a little silly, and even more so when you consider Samsung’s strong foothold on the Android market. I don’t mind that Samsung is dominating, because they do offer superior devices when compared to other manufacturers, but it would be gratifying to see other viable options out there. Android is unequivocally about freedom, and choice, so it seems silly that other manufacturers are trailing so far behind. If Google was to focus a little more attention on upcoming Motorola devices, ultimately I think the consumers would benefit.

Still, Google stands by their claims that they will not favor Motorola over other companies in the mobile industry. Furthermore, the rumored ‘X Phone’ is probably not going to launch anytime soon. First the two companies have to “drain” the current “pipeline,” before truly moving on.

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  • Richard Yarrell

    Why even bother to purchase Motorola if they weren’t going to make some enroads on creating better products. 18 months of pipeline products okay great get those products out or discontinue those useless devices. Time has come for Motorola to step up it’s game or step to the left. They have become a sad joke same as Hauwei, Lg, Sony. Htc ain’t to far off from these guys. Samsung deserves it’s number one standing if it wasn’t for Samsung android wouldn’t exist to users. And please don’t tell me about any silly Nexus line those devices ain’t going anywhere either. Google owes Samsung far more than 10% of ad revenue that’s for sure.

    • Tom Dawson

      Google owe Samsung absolutely nothing. If you knew anything about the way in which Android and the Open Handset Alliance worked, you might not be saying such things. Samsung, a member of OHA, have the right to use Android like any other member. Google doesn’t owe them or any other member a damn thing. Regardless of how many products Samsung ship.

      “If it wasn’t for Samsung android wouldn’t exist to users”. I enjoy discussion Richard, but frankly you seem to be trolling for the sake of it these days. Samsung was late to the Android party in 2010 with the Galaxy S. The OG Droid, Nexus One, HTC Desire and the original HTC G1 were already on sale by the time Samsung even shipped a quality Android product. Samsung have done a lot of the popularity of Android but they’re just a partner and member of the OHA like everyone else, plain and simple.