Motorola Boss Dennis Woodside Discusses Moto’s Competitors, Takes a Shot at the iPhone

December 13, 2013 - Written By Eric Abent

If you follow Android news regularly, there’s a good chance you’ve been hearing a lot about Motorola lately. Between the Moto X and the Moto G, Motorola has been gaining a lot of positive attention, and for good reason. The Moto X was a well-received device that seemed to hit a sweet spot with a lot of mainstream consumers, while the Moto G’s low price tag has a lot of people talking. Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside has been in the news a lot as well, this time sitting down for an interview with the Associated Press to talk about everything from plastic phones to who Motorola’s biggest competitors are.

Speaking on how Motorola has changed since it first hit it big with its RAZR line of flip phones back in 2004, Woodside said that today Motorola is focused more on mobile services and getting as many people as possible connected to mobile web. He pointed to the Moto G, saying that consumers can now get a phone that “spec for spec does stand up to an iPhone at one-fourth the price.” That wasn’t the last time Woodside mentioned Apple, as he claimed Samsung and Apple were Motorola’s biggest competitors. In the case of Samsung, Woodside said that Motorola is at a disadvantage because it doesn’t have the kind of money Samsung has, meaning it can’t market its devices as much. Therefore, Motorola has to gain attention in other ways, which is part of the strategy behind the Moto G.

When asked what customers are going to want in a phone in the future, Woodside suggested that we’ll soon see a shift away from glass devices. “Phones break. They’re glass. That’s likely to change in the next 24 months, as plastic becomes more present and producible,” he said. Interaction with smartphones will likely change moving forward too, with Woodside envisioning a future where everyone is talking to their phones: “You’ll be speaking to (the) phone, asking it to do things, and it will be responding and actually doing what you intend, as opposed to you reading a command line.” Finally, he pointed to the current obsession with wearables, mentioning that no one has really come up with a distinct purpose that makes these wearables must-have devices.

Woodside also spent a fair amount of the interview discussing what’s changed and what hasn’t with the Google buyout of the company. He reiterated that Google and Motorola still operate independently of one another, and that we should consider Google more of an investor in this instance. Despite this, one thing is for sure: Motorola has had a pair of hits ever since joining forces with Google, so the buyout seems to working out great. Have any of you picked up a Moto X or a Moto G? If so, what do you think about your shiny new device?