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Google CFO: None of Motorola’s Upcoming Products are “Wow” by Google Standards

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Back in January, Google CFO Patrick Pichette mentioned that Motorola had inherited 18 months of product pipeline that they would need to drain through before the company could focus on creating something completely new. We assumed at the time that he was referring to that period coming to an end with the RAZR HD and RAZR M, and that Moto would be working towards releasing their first set of products under new management some time by mid-2013. In what can only be considered sad news to Motorola fans, his remarks at today’s Morgan Stanley Technology Conference paint somewhat of a different picture. 

Pichette mentioned once again that Motorola’s new CEO Dennis Woodside and crew had 18 months of product pipeline to go through, however, this time he used the word “upcoming” in the same sentence. That can only mean that the next phone(s) or tablet we see from Motorola will still be leftovers from previous management that the new Motorola will need to release.

To make matters even more depressing, he called them “not really like wow by Google standards.” Yes, he apparently held nothing back.

“The case with Motorola is that we’ve inherited a pipeline,” Pichette said, “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.”

So what does that mean for the X Phone? Well, the X Phone could still be very real. At the same time, the reality of the situation suggests that if we do see this mysterious new “game changing” device from Motorola, it may not be until the end of 2013 or whenever this 18 month period is over with. For the foreseeable future, we could see another couple of leftovers from the Sanjay Jha era.

Feel free to express yourselves in the comments.

Via:  The Verge

  • taglogical

    When did they take them over and remove Jha? 18 months from then, this this article.

    • taglogical

      18 months from then, not* this article.

  • Whatever. If they don’t release a phone with as good a keyboard as the Droid4, I’m not interested.

  • I still use my Og Droid..I lost my virginity with the help of the original RAZR..long live Moto!!

  • I think this is more of an admittance that they can do better, rather than a “Old Motorola sucks!” comment. The M and HD weren’t “wow” phones either, but they are by no means bad. My Razr M has been great, even though I haven’t been great to it (endlessly dropping, spilling coffee on it). It’s been 5 months and I’ve yet to see anything that makes me want to upgrade.

  • Elliot Kotis

    I knew it!

  • Jr

    If that 18 month product pipeline started on the day the OG droid Razr was released we could probably see the X phone unvield on May cause it ends on May.

  • Kizaru Hiruko

    Darn! More waiting!

  • Alexander Garcia

    Okay. Please allow me to just put this out there. My trusted source claims that there indeed IS the X-Phone. It DOES exist. However, he is not very impressed with what they’ve got in the works so far. He also said that the physical design isn’t all that impressive (subjective) and the software (Yes it IS skinned) is still buggy as hell. He also admits that it is still too early to judge at this point.

  • Swoops

    Google acquired moto may 2012. They stated august of 2011 they were going to aquire Motorola. Either way, with an expected release date of July that is 14-23 months depending on what mark you are using. Split the difference and we are at 18.5 months. The way I see it, that’s two against one. The magic eight ball says the x phone will be cool.

  • Bionic

    Have faith

  • Sarpedon1069

    I honestly I am ok with a winter 2013 release for the Motorola X Phone. My Verizon contract is up then. 😉

  • bkosh84

    Google basically saved Motorola from themselves.. Motorola was headed down the same road that they were many years ago with the Flip Razr.. They banked all their money on one phone.. Which worked for awhile but then they oversaturated the market with the same phone and only making different variations of it and it got old/stale while everyone else moved on to other phones.

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  • carlisimo

    Motorola was one of the few manufacturers to release a non-huge phone with good specs (camera excepted), the RAZR M. Is Google going to kill it? If so, then I’ll prefer the Jha era to post-acquisition.

  • rstat1

    But isn’t the “X-phone” a Google product, perhaps only built by Moto? The nexus devices are google products made by other companies…why would the “X-phone” be any different in that regard?

  • Zach Armstrong

    Too bad was looking foward to Motorola to make a comeback. We need to have some other handset manufacturers beside just Samsung.

  • hope is not lost

    Still hopeful! In previous posts, there was mention of the X Phone out in the while RIGHT NOW being tested by some lucky individuals, that must mean the phone is very true and about this 18 month pipelining, it’s most likely gonna happen but it’ll probably be mid-range phones and the timing isn’t justified. I’m sure with the numbers of employee they own, they can have one group working on the x phone while the other pipelining. Afterall, Google owns Motorola now, they wouldn’t let them push out junk phones for an entire 18 months, it’ll reflect on their image if they do.

    • NexusMan

      Of course they are working on both, as I indicated in my post below….In the full quote, they say so: “But we’ve inherited 18 months of pipeline that we actually have to drain right now, and while we’re actually building the next wave of innovation and product line.”