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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

  • NexusMan

    This quote is up to interpretation. Nothing was said that wasn’t said before, and I don’t take it to mean what the title of this article implies. I did not expect the X Phone before the end of this year…the job posting for an X Phone Project Manager was put out just a month ago!

  • Joe

    That makes choosing the S4 an easy decision.

  • I guess its the Galaxy S4 for me then?

  • schoat333

    If they are not up to Googles standard, why still put them out? This has to be a ploy.

  • JMonkeYJ

    maybe this means the X phone will be the next Nexus. the timeframe is about right….that would be awesome!

  • Who cares about Motorola my next phone will be the next Nexus

  • Bionic

    Ok guys here is the deal.

    Over the past year I have had the PRIVELAGE of being part of an online community which included a person with inside information about motorola products. I found that it was thrilling to know such information before the general public did and I thought it would be fun to let others in the android world know about it as well. So I started taking this information that “sarge” posted and reposting it on droid life comments to share it. I fealt like I was helping to get the “word of mouth” advertising out there and “WOW” some of the people out there who like to hear about such things.

    I DO NOT have my own sources within Motorola, i simply was reposting information from “sarge.”

    I’d like to take this time to apologize to the people who looked to me for inforation as if it was my own, it wasnt. I also want to apologize to “sarge” because he is the one that truly has the insider information and shares it with our community on a certain website.

    My intention was never harm, but that of sharing information, I got in too deep. I will not be sharing information any longer unless asked to do so.

    Again, I apologize to you people on this website and to “sarge” because the information was truly his to begin with. I also apologize to our online community, they know who they are.

    I will end by saying that the X phone DOES EXIST and I will not comment any further about leaked information unless authorized to do by sarge himself.

    My comments from this day forward will simply be that of a normal fan of Android.

    Thank you and good night.

    • RadicalPie

      …. Ok

    • LionStone

      Way to man up!

      • Tim242

        He only manned up because he was called out. Don’t take it as a Nobel act.

        • LionStone

          So…he didn’t have to say anything, but he did.

    • bakdroid

      You know it would have been a lot less drama on your part if you would have just linked your comments to droid-forums where you got the info in the first place. Then people could read the whole post and not just your selections…

      • Lambo_21

        there are reasons this cannot be done. and will never be done

    • Tim242

      This could be taken as sincere, if you had said this without being forced to admit your deception. I’m glad everybody sees that I knew you were full of it.

      • Greyhame

        “I’m glad everybody sees that I knew you were full of it.”

        If you think he’s full of himself, take a look in the mirror.

        • Tim242

          Not sure how you arrived at that conclusion. He was being an obnoxious jerk, and he got called out for it.

  • I don’t know but, I love my Maxx HD. Not having to worry about my phone any day and just enjoy it is petty wow to me. The only complaints I have are actually thanks to Google. They removed pretty useful and good Motorola features and replaced them with their own crappy apps.

  • Michael Toland

    HTC One>Samsung S4>Motorola X Phone

  • So in recap, Google says Moto phones suck but they are going to release them anyways. Awesome.

  • Tyler Rynberg

    Having only owned an OG Droid and the HD Razr Maxx, I really do not understand the Moto hate. The HD Maxx is a great phone. “Blur” is barely present on it. The camera is not the greatest but that isn’t a deal breaker for me.

  • Timbo1

    I knew the so called X Phone wouldn’t be anything super special. As long as it has a good radio though……

  • Brian

    It could mean they will still be releasing old products on top of new ones to. At worst Google formally acquired Motorola in May 2012. Add 18 months and you are looking at November 2013, which I’d when nexus phones release anyways the last few years. If it doesn’t show at I/O it will around Nexus phone announcement and new software.

  • chris125

    Well that’s probably because aside from the battery moto devices have been subpar even current moto devices.

  • AxemRed

    The X Phone wouldn’t have to be “wow” by Google standards for me to buy it. I don’t need groundbreaking new features. I would be more than happy if they could combine the best already-existing features of other phones into a single package.

  • ConCal

    Help me decide guys: up vote this comment if you think I should just get the GS IV. Down vote if you think I should wait for whatever comes out at Google I/O.

    • Tim242

      The GS IV won’t be out until after IO.

      • Richard Yarrell

        Samsung wouldn’t have a March 14th unpacked even to have this product show up on the shelves after May 17th. The Galaxy S4 will arrive first on T-mobile then the rest of the carriers. It will be a staggered launch with Verizon launching it last in June. Tmobile will launch April possibly the 19th.

        • Tim242

          I’m not convinced of the staggered launch. The carriers begged Samsung to do the event in the US. This will be the most popular phone of the year. I’m sure the carriers all want it ASAP. I just hope that the metallic invitation means that they are going to incorporate some metal!

        • squiddy20

          Please. Samsung unveiled the original Note, and over 3 months later it was finally brought to the US. The Galaxy Note 2 was unveiled 29 August, but wasn’t released until 24 October, almost 2 moths later. The Galaxy S2 was unveiled at MWC in February, but wasn’t released until May, 3 months later. The Galaxy S3 was unveiled 3 May, but wasn’t made available in the US till almost 2 months later.
          Is it really so hard to think it won’t be the same? Take your stupid fanboy notions somewhere else and try using your pitiful excuse for a brain once in awhile.

  • ConCal

    Nooooooooo, I don’t want another aesthetically displeasing galaxy phone. I was looking forward to changing it up.

  • Just because it isn’t wow by Google’s standards doesn’t make it necessarily bad! I don’t think anyone would call the Razr Maxx HD “wow” but yet it is one of the best built devices with some of the longest lasting batteries on the market! Point is, don’t call something bad until you actually know and understand what IT is!

  • NOOO… NOOOO… Please say this is a bad dream only….

  • oh crap

    oh crap

  • Jeez you guys don’t get this now. The guy wants to downplay the X Phone until it is revealed. This is a tactic people at high levels use to make a phone look like it is not going to blow anything out of the water until it is revealed. Lets wait until it is revealed. You never know if Google has been working secretly to get this phone all it can have to blow people’s mind when it is presented at Google I/O.

    • Bionic


  • Richard Yarrell

    This isn’t surprising at all and to think this is what Google brought to ward off Samsung…Hate to say it Motorola is one of the BIGGEST JOKES of the android platform. But they rather be concerned with Samsung Google is ridiculous in my eyes. They need to focus on the sagging manufacturers that are not pulling their weight in the android universe instead of worrying about Samsung. The bottom line here without Samsung the android platform wouldn’t even be credible even Google’s NEXUS LINE is very soft especially compared to Samsung. As I stated before and will always continue to say SAMSUNG IS ANDROID 213 million handsets sold 40% of the technology market that alone speak for it’s self. Google better be thanking their lucky stars.

  • Shawn Maloney

    Bummed – was looking forward to the X-phone by summer and for Moto to make some enroads to samsung and hurting Apple

  • jim

    The Nexus 4 wasn’t exactly a “wow” device either.

  • Calm down people. There is NOTHING preventing Motorola from producing an X-Phone as a concept, halo, or flagship device, while releasing the RAZR HD II as a final Verizon exclusive.

  • Daniel

    Maybe if they released a Droid 5… 😉

  • MGardnerDA1235

    Who wants to see me surprised face?

  • fanboy1974

    I don’t think it’s true.

  • Dave

    People saying that they should drop their current pipeline of Jha era phones forget Google inherited contracts when they bought Moto. There’s no doubt they are simply fulfilling their obligations.

  • kane

    He didn’t specify phones or tablets or even android device. Motorola could have been producing anything.

  • Scott Martin

    this is verizon’s plan.
    step 1. get everyone with a grandfathered unlimited data plan to jump ship for t-mo
    step 2. get best phones
    step 3. profit! ..as those customers return
    …only to realize that verizon products stay 4 updates behind

  • jer85008

    Ugh. Very disappointing. Looks like I may have to leave Verizon after all if I want a deicent phone.

  • xgshortbus

    Doesn’t matter what he says anyone who ever owned a RAZR Maxx or an HD version of said Razor’s know they make great hardware and damn awesome radio’s! As long as they get the updates out faster that’s what will keep them alive! You dont have to have a “wow” device just keep it up to date better!!! If the next phones have 4.2 and get 5.0 before anyone else then that will sell the phone for them!! Down with Sample!!(Samsung+Apple)

    • MooleyBooleyTroll

      Tempted to sell my N4 and get another Maxx HD. Yes I was one of the idiots that were stupid enough to sell my HD to get the N4. N4 is a nice device but it is no Moto unfortunately. Radio edit to make it work on T-Mo and I’ll be a happy camper 🙂

    • Tim242

      They have terrible displays, and feel very cheap.

  • j973

    I think in time it will come together if one thing I Hope Google has learned is to be patient and hopefully the X phone will be great with alot of the bugs worked out good battery life specs etc.. Honestly ive been phone jumping for a long time I have moto razr maxx hd its nice to have a phone i can put 18 hard hours on and then still have alot of juice and good antennas the BASIC ESSENTIALS of a cell phone IMO (Battery Life , and antenna reception) look at the nexus 4 problems terrible battery, limited carriers every phone has problems maybe Google is just trying to get this x phone spot on I Feel. Even the precious Samsung galaxy s3 that phone was the biggest piece of SH** IMO for Antennas a phone is no good to me if it cant hold a connection or even wifi or bluetooth, not saying the other stuff wasnt good but thats the basic essentials of a CELL PHONE for me. Maybe and hopefully Google has learned through all the mistakes over the years with dealing with everyone else they own moto and hopefully will WOW us and want to realease a quality product not some BS that HTC, LG ,Samsung (old moto) throw out with some terrible skins on top of android

  • Bionicman

    maybe the right thing to do is to just shelve the remaining projects and focus on new stuff. or MAYBE the X Phone is one of Moto’s last phones planned during Sanjay’s rein. who knows. i’m still interested to see what Moto is doing this year. not as interested as i’am towards Samsung though..

  • EC8CH

    I hate to say it…

    But I feel like I’ve just been Scroogled!

    • This just made my day, in some weird Microsoft hating way. 😛

      • EC8CH

        It’s funny because all the stuff MS says I should be upset about doesn’t seem to bother me.

        But this… this pisses me off 😛

        • jer85008

          That’s because disappointments from M$ are as common as unoriginal reality TV. Being let down by Google has limited precedent.

  • mec

    “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. ”

    no he didnt. where is the word upcoming in the quote? is it implicit with the 18 month product pipeline? how is that new from the previous story?

    • The Verge quoted him as saying upcoming.

      • mec

        either they edited, or its being misconstrued. i went back and looked. the headline says upcoming…

        pipeline implies upcoming, sure. like i said i dont think we learn anything new, the pipeline was existing product, same old motorola.

        my point being, i dont think this precludes the potential for a collaborative product, it just re-iterates that we can expect some not so stellar devices as well.

        is the xphone real? i dont know. does this eliminate the possibility? to me, no. it will just be sold along side the droid xyz +

        • Greyhame

          Hoping you’re on the right track. This downplay could be an effort to stem any further animosity between Google and Samsung.. or at least to keep Samsung off the trail.

  • Dre

    There is no winning with Android right now. I simply don’t see a good option: all devices locked down, HTC can’t deliver promises (or kernels, or radios, or updates), Moto products are stale, LG UI sucks and they can’t keep up the volume of Nexus 4s, Nexus 4 in short supply and not on Verizon.

    We need a proper Google device to set a standard of openness, quality, and reliability.

    • j973

      Thats what im saying i agree with that.

  • itsgonnalast

    I don’t own a Razr but I really, really like the phone.

    I honestly think the Razr (and Nexus devices) is better than the Galaxy S3, but I got laughed at the last time I told someone that.

    If MOTO can maintain amazing battery life in all their upcoming phones, I’ll continue to be a fan. Even better if they also waterproof them.

  • Hunter Hambrick

    Kinda like how the pixel was debunked


  • Chris King

    Plus we can still hope for a moto Nexus

  • Jeremy Martin

    Google should scrap what Motorola has in this “18 month pipeline” and use the R&D to put into Google “Wow” approved products. Cranking more blah out is only going to push people away from Motorola and drive their worth downward. In the meantime companies such as Samsung will gain a larger foothold.

    • Scrapping a product already in the production pipeline is exceptionally expensive for no gain. If the device is in the production pipeline, then it has already been paid to be produced in a certain way. The R&D is complete, the design is approved, and its just waiting to be mass produced. They probably scrapped all of the current R&D projects for tablets and smartphones, but the production needs to run its course to at least attempt to earn a profit.

  • RoadsterHD1

    The only good I can get out of this is that I can sport my Bionic with Jellybean a bit longer before i have to fork out 500 to 600 $$ for a new Phone.

  • RW-1

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha …. You guys KEEP falling for the rhetoric. There was absolutely no reason other than the suckers out there who kept buying moto that kept that “existing product pipeline” out there. they went through that, and now you are hearing the second round of excuses for why they can’t just make something exceptional. I left moto, and haven’t looked back at all. Gnex works well on MMuzzy ROM, 4.2.2 and I’m not lacking for anything. I’ll decide in a year what open device I want to move to, if at all, because as I haven’t even began overclocking my Gnex, the thing is still a viable device to remain on.

    • Diablo81588

      The Gnex is garbage and is severely lacking in most areas.

      • RW-1

        You should get over your envy … most of the issues are solvable with a custom ROM, which is why most got a Nexus in the first place, to not worry about what the carrier may not fix/release for us. But hey, you can wait for the bionic II

        • Diablo81588

          A terrible camera, speaker and cell radio are solvable with a custom ROM? Explain this voodoo magic?!

          • Dave12308

            Works well enough for me (mmuzzy ROM as well). Speaker could be louder, camera is “okay” and photosphere makes it really neat. Mine has radios which are (IN MY AREA – important to note) just as solid as my Bionic’s were on ICS.

  • Bionic

    For crying out loud people calm down. Yes I have some explanation due. Rest assured the X Phone does exist. When I get off work I will explain everything going on with me. But rest assured the phone does exist. Give me 3 hours and I’ll explain my wrongs.

    • Donkey

      Your first explanation needs to be how you stole all the info you’ve supplied here and came very close to screwing several people over.

      • Dre

        How would he screw people over?

        • HotPocket

          oh you didn’t know? grab some popcorn….. and a seat.

          • Dre

            Somebody ‘splain ! 🙁

    • Lambo_21

      Lucy you got some ‘splainin to do!

    • Diablo81588

      Stop acting like your some sort of mole in Motorola. You find rumors on forums and take credit for it.

      • ERIC REED

        Come on now, don’t blow his cover!!

      • Daniel Clifford

        So much this. Sarge already owned him once on this a few months ago.

    • Tim242

      Hahaha your lies are catching up to you.

    • stopwatch

      been 3 hours according to the timestamp

  • Chris King

    well they also denied the pixel and then boom now we have a pixel

  • MikeCiggy

    I understand the company took time and resources to create it’s newer products. It had backlogged designs and new software but still. If it’s not working out and your failing isn’t it time to cut your losses and start fresh? Especially under new management.

  • I don’t mind waiting a bit longer. I’m very happy with my Maxx HD, and it would’ve been a shame to replace it by June with the X Phone, at least now, I’m getting at least a good year of use out of it.

    • Diablo81588

      Way to be positive.

  • Alexander Garcia

    There’s also the whole Moto/Verizon bull$#it that Google has inherited and now has to deal with as well.