The relative lack of Motorola product action has been drawing attention for a while now, and back in December Google CEO Larry Page attempted to head off speculation by saying it hasn't owned the company for long enough yet for the impact of any changes to show through in the Moto product line.
Now, though, Google senior VP and CFO Patrick Pichette has put it more plainly: Motorola's existing product plans were “not really to the standards that what Google would say is wow – innovative, transformative”.
The surprisingly honest assessment came during Pichette's remarks at the Morgan Stanley tech conference this week, and he went on to add:
“We've inherited 18 months of pipeline that we actually have to drain right now, while we're actually building the next wave of innovation and product lines. We have to go through this transition. These are not easy transitions.”
That “pipeline-draining” process has seen only a couple of noteworthy new Motorola handsets emerge over the past half-year or so – well, in the UK, anyway: the Razr i and just recently the Razr HD. Judging from Pichette's remarks, then, these have been the only devices in Moto's existing roadmap Google thought were worth continuing with.
Whispers continue to circulate regarding a Motorola X, a sort of Moto Nexus release that would be the first serious marker laid down by the new Google-owned Motorola, post pipeline-draining as it were.
And while Pichette did hint that such a device may be on its way, his comments on the subject were vague enough to suggest we shouldn't hold our breath on it happening soon: “since day one, we've started working on the next agenda and we see that pipeline kind of showing up … our own kind of work is actually quite promising.”
Via The Verge