Google's latest quarterly earnings figures come as no real surprise, with the bottom line effectively translating to “we're rich”.
More interesting for mobile watchers, however, was CEO Larry Page's comments about Google-owned Motorola during the earnings call that accompanied the announcement.
Despite that, Motorola has been remarkably quiet on the product front for the entire period, and remains so today, to the extent that more than a few observers are in effect asking: “what the hell is going on?”
Just a few days ago Page himself dropped some predictably vague soundbites about Motorola in an interview, but now has finally given us something of (slightly) more substance, hinting that upcoming Motorola handsets may feature more efficient batteries and stronger hardware designs.
“Think about your device. Battery life is a huge issue. You shouldn’t have to worry about constantly recharging your phone,” Page said.
“When you drop your phone, it shouldn’t go splat. Everything should be a ton faster and easier. There’s real potential to invent new and better experiences.”
That doesn't confirm anything at all, of course, and says nothing about the rumoured Motorola X everyone is curious about right about now, but you'd hope it was more than just Page expressing what he'd like to see in a perfect world.
As for the perceived lack of product activity since Google announced the takeover, CFO Patrick Pichette attempted to explain things from the inside: “We are only 180 days into this journey. We've made big progress. We inherited 12-18 months of product pipeline we had to work through. It takes times before [results] show up.”
Well OK, Patrick, but it still doesn't mean we have to like it.