A Motorola Nexus? Maybe, says Google CEO Page, but not soon

A Motorola Nexus? Maybe, says Google CEO Page, but not soonSo far the Google Nexus name has been slapped on devices made by HTC, Samsung, LG and Asus, as the one-time search engine continues its Android-fuelled push into the mobile hardware market.

But it remains a mystery to many of us why Motorola's name isn't on that list – it seems a no-brainer, really, given that Google owns Moto outright.

Well, a far-reaching Fortune magazine interview with Google CEO Larry Page has given us the closest thing yet to an explanation, and it's a strange one: Google simply hasn't owned Motorola for long enough.

That was Page's answer when asked why a Motorola-made Nexus has yet to appear, and how it expected its other Nexus partners to react if and when it did.

Or to quote directly: “I don't think there's any physical way we could have released a Nexus Motorola device in that sense. I mean, we haven't owned the company long enough.”

An odd answer, to be sure, as it's hard to see what the problem would be when Google has managed just fine to produce devices with its other Nexus partners despite not owning them at all. Just what is likely to change once Google has owned Motorola a bit longer?

Page went on to explain some of the thinking behind the Nexus line, and how Google went about developing new devices.

“Part of the reason why we've done Nexus devices in the past is that we want to build an amazing device that kind of showcases what's possible on Android, gives a way for the programmers to get early builds, does a whole bunch of things that are important,” Page revealed.

“Exactly what we do, which devices we do, what the timing is, how we release the software with them, all those things have been changing.”

All of which is fascinating but in an entirely non-specific way, though to be fair the interview took place a month ago, in other words just after the Nexus 4/7/10 launch frenzy.

The next in the Nexus line should be timed to arrive with the release of Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie next year, and if we go by what Page is saying we shouldn't be basing our expectations on anything we've seen so far.

Who knows – maybe Google will have owned Motorola for long enough by then to send some Nexus love its way.

The interview covers plenty of other interesting ground too, from Google's relationship with the likes of Apple and Amazon, and Page's take on how Google approaches new projects and his views on the direction of the company going forward.

It gives a good sense of just how large and complex a business Google now is, and the challenge of constantly evolving to suit ever-changing needs and circumstances. Certainly worth a read.

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Pondlife  Dec. 12, 2012 at 22:27

Basically didn't think motorola capable of putting out a decent one in volume atm unlike LG, oh....

thr0tt  Dec. 13, 2012 at 07:52

Noooo, for the love of all things tech don't let Motorola do it, their support record is the worst in the industry dropping support for products as soon as they hit the shelves ! Anything out of the US from Motorola is just a waste product in their eyes, of course the support story may be different across the pond but that's not my concern.

Pondlife  Dec. 13, 2012 at 12:51

But it wouldn't be them supporting it....

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