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Google disses Motorola in public
It seems that Google’s Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President did not pick the right words he when referred to Motorola, the cell phone company that the Google recently acquired. There are certain words that he could have abstain himself from using, considering the fact that he is now a representative of the mother company, Google.
During a conference, Patrick Pichette, the Chief Financial Officer referred to Motorola’s pipeline of products as not being the standard, adding that Google wouldn’t see those products as being innovative nor transformative. He was caught saying that at the Morgan Stanley Technology Conference. That’s not all.
In another statement, he made Motorola products look like they are far behind technology. He explained that Google has inherited 18 months timeline that needs to be drained as at now.
To be fair Pichette was not that cruel on the phone company, he also did his best to give an optimistic picture of the Motorola brand by adding that the company has a great set of assets.
Motorola phones may not be dominating the market as at now but the company still owns other valuable assets that come in the form of patents. Aside that the brand has still released great phones over the past years. Let’s not forget about the Droid RAZR M, which is compact and yet powerful. The Droid RAZR Maxx HD is also a long lasting phone that has proven itself to withstand the test of time. Unfortunately those phones are only available through the Verizon Wireless network. Google is looking for a phone that could get into the masses and have more impact.
Overall Pichette tried to be fair with Motorola by not pointing just the flaws of the company but also adding that Google is very optimistic and is willing to support the cell phone company. There are great plans waiting to be implemented. He also acknowledged that there is still some work to be done and one would have to plan for the long term to see any significant achievement. It is a possibility that the rumored Motorola X Phone release date could be postponed from May to a later date.
In the short term it will not be a surprise if there is any tensions between Motorola ranks and some of the Google senior members.
Let’s not forget that the idea behind Google acquiring Motorola was to create some sort insurance policy to make sure that other cell phone manufacturing companies producing the Android devices, like Samsung, do not turn themselves into a threat by requesting for a greater cut of the advertising revenues generated through the mobile devices.
Over time, one can see that Samsung Android phones have risen to the point where they can compete with iPhones and based on that, the Korean company have been sending some signals to Google that it deserves a greater share of the advertising revenues.
In the meantime Google is also trying to strike deals with other phone manufacturing companies in order to better manage the pressure given by Samsung. The hope for Google would be to come up with a great phone from Motorola that can be used to also compete with Samsung mobile devices and that will create some sort of balance in the market.