Whether this is an honest admission or an opportunity at misdirection, Google CFO and Senior Vice President Patrick Pichette on Thursday said Motorola’s upcoming product pipeline simply isn’t up to Google’s standards. You have to wonder how that kind of comment will change the working environment between the two, especially since both are supposedly working on an X phone together.
If anything, perhaps Google had to step in and really guide Motorola’s X phone because the search giant didn’t like where the device was headed. That’s pure speculation, however.
“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.”
Motorola has actually enjoyed a bit of a renaissance over the last several months with excellent release like the RAZR HD, RAZR MAXX HD and RAZR M. Beyond that, we have no idea what’s coming. But by Pichette’s comments, nothing of significance. So is he preemptively dismissing Motorola’s entire 2013 lineup? It sure sounds that way.