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Google is not impressed

Google has no problem with telling it like it is. Yesterday, the Android maker said Motorola isn't creating good enough mobile products for its popular operating system.

Patrick Pichette, Google's chief financial officer and senior vice president, told an audience at the Morgan Stanley Technology Conference that Motorola isn't up to par with Google's expectations of a hardware maker.

"[Motorola's pipeline are] not really to the standards that what Google would say is wow -- innovative, transformative," said Pichette. "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."

So far, a few Motorola releases for Android include the Droid RAZR Maxx HD and the Droid RAZR M. While these phones aren't half bad, Google said customers want more.

Pichette also made mention that Google's relationship with Samsung, its No. 1 hardware maker, is "terrific" despite recent rumors. In fact, the Samsung Galaxy S IV with the Android operating system is due to be announced March 14.

Source: The Verge



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RE: just another
By MadMan007 on 3/1/2013 5:29:32 PM , Rating: 5
Wait, you're saying you chose an iPhone partly because Android phones are 'all the same'? The only way iPhones are not all the same is if you get one released a year later.


RE: just another
By KiwiTT on 3/2/2013 7:14:37 PM , Rating: 2
No ... I want to get security updates for at least 3 years. Only the Nexus range is likely to offer that, but that only managed 2 years at best. In NZ, we have to pay full price for our handsets, unless we want to have an expensive plan like $120 per month. So spending $1,000+, I want to have the certainty of knowing the phone I buy will be supported in 3 years time.


RE: just another
By markt902 on 3/2/2013 8:02:07 PM , Rating: 2
Hell, if I were in NZ, I'd be buying a Xiaomi MI-2 for around $300-450. MIUI v5 looks really cool, the phone has great support and updates are provided weekly.

Regardless of where you live, $1000+ for a smartphone is just asinine. In the US, there is truly no reason to buy phones on contract anymore. Unless you want to waste your money on Verizon or AT&T's LTE.

Furthermore, almost all major devices are supported by devs on XDA. My dad's HTC EVO 4G supports CM10 (4.1.2), and that phone is almost 3 years old. He doesn't want to upgrade his device, because he's content with what he has.

If ROMs aren't your thing, I completely understand, but paying that much for a phone is just ridiculous. You may want to import phones from the US, or start buying decent Chinese phones from brands like Xiaomi or Oppo. I sell a lot of stuff on eBay, and shipping a smartphone to NZ would cost me $14.50.

I'm looking at the prices on telecom.co.nz, and I cannot believe how badly carriers are blasting you in the ass. And I thought we were getting screwed here in the US. Either way, you cannot go wrong with that MI-2, and I'm sure that one of the resellers will ship to NZ.


RE: just another
By KiwiTT on 3/3/2013 12:22:14 AM , Rating: 2
You should see what we pay for cars. An new MX-5 costs over $60,000


RE: just another
By eldakka on 3/3/2013 9:18:27 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know where you are getting your phones from...

I'm in Australia and I bought an unlocked Galaxy S3 32GB from dwi (Digital World International) July/August last year for about ~AU$650 delivered.


RE: just another
By KiwiTT on 3/3/2013 11:28:29 PM , Rating: 2
The S3 cost NZ$999 when it was released here. It is now being discounted because the S4 is due soon.


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