Quick Note: Google CFO Says Motorola Smartphones Not "Innovative" Enough
March 1, 2013 1:06 PM
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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.
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3/3/2013 3:49:11 AM
"Motorola isn't creating good enough mobile products for its popular operating system."
This sentence actually reads true both backwards and forwards.
Even though Android has made improvements and it's the best thing out right now, it's still disturbingly pathetic. It's buggy, slow, inefficient, and fragmented. It took Google until version 4.1 to even attempt to fix the scrolling lag issue, and it is still present.
The UI is incredibly disorganized and unintuitive. You have the notification area, home screens, app drawer, and task switcher. All of these things serve the same function: to let you look at/switch between apps.
There is no flow to the way you use the phone, the user input experience comes down to memorizing a crazy sequence of esoteric movements and button presses in hidden places, in specific cases, in a specific order.. AKA unintuitive. This rain dance is normally done very slowly by people who don't really use their phones so it's not a problem for most, but when trying to multitask or get some work done, the problem becomes apparent very quickly.
As for apps themselves, they are dismal. Unstable is a given. 95% of the apps I've tried have been rehashed from eachother, with simple expected features missing or totally broken from what they're advertised to do. Very often the latter. On my SGS3 I still need 3 different video players just to play some very standard videos, badly. Each app behaves differently in terms of UI; where to find the settings, what the menu button does, having to click through a bunch of screens to perform the most elementary tasks, some apps stay in the notification area and some don't, as if there is no thought at all given to the design.. There should be an official guideline for doing app UIs. Google Maps is hilarious and the navigation app is worse.
Why isn't GTalk better? It could be better than Apple's iMessage and Facetime combined. Did they make it bad on purpose?
I like the fact that there's real multitasking, APK freedom, ROM development.. As for stability, user interface, and app selection, it's appalling.
3/3/2013 4:30:59 AM
Also, Android phones are all crap. They mostly have identical specs (which is fine) with a worthless battery except the MAXX, and huge bezel except the RAZR M. That's right.. Motorola is like the only manufacturer trying to differentiate itself from the pack trailing embarrassingly far behind Samsung in sales. I'm not sure what they mean by transformative. It's a phone.
I mean, instead of transformative, one thing you could do is just make it good. On the other hand, the Nexus 4 is like the worst phone. No LTE, No removable battery, no removable storage.. Did they make it bad on purpose?
I'm an S3 owner. I picked it up on the release date at 9am. You can't see an S3 outside. The screen is too dark even on max brightness. The automatic brightness setting might as well turn the phone off because it renders it unusable. Put an iPhone 5 and an S3 side by side on 100% brightness. The iPhone is twice as bright. The colors on the S3 aren't accurate anyway. The blacks are deep, but dark greys are misrepresented as pure black. There is a blue tinge on the pentile display, very annoying when looking at white. You can see jagged edges on text because of the pentile if you look very hard. That's a non-issue for me but the rest still stand. Conclusion: for right now, SAMOLED blows.
The HTC One is cool, if you like having no removable battery and no removable storage. It is a phone for people who never use their phone and never put anything on it. I am not one of those people.
I've never used a RAZR HD but the screen doesn't look much better based on reviews I've looked at.
All I want is a RAZR HD MAXX with a 4000mAh battery, SD card support, and the screen from the HTC One. Is that too much to ask?
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