Battery life, durability are key areas for innovation, CEO says on earnings call

We're all chomping at the bit to see what Motorola -- which has been largely silent since being purchased by Google, finishing up its decidedly "not wow" product lines -- will bring to the table in 2013. Today, Motorola got a ringing endorsement from Google CEO Larry Page.

"In today's multiscreen world, the opportunities are endless," Page said during Thursday's first-quarter earnings call. Specifically, Page mentioned a couple features.

Battery life and durability were the focus of Page's praise. He didn't specifically mention features in any upcoming devices, but spoke more broadly. Still, it doesn't require to huge leap to figure that that power and survivability are concerns for any smartphone manufacturer -- and particularly with Motorola, which has become the gold standard in battery life with its RAZR MAXX line, and those phones didn't exactly have glass jaws, either.

Said Page:

"Think about your device. Battery life is a challenge for most people. You shouldn't need to carry around a charger to make it through the day. If your kid spills their drink on your tablet, the screen shouldn't die. And when you drop your phone, it shouldn't shatter.

"Having just seen Motorola's upcoming products myself, I'm real excited about the potential there. In just under a year, they have accomplished a lot, and have impressive velocity and execution."

That follows up talk this week about Motorola taking a "Better is better" strategy in a world where the shotgun approach -- spraying phones all over the place, basically -- has taken over.

No hints yet, either, if we'll see anything new from Motorola next month at the Google I/O developer conference.