Larry Page

Larry Page, Google CEO, had a sit down with Fortune to discuss search and its future, mobile, and the competition. It is an interesting read for anyone who follows tech, but there was one thing that caught my eye enough to talk it about it separately here. When talking about the Motorola buyout, and the possibility of a Motorola Nexus, the Nexus program itself got some explanation.

Part of the reason why we've done Nexus devices in the past is that we want to build an amazing device that kind of showcases what's possible on Android, gives a way for the programmers to get early builds, does a whole bunch of things that are important. Exactly what we do, which devices we do, what the timing is, how we release the software with them, all those things have been changing.

This lines up pretty well with how we feel about the Nexus program here at Android Central. Get the bleeding edge build of Android into the hands of the people making the next killer app. By the time the rest of the world is ready to move up a version, it's more stable and the niggling kinks (hello glitchy lock screen widget panes) have been worked out. But more importantly, the apps are ready. The way this is changing is bound to keep things exciting, and we're ready for it.

Larry also talks about why we did not see a Motorola built Nexus device. Forget the conspiracies and armchair QB stuff, before we get to any of that there is a simple fact to consider.

I don't think there's any physical way we could have released a Nexus Motorola device in that sense. I mean, we haven't owned the company long enough. 

The full article is really worth the read, hit the source link and have a look.

Source: Fortune


Reader comments

Larry Page talks about Google, defines the Nexus role


Why would you wish the horror of motorola's garbage onto the nexus line of phones. They have had MAYBE 2 good phones in the entire span of their existance... you always know what the problem is with a phone when they are made by Motorola because they circle it.

Highest return rate of any phone for the 3 years Sprint sold Motorolas crap (after the nextel buyout). They build trash, are run so horrible google had to buy them out to save them, not to get started on encrypted bootloaders and softbrick chips... oh christ <>

Please tell me how old you are... Motorola is one of the world's oldest companies, and were making mobile phones longer than any other company in the space today.

Sure they have had a lot of missteps, but Motorola basically owned the mobile space until the late 90's when Nokia came. They sort of reclaimed some status in the early 2000's with the V-series line and the RAZR.

They aren't as bad as you make them out to be. You are looking at the phone from the point of view of an android fanboy and one who likes to tinker with roots etc. The last thing people worry about when buying a smartphone is encrypted bootloaders or softbrik chips.

It's the nature of the industry. Look at HTC. They've started to make phenomenal phones, and yet they are hemorrhaging cash like crazy and there is a lot of talk about whether they can stay in the mobile space.

Motorola is no different than Palm, Nokia, RIM or other device manufacturers hurt by globalization and domination by companies that are involved in other aspects besides the mobile space. That's why Motorola had to split and be bought by google and why Nokia agreed to work with Microsoft. It's hard for them to compete with the juggernauts like Apple, Samsung, Sony, these days.

Google bought Motorola for their patent portfolio: get your facts straight. A Motorola Nexus would be ideal to quite a few people because of their hardware. Motorola phones are known for their excellent build quality and strong radios. I've used quite a few Motorola phones, from the old flip phone Razrs to the Droid Pro to the Droid 4: never had any problems from hardware or software. And as far as encrypted bootloaders go, that is the carriers' call, not Motorola's. And as of late, they have not only been selling developer phones, but they have also added some phones to their bootloader-unlock program. No need to spread your personal agenda crap. Facts talk =)

Wow. Do shower us with more of your overly extensive knowledge of all things Motorola. You clearly know soooooo much about the history of the wireless industry. Here's a hint kid, Motorola has been around since the beginning of it & contributed more than almost anybody else to the space. Put the iPhone down & maybe read Wikipedia or Popular Science for a history lesson/

Seems like everybody here has told you the facts you've gotta know. Let me add something: Motorola pioneered and started the mobile phone industry, making the first few of them. And they have put out awesome hardware since that time to recent years. So without any explanation do not slander this wonderful company. Moto indeed should get a chance to make a Nexus.

One thing though. I don't think Moto can publish a Nexus under its own brand. One simple reason: they've given up some of the Asian market so they can't sell here.

I doubt it... The mobile space is changing so quickly that Samsung/HTC really have the upper hand when it comes to specs and design. Besides, I think he says it perfectly in the article. They haven't owned Motorola long enough or put too much into hardware development to make it work.

The next crop of phones are going to be beasts in terms of specs, and they should be finalizing Key Lime Pie Android 5.0 by then. Maybe HTC/Samsung will get the Nexus contract.

Hello bloggers that don't understand the concept of lock screen widgets (in reference to linked article. Unless you're referring to the last paragraph about adding a fifth widget, then yes that is glitchy.)

Assuming they would take a page from HTC or Sammy on how to put a good camera on it, I'm all for Moto to be the next ones to build one.

My issue/questions...Page does echo what Phil and Jerry have been saying. But there seems to be a little difference in how we should view the 4 vs. 7.
The Phone...yes. it is a "Nexus" device that is not really %100 for mainstream users. But the Nexus 7...from the product to the advertising seems much more end consumer oriented. there's families using it, little girls using it to ask it cute questions.

Not saying what is right vs. wrong.

Anyways...end of rant..just something that has been on my mind for awhile. But it does seem like Page may be hinting at a slight change in the direction of "Nexus". Maybe thanks to the success of the 7.

I would almost like Nexus to move more toward the course of the Nexus phone and be a google device....

then a Motorola line be more end user oriented.

"I would almost like Nexus to move more toward the course of the Nexus phone and be a google device....

then a Motorola line be more end user oriented."

That leads to fragmentation that Google is arguably trying to eliminate. The Nexus line going mainstream is the plan: that is why each new version of Android is introducing features that compete with skins. I could be wrong, though.

"..the next great APP" not "..the next great ROM".

App developers are who we should be paying attention to. ROM developers? That's only a hobby.

One issue that I see with Android (and I'm not going to pretend to know what the solution is) is that devices are still very different. Devs need to test on various devices and not just Android versions to squash bugs. There should be a compliance level to ensure that all devices at a certain API level behave the same. EG, all 4.0.4 devices function the same, regardless of hardware. If you have that flavor of ICS, then all apps should run the same.

On Google Wallet, Page said this:
"I think that's an area where we've made really rapid progress actually. If you talk to the users, they rave about it."

I just wanted to know what all the Nexus 4 early purchasers thought about that statement...

I have just started using it since the recent updates and I think it rocks... when you can use it... paypass is holding it back.

If owning Motorola long enough is a requirement, how were they able to release Nexus devices with HTC, Samsung and now LG? I am pretty sure they don't own those companies either.