Motorola is not ‘physically’ ready to be given the remit of developing a Nexus smartphone, according to Google’s commander-in-chief Larry Page.
In an interview with CNN’s Fortune, the typically press-shy CEO said it’s simply too early for Motorola, which was acquired by Google in May in a landmark $12.5 billion deal, to produce a Nexus device.
When asked if other Android manufacturers would ‘freak out’ should Google decide to bring out a Motorola Nexus, Page answered: “First of all, 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.”
He explained that Google has a solid relationship with its Android partners, having already given HTC, Samsung, Asus and LG a turn to manufacture Nexus-branded devices, adding that their main objectives have always been to showcase “what's possible on Android” and to give developers quicker access to new Android releases.
“Every day we kind of evaluate how do we help our partners out the right way, how do we produce amazing innovative devices, and how do we get those out, and how do we get that innovation into the ecosystem and into the hands of as many people as possible, and how do we keep our partners happy,” he added.
“I think we've done a pretty good job of that so far.”
It’s pretty much a given that Motorola will eventually have a chance to join the manufacturing elite, but Page kept mum as to when that might happen. We think it might not transpire until Sony has had a go, which means Motorola’s effort may be at least two years away.
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Source: Fortune via TechRadar