Why Google Shouldn’t Make Its Own Phone
According to Business Insider, Google has bigger plans for Motorola than just hoarding Moto's patents. ...
|Why Google Shouldn’t Make Its Own Phone|
According to Business Insider, Google has bigger plans for Motorola than just hoarding Moto's patents. BI is saying Google now wants to use Motorola's team to create its own Google smartphones and tablets. Meaning Google doesn't just want to develop another Nexus One, it wants to make its own iPhone. And that would be a very, very bad idea.
No One Would Be Happy
Once upon a time, if Google decided to make its own phone hardware and control its own software, it would've been seen as smart. Hell, maybe even romantic. Aww, the colorful company taking control and making its own phones for its scrappy mobile OS. Not anymore. Doing that now would end up poorly for pretty much everyone. Yes, Android has its fair share of problems (hello, fragmentation!) that streamlining with one partner could help address (in a hail mary-ish sorta way) but isn't that the purpose of Nexus already? The Nexus phones serve as the reference phone for Android and it doesn't!!anyone off. A compromise that Google's already come up with!
Right now, Android is bigger than anyone ever imagined it could be, and has become the perfect antithesis to Apple's boring iPhone. You want options? Android got options. You want to tweak your phone? Android welcomes it. This is your phone. There are many that look like it, but this one is yours. That's Android. You can make it more yours than any other phone.
If Google decided to turn to Motorola for its own hardware needs, that would mean Google is turning its back on all of its current hardware partners. Becoming their competitor, not collaborator. Why alienate Samsung? Why make HTC question its loyalty? It's like cheating on an exorbitantly rich spouse who handles all the bills and finances who's also a wonderful person and does exactly what you want it to do and keeps you free from any and all stress. You're doing ridiculously well by letting your partners make the hardware. Keep them happy.
Hello Windows Phone
You know what's going to happen if Google pisses its partners off? They're all going to go somewhere else. That's not an empty threat. Windows Phone, for all its itty bitty shortcomings, is an awesome OS that's oozing with fresh ideas, great design and Steve Ballmer's open arms. Can you imagine what Samsung and HTC could do with Windows Phone if it actually cared about it? Has Google seen what a focused Nokia could do? The Lumia 800 and 900 set the bar for Windows Phones, if Samsung and HTC dedicated a bulk of its resources to a mobile MIcrosoft device, Google will have an army of top tier phones to contend with. If you're counting, that would mean Apple, Nokia, Samsung and HTC — all which make better phones than Motorola — against, gulp, Moto.
If you were going to attach yourself to a single phone maker, wouldn't you want to choose the very best? Newsflash! Motorola is not the best. Samsung and HTC have made, are making and will make better Android phones than Motorola. The Razr Maxx and Droid Razr are fine phones but they're not on the level of what Samsung is doing with the Galaxy (I, II, Nexus and upcoming III), and is no where close to what HTC has got going with the One X. And is Google expecting Motorola to be capable of creating a tablet that doesn't suck? Motorola's best effort has been the quickly forgotten Xyboard. The Xyboard! Even Google knows Motorola can't make a decent tablet, if the rumors are right that the company's been working with ASUS for its Nexus tablet.
Yes, Google spent a good chunk of change to buy Motorola and yes, Motorola deserves some credit for nailing the original Droid (at a time when Android phones were still finding their way) and starting the Android wave. But outside of that the Motorola team just hasn't proven itself capable of delivering on its original promise.
Remember the Google Phone Store?
Google failed at selling the Nexus One. No, that's not an exaggeration. They literally failed at it. For all of Google's excellence in Search and Gmail and Maps and just making cool things and solving problems that we didn't know needed solving, Google is just plain bad at hardware. Google TV only exists as a foil to Apple TV, Roku, Xbox, even the Boxee Box. The Nexus line has gotten less and less input from Google while getting better and better. Google Gla##es shows promise but the prototype looks weird and doesn't exist yet. And it's those execs, not people who came over from Moto, who would be calling the shots.
What the Hell Is Going On?
Just last week, Google was trying to pawn off the hardware division of Motorola. Now Google is trying to use it to make a Google Phone?
All of these rumors could just be smoke. And frankly, that kind of about-face sounds incredibly directionless for such a smart company, which makes us put a little less stock in it. But the fact is, Google hasn't said what it's doing with Moto. Making its own mobile hardware is a definite possibility.
But there's no need for a Google phone to compete with the iPhone because Google already competes with the iPhone with Android right now. Focus on making Android wonderful. Bring your partners even closer in so that update happen faster, instead of pushing them into another platform's arms. But most of all, guys? Make up your minds.
Why Google Shouldn't Make Its Own Phone
What does Boxden think about this?>
|04-18-2012, 04:39 PM||away - #2|
Moto's always had the strongest radios (2g, 3g, 4g and WiFi reception) and best battery life, and in my opinion they're the most reliable
with that being said Asus deserves new Nexus tablet, Moto their next Nexus phone.
Google making their owned branded phones... f*ck no
|04-18-2012, 09:46 PM||away - #3|
If windows wasn't so big and slow as a company, they could have an amazing line of phones
they seem to be behind the curve because they're a big old slow company
the metro UI and live tiles done right with a marketplace full of apps would be beautiful
they can't even get zynga to develop wwf for win 7
|04-18-2012, 10:16 PM||away - #4|
google fails at everything it touches except for search
|04-18-2012, 10:17 PM||away - #5|
hows youtube doing?
shall I go on?
|04-18-2012, 10:41 PM||away - #6|
Google don't give a !! on what type of phone they make. As long as everyone goes on google.com that's all they give a !! at the end of that day. HAH! samsung aint got !! either.
|04-19-2012, 12:00 AM||away - #7|
Click them Google ads
|04-19-2012, 12:07 AM||away - #8|
article was stupid with comparing moto to htc and samsung...
how u gonna compare the HTC One X , Samsung S III to the Razr when Motorola still hasn't released there flagship phone for 2012 and yet ur naming those companies flagship phones?
radios in samsung suck and there phones are made fairly cheaply and plasticy and htc there battery is life suck
|04-19-2012, 12:31 AM||away - #9|
|04-19-2012, 12:25 PM||away - #10|
!! it, i think they should. They are in a better position now than they were when android was first created. And then they can finally roll out a Chrome OS for their tablets similar to what they did with them netbooks but beefier and more functionality. One device is better than multiple devices, i think thats whats hindering their growth now, cause they cannot control the functionality of android on all these different devices with different specs.
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