In yesterday’s earnings call, Larry Page dropped hints (or what people are taking as hints) that Google could be working on a new phone—a phone unlike the Nexus which would be completely controlled by Google. Features? Unbreakable screens, long battery life, and wireless charging are all rumored to be part of a mythic Google X phone
In the handset world, it’s Samsung and Apple that are leading the charge. Sure, Google’s Android runs on Samsung’s devices and there is the Google Nexus, but the Nexus devices are built by LG and Samsung, not Google. And Android? Well it’s doing great from a marketshare perspective, but as far as making Google a smartphone player itself, not so much. Which is why when Google CEO Larry Page says stuff like this:
“In today’s multi screen world, the opportunities are endless… battery life is a huge issue… when you drop your phone it shouldn’t go splat. There’s a real potential to invent new and better experiences.”
People take notice.
And people start wondering if Google has something up its sleeve. They do own Motorola after all. Sure, Moto isn’t doing very well as a company, but there are all the patents, engineers, and other assets that came with the company that Google to leverage to make something really amazing.
When? Some people are guessing the first half of this year. Which might be awesome, but I don’t know if Google could have kept something that big a secret if they are going to unveil something between now and June (people are picking May during Google IO as a time when Google could release a new device).
While today we’re all focused on Apple and what last quarter was like and what the guidance will be for the rest of the year, let’s not count Google out yet in the smartphone race.
Microsoft? Now that’s a story for another day.
Via: Business Insider.