As you may be aware, Google announced its quarterly earnings today via conference call. From what I can gather from the reports, nothing really surprising came out regarding the business end of things. Google made a lot of money last quarter ($15.2b in revenue). Fascinating stuff if you’re into financial stats and what not.
What I was more interested in however was the information divulged by CEO Larry Page regarding a couple of hot topics around these parts lately. Page addressed the company’s supply woes regarding LG’s Nexus 4 as well as Samsung’s Nexus 10 devices. Although the Nexus 10 reappeared back in-stock today, its availability along with the Nexus 4’s have been an absolute disaster.
“Clearly there’s work to be done managing our supply better, and that is priority to our teams.”
Now, I know it isn’t much, but it is indeed good to see that Google acknowledges this as a problem and are looking to do something about it. As I’ve described in previous posts, I’ve been waiting anxiously for the Nexus 4 to come available. I’ve been pretty much resigned to the fact that the Nexus 4 would be my next device. This, however, may have changed with what else Page discussed today.
In today’s conference call, the Google CEO also talked about things going on at Motorola Mobility. For those unaware, the company was purchased by Google way back in 2011. Page talked about what the company was working on and revealed that battery-life and device durability are some of the key focuses these days. The Google boss described, “Battery-life is a huge issue,” and then touched on the current state of device fragility, “When you drop your phone, it shouldn’t go ‘splat.’” Is Page referring to the X?
So, for me, along with the rumours that have been circulating about the upcoming Motorola X, this latest news is causing me to think twice about ordering the Nexus 4. Is a 5″ vanilla Google phone coming with better battery life and durability?