Google had a surprising start to 2013 by reporting that it earned a $3.9 billion profit in the first quarter, up from $3.3 billion during the same period in 2012. Google subsidiary Motorola Mobile was a drag on the company with a $179 million loss on $1.02 billion in revenues. A lack of new products to compete with rivals like Samsung, HTC, and Apple left Motorola with limited sales influence, but Google is still looking forward to what’s next from its subsidiary.
CEO Larry Page said:
In today’s multi-screen world, the opportunities are endless. Think about your device. Battery life is a challenge for most people. You shouldn’t need to carry around a charger with you to make it through the day. If your kids spill their drink on your tablet, the screen shouldn’t die. And when you drop your phone, it shouldn’t shatter.
There’s a real potential to invent new and better experiences – ones that are much faster and more intuitive. Having just seen Motorola’s upcoming products myself, I’m really excited to see the potential there. in just under a year, they’ve accomplished a lot and have impressive velocity and execution.
Several rumors about Motorola’s upcoming phones have spread in recent months. While some originally claimed that the fabled “X-Phone” would have genre-leading hardware, others have suggested that Motorola could embrace hardware customization and focus on enhancing the software. The validity of either rumor won’t be confirmed or disproven until Google I/O in May. Based on Page’s comments, we can reasonably assume that whatever Motorola shows in the coming weeks, enhanced battery life, some form of water resistance, and shock absorption will be among the features of the device.