This morning, at AllThingsD's Dive Into Mobile conference, Eric Schmidt was interviewed, and that interview was livestreamed. During that conversation, he said three words that are now sweeping the web. Leading up to said words was a question about Motorola, and the future role it would play in the mobile landscape, and as a part of Google. Schmidt provided a meandering, broad-strokes answer that really isn't important, but then started talking about future products. During that brief (like, literally one sentence) comment, Schmidt stated that he had seen some of Motorola's new products, and that they were 'phenomenal,' and that they should be thought of as 'phones-plus.'

At this point, it would be quite easy to devolve into a thousand word or so speculative essay based on various alleged 'leaks' surrounding Motorola's new products (examples of which I fully expect to see later today and tomorrow), and cross-reference a half-dozen or so articles in which Dennis Woodside - Motorola's new CEO - talks about disrupting the industry and doing new and exciting things. I could bring up the Wall Street Journal article talking about 'exotic materials' like ceramic, and the supposed focus on a game-changing camera experience. And hey, what does phones-plus even mean? Customizable phones? Phones with modular accessories? Phones with cheese? I mean, it could be literally almost anything. I know one thing: it'll be great for quote-dropping while we wait for said phones to come out.

In fact, this is the sort of future product 'teaser' that even Apple could probably get away with without generating headlines, because it's non-information. If Schmidt didn't say Motorola's new products were phenomenal, what kind of spokesperson would he be for the broader Google brand? And that's really what Eric Schmidt is these days: he's Google's wandering mobile / connected world hype man. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with that (hey, I'd love that kind of gig), but it's kind of the reality of the situation.

So, in summary, Eric Schmidt said Motorola's new phones are going to be good, and they'll be better than other phones in ways. Great. I'm excited to see what Motorola's doing just as much as anybody, but let's wait until there's actually news to report.

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • atlouiedog

    But I just got Jelly Bean on my Photon Q this morning. Motorola and Google, please hold off on announcing anything until the newness wears off for me. In fact, everyone deserves a nice vacation. Thanks.

  • Sqube

    I honestly don't know what else people expected him to say. "Oh, this Motorola acquisition is shaping up to be terrible and I regret it daily."

    He was never going to say that. So this article is right: he used words, but he didn't say anything.

  • George Fayad

    " but let's wait until there's actually news to report."

    And then you post this?
    Pointless entry is pointless.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ajm.maldnodano Ajm Maldnodano

      It's actually a very pointed article. The web is ablaze with his statement and turning it in to more than what it is. So this article is trying to cool the blaze

  • Robert Goddard

    Phones+ obviously means phones with bacon....

    • Abhigyan Banerjee

      Or... conspiracy theory... phones with Google+ built in to the hilt. Integrated as part of the OS itself. In a much broader way than the app that it is. Then again... Just dreaming.

      • Dan

        Never going to happen. If Google+ is baked into the OS, then Google looses all control over updates to Google+ and they're stuck waiting for the carriers or the phone manufacturers to release updates. Google's direction for a long time now has been to remove their apps from the OS so that Google can directly control the updates to those apps.

        I would take some bacon with my phone though.

        • Marc Seiler

          And to avoid a microsoft/ie type anti-trust debacle :P

    • Asphyx

      Can't ever have enough Bacon if you ask me...LOL

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  • Freak4Dell

    The Verge's article about Motorola making "right size" phones is much more exciting to me than this.

  • didibus

    Phone+ a Google+ phone!

  • Asphyx

    Phone Plus eh?

    Only thing I could think of would be

    1) another shot at the Atrix, model. Phone is a CPU that plugs into other stations to become a computer or links to a tablet screen to perform Computing functions for accessories that don't have a CPU inside.

    2) A dual OS that when docked turns into a Chrome Computer

    3) It comes with a Knife, and File and Pliers, a Scissors and A little Swiss flag on it?

  • John O’Connor

    #YouHadMeAtCheese seriously, Eric knows damn what he is doing and they will make Motorola a powerhouse once more. Can't wait until IO!