Google warns upcoming phones will lack its usual 'wow' factor

CFO Patrick Pichette says that it is still dealing with Motorola's inherited pipeline

CFO Patrick Pichette says that it is still dealing with the inherited pipeline from Motorola so has issued a warning not to expect phones on par with the Nexus 4

Google has warned that that the next couple of phones from its Motorola subsidiary will lack the company's usual 'wow' factor.

Speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology Conference, CFO and senior vice president Patrick Pichette said that Google was still dealing with an inherited product pipeline.

"We've inherited 18 months of pipeline that we actually have to drain right now, while we're actually building the next wave of innovation and product lines," he told the conference. "We have to go through this transition. These are not easy transitions."

It isn't the first time that Google executives have mentioned Motorola's existing commitments. However, it is the first time that any Google executive – not to mention one so senior – has been so open about them.

Pichette however did reveal that the company was indeed working on its own phones, and that they are finally starting to appear in Motorola's pipeline. "Since day one, we've started working on the next agenda and we see that pipeline kind of showing up."