Eric Schmidt: Motorola's new products are 'phenomenal'

The chairman of Google says people should think of the next generation of Motorola devices as "phones plus."

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AllThingsD writers Ina Fried and Liz Gannes chat with Google Chairman Eric Schmidt at a mobile conference today in New York. Maggie Reardon/CNET
The Android handset market may be very competitive, but Motorola's new products are "phenomenal," said Google Chairman Eric Schmidt.

Schmidt, speaking today during the AllThingsD mobile conference in New York, declined to specify what devices Motorola is building but said people should think of the products as "phones plus."

"What I'd advise to do with Motorola is wait and see with the next generation of technology," Schmidt said. "It's very, very impressive."

Google bought Motorola in 2011 for $12.5 billion, but the combined company has yet to release any blockbuster products. Motorola has struggled to compete with Apple and Samsung, which dominates the Android market. The combined company is rumored to be building an X Phone with cutting-edge features. Some speculation pegs the phone's announcement to the Google I/O conference next month.