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Analyst says Google has given up on Motorola X phone

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Analyst says Google has given up on Motorola X phone
The Motorola X phone was expected to be the first big thing to come out of Motorola after Google acquired the company, but after months of development within Google the project has allegedly been returned to the original Motorola team developing it, according to Chinese analyst Sun Chang Xu. The reason Google is stepping away from the project is allegedly the fact that it could not achieve the level of innovation it aimed for.

This however does not mean that the X phone was killed. The device is still expected to come out, but it might feature less Google integration and possibly not run on stock Android.

In case you are wondering about the mysterious Sun Chang Xu, she is not a name often heard in the West, but is a popular analyst in China with more than 18 years of industry experience and over a million followers on local microblog Weibo.

That should give this rumor some credibility, shouldn’t it?

source: GSM Insider

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posted on 09 May 2013, 09:08 14

1. akishakoi (Posts: 65; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


uh oh!

posted on 09 May 2013, 18:59 1

41. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 3510; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


It's the Bionic all over again. I saw the red flags prominently when it was delayed several times.

posted on 10 May 2013, 00:06 2

43. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


nooooooo
just make a RAZR MAXX with replaceable battery and pure Android and we all are satisfied!

it can not be so hard!

but forget about easily breakable sh*ts like Nexus 4!

Motorola had been the reason I hadn't bought a successor for my Galaxy Nexus till this news came....... :(

posted on 09 May 2013, 09:09 13

2. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


*cries in corner*

posted on 09 May 2013, 09:19 8

3. N.Reynolds (Posts: 257; Member since: 15 Feb 2011)


If so, this will lose a lot of consumer interest. Stock Android with Google controlling all the design for this phone and Motorola build quality it was spiked my interest in this phone. That and me being a loyal Verizon customer and Motorola having the great relationship with Verizon that they do had me wanting this as my next phone. Still could be a great phone just seems like this will completely shift the consumers who are currently interested away and could now be aimed towards the general public versus the phone enthusiasts like pure android phones are aimed towards. Hope this isn't true.

posted on 09 May 2013, 11:57 3

20. ojdidit84 (Posts: 300; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


If I'm not mistaken, wasn't there an article here on PA around the time when Google but in the bid for Moto about Google saying that they weren't going to dip there hand into Moto affairs (i.e. having any input on Moto phones) until about 12-18 months after the acquisition? Didn't they also say that they're going to treat Moto just as they would any other OEM and that it would run on its own?

If so, I don't see why people are so up in arms about it if they stated it way back when. But then again, the memory span of people here is only about 3 months or so... =/

posted on 09 May 2013, 12:35 1

23. N.Reynolds (Posts: 257; Member since: 15 Feb 2011)


I do remember that. And so do many other people which made the rumor about the X phone more valid considering the acquisition went through May 22nd 2012. The rumored release of the X phone is anywhere between June and September which puts it right in that 12-18 month time period. Do a little research before making comments like that.

posted on 09 May 2013, 13:40

29. ojdidit84 (Posts: 300; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


Oh please. Doing research has nothing to do with it. People want to jump and be up in arms over something that an analyst says instead of something that the actual company says. Who's to say (besides this analyst) that the phone isn't still in development? How many times have analysts been right in recent years? Not very many.

Also, have you not read comments from posters here, or hell, even articles from some of the writers here? Memory span of people here is pretty short.

I mean, I want to see Moto come out with something as spectacular as people have been hyping the X phone to be especially with Google having their input on it, especially since Moto's lineup has been pretty lackluster recently. But people need to be patient. If it's gonna come out, it's gonna come out. Stop jumping at every word that an analyst says.

posted on 09 May 2013, 14:04

30. Dr.Phil (Posts: 906; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


I agree, this is just one analyst's remarks on what she thinks is going on. What I found interesting is that even in the source article there is no mention of how or why she made those remarks. Usually when a respectable analyst makes a prediction or gives out an opinion it is based on some type of news or rumor or business information. There is absolutely no mention of how she obtained this information.

posted on 09 May 2013, 09:20 8

4. XperiaPrince (Posts: 108; Member since: 25 Dec 2012)


aw.. how sad.. i was expecting a ULTIMATE google phone from Motorola but i guess i wont be seeing it. :(

posted on 09 May 2013, 09:25 2

5. gmracer (Posts: 24; Member since: 09 May 2013)


idon´t belive every time you give as information I still wait for the X phone

posted on 09 May 2013, 09:46 1

10. Commentator (Posts: 2402; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


If it taaaaakes forever...
http://images4.fanpop.com/image/polls/719000/719168_1305569395553_full.jpg

posted on 09 May 2013, 09:29 3

6. Jurdiales (Posts: 116; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)


Why the analysts say sh$t about Android OEMs and praise Apple? They always expect big things for Apple and big downs for all other companies? Thats weird.

posted on 10 May 2013, 00:34 1

45. quakan (Posts: 1181; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


I honestly I would rather have analysts with low expectations for my company that way it's easier to exceed what they expected from my company thus increasing stock value. Analysts over predicted Apple to the point that if Apple couldn't make the next iPhone part unicorn, tooth fairy, and leprechaun that Apple's stock would take a hit...which it did; over and over again.

posted on 09 May 2013, 09:32 4

7. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5404; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


No, I don't believe analysts. Google won't give up the X Phone, and I do believe that Google knows that they will lose a lot of consumer interest if they give up the X Phone.

posted on 09 May 2013, 09:43 1

9. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5404; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


And Google bought Motorola, they need to take care Motorola, they need to be responsible. If they give up the X Phone, Google is not responsible at all, if they give up, why they bought Motorola, just for fun?

Just don't believe it, the X Phone will be coming soon........

posted on 10 May 2013, 00:08

44. Rehankhan (Posts: 323; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


You should deactivate your account because your comments just getting lamer and lamer

posted on 09 May 2013, 09:39 3

8. valapsp (Posts: 474; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


analysts say bulls**t!

posted on 09 May 2013, 10:03 3

11. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6437; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Analyst as always bunch of lying turds

posted on 09 May 2013, 10:05 2

12. speckledapple (Posts: 879; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


Sometimes even in our day and age we cannot visualize and surpass the technological advancements when they provide a ceiling.

posted on 09 May 2013, 10:09 2

13. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1047; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


This happens the day I get my Nexus 4. I made a good decision. This reminds me of the Moto Droid Bionic situation.

posted on 09 May 2013, 12:44

24. LionStone (Posts: 447; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


Exactly...

posted on 09 May 2013, 10:31 1

14. Jcdz100 (Posts: 16; Member since: 14 Apr 2013)


it's just a rumor ... Hope this is wrong anyway...

posted on 09 May 2013, 10:57

15. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


When the article saying that Google I/O won't be announcing the X Phone, it was already disappointing enough. This Analyst... don't know who she is and don't care who she is, i prefer to live in denial that the X Phone is coming, until I probably get disappointed again.

posted on 09 May 2013, 11:00

16. PermanentHiatus (Posts: 267; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


It must have been really bad.

I mean if Google stuck with failures like Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 4, but bailed out on this project, Moto must have been terrible.

posted on 09 May 2013, 13:13

27. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


How was Nexus 4 a failure? The Nexus 4 pretty much put LG back on the map.

posted on 09 May 2013, 18:55 1

40. Luuthian (Posts: 213; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Hardly. It barely existed on any sales charts. The Optimus G is what put LG back on the map. The Nexus was simply based off a bigger, more successful brother.

The problem with Google is they have virtually zero advertising and sell the phone direct through their website at a several hundred dollar price tag. Exceptionally few people will know it exists, or even be willing to pay full price for it. Nexus phones are tough sells until they end up at an actual cell provider, and that takes months.

posted on 10 May 2013, 08:52

46. TritonForceX (Posts: 57; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)


I don't think Google is marketing the Nexus lineup as a must-have phone. They hype it, but ultimately I think they target developers for Android, but the hardcore Android fans like it too.

Google thinks differently than the status quo comany and analyst. I remember when they first come out with Android, and made it a T-Mobile exclusive. That was met with a lot of criticism, and a lot of people saying Android would never take off. I however, thought it was a genius idea because it was mutually beneficial for both companies. T-Mobile got their name in the news to generate publicity and attract a few new customers, and Google had the perfect Beta testbed to work a lot of the kinks out of Android before bringing it to everybody else.

I think a similar strategy is in the works right now with the Nexus. They're not looking at the phones as the next great thing, just a solid phone for developers with no bloatware. Some users like this idea as well.

posted on 09 May 2013, 11:19 1

17. johnriii (Posts: 226; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


so now here a fine opportunity for HTC to step it up. HTC One is not going to be enough, they need to flood the market while the door of opportunity is open. while the HTC is a really, really good phone, the Galaxy S4 is still going to outsell it, just on popularity (and tv ads) alone. HTC needs to fill this vacuum or someone else will.

BTW, motorola/google, thanks for helping me make my decision. glad I wasn't holding my breath.

posted on 09 May 2013, 12:57 1

26. LionStone (Posts: 447; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


Yea HTC is stepping it up, the ONE is selling well, one salesman I talked to said he sold about the same as the S4...50/50. The longer Moto takes putting something out, more ONES and S4s will sell.

I'm hoping Google goes to HTC for the next Nexus...be prepared for a metal clad beauty!

posted on 09 May 2013, 11:25 1

18. TheRetroReplay (Posts: 245; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


Okay, she has 18 years of experience and a million followers, how often was she right? Sylvia Browne had a lot of experience and followers and she was never right.

posted on 09 May 2013, 11:51 1

19. Meleagru (Posts: 84; Member since: 03 Dec 2012)


There are pictures of the thing. Benchmarks. People have used it. And now Google backs down? It doesn't make sense. If Google doesn't have the resources to make a breakthrough phone, who else does?

posted on 09 May 2013, 23:20

42. marioellobo (Posts: 44; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)


they already said the next nexus phone is going to come from LG.

posted on 09 May 2013, 12:05

21. funnyguy (Posts: 234; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)


It makes sense,
google knows nothing about phones...

posted on 09 May 2013, 12:21 1

22. imkyle (Posts: 983; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Google isn't dumb. If they backed out its gotta be for a good reason.

posted on 09 May 2013, 18:11

39. rgxVOiD (Posts: 433; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


Save it for later, they even back out on 5.0 KLP didn't they?

posted on 09 May 2013, 12:44

25. Aeires (unregistered)


Nope, still just a person making an assumption. It's no different than the crazy things they come up with for Apple, assumption upon assumption that hardly, if ever, comes true.

posted on 09 May 2013, 13:34

28. ckoch125 (Posts: 191; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Just like they say, If it's too good to be true, it probably is" what a disappointment

posted on 09 May 2013, 14:21

31. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Google you need to give Moto some love.

posted on 09 May 2013, 14:24

32. roldefol (Posts: 2860; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I don't particularly care how "innovative" the phone is. Just stick to the basics: solid construction, good earpiece and mic, nice screen, smooth browsing, a really good camera, all day battery life and maybe some decent speakers. If Motorola can't deliver, they don't deserve consideration.

I don't need fancy gestures or "spooky" intelligence, Google. I'll tell my phone what it should do, thank you.

posted on 09 May 2013, 14:29

33. israinwet (Posts: 47; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)


I'm staying optimistic.

posted on 09 May 2013, 16:57

34. dragonscourgex (Posts: 307; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Even thou, this is a little disheartening, I am still going take a look at the "X-Phone" when it come out. I have enjoyed my Razr for the last 1 1/2 years I had it. Plus, this is one person "guess" on what could happen. We will not know until Moto/Google makes the announcement. I also read, that a higher up at Moto made the comment that from here on out, they were sticking to stock Android.

posted on 09 May 2013, 16:57

35. roscuthiii (Posts: 1797; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Sounds more like Google said, "Okay Moto, this is your starting point. You can add to, but can't take away from. Ball's in your court now."

posted on 09 May 2013, 17:10 1

36. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1195; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Have no fear! Galaxy Note 3 will be here!

posted on 09 May 2013, 17:45

37. roldefol (Posts: 2860; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Damn, the supermarket's all out of oranges and I really really want an orange. Oh well, I'll just buy a grapefruit.

posted on 09 May 2013, 18:10

38. rgxVOiD (Posts: 433; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


Welp, Xperia Honami it is... waiting for it because I don't have money

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