Google I/O to see Motorola X with Key Lime Pie?
0. phoneArena 19 Jan 2013, 09:20 posted on
An anonymous source is passing along the word that the Motorola X, the first model from the OEM to be produced in a manner that shows the world that Moto was purchased by Google, will be making an appearance at Google I/O this coming May; the model is said to have a 5 inch edge-to-edge display and runs Android 5.0 while being produced for multiple carriers...
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4. ayephoner (Posts: 850; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
will this mean no more nexus devices? i wouldnt see the need for one if this gets launched.
definitely still thinking this will be my next phone. i wonder if it will have an incredibly low price tag like the nex4
8. MeoCao (unregistered)
Nexus is Google brand, and it's important for Moto to have its own strong brand so I think this is great chance to push a new Moto own brand.
92. MeoCao (unregistered)
That ownership has no relation to branding. GG bought Moto, not merged with it.
15. jan25 (Posts: 470; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)
i agree, i don't see the point of the Nexus brand if this gets treated like a Nexus when it comes to instant updates. the rumor makes no sense.
27. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
A good price on Google play, updates from Google (unlike the Gnex fiasco) and RAZR build quality plus a reduced bezel size looks amazing.... Anyways I have 2 pounds of salt ready for this, its too good to be true
6. willywill_evo (Posts: 162; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)
This is the phone to wait for 3013, the Samsung Galaxy S4 won't have nothing on this unless Samsung also put stock Android 5.0
13. roscuthiii (Posts: 2224; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
I am not waiting until 3013... next February (2014) at the latest, when my VZW contract is up. ;-P
Wait, unless it's available on VZW... great, then what do I do...
61. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
buy it outright. it's possible that Google may continue with cheap, unsubsidized pricing with the X. o:
12. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
While 5.0 sounds nice, it doesnt really have a need. 4.0 is still a brand new system. More than likely KLP will be 4.3
Unlike Apple whom adds 1 new feature and calls it a new OS#, google only really changes the primary number when the OS goes through a massive revision. So unless Google just isnt happy with the ICS look and feel (very unlikely), its very unlikely that KLP will be 5.0.
However, a Goolorola flagship phone is exactly what I've been waiting to see. They can finally answer the question of what a Google controlled phone from top to bottom will look like.
18. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
But this isn't supposed to be a Google controlled phone, according to the rumor. This is supposed to be a new Motorola brand (not a Nexus) that is Motorola's way of competing with Samsung, with it being available on all major carriers (and probably a few smaller ones).
Though it will probably have Nexus-like updates, I would still want the full Google experience of immediate updates. I've been waiting for this as well, but I was hoping it would be Nexus branded to guarantee updates and stock Android, which it won't if it's available across all the major carriers, unless Motorola and Google strike a deal with the carriers (unlikely).
PhoneArena also made a slight error in reporting, in the original rumor at DroidForums they said, "Motorola has been working hard to create a UI that both compliments & enhances the Android experience, and is intended to be Nexus-like. Additionally, they are working on a variety of software add-ons to improve the functionality of the device further, much like several of Samsung's software features, like S Beam for example." As opposed to PA's report that it will have stock Android.
36. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
If it were stock android, it would be a Nexus.
If its not a Nexus, then there should be an expectation of some sort of mods to differentiate. There are a lot of neat ideas that manufacturers come up with that will never be in a Nexus, so if Moto comes with a "Stock+" type of UI, I think it could be a real winner. Keep it stock android, but throw in a few sprinkles of other UI's and ideas... without completely reskinning the thing.
42. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Let's just hope Stock+ deosn't delay updates too bad. I mean, if the features are actually notable then a month or two delay is fine, but if they are some virtually worthless novelty add-ons then a lot of people would've just preferred stock with better updates.
I doubt Moto would do that though, they typically have some good features.
64. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
i think whatever Motorola adds should have their updates handled by the Play Store. like the Circles Widget and Smartactions.
67. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
I love that Circles widget. I don't know why, it's just amazing.
68. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
yeah, it's mega useful! between the quick settings page and the Circles Widget i can't make myself use the third party launchers that i want to use. x.x
63. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
yeah, my hope is that it would be stock Android but supplemented by Motorola with everything Stock is currently missing. like a Car Mode, the Circles Widget (maybe just cleaned up a little to fall more in line with the Stock design philosophy) Smartactions, you know, little stuff like that. o:
59. Topcat488 (Posts: 1396; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
The quote goes as follows:
"The device will run Android 5.0, Key Lime Pie, and will be the first Motorola handset that lets the world know that the company is owned by Google."
69. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Remixfa was saying that this X phone was what he was waiting to see, a phone completely inspired by Google. I was just pointing out that this wasn't going to be such a pure Google device as he was expecting because PA reported it wrong (they fixed it now) by saying it would have stock Android when the original source (DroidForums) said that Motorola was making a custom UI to add onto stock Android, thus being not entirely Google, but still with some independent Motorola additions.
The device will probably be the first to run Key Lime Pie (but I think it'll be 4.3 not 5.0), but PA originally said it would be *stock* KLP, but in reality (of the rumor) it was KLP with Motorola customization.
I really wanted it to be a Nexus branded device, with no skin and guaranteed updates, but because of this custom UI and carrier distribution (without an update deal), I was concerned that updates would be just as delayed as all the other devices.
Just because it's the first released with the new OS version doesn't mean it'll be the pure image of Google. Motorola is still an independent company that makes independent decisions for its own devices, and unless this device is branded "Nexus", it won't be a pure Google device like everyone is hoping. Google is just giving Motorola a pat on the back by giving them first dibs on the new OS according to this rumor.
62. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
it could possibly be 5.0. it's not so much that 4.x is still a new OS, i think we're just content with it.
14. mariosraptor (Posts: 125; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)
f**k YES!!!! Nerdgasm ohhhh. i need my fix Google!!!
17. jroc74 (Posts: 6014; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Ahhh!! A phone bigger than 4.7" !! lol.
If this turns out to be true....it figures. Samsung is having success with the bigger phones. Moto is my fav Android manufacture.....and would be the only time I try a phone bigger than my Maxx HD. I seriously dont like this bigger phone tho...oh well. Get with the times I guess...lol.
Hope this is true.
19. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
But at least it will have almost no bezel like the Razr M (if the rumor is right). If so, it shouldn't be any bigger than the GS3, maybe even a bit smaller.
65. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
the X is probably what the Razr M HD is supposed to compliment in the budget category on Verizon. o:
86. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Makes so much sense now.
Motorola Droid Razr X - super high end phone
Motorola Droid Razr M HD - mid ranged budget phone
I'm sure they won't make it another Razr though, will they? Isn't the X phone supposed to distributed across carriers, it can't really do that if it's a Razr branded device seeing as though those are Verizon exclusive, unless I'm mistaken.
And if they give Verizon their own version of their flagship, that'll take away from the whole Samsung competition as there is no one unified device across all carriers.
105. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Actually, it was never the Razr name that was exclusive to Verizon. It's the Droid name, which Verizon licensed from Lucasfilm. The original, original Razr, the flip phone, was available on pretty much every carrier ever. Up until the iPhone 3G it was the best selling phone ever made. Motorola could probably use the Razr name on every carrier again IF THEY REALLY WANTED TO. I personally would like to see that.
110. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Yeah, I'm losing it a bit. When it gets late into the afternoon, and you have nothing to do in a little country town, your mind starts to collapse a bit. A slow day, today was.
I would also like to see the Razr brand across all major carriers, and probably a few smaller ones. Especially T-Mobile, they haven't gotten any Motorola love in a while.
I hope this X phone will be as spread out as the Galaxy S series like the rumors say along with good marketing, then Samsung will finally have a true competitor. Because lately, all the other major OEMs are missing is availability. That's the only thing missing from their success. How much more do you think the One X would've sold if it were on 4 more carriers? Probably a lot.
24. andregabeh87 (Posts: 13; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)
Would be awesome if motorola brings a smartphone with similar specs of the HTC Droid DNA or of the Sony Xperia Z and comes with stock Android.