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Google and Motorola finally working on "X Phone" and tablet

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Ever since Google first purchased Motorola, the Android faithful have been waiting for this report. We've all been wondering when Google would finally jump in and make a device in-house, using its newly acquired hardware manufacturer, and it looks like the time is coming. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google and Motorola are working on a so-called "X Phone" and a tablet, both of which will be released next year.

Not a lot is known about the project, but the plan seems to be that the device will be a straight up Google device and be separate from the work that Motorola is doing with the RAZR line and other products. Former Google product manager, Lior Ron is reportedly in charge of the product. Ron had been part of the mapping team, and apparently is looking to provide great imaging on the new device with a top of the line camera and photo software. The Nexus line hasn't been known for top-notch photography, but admittedly, neither have Motorola devices, so it'll be interesting to see what happens there. 

Flexible displays, ceramics, and other features to make the devices more durable are being explored, but nothing is definite yet. Word has it that the phone will come first and the tablet later, but no word on when either will be released. Also no word on if these will carry the Nexus name, but that seems likely since it is the brand that Google has been putting on all of its products from phones to tablets and supposedly also the in-house Chromebook that's being made. 

We'll definitely bring you more when we hear it, but we wouldn't expect much until at least Google I/O which is scheduled for May 15-17.

source: WSJ via The Verge

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posted on 21 Dec 2012, 15:55 26

1. roscuthiii (Posts: 1716; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Nexus X? I'm there.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 16:12 7

10. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5634; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


It will probably be only availble on VERIZON no one else gets like like the RAZRS on Verizon

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 17:53 9

30. ayephoner (Posts: 833; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


i think google has made it clear that vzw isnt worthy of the pure google experience. they are far too motivated to cram bloatware onto their handsets.

i plan on leaving vzw to get this phone (hopefully).

posted on 22 Dec 2012, 16:09 2

67. dan86 (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)


Quad core 2.5 GHz
1080p display with 32 bit color support
Key Lime Pie 5.0
5000 mAh battery
21 MP camera with advanced optic and 1080p video at 120 fps, xenon flash and over sampling
F1 and aircraft grade aluminium and Carbon materials

This would be dream moto of google!

posted on 22 Dec 2012, 17:47

68. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5634; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Then why Verizon and Sprint have the GALAXY NEXUS should be on every carrier. if they will RELEASE IT ON ALL CARRIERS it would drive the sales up and everyone can get a pure GOOGLE PHONE EXPERIENCE

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 20:37

37. Dr.Phil (Posts: 818; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


I think Google has shown it wants to focus on selling devices unsubsidized. Now, there is always a possibility that a carrier will get the device but I wouldn't say it will ONLY be available on Verizon.

Who knows? By then we could be looking at Google-Dish Wireless.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 16:18 4

12. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6615; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Motorola radio, build quality, and quick updates if its indeed a Nexus phone will probably make tech geeks counting the days until Google I/O.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 16:35 3

15. roscuthiii (Posts: 1716; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


That is exactly what I'm looking forward too... Just hope Verizon keeps their grubby little paws off of it.
Because of Verizon's control freak nature though, I wouldn't be surprised to see it on a different carrier instead.
But, I can dream of a stock Android OS, Moto built phone, free of bloatware from Big Red can't I?

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 17:56

31. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


The future: HTC will sue Motorola/Google 4 having X in the name

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 23:39

46. rusticguy (Posts: 2810; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


You see that everytime you reboot a nexus phone ... by the time HTC really decides to sue google who knows HTC would be struggling to survive :)

posted on 22 Dec 2012, 00:54

50. iDroidWin (Posts: 117; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)


No, I don't think so. But if it had an "i", moto should see lawsuits coming.

posted on 23 Dec 2012, 10:37

70. lkjhg755 (Posts: 85; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


Moto already released a "razr i" and nothing happened.

posted on 24 Dec 2012, 13:30

73. SupermanayrB (Posts: 115; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


The Motorola Droid X came out in 2010 when HTC had the Evo, Inspire, Droid Incredible & whatever they had on T-Mobile. 2011 the X2 was out while HTC had the Evo 3D, Vivid, Thunderbolt &, again, whatever they had on T-Moble. HTC sueing Motorola over the letter X (which will most likely NOT be in the name of this phone), doubtful.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 18:30 2

33. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5482; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


well we on Verizon hope that they get it but uphold with Nexus tradition. it'll be sad if we don't get it because since we've been getting the best Moto has to offer we'll really know what we're missing.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 22:01 1

40. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3643; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Got my days left widget already set up :)

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 16:41 4

16. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2964; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


'The X' sounds better...i mean without the 'phone'.
Nexus X doesn't sound bad too.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 17:11 1

21. kidtronic (Posts: 13; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


They're obviously not going to call it 'X Phone'. That's just the alleged project name. Don't be surprised if X is nowhere in the final release name.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 17:47

28. HTCOE (Posts: 314; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


not the nexus x it will be called the neXus they'll make the "X" the ten within

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 22:57 2

43. MeoCao (unregistered)


Larry Page told Motorola to think big, and Motorola will concentrate on making a single phone. Maybe this is the phone that will defeat iPhone in US.

GS3 is a great and successful phone but many US consumers still prefer style over substance, Nexus X can offer both style and substance.

An offer that's hard to refuse.

posted on 22 Dec 2012, 08:09

57. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


U sound as if you've seen it already, but u may also b right. I recently sold my ip5, and bought the galaxy note 2. I love it, but I do miss some things about my iPhone. Maybe this can bridge them. iPhones r more stylish, android more substance... Good point.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 15:57 5

2. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 819; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Exciting.
Hope it works out.
I'd like to see a quad core lte phone with a massive battery. Add in Motorola's nice builds and this will be a very good phone.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 22:04 7

41. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3643; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Quad core 1.7+ GHz A15 processor (maybe new custom Snapdragon S5?)

2 GB RAM

4.7-5" 1080p S-AMOLED/ColorBoost display

3,500 mAh battery

Kevlar back and water resistant

Famed Motorola antennae

It will be beautiful :)

posted on 22 Dec 2012, 00:57

51. iDroidWin (Posts: 117; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)


Add to that no skin of their own to slow Android down or interfere with Pure experience. Features like Samsung. Its a sell for me. I will ditch my GN2 for it. Nah, I will keep them both.

posted on 22 Dec 2012, 08:41

59. iDroid8 (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


Either you keep the UI and enjoy the features that come with it or you buy a nexus and root your device/get some apps that get you close

posted on 22 Dec 2012, 09:01

60. iDroidWin (Posts: 117; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)


I am saying stock UI + extra features from this phone is my expectation. Like S-Pen integration and plug and play, best face etc. I, over a period of time get bored of touchwiz or sense. I guess, their UI slows down the phone, not the features.

posted on 22 Dec 2012, 09:57 1

61. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 819; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Motorola added very few additions to the ICS UI, and I like most of them.

posted on 22 Dec 2012, 10:00

62. ronjr123 (Posts: 60; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


This just sounds like the next Gen razor.

Having owned only Moto phones since the nineties, I just recently went to the GN2. I have to say the TW stock interface I don't care for but all of the little performance enhancements they have incorporated have greatly expanded upon stock android. I actually like the user experience better. Stock Android isn't enough anymore IMHO.

As for build quality in android Moto is really hard to beat. Their radios are second to no one.

What I am trying to say I guess is that a stock looking interface with the best of user experience tweaks and motor build and radio would be great. Of course all of this without the need to root would be fantastic!

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 15:59 4

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


OOOOOH... The X Phone... Sound good...

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 16:01 3

4. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


Xphone? Sounds too familiar to... Wait if I say it I'll get sued.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 16:16 8

11. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6615; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Your comment had no meaning whatsoever towards his comment and the article.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 17:17

23. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


So what?

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 16:06 5

5. kdealltheway (Posts: 78; Member since: 21 Oct 2012)


Now we're talking!

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 16:08 5

6. lauremar (Posts: 180; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)


I'm all for it... Bring it on!!!

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 16:09 3

7. jroc74 (Posts: 3959; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


This is the Nexus I've been looking for...Moto's reception, battery life is gonna make it a great phone.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 16:10 5

8. stychill (unregistered)


i'll be looking forward to this for sure.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 16:11 5

9. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Oh man.. I sense something great coming out.

I'm happy with Samsung, but definitely see this as worth waiting for, before deciding on my next phone

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 16:26

13. reyenrique (Posts: 84; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)


it about timetheir came with a product thoses two

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 16:32

14. jan25 (Posts: 370; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


as excited as i am, i doubt another Nexus phone would come as early as next May.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 16:46

17. roscuthiii (Posts: 1716; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Ugh... some let gallito or sith have a red marker again.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 23:24 2

44. gallitoking (Posts: 4630; Member since: 17 May 2011)


This actualy sounds like a phone I may considder... but Moto better not let Verizon ruin this phone ...

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 16:50

18. user312 (Posts: 68; Member since: 21 Aug 2012)


This sounds like a Nexus for the other 3 carriers. Honestly I got a little upset seeing that the Nexus 4 was going to be using HSPA, and many others probably were too. This is probably Google's way of getting everyone else their Nexus.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 16:51 1

19. mas11 (Posts: 1014; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


Sounds like it could be my next phone. Since I can't take the leap and jump ship from Verizon because of the quality of their network hopefully it will come with on contract pricing, which in the US is very important for a phone to be successful and Google will finally stand up to the carriers to create swift and bloat free updates.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 16:52

20. techguy22 (Posts: 226; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


no it wont be on VZ. thank god. i hope vz learned a lesson.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 17:16

22. user312 (Posts: 68; Member since: 21 Aug 2012)


In that case, I'm glad I'm on Sprint!

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 17:24

25. jroc74 (Posts: 3959; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Please tell me you are guessing. I wont ever jump ship over a phone....but damn....this is the Nexus I've been looking for...

AT&T...I might try out.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 17:22

24. HTCOE (Posts: 314; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


ooooooooohhhhh i just jizzed on myself....thank god ! it's about time "neXus" im ready

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 17:35 2

26. imkyle (Posts: 947; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


So happy I did not upgrade from my Galaxy Nexus to the Nexus 4. Motorola is gonna be sick.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 17:46

27. HTCOE (Posts: 314; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


LIKE.... SUPER SICK!

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 17:51 1

29. Naviiin (Posts: 14; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)


Hoping for a Droid 5!

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 18:58

34. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5482; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


you and me both pal.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 18:59 2

35. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5482; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


these are what i've been waiting years for. let their arrival be soon.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 19:54 1

36. N.Reynolds (Posts: 254; Member since: 15 Feb 2011)


I have a Verizon Galaxy Nexus running 4.2.1. I don't see why everyone complains about the Nexus on Verizon. Get over the fact that you don't get OTA updates right away. You can still get the newest software right away just not OTA.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 22:33

42. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3643; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


What does this have to do with the article?

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 23:54

48. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5482; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


he's talking about the people commenting that Verizon shouldn't get this.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 20:51 1

38. dan86 (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)


Expecting something really big which will take a huge bite in Apple's lunch.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 21:58 3

39. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3643; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


This is great. Google + Motorola = success

posted on 22 Dec 2012, 01:00

53. iDroidWin (Posts: 117; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)


I think Google had to do it. So if like Amazon, Samsung decides to fork their own version of Android, Google will have someone to count on.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 23:34 1

45. haroonazeem638 (Posts: 121; Member since: 29 Mar 2011)


This may become my first Motorola phone. JUST don't mess up like LG did this time.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 23:44

47. rusticguy (Posts: 2810; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


In fact my first phone was a Motorola phone way back in 1996.

posted on 22 Dec 2012, 00:35

49. techloverNYC (Posts: 254; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


Does this mean every andriod phone maker is in trouble?

P.S: I mean andriod is google's own operating system, they can choose if they want to release the next major update to the other manufacturers. If they have their own phone, I dont see any point in giving updates to your competitions

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