Motorola CEO seemingly confirms plans for a $50 smartphone
2. PorkyBurger (Posts: 113; Member since: 18 May 2013)
ME TOO! Only last thing I want them to do is to release some their phones here. I want Moto X real bad...
3. Topcat488 (Posts: 986; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
This would really be a TRUE game changer... On a scale higher than the T-Mobile un-carrier shake-up.
16. Caralho (Posts: 119; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)
Me too!!! Now, don't be surprised when it shows up for $50...as long as you sign a 2 year contract!!! lol
4. Teja171 (unregistered)
These might be the specs:-
6. Topcat488 (Posts: 986; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
These sound more like the Jaiyu F1 specs... Maybe you are from that Chinese manufacture that make the $50.00 phone already. Teja171,... 0.=
7. tech2 (limited) (Posts: 1140; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
You are really an optimistic guy aren't ya ? -.-
9. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 344; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
The idea of making $50 phone is to make google services run across these devices,its not about margin.after all google main source of income is from ads.
11. ardent1 (Posts: 1971; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
That is until someone comes a way to modify android OS such that google no longer get income from the ads.
You look at Amazon, they decided to create a fork in the android OS.
26. VZWuser76 (Posts: 899; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
Why would that have any bearing here? Google or Moto didn't manufacture the Kindle Fire, so they didn't have to recover the costs. The version of android that most people see, on Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony, and Moto phones comes with Google's services on board. If one of those OEMS tries to block/remove the ads, they also lose access to Google's services. Android, in it's raw form that can be tailored and forked for individual needs, doesn't get access once they change it beyond a point. The raw version of android is open source, but the OEM versions with Google's services on board technically isn't, because the OEM's and Google's services are proprietary and cannot be changed.
But you bring up a great point, any company could produce a mobile device, use a forked version of android, to promote their services. Now by doing so you'd lose Google's services, most notably, access to the Play Store. So for their customers they'd need their own app store, or let users sideload apps. That's why Amazon's Kindle Fire was a success, because they had their own app store with popular titles. The other side of the coin is the no name devices running a forked version of android with their own app stores (I believe one called it AppLibrary) which has a mediocre selection of apps. Those devices obviously aren't as popular, and don't sell the same numbers as those devices with Google's or Amazon's version of android.
The ad-less version of android is already around, and it doesn't seem to be hurting Google any.
13. hurrycanger (Posts: 428; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)
It's possible to make phones with better specs and sell at $50
The BLU Dash Jr. is an example. Two more examples can be found on Best Buy website. Search the T-mobile Prism II and the T-mobile Alcatel Onetouch Evolve 3G. They are sold at $50.
So yeah, I think Moto has the ability to make a phone with much better specs than what you provided there to sell at $50 :D
14. kryme (Posts: 87; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)
trust me.... expect the lastest android.... no less than 512mb to 1gb ram.. a dualcore 1.2ghz....screen size 4" with 275-320ppi... cameras well those can be tricky.... same battery life as the moto g...... i'll definitely get one as a travel phone wen i go to jamaica
18. eN16HTMAR3 (Posts: 74; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)
Newest Android Platform (it is a Google company you know)
1 GB RAM
5 MP Camera
That is just my take tho.
25. highwaysnobbery (Posts: 19; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)
The specs will be low but not that low. I think they probably ran out of those 526MHz chips a long time ago. I'd expect something along the lines of a 1GHz to a 1.2 dual core. The fabs that make these chips have to spend huge amounts of money retooling their facilities for newer processes in chip making. They are not about to go back a few generations to make some cheap smartphone. It'll be some kind of dumbed down yet thoroughly modern cpu.
8. Duketytz (Posts: 83; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)
Wow! Time for the wars between Americans and Chinese to begin! But this war will be beneficial to us consumers:D
10. ardent1 (Posts: 1971; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
You can find numerous $50 android prepaid smartphones when they go on sale.
I almost bought the LTE enable LG F3 with Virgin Mobile when it was on sale at Radio Shack.
15. troutsy (Posts: 198; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)
"On sale" isn't really what they're talking about here...
12. Avenger827 (Posts: 46; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)
Best news I've heard this week. Go Motorola!
17. salaal (Posts: 25; Member since: 08 Dec 2013)
I think the specs for the phone would be:
Dual 1.2 cortex a7
Latest android system
4.3",4" screen qHD,480X800 display
They will only selll the phone and nothing else in the package only the phone and a manual guide for it but what so ever for 50$ Off contract it's worth every single penny
19. GamePlayer (Posts: 42; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)
I think this guy needs plans to make their phones available to more countries. Because i've been hearing all "it's great value for money,it's the best smartphone currently, best value for money smartphone,best cheap smartphone" thing for years now, and none of these devices come in my country(Pakistan.) Nexus devices do come in Pakistan, but at an expensive prize.Nexus 5 here is'nt even close to a "good value for money device".In fact it's not even a good buy, because the prize of it just close to G2, which offers better battery life,camera,etc and is a flagship instead of budget flagship(which comes with compromises.) And Nokia Lumia 520 is a bit better, at 170$, but still not the around 80$ value for money people here keep talking about. I simply don't get it, if they prize it cheap in some countries, why not in all countries?
20. papss (Posts: 2903; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
We can thank Nokia for bringing the budget phone into focus as the hot point.
21. domfonusr (Posts: 225; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)
If this happens, then there really won't be much room left for Tizen. I was under the impression that, because Tizen will run on really low-spec'd hardware, Tizen would make obselete all of the remaining basic/feature phones, and would compete with Firefox OS, selling in the sub-$80 range; however, if Moto can build something with Android that sells for $50 full-retail, then what's the point of Tizen? You will have Motorola's Android replacing the trusty old basic/feature phone, and burying all of the terrible white-box knock-offs, not Tizen.
23. Avenger827 (Posts: 46; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)
We have the exact same problem in India, @GamePlayer.
24. Sniggly (Posts: 6406; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
It's worth noting that Michael called this back when Google bought Motorola.
27. geodude074 (Posts: 67; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
There are already $50 no contract Android phones all over the place.
They all just suck, is all.
28. Palladium (Posts: 3; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)
China already has Android phones with 8 core Mediatek, 3G, 720p IPS and 2GB RAM for $120.