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Motorola CEO seemingly confirms plans for a $50 smartphone

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Motorola CEO seemingly confirms plans for a $50 smartphone
The Moto G has already won itself a steadfast following, and is largely regarded as the first truly affordable brand name smartphone that doesn't suck. It would appear, however, that Motorola was merely scratching the surface with the budget device, as CEO Dennis Woodside confirmed plans for an ever more affordable device for TrustedReviews:

In much of the world $179 is a lot of money so there’s a big market at a price point of less than $179,” the Motorol CEO says, “We’re going to look at that and just delivering on that value promise is super important. I mean why can’t these devices be $50? There’s no reason that can’t happen so we’re going to push that.

This is as concrete a confirmation as you're about to ever pull out of a major manufacturer's CEO, and it sure feels like Woodside isn't playing around. Of course, the Motorola exec failed to provide any further details about what kind of a device we might expect and when, but we can't help but feel a little skeptical. Motorola has made an impressive stride with the Moto G on its path to bottom prices, yet $50 still sounds a tad farther down the line. In all honesty, however, some Chinese manufacturers have already arrived at this price point (see: Jiayu F1), so it's certainly not out of the realm of the possible. In any case, that's one seriously intriguing thought, and we almost smell Google's hand in this. After all, the Mountain View-based search giant has long promoted its desire to have every person connected to the internet (which is not at all accidentally good for business). Well, a $50 Motorola device sure sounds like a good way to start on the remaining half of the planet for which current offerings are unfortunately still a luxury.

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posted on 22 Jan 2014, 08:47 2

1. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2466; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


WOW I wan't to see this!

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 08:50

2. PorkyBurger (Posts: 206; 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...

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 08:54 1

3. Topcat488 (Posts: 1124; 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.

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 09:59 1

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

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 08:54 4

4. Teja171 (unregistered)


These might be the specs:-
Android 2.1
526Mhz cpu
128Mb ram
1MP camera
3.5" display
900Mah Battery

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 09:01 1

6. Topcat488 (Posts: 1124; 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.=
http://www.unwiredview.com/2014/01/16/49-jiayu-f1-officially-announced-will-be-released-later-this-month/

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 09:02

7. tech2 (Posts: 1880; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


You are really an optimistic guy aren't ya ? -.-

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 09:09 1

9. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 352; 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.

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 09:18

11. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; 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.

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 18:52

26. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1293; 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.

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 09:43

13. hurrycanger (Posts: 959; 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

posted on 13 Apr 2014, 21:17

29. amamartin999 (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Apr 2014)


I have the Prism II AND IT SUCKSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS​SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS​SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS​SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS​S I wanna kill myself for how bad it is.

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 09:51 2

14. kryme (Posts: 136; 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

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 13:34

22. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


Sigh. When will people learn...

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 10:40

18. eN16HTMAR3 (Posts: 104; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


No way
Newest Android Platform (it is a Google company you know)
Dual Core
1 GB RAM
4" Display
5 MP Camera
Battery ?
That is just my take tho.

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 17:47

25. highwaysnobbery (Posts: 21; 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.

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 08:54

5. itsjustJOH (Posts: 76; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)


How about global availability first?

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 09:06 1

8. Duketytz (Posts: 385; 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

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 09:16

10. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; 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.

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 09:55 1

15. troutsy (Posts: 248; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


"On sale" isn't really what they're talking about here...

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 09:25 1

12. Avenger827 (Posts: 46; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)


Best news I've heard this week. Go Motorola!

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 10:17

17. salaal (Posts: 76; Member since: 08 Dec 2013)


I think the specs for the phone would be:
Dual 1.2 cortex a7
Adreno 302
512mb ram
2,3mp camera
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

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 11:35 1

19. GamePlayer (Posts: 48; 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?

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 11:55 1

20. papss (unregistered)


We can thank Nokia for bringing the budget phone into focus as the hot point.

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 13:08

21. domfonusr (Posts: 322; 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.

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 15:04

23. Avenger827 (Posts: 46; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)


We have the exact same problem in India, @GamePlayer.

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 15:30 2

24. Sniggly (Posts: 6766; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


It's worth noting that Michael called this back when Google bought Motorola.

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 10:19

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.

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 10:48

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.

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