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Motorola X to be part of a whole new process of buying a smartphone?

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Motorola X to be part of a whole new process of buying a smartphone?
Now that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 has been introduced, it is time for Android fans, nay, smartphone fans of all platforms, to get ready for the Motorola X. If the latest rumors about what Google is up to are correct, the Motorola X might usher in a whole new world of buying a smartphone. Before we continue, as with any story of this magnitude that cannot be verified because the executives involved won't or can't talk for the record, you must take this with a grain of salt.

According to multiple sources inside Motorola who remain anonymous, the mysterious Motorola handset that we showed you on Wednesday was an earlier version of the Motorola X. One source says it will launch in June, another says July. The Motorola X, as we know it, will be the first device of a whole new series of Motorola X phones and is actually a brand designed to compete with the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and beyond. Each model will guarantee at least one update to the next higher OS build and will be delivered by Motorola, not the carriers. We actually saw this with the recent introduction of the Motorola RAZR D1 and the Motorola RAZR D3 in Brazil where the OEM promised at least one Android update for both models.

The Motorola X line will be sold through the Google Play Store and can also be ordered from carrier's retail stores. Customers will be able to customize the device while ordering and the phone will be delivered in one week. So if your handset doesn't contain enough RAM, you know who is to blame-you are! In addition, you can decide in advance the wallpaper, ringtones, apps and the contacts that you want on the phone before it arrives, similar in a way to HTC's Get Started.

The phone will be an octo-core model with one core dedicated to Motorola's human language system and the Motorola logo on the back is said to be a touch sensitive button used to activate certain features. The best news of all is that the phone will be heavily subsidized by Motorola and Google in order to get a large number of buyers.

Imagine deciding the specs of your own phone and having it arrive in one week. This will also be a big change for Motorola which won't have to invest in parts until they are needed. The manufacturer can more quickly take advantage of drops in component prices, but it could leave them wide open to a price squeeze. Dell has done this for years in the PC market with mixed results. Can it work in the smartphone arena?

source: AndroidandMe (1), (2)

This is allegedly an earlier version of the Motorola X, note the touch sensitive logo on the back (R)
This is allegedly an earlier version of the Motorola X, note the touch sensitive logo on the back (R)

This is allegedly an earlier version of the Motorola X, note the touch sensitive logo on the back (R)


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posted on 15 Mar 2013, 14:04 7

1. drpain (Posts: 85; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)


Obvious fake rumor

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 14:53 3

25. lovenyc8 (Posts: 164; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)


all rumors are real you didn;t learn from the s4

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 14:55 5

27. Zero0 (Posts: 561; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


I wouldn't say it's "obvious" that it's fake. It could be, and this is an unusual way to produce a phone, but this is Google's Motorola now. You should be prepared for some unusual things to happen, because that's Google's business model.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 14:09 7

2. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5639; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Well im still waiting for the offical press on the x phone. im skipping the gs IV. Dont believe what any rumors say till google &the motorola officially announce the x phone

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 14:10 2

3. JaseelEbrahim (Posts: 31; Member since: 24 Jul 2012)


I had planned to introduce this process of buying a smartphone when i start a new mobile company.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 14:10 1

4. valapsp (Posts: 442; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


Good news the Wednesday leak was an earlier version. Hope the final version is way more different/beautiful.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 14:13

5. kozza3 (Posts: 573; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


is the beginning of a "Dell" like process?

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 14:35 2

16. nak1017 (Posts: 328; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)


I was thinking the same thing...
If the mobile market is following the computer market, then that would be a logical step along the way

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 14:16

6. alila2 (Posts: 116; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)


very interesting and unusual to mobile world marketing. I like the looks and size of that phone.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 14:19 1

7. andro. (Posts: 1927; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Hmmm. Its probably best to stick to one chipset and processor specifications as variants couldn't be a nightmare for app devs

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 14:33 1

14. andro. (Posts: 1927; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Could be a nightmare I meant!

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 14:54 1

26. Zero0 (Posts: 561; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


There are already hundreds of phones. X Phone variants won't mean anything.

Any Android developer should already be prepared to make apps compatible on a variety of devices. That's the status quo, just as it is in the desktop PC industry.

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 01:50

82. soshi (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 Mar 2012)


Although it is customizable they are going to limit it for some level. For example screen provide mdpi, hdpi or full hd, 4", 4.5" or 5". Camera choose 5, 8 or 10 mp.

If what I imagine true that will be best because everyone has their priorities on spec while keep their money from buying feature that they don't need.

Netizen also has less to complain although people will always has something to whine.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 14:21 1

8. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 2846; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Promise at least one update to the next Android build? We've heard that one before. I'll believe it when I see it. It'll release with Jellybean and then they will take their time updating it to key lime pie. Version after that may not ever come to this new X phone.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 14:36 11

17. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5639; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


please promise too stop trolling

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 14:46 2

20. Aeires (unregistered)


Fat chance.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 14:52 1

23. Zero0 (Posts: 561; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Precisely. I'm sure a Google subsidiary releasing its first phone produced just about 100% under Google is going to fail to meet its promise of providing actual Android.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 20:49

68. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 2846; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


You mean like the Galaxy Nexus? How are the updates on it going?

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 00:39 6

78. Sniggly (Posts: 6489; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Apart from Verizon, the updates on the Galaxy Nexus have gone swimmingly. And I'm sure you'll notice there is no new Nexus on Verizon.

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 01:10 1

80. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3652; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Google learned their lesson with giving Verizon a Nexus device... Keep it GSM.

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 01:21

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


thankfully Verizon will likely be supplemented with a Nexus-like device from Moto. hell the 4.2 update to phones like the Razr M and the Razr HD may even bring the complete stock experience.

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 12:25

93. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3652; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I find it odd how Verizon gave Moto the same treatment for updates as they did the Galaxy Nexus. The entire new Razr family on Verizon got Jelly Bean 2 months after release (October-December), which is the same time frame the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon got Jelly Bean.

I do wish Motorola would go completely stock, aside from the Circles widget, and maybe a couple other features. Go full stock, add in the Circles widget, and add other features in the form of removable apps; I think a lot of consumers would appreciate that.

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 13:12

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


yeah, i agree. full stock with Circles and Smartactions is the way to go. i hope KLP adds in some native Car Dock functionality because the lack of a Car Dock UI is something I didn't like about using the GN.

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 08:09

91. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 2846; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Google has plenty of money to leverage against Verizon. They aren't trying hard enough.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 15:01 1

29. sprockkets (Posts: 939; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Who's "we" you are referring to?

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 19:38

58. lyndon420 (Posts: 1641; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


The voices in his swollen head.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 15:26 2

36. protozeloz (Posts: 5326; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Why you even bother? I mean you have the best of the best regardless why bother going to a site and asking a company to improve a device you are not even considering owning? Is that the reason for you to exist? Must be a sad life the one you have

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 16:30

47. rusticguy (Posts: 2811; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Hey ... there's a big DIFFERENCE between VERSION as Apple "programmed it to be understood" and what it is on Android world. Don't view them SIRI's eyes / Brains :)

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 19:51 1

60. Sniggly (Posts: 6489; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Just how do you stand being wrong all the time?

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 20:48

66. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 2846; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


What makes me wrong?

hook line and sinker

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 23:51 3

73. Sniggly (Posts: 6489; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Hook line and sinker?

Oh, I see. You're trying to insinuate that you wanted me to respond to you. If that's the case....that's kind of sad.

And I'm referring to the fact that apart from the Photon Q and Droid 4, every one of Motorola's phones since their RAZR redesign is already on Jelly Bean. The Photon and Droid 4 are on ICS (and I'm sure Jelly Bean is imminent) and the Bionic is too.

Apart from the Photon/Atrix/Electrify fiasco, Motorola has been pretty diligent in updating its devices. You continue to bash them for no other reason than your apparent obsession with me. So what's the dealio?

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 00:00

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


the Droid 4 is actually undergoing the JB soak test right now. it should be available within 2 weeks. i can't explain why it's taking the Photon Q so long. it probably has more to do with Sprint though since pretty much every other Qualcomm powered Motorola has received JB and almost all of the OMAP4 Motorola devices are finishing up their updates with the exception of the Xyboard tablets.

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 07:23

88. protozeloz (Posts: 5326; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Ouch.

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 08:07

90. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 2846; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Don't flatter yourself. I didn't comment for you. I just figured you'd come barging in defending Motorola's stubbornness.

Motorola made a promise to update their phones only for then to retract that idea and not update them.

Jellybean has been out for half a year, they took their time getting ICS to many phones.

Again don't flatter yourself.

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 13:14

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


sooo...you commented for him. xD
i don't know about you but i see a lot of Motorola
devices running JB.

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 11:56

104. protozeloz (Posts: 5326; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Lol, how hard can you fail?

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 15:47

99. Aeires (unregistered)


It is sad that people keep feeding this troll. Ignore him, attention is all he wants.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 20:14 2

61. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3652; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Really? Motorola is completely under Google now. Do you really think Google would let them only give it one OS update? They would get away with 2 at the very minimum, most likely the X phone will get 3 or 4. This X phone will be an unofficial Nexus device; being under Google's rule + crazy high specs means that support for it will be spectacular. Updates will be quick and plentiful.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 14:22 9

9. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


This is the phone to look forward to.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 23:05

71. xperiaDROID (Posts: 4813; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Hope it will have Android Key Lime Pie

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 14:22

10. imkyle (Posts: 948; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


That seems really far fetched. The fought of a cell company not having control over the updates directly from a phone purchased thru seems a little odd.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 14:47 5

21. Aeires (unregistered)


Works for Apple. And besides that, why not? If I was a carrier, having the OEM handle it would be a dream. Less time and resources spent having to make sure updates work properly. Only downside is they would lose some control, control they probably never should have had anyway.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 20:49

67. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 2846; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


That's because Apple has leverage and power to make the carriers back down.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 14:30 1

11. nexusalltheway (Posts: 69; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)


I am not sold to the idea. It will create hella of confusion for common consumer. Plus most of us want the device right then when in store; week delay may hurt the sales numbers for Google.
Please please make it a 100% nexus device, no widgets whatsoever by motorola.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 14:33 2

13. nak1017 (Posts: 328; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)


I think that era is dead :D

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 14:32 2

12. a_merryman (Posts: 546; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


If this rumor pans out...and the phone looks nice, this will be my next phone.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 14:34

15. dgreekstallion (Posts: 14; Member since: 16 Nov 2012)


Does anyone know which carriers will have this?

I swear if Sprint f**ks me over again...

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 14:39 1

18. nexusalltheway (Posts: 69; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)


what did sprint do?

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 00:08

76. dgreekstallion (Posts: 14; Member since: 16 Nov 2012)


Mostly just selection.

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 08:48

103. nexusalltheway (Posts: 69; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)


I know, some of the phone selection isnt the greatest one. They should have worked with Google on getting a nexus-4 for them. But lets hope we get Nexus-x and nexus-5 both. that will be super awesome!

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 16:35

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


Time to switch carrier then.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 14:39

19. Cha7520 (Posts: 201; Member since: 31 Oct 2010)


My NEXT phone!!! :-)

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 14:51 3

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


wow, an interesting rumor for sure. o:

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 15:03 3

31. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


Pretty cool eh bro? :)

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 17:06

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


totes. o:
it seems a little too good to be true though.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 16:18 1

45. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


Hiya King. If this rumor is true, this could have an effect on the industry the likes of which we have never seen before. This could be awesomeness on a whole new level. Guess we wait and see.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 17:08 2

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


yeah and if only we could upgrade our phones ourselves with the latest components that would be perfect.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 17:12 2

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


AMEN to that!

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 20:16 3

62. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3652; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


To be able to customize hardware on demand is an amazing feature. Phones really are turning more and more into PC's.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 14:52

24. MobileJunkieJr (Posts: 46; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


Sounds Expensive.

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