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Motorola developing 8 devices for release by Christmas, including a Nexus

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Motorola developing 8 devices for release by Christmas, including a Nexus
We already knew that Motorola had a good amount of devices in the pipeline, but it looks like the company is planning to end its time under the Google umbrella with a bang. The announcements aren't expected to start until September, but Motorola has 8 devices that could be released before Christmas, including a Nexus device. So, there could be the: DROID, DROID Maxx, DROID Turbo, Moto X+1, Moto G, Moto X Play, Moto S, and the Nexus.

The odd thing is how some of the devices are dependent on others. Word has it that if the X+1 does well, the DROID Turbo may be scrapped, and only one of either the X Play or Moto S could be released, depending on the display size users like. However, regardless of if the 5.9-inch Moto S is scrapped in favor of the 5.2-inch Moto X Play, the Motorola Nexus will still be 5.9-inches and be very similar to the larger Moto S. It is still unclear if the Moto S or X Play would be on multiple carriers or just Verizon, but we would bet on multiple carriers, because...

Even the DROID lineup doesn't seem to be as Verizon-exclusive as we are used to. Word has it that the DROID, DROID Maxx, and DROID Turbo could be released on AT&T under different branding. And, one of the DROID devices on Verizon may have some sort of Star Wars promotion to go along with the release. *Update* Many of you have asked about the previously rumored 6.3-inch DROID Quantum. We asked our source and it looks like there are no smartphones over 6-inches in Motorola's pipeline.

So, to simplify - there are 8 total devices in production, but it is possible that only 6 of them are released before the end of the year. All of the devices appear to be heading for multiple carriers, with no real exclusives. Motorola is going hard this holiday season. Do you guys think that's the right move?

source: TKTechNews

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posted on 20 Aug 2014, 18:27 6

1. Neo_Huang (Posts: 722; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


So confusing...

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 18:32 2

3. erikiksaz (Posts: 129; Member since: 22 Apr 2010)


Whatever it is they do, they best not go the route of Samsung and release a million iterations of a phone. More phones = slower updates due to lower levels of developers.

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 19:11 3

10. Scott93274 (Posts: 1353; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


No freakin joke! I follow Motorola very closely and 8 devices in 4 months seems like overkill... I guess we'll know what their game plan is in two weeks.

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 22:23

21. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5954; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Some of the 8 devices aren't for sure…. There are some devices that won't be released if an earlier device does well. Talk about confusing.

posted on 21 Aug 2014, 04:38

30. boosook (Posts: 1091; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Right... I think they should stick to a simple apple-style strategy... release 4 phones (low end, mid range, high end and a phablet) every year with a predictable release cycle.

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 18:31 1

2. Wildmanfan (Posts: 238; Member since: 15 Jul 2010)


So, wait a minute, whatever happened to the whole hype about this Motorola Quantum thing was was supposed to be this massive 6.3" device? Come on Motorola, don't wuss out on me.

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 18:39

4. Suo.Eno (Posts: 238; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)


Not that I got anything personal against 6.3" devices, that's your prerogative but let's put it this way; we got enough circus going on about 5.2 vs. 5.9" already to last us until Q4 2015 so to speak, so yeah that may or may not put Moto (or any device makers for that matter right now) off that track.

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 18:40

5. Liveitup (Posts: 1579; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Motorola needs to drop a couple WP or any other free OS platform, mix of up with Android controlling 85% of devices we need competition.

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 18:49 1

6. KillgoreTroutTime (Posts: 399; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


Month after month, i get more and more interested in windows phones. I might end up buying one for my next phone.

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 19:10 7

9. nokia12 (Posts: 351; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)


nah.. moto is fine with android .. besides nobody would like to compete with Microsoft now with their own os

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 22:35 1

22. Liveitup (Posts: 1579; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Point is we need competition, a world with Android alone at the pace it is growing is bad for consumers.

posted on 21 Aug 2014, 01:06

26. tech2 (Posts: 2460; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


So is a world with a company which has a 90% of the desktop OS market.

posted on 22 Aug 2014, 13:37 1

39. William13 (Posts: 25; Member since: 10 Mar 2011)


If Windows can provide competition in the mobile world great, but you're talking about a whole different ballgame. If somebody else would make desktop products worth mentioning, then there would be competition. We don't need competition for the sake of competition, we need quality products that create competition.

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 08:21

41. slyhounddog (Posts: 18; Member since: 28 Jun 2013)


Triple liked! Couldn't have put it better myself!

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 19:02 3

7. Python212 (Posts: 363; Member since: 13 Aug 2014)


After the whole X phone hype, I have lost my faith in moto. But I hope they could win me back sometime soon by releasing a killer phone like they used to do back in original RAZR days.

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 20:20 2

15. Landmarkcm (Posts: 465; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)


The X is still a good phone though & especially at the price points it can be had at now. It's a great bang for your buck. I had the Moto G, & G LTE before too. Which I liked a lot. The only real problem with the X was the camera exposure with flash especially in lower lighting. They finally after a million updates lol, seemed to have gotten it right though to where I do not need to rely on an app as much to get the shots right.

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 20:58 1

17. Python212 (Posts: 363; Member since: 13 Aug 2014)


The X is indeed still a good phone for the money. I guess after the whole hype train, I was expecting a super phone instead of a so so spec value phone.

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 22:40 1

23. Awalker (Posts: 562; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Don't let the specs fool you. The X is smooth and quick device and it brings some unique features to Android. And it runs much better than some flagships with top of line specs. The only real downside is the camera. Hopefully, Motorola gets it right this time.

posted on 21 Aug 2014, 02:56

28. Python212 (Posts: 363; Member since: 13 Aug 2014)


I don't doubt that the X is a nice device and has some unique features but I don't think it runs much better than popular flagships with top of line specs(M8, Z2, GS5, G3, etc).

posted on 21 Aug 2014, 04:53

31. Awalker (Posts: 562; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


It's running nearly a stock version of Android. Although I don't have any of the newer devices you listed it runs better than my S4.

posted on 21 Aug 2014, 17:59 1

38. milesboy5 (Posts: 170; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)


Of course it doesn't run any better than all of the 2014 devices, because it was released in the summer of 2013... The moto x was a great handset for Motorola and the optimized it to run better than most 2013 flagships did when most of them had the best of the best while Motorola went for the budget friendly specs.

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 08:19 1

40. slyhounddog (Posts: 18; Member since: 28 Jun 2013)


The only device I've used that has a smoother experience is the HTC m8. And I've used all those phones.

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 19:07 3

8. matty1323 (Posts: 27; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


I dont see how this is so complicated. Release a budget device, release a massive device (Note competitor) and release a flagship in the 5" range. Pretty much covering all bases there

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 19:13 2

11. datsyuk (Posts: 177; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)


Why on earth make the Nexus that large. Unless they really pull some magic off even my 5.2 G2 got a little annoying with the size of it.

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 19:43

12. rkoforever90 (Posts: 97; Member since: 03 Dec 2011)


so is nexus 5.2 inch or 5.9 inch?

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 20:10 1

14. Orion78 (Posts: 31; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)


5.9 inch

posted on 21 Aug 2014, 09:20

34. DocOc (Posts: 138; Member since: 23 Apr 2014)


This is still a rumor...It just doesn't make sense for Google to jump from a 5 in. screen to a 5.9 in. screen. I would be very surprised. They may have two size options.

posted on 21 Aug 2014, 14:08

36. Orion78 (Posts: 31; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)


Umm no. It's going to be around 5.9. it's been confirmed by a source I know. You choose to believe it or not. And yes, there will be other options. Don't like the big screen...get the new moto x.

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 19:45 1

13. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Jesus, PhoneArena. Calm it down with the Motorola articles. It's not my birthday for another few weeks. :p

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 21:02

19. Scott93274 (Posts: 1353; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Right? With all the coverage, you'd think that they were as big as Apple now. lol.

posted on 21 Aug 2014, 00:13

24. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I'm not *actually* complaining. I'm really quite jazzed about these articles. I was making a joke that seeing so much about Motorola at once was like getting a birthday present, even though it's not my birthday yet. :p

posted on 21 Aug 2014, 04:30

29. uzimafioso (Posts: 113; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


Same here bro, i am a Moto fan cause their engineering is top-notch, they design their phones well and they give durable products with timely updates. No other company gives all that, especially not the Chinese and not the Koreans. They either shamelessly copy one company or the other and to top it all off their products dont look good by the end of the first year without using bumpers. I bought a V8 snakeskin version along with a rosegold one and a couple of months later a Nokia N76. The Nokia's chrome polish didnt even last 6 months while I have both those Motos in the drawer working perfectly still and its been around 7 8 years. Same goes for my first and last LG. One of those Shine series stainless steel phones. The steel is there but the buttons which were silver are now white and the steel is scratched where it slid to open the keypad. My Note II had that same tarnished sides problem. I think Ill be 50 and those Motos will be working whereas these Korean and Finnish and Chinese brands will never be able to make a phone so carefully engineered and so durable. Plus I tried a Lumia 520 for getting the WP experience and the plastic enamel has faded from some places and has turned from white to grey at others..

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 20:20

16. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3748; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


MotoSung!

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 20:59

18. Chuck007 (Posts: 277; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)


So many great products on the pipeline out of the blue just before Lenovo takes over? Moto troll haha

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 22:18 2

20. mdorno (Posts: 11; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)


If Moto does a 5.9" Nexus I'm in. I was looking at the Note 4 because I can't get used to the smaller size of the G2 as I came from a Note 2.

posted on 21 Aug 2014, 00:26

25. xfire99 (Posts: 570; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


With Leonovo behind the wheel and this is expected.Just hopes for the quality will be the same or even better.

posted on 21 Aug 2014, 01:17

27. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5647; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


yeah, this is confusing. i'm waiting until the Holidays to buy my new Moto.

posted on 21 Aug 2014, 06:25

32. Guti986 (Posts: 78; Member since: 26 Dec 2013)


Are they forgetting about the 360? Or is it specifically 8 phones? With the 360 separate

posted on 21 Aug 2014, 09:09

33. DocOc (Posts: 138; Member since: 23 Apr 2014)


Why would they do the Nexus at 5.9 in? That would be very disappointing. 5.2 in would be perfect.

posted on 21 Aug 2014, 14:10

37. Orion78 (Posts: 31; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)


Because they can. 5.2 may be perfect for you but people like big screens too. Like I stated above, the moto lineup coming will have a phone with 5.2 inch screen. Get the moto x+1.

posted on 21 Aug 2014, 09:46

35. tschlicht (Posts: 12; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)


I'd love to see the flow chart on this. Seems very technical. If this then this, if not then this, or this and this.

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