What to expect with the Motorola X Phone, and is it a real game-changer?
0. phoneArena 13 Feb 2013, 16:42 posted on
Earlier today, there was a report that the Motorola X Phone that is expected to be the flagship announcement at Google I/O this year would be a "game-changer", but as expected, there really wasn't any information on exactly how the X Phone would go about changing the game. So, we strapped on our thinking caps and tried to come up with some possibilities for what Motorola/Google could unveil that would really change the game...
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1. Stuntman (Posts: 669; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)
If it has a landscape slider keyboard and 32GB of storage, I'd dump my SGS3 for it ASAP.
23. nexus718 (Posts: 7; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)
I'm surprised no said anything about an increase in integration with Google Now, as Motorola has been talking about it in almost all of its most recent ads.
40. jinxed (Posts: 107; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)
True. And maybe this is the phone that integrates with the google glasses. Now that wud be game changing
24. snowgator (Posts: 3159; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
The original Droid X was a great device in it's day. It was the X2 that disappointed.
3. yougotkilled1 (Posts: 167; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)
Key Lime pie will be the game changer. If the specs that are rumored are true, then expect software to be the game changer for this year. May needs to get here already!
4. HDShatter (Posts: 1014; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)
I think this will be the first phone to get an a15 processor. If it does I would bet on it being a Tegra 4. $350 direct from google unlocked for 32gb storage please :)
11. MrJerry (Posts: 378; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)
If $350 is the price they are aiming for, i bet the next X phone will absolutely be a crap
18. Phullofphil (Posts: 798; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)
Actually think about the fact that a nexus 7 is 200 dolars why are phones so much money. The price of 200 dollars of contract for a awesome phone like a nexus 7 but 5 inches would be a sure true game changer and profitable let google and motorola make money on content
22. HDShatter (Posts: 1014; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)
The nexus 4 cost $350 and its one of the best phones.
17. Phullofphil (Posts: 798; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)
Well maybe you hit on somthing in a way and maybe it has sompthing to do with a new intel chip thats unanounced but thats. Doubtfull. Its not gonna be 3d I guess it could be ddr3 memmory but I doubt that plus not a game changer. I think artical is right and anything hardware wont be a game changer. I also can see it meening just a hyped up layor by motorola that is just a hollow clam as a gam changer like what samsung or any company says about new phones at launch
5. jan25 (Posts: 370; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)
Stock JB is already the greatest OS outhere with most of the other features in android skins being either gimmicky or available in the playstore. So i am pretty sure KLP is going to be great as long as Moto X runs the stock version of it. Motorola just needs to equip this phone with a great chipset, one of them big batteries and a nice Sony lens and i will be throwing my money on it in no time.
7. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5649; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
It will be a game changer as long the greedy big red verizon wont keep this sweet for exclusive for themselves & not letting everyone enjoy the pure goodness of motorola/google x phone
43. maxican16 (Posts: 361; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
There's NO WAY big red would get an exclusive on this phone. Google already learned it's lesson from the Galaxy Nexus debacle.
8. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3660; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Definitely the Customization Center would be a game changing feature. You could have the option between having a pure stock experience with little to no delay in updates, or a manufacturer skin with more features than stock but delayed updates.
Snapdragon 600, Tegra 4, or Snapdragon 800 w/ 2 GB RAM
4.7-5" 1080 S-LCD3 or Colorboost display, covered with Gorilla Glass 3
Kevlar body with a steel frame for more durability and splash resistance
3,500 mAh battery
All in a sub-9mm package would be absolutely fantastic. As for software;
Option between stock KLP or KLP with Motorola's custom UI via Customization Center.
It brings everything together; build quality, performance, battery life, durability, and enhanced customization with better software updates.
If Motorola and Google release this on the Play Store for >$500 off contract it would be a steal. Also, make it available on all major carriers, with LTE compatibility. Would be perfect :)
9. jroc74 (Posts: 4006; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
I can see something happening with Google+, I didnt think of that before. Like how that made it needed to rate apps in the Play Store.
To me...the Customization Center would be bigger than Google+ features being more intergrated.
Thats if all this is even true....
10. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)
Motorola built a solid phone and Google backer it will be a great phone.
12. o0Exia0o (Posts: 277; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)
I thank an FHD screen, quad core processor, mill spec ruggedness, 32/64 GB on board + sd card slot and the biggest battery (3300 mAh +) Moto can find all fit into the smallest frame/ body possable and Moto would have a winner.
14. sbmhome (Posts: 11; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)
None of you guys are mentioning anything game changing. Those are all evolutions of current hardware and software. Sure 1080p, 8 core, 4 Gb ram, terabyte storage will all be in our pockets someday, but there isn't anything those specs will allow you to do that you can't today.
I've said this to a friend of mine recently, I think we may have hit a wall for anything game changing coming out within the next few years. Almost everything that can be done with this current generation (last 5 years) of smartphones are already done or in the process. (NFC) of brewing done.
One thing that would be a game changer, is if the phones became so powerful that they put home consoles out of business. Think about it, carrying around your console in your pocket. Put it down on the coffee table, pick up a real controller and start playing COD or battlefield on your tv with you phone. That's game changing!
33. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 616; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
Game changers don't necessarily have to bring something "new", it could just combine many top tier things into one stellar package and at a great price and that would change the game easily. No more over priced phones with missing features and gimped abilities.
No I wouldn't give a rats ass about carrying around a phone powerful enough to put my console out of sorts because I have zero urge to play the types of games on my phone as I do on my console. Wasted things like that need to kept to a minimum. Heck my girl uses her SGS3 to control her Samsung Smart TV, that is nice feature but wouldn't replace the smart tv remote with her cellphone though. No who the hell would want to use their phone to play BF3? How would you do anything aside from move the character around? Too many missing functions that you'd have to map to the touch screen and touchscreen gaming is bunk.
15. MistB (Posts: 543; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
True about customization center, that would be a groundbreaking feature that would finally bring all Android handsets from the past two years up to date. Laptop dock with ability to boot into Google Chrome maybe, I'm thinking the revolutionary technology will be a totally bezel free screen that extends to both sides and the ability to feel physical feedback on what you see on the screen, Senseg technology, so what you see as water on the screen translates to feeling a surface that feels like water. This technology was shown way back in 2011 and was rumoured for the IPad last year. As always, could very well be wrong here!
21. jroc74 (Posts: 4006; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Funny you say this...I was about to post about this:
16. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2875; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
When the original Motorola Droid came out, it was the most amazing phone I ever had. I replaced my iPhone 3G with it and never looked back. I loved the display, I loved android, and I loved having a slide out keyboard. The design was awesome and solid and I miss it like crazy.
20. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
I loving everything that's being mentioned in the article despite that none of it was truly gamechanging.
One thing I'll like to see soon.... holograms... we've been dreaming about technology like that for the longest time. Google could make it happen.
25. BadAssAbe (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)
I cant belive noone is commentaing about about the manufacturer UI being a skin and thus allowing all phones faster updates or better, removing the carriers form updates in general and having a PC style of updates.
26. snowgator (Posts: 3159; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
I am at a complete loss as to why some company that is in need of sales doesn't just kick it's UI to the curb and just release a range of devices that have top end hardware for its individual price point and release them with stock Android. Who says only the Nexus line is allowed to run pure Green Robot?
I love me some Live Tiles, but I really am not married to WP. So here is my shortlist for future devices:
1) Nokia running the next major update of WP. If that disappoints, then:
2) Motorola running as close to pure Android as they can get.
3) The next Nexus, depending on specs.
Put this bad, bad Motorola on the market with pure Android?? Will be very, very hard not to walk away from WP. MS and Nokia would have to truly wow me.
27. jameshoe (unregistered)
Motorola DROID RAZR X
28. roscuthiii (Posts: 1720; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
There's a lot of competition from the other OEM's out there... Gonna be pretty hard to claim a title like "game changer".
Maybe at Google I/O, Google will announce that the Moto X will be the flagship of their very own phone service.
30. roscuthiii (Posts: 1720; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
Perhaps the "game changer" has something to do with the chrome-plated Android statue recently displayed at the Google campus.
29. a_merryman (Posts: 546; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)
A lytro-like camera sensor in it would be pretty game changing, and could be an evolutionary jump in camera tech for phones. (It allows you to change the focus and change the perspective of photos after they have been taken). Also, making it both mil-spec (dust/water/drop proof) and nano-coating protection would be pretty amazing and could help make this sort of technology become standard on electronics. Who doesn't want waterproof electronics?
31. marions (Posts: 13; Member since: 19 May 2012)
A real good camera....as good battery as razr max hd....better resolution....nfc....
at least 64 gb storage. 4.8-5.0 inches. thin bezel. gorilla glass 3?...KLP...guaranteed updates for 2 yrs for sure no bs stuff...steel frame durability...purchase directly from google so can use prepaid and not carrier bs prices. Have the damn thing with a good earpiece and speaker so that other people can actually hear you well and you can hear them crystal clear and loud.
32. Sniggly (Posts: 6496; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
My Motorola source did say that the X is completely stock.
34. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3660; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Is he sure it just wasn't on a stock setting though? Are they allowed to go through the settings and see everything about the device when handling them? Because having the option between stock or skinned would probably be the best thing to happen to Android at this point, it would take away all of the talk of terrible updates and fragmentation. The choice of always staying up to date or being delayed a few months in exchange for more features is a pretty big one; it would be nice if KLP would give us the choice to switch between them at will.
Also, have you got any specifics on the design? Or is the design not finalized yet, so you can only get basic details?
Anyways, thanks for all the information you've been sharing. And excuse me for pestering you with questions, I'm just so damn interested.
35. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5484; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
if it's still in the early stages of development we probably won't see it until September, around the time Moto's last flagship, the Razr HD was announced.
36. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3660; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
September? I was hoping for a May announcement during Google I/O with the actual launch in June/July. I really don't want to wait until September
37. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5484; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
me neither but what i'm thinking about is what Sniggly's source had to say about the X he has and how barebones it seems to be at it's current stage of development and that job listing Google just recently had up for the X project. it seems realistic to not expect this at I/O, that'll probably be just for the N7 successor and maybe a quiet and slight update to the N10.
46. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3660; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Bah, you're probably right. In that case, I'll just pick up an unlocked Razr HD or Nexus 4, then when the X gets launched I'll sell my phone and try to bury the cost to get it. I can't wait until September, even August is a stretch for me.
47. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5484; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
yeah, i actually had the pleasure of playing with a Nexus 4 the other day, it's a very, very nice phone.
48. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3660; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
My one concern about it is that a lot of people are reporting the screen being kind of unresponsive due to the in-cell touch panel. Unresponsive as in there's a delay in touch, not that it doesn't recognize it; I've heard it been described as a "numb" feeling.
I also feel like the transition from AMOLED to LCD might be a painful one. But, I'll get some more hands on time with it to see
39. soserone (Posts: 6; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
with all the good specs and Nexus 4's price, that would be sure the game-changer :d
45. maxican16 (Posts: 361; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
This is the first phone that Google has had oversight on from beginning to end. I don't think it's a given that the hardware won't have to do with changing the game. No one is sure if this thing will even have any of the now typical Moto traits.
One thing I don't think is happening -- I don't think this is the next Nexus. I think Google/Moto will have more freedom to innovate if the software isn't tied directly to android. This way they can differentiate from other OEMs without giving it up to everyone for free.
Another thing I don't think is happening -- customization center. In my opinion, not a chance.
I think the phone's hardware may have subtle changes that take full advantage of all its sensors, and responds more intuitively to gestures than any phone to date. Perhaps even touch sensitivity in new/different implementations (sides? back?).
While I do think that changes to Google+ are imminent and will be a part of this tighter integration to Google services, I think the real game changer will be the advancement of the coolest thing to happen to smartphones since, ever...
This wouldn't even require a bump up to KLP, due to the fact that the Google Search app (which houses Google Now) is no longer tied into base android. While I expect May to bring us KLP, I wouldn't be surprised in the least if it didn't.
49. phissith (Posts: 14; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)
Trust me the game changer mention will be on motion base gesture, without having to touch the phone.
50. JojoGo101 (Posts: 211; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)
The OS will be game changing, the phone will be a poor excuse for a flagship. Cheap $350 crap. Though the OS will be quietly brilliant. :0 (Will never forget that cheap Nexus S)
51. maier9900 (Posts: 257; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)
Theren't google buy motorola??? how are they separate companies?... i may be wrong but a reply would be nice.
53. j7654321 (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)
If the cell radio can be moved on to a user replaceable card to make the phone network independent, that will be a game changer.
54. Vcarvega (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)
I'm really not sure what they could do to be a game changer at this point... but I also think the nature of 'game changers' is that they are not predictable. That said, I am somewhat skeptical that Motorola or Google will truly pull off a 'game changer'... but I would love to be pleasantly surprised.
If the hardware is cutting edge and it comes with stock Android, I'm likely to buy it regardless.
Also, what does the People app not do that the WP People hub does??? My dad has the Nokia 920, and I've only played with it briefly... but I certainly didn't notice anything particularly impressive about the People hub. In fact, it was a pain importing all of his contacts over from gmail.