Dennis Woodside confirms the Moto X and says Motorola is "relaunching its product line"

Dennis Woodside confirms the Moto X and says Motorola is
Yesterday, we saw Apple CEO Tim Cook drop some pretty solid news while speaking at the AllThingsD D11 conference, and today it's time for Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside to show that his company (which of course is technically part of Google) can also grab headlines. And, he has come out strong by both confirming the existence of the Motorola X Phone (not that we needed confirmation on "Ghost") and saying that the device will be made in the USA.

Woodside started out by confirming the X Phone, and by announcing that it will officially be named the Moto X and that it will be "broadly distributed", which seems to confirm what we had heard about the device coming to all major US carriers. He said that the device is planned to go up against the iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy, but that he sees Motorola doing well to follow Google's Nexus strategy with high-quality, low-cost devices. He also went on to give some information about the device, saying that it will have an OLED display and that it will be very situationally aware. Although, Woodside did err a bit on the creepy side by using the pronoun "we" in the description:

Apparently, the device will be very "contextually aware" according to Woodside, and know when you're in the car and potentially offer different interactions based on your situation. He didn't give much more as far as details, but did mention both breakability and battery life, both of which are features Larry Page has addressed. So, it would seem that maybe sapphire glass isn't out of the question for the X. 

Woodside was proud to announce that the Moto X would be made in the USA. Some components will still come from Taiwan and Korea, but manufacturing of the handset will happen just outside of Fort Worth, Texas at a 500,000 sq. ft. plant that is had been used by Nokia for manufacturing phones. Ultimately, about 70% of the manufacturing will be done in Texas. 

Woodside even claimed to have the Moto X in his pocket during the talk, but would not show it off. He even said that the new head of Android, Sundar Pichai hasn't even seen the device, and further reinstated the division there is between Google and Motorola. Woodside claims that Motorola is treated the same as any Android partner, saying "We're hiring out of Google, but once you come to Motorola you give up your Google badge. It really is separate."

Our source has said that Google comes around every once in a while to check on the work being done at Motorola, but there isn't regular interaction as far as they know. We can't say if Google pays visits to all of its Android partners, but we wouldn't be surprised if Google were a bit more hands on at Motorola than the company is saying. 

Woodside didn't say specifically when the Moto X would be released, but did say that between now and October the company will be relaunching its product line and moving away from its past of some 40 phones to just a handful. And, he said that despite the company only having about 3% market share globally, he isn't worried because Motorola "likes being a challenger". 

source: AllThingsD

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47 Comments

1. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

WHEN THE HELL IS THE RELEASE DATE? and its going its being made in USA NOT IN CHINA

12. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Between now and October, so within 5 months.

17. Mxyzptlk unregistered

In other words you don't know. It's like the Bionic all over again .

21. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

It is no where near the Bionic. Me and a few others have explained this to you very thoroughly, why don't you go back and refresh your memory. Motorola and Google announced that they have STARTED developing the X phone in late December, they're only about 5 months into development, which is nowhere near enough time to properly make a flagship, they should have 3 more months to develop at the very least.

22. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Here you go, this is what I said to you the last time you compared the X phone to the Bionic; The X phone is NOTHING like the Bionic at this point. The Bionic was announced in January of 2011, with full specs listed, official pictures from Motorola, official name, and even hands on footage with the press at the event. Then, within the course of 8 months; the Etna was scrapped due to its terrible battery life, completely rebuilt into the Targa, and then in September of 2011 was released on Verizon as an entirely new device that looked and operated completely different from the Etna. Now, the X phone hasn't had any event for it, no official specs, no official pictures, no official name, no official ANYTHING. All Google and Motorola said is that they were working on it. It was never unveiled like the Bionic was, Google and Motorola made it VERY clear that the X phone had STARTED development in late December of 2012; and now, 6 months of development later, they are getting ready for an unveiling. Now, once the X phone has official pictures, an official name, and is officially unveiled by Motorola and Google with demo units to give out to the press, then you can start spouting off about how this is going to be like the Bionic. When the phone is delayed for 8 months after the official reveal, I will be happy to agree with you. Until then, hush.

25. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

In addition to Berzerker, here's one of my refutations of this stupid, stupid statement of yours: "In order to be the Bionic all over again, as you put it, the Ghost would have to: -be a phone that was built from scratch, starting at the design board and ending with production and sales, in about 6 months flat. -be glitchy, thick, and ugly. -be released with a horrible camera, crappy screen, and slow processor. -be about 5 months overdue from its original promised release date. -be released about 2 months before a much superior phone by the same manufacturer is released with the intent to replace the existing model. If you say that the Ghost is going to be the Bionic all over again, then you're essentially saying that all of those conditions will be met at the same time. Willing to make that bet, Mxy?"

37. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Oh Sniggy every factor of detail doesn't have to be the same for it to fall under the level of the Bionic. The Bionic was a mystery before it was finally released to so many problems.

38. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

The iPhone 5S is going to be the iPhone 4S all over again. Same phone, nothing new, just some flat icons. Everyone in the industry is going to expect something big this fall, and it's going to be another huge letdown. Still want one?

44. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

The *redesigned* Bionic wasn't really a mystery. We knew it was being redesigned, but that it would basically be the same phone shown at CES. The Motorola press release pegs the phone to come out in "summer." The clock is ticking. They have until September 23rd to drop the X into stores. By that date I'll be accepting your apologies. Oh, who am I kidding? You're just going to keep ignoring reality.

28. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

When has this phone been officially announced again? Exactly....it hasnt been.

41. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

it has actually... just not with a full spec list or picture or anything.

24. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

there's been an update. the PR says Summer.

26. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Well that narrows it down a bit. Instead of May-October it's June-August.

35. torr310

Posts: 1626; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Whoever makes the X Phone line... they suck! I lost my interest due to the delay release and non-spectacular specs.

42. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Where did you hear they delayed the release? A release date was never set, so how could they delay it?

2. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

It's been awfully silent in the Motorola camp, but it sounds like calm before the storm. Can't wait to see what they have in store!

3. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

With it knowing so much, there's no way I'm going to view porn using the Moto X (although the name works for that purpose). The big question is when will the relaunch actually occur?

4. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

The made in USA thing has piqued my interest, if it really does come with high end specs instead of the middle of the road specs that have been reported lately, and it comes with the cell bands I want....This could be my next phone, especially if it has a battery the size of the RAZR MAXX.

5. Genersis

Posts: 219; Member since: May 29, 2013

Cool. I hope more reliable information comes to light soon. There's been so many rumours around this phone.

6. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

"he sees Motorola doing well to follow Google's Nexus strategy with high-quality, low-cost devices." that sounds interesting. if they go with stock android and the hardware is as good as they say, it will be a buy.

7. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

sweet! i guess what Woodside what Woodside was talking about is a new version of Smartactions. o:

8. Luisit0

Posts: 73; Member since: Feb 18, 2013

somehow, i thought the same thing 0.0

9. hothands

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Are people really going to refer to this phone as a Moto X? I can't wait to unveil my F1 phone that has nothing to do with the sport. Can't we just call it the Motorola X or just the X phone?

31. troutsy

Posts: 378; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

But I also have an F1 key on my keyboard! OH THE HUMANITY, HOW ARE WE EVER GOING TO SURVIVE!?!?!?

10. papss unregistered

Finally something not being made in china

13. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Not sure why all the thumbs down. It is nice to see a US based handset.

23. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 912; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Agreed. I'm more inclined to wait for my next phone solely based on this reason alone.

32. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"Finally something not being made in china" Does everything else is made in China?

43. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

Most of things today are made in china if you dont know...

45. kozza3

Posts: 777; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

or Korea, Japan, Taiwan...

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