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Dennis Woodside: there "might be a day" for a Moto Maker customized tablet

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Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside doesn't do a huge amount of interviews; but, any time he does one, you can be sure that he'll be asked about whether or not Motorola is working on a tablet. Marques Brownlee recently asked him, and he said that the company's focus was on phones. Today, Pocket-lint asked Woodside the same question, and Woodside had a very similar answer.

This time, however, Woodside, left the door open a bit more. He said that there were a lot of people asking about a Motorola tablet with full Moto Maker customization, and he did admit that "there might be a day we do that", but of course he quickly turned the subject back to phones, saying that "the bigger opportunity for us is the 5 billion people without smartphones and the 1 billion people who have smartphones."

That definitely sounds a lot like a "one day at a time" approach from Woodside. Right now, Motorola is focused on emerging markets with its Moto G, and expanding the reach of the Moto X. Given the way Woodside talks, we certainly wouldn't hold our breath for a Moto tablet. Motorola hasn't had a tablet with buzz (no pun intended) since the XOOM (although you could argue that there wasn't much buzz with the XOOM either,) and we don't expect a Moto tablet anytime this year at least. 

source: Pocket-lint 1 & 2

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posted on 14 Jan 2014, 17:38

1. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)

And that "day," I will be the first one in line.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 17:39

2. Extradite (banned) (Posts: 316; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)

Everyone thought and was hoping that with the MotorolaX.... Look what happened....! We all had our hopes high for a custom made device like our Pcs and Laptops, options to choose the CPU, GPU, battery, screen, materials, RAM, ..... "Fail" you only have the options to choose the back cover... "What a joke"

Motorola be the very first company to give the options to choose what the consumers would like in there devices. That surely will make a big boost to your fading company...

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 17:45 2

3. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

Are you familiar with Motorola's Project Ara?

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 20:04

5. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4746; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

You do realize that the reason it's not as difficult to do on PCs is because those options that are available use socket mounting and can be swapped easily. The size of a smartphone, or even a tablet for that matter, doesn't lend itself to that way of manufacturing. All components in these devices are soldered to the board. What you are talking about is getting a company like Moto to custom build a phone for each customer for CPU, RAM, storage, camera, GPU, battery size, ports, etc. How much do you think that would cost? And how will updates work? Look at how long it takes when all these phones share a common build, now each phone would need a custom build for the firmware. It's a nice idea in theory, but it would be a nightmare to execute. Others have pointed out Project Ara, but I see the same issues with firmware updates there as well.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 19:23

4. Jommick (Posts: 221; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)

Project Ara for a tablet? :D

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 12:50

6. RandomUsername (Posts: 808; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)

How about Moto Maker outside the US?

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