Google I/O to see Motorola X with Key Lime Pie?

Google I/O to see Motorola X with Key Lime Pie?
Wake up! Yes, we know it's Saturday, but an exciting new rumor is crackling through the community and we're sure that you would want to hear it. First, a caveat. This story needs to be taken with a grain of salt, although it doesn't make it any less exciting. Ready? Awake? Let's proceed. According to the usual source of the anonymous kind, during this year's Google I/O, which begins on May 15th, Google will present the Motorola X.

According to the source, the Motorola X will have a 5 inch display that will be edge-to-edge like the Motorola DROID RAZR M. The device will run Android 5.0, Key Lime Pie, and will be the first Motorola handset that lets the world know that the company is owned by Google. The model will be available on multiple carriers, so it won't be a Nexus model. The UI will feature some Motorola add-ons. To reiterate, this will not be a Verizon exclusive and appears to be Motorola and Google trying to compete with the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Samsung GALAXY Note II.

Google doesn't usually introduce non-Nexus devices at Google I/O, so some traditions might be broken here. And remember, this is purely speculation at the moment. Still, it gives Motorola, Android, and Google fans-heck, fans of smartphones in general-something to think about over the next four months.

source: DroidForums.net, TalkAndroid via Pocketlint

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1. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I'm having a braingasm :D

5. MeoCao unregistered

lol, best news of the day, hope it's true.

16. richardyarrell2011

Posts: 510; Member since: Mar 16, 2011

Motorola and Google trying to compete with Samsung. Everyone wants to be like Samny. I wish Motorola luck another boring stock android device. They do better keeping there light skin let Nexus take that stock mantle. Either way the Galaxy S4 or Galaxy Note 3 they will not be.

21. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

And I hope they wont be a Note or Galaxy phone. Samsung has pros n cons, Moto does too. I prefer the pros of Moto to Samsung. And I can deal with the cons of a Moto phone vs a Samsung phone.

22. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

"And I can deal with the cons of a Moto phone vs a Samsung phone" That makes sense.

25. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Yea....the cons of a Moto phone vs the cons of a Samsung phone. I did just say they both have pros n cons....

35. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Cons of a Moto phone? WTF are you smoking? You must be talking about Moto's from 2-3yrs ago. Current Moto's = Kevlar backings, reinforced metal bodies (which are sealed), and a nanocoating on both the outside and inside (circuitry). ALL Samsungs = extremely cheap, plastic bodies. I do like the S3 and I think it's the best phone Samsung has ever made, but I think all their other phones were garbage. I also prefer MotoBlur and the internal hardware. Plus I think Moto makes better radios.

39. MeoCao unregistered

I think Moto phones are not as successful as SS b-c they are more expensive and Moto's poor sales and post sale job. Looks like Moto has learned from the past and I'm very hopeful about the new Motorola.

40. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lol. Moto uses mostly qualcomm and Nvidia parts. Nothing special about them.

44. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Actually, one thing that Motorola does do special is they skirt FCC regulation limits for "safe radiation" in their radio output. The result is that their phones usually kick ass in reception and call quality. I just picked up their sliver bluetooth, and I have to say, out of all the bluetooths I've owned, this one sounds the best.

45. MeoCao unregistered

I think Moto's phones are better built, SS has more gimmicky features. But SS's advertising, promotion and distribution just destroy Moto's.

74. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

I was speaking to the internals of Moto phones. Most everything inside of them is built by someone else. Externally yea, Moto's build quality can be quite good. Internally its very hard to compare to Samsung.

58. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

it's not so much what kind of radios they are but how Motorola makes them perform between how the phone is designed, the kernels they use, there's different factors other than what kind of radios they're using. Motorola isn't just blowing out hot air when they say the Razr HD gets better reception than the SIII.

89. jinwons

Posts: 95; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

Believe or not, Note 2 has better reception than Razr HD. And GS3 is on par with Razr HD on reception with JB update. Samsung is surely able to build great radio if they really want.

123. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i don't believe you because there is a Razr MAXX HD, a Razr M and 2 Galaxy S III's in my household and with my experience with all of them i still believe Motorola is ahead of Samsung in this area. this is Motorola here, get real. why do you think Motorola would tout this advantage if it wasn't there? if they wanted to lie about something they could've done a better job than that.

127. jinwons

Posts: 95; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

Did you read my post correctly? I said Note 2 has better reception, not GS3.

128. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

"Believe or not, Note 2 has better reception than Razr HD. And GS3 is on par with Razr HD on reception with JB update. Samsung is surely able to build great radio if they really want." i don't believe Samsung is even on par with Motorola much less ahead of them and that's based on experience from multiple Samsung and Motorola devices including their current flagship devices. i can't speak for the Note II but i doubt it's that much better than the SIII. i'll ask you again. why do you think Motorola would tout this advantage if it isn't there?

129. jinwons

Posts: 95; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

I'm not arguing your experience or Moto's reputation with radio. I also had Samsung, Moto in my possession. Though Moto usually had a little higher dbm, it didn't matter much in practical usage in terms of signal holding, call quality. And where is link for Moto touting their better reception than S3? I like to see if they did any objective testing or just marketing claim. My point is that Note 2 has outstanding signal reception among Sammy devices, which edges out some of Moto's latest. And it's not only me saying this. There are many forum threads where people switchng from Moto devices to Note 2 experienced better reception with Note 2. I agree that Moto has better reputation with cellular radio, but that doesn't necessarily mean future devices will follow the same trend. That's all I'm saying.

73. phonemirer

Posts: 111; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

it was kevlar or carbon, anyway, razr maxx back has an awesome badass look, i think it is better than s2

116. carlosechev07

Posts: 39; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

I'm ok with your declaration, Moto's building quality is superior than Samsung cheap plastic body.. but Sammy designs are sexies than Moto..!!

118. carlosechev07

Posts: 39; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

I'm ok with your declaration, Moto's building quality is superior than Samsung cheap plastic body.. but Sammy designs are sexies than Moto, but I Like too much the small bizels that Moto has featured in Razr M, (a 5 inch display + edge to edge) = big super-portable phablet..!!

77. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2361; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Whoa whoa whoa, I think that everyone needs to remember something very important here: the Motorola of the past is not necessarily the Motorola of the future. This is going to be the first real phone that will showcase it's new owner, Google. Therefore, when it comes to things like hardware and even software, we cannot know what really to expect. Now, that's not to say that some of the things we have come to expect from Motorola will be thrown out the door such as razor thin aesthetics combined with premium materials. What it does mean is that you can expect some of the cons of Motorola devices in the past are definitely going to be addressed such as the software. Now, what would be really cool (though not likely right now) is if Google announced the Motorola X as its flagship device for its own carrier (Dish-Google). A man can dream...

26. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Nobody wants to be like Samsung, they just want to compete, which is normal in business. It's just Motorola is being the first to take a step further than the rest of the competitors and be a direct competitor by releasing on all carriers. PA got mixed up in the reporting, in the original article at DroidForums they say that it will have additional Motorola software add-ons to stock Android, and not be pure stock Android like PA said. But anyways, you're right. This Motorola X won't be the Galaxy S4 of the Note 3. They'll be completely on par with it, maybe the Motorola will be better to some, and the Samsung will be better to some, but on all levels Motorola will be the biggest competitor to Samsung in the Android world with this X phone. Samsung has extra software features (that most of hardly get used, honestly), so does Motorola along with much faster updates to the newest Android version. Samsung has removable battery, Motorola has better build strength with water resistance along with bigger batteries. Samsung will have their flagships across all carriers, so will Motorola. You call them advantages, everyone else calls them trade offs. There is no definite advantage to choosing Samsung over anyone else, especially since we've gotten to a point in time where power is a null statement when all new processors are extremely powerful (with graphics to match) and can run anything for the next 2 or 3 years without breaking a sweat. So there will be ZERO difference in everyday performance, something Samsung has held over everyone with their Exynos chips, until now. All Samsung has now is sales, which relates nothing to actual quality. Unless you work for Samsung, you shouldn't be bragging about that. And if this Motorola X phone succeeds, Samsung's sales will be dropping over the course of 2013. Every manufacturer gets a time where there company will be run into the ground. Will this be Samsung's? Definitely *not*. This year, it will probably be Apple who gets the hammer unless they change something within the next 2 years. But, this will show Samsung that they will have some good competition, and hopefully Sammy will oblige Motorola by playing hardball right back at them. Then the consumers are the real winners.

30. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Exactly. I dont try to knock Samsung phones....I just prefer Motorola phones overall. Every phone has pros n cons. If anyone thinks otherwise...I dont know what to say.

60. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

couldn't have said it better myself. c':

75. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

I concur, twas a good comment.

29. MeoCao unregistered

SS did a lot for Android and deserves the success, but the domination of SS is not good for Android. It's not SS fault but other OEMs must step up to make Android ecosystem balanced and competitive which drives more innovation. So next to Sony's Xperia Z Moto's new flagship with new business approach is a great news.

31. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

And I forgot....I really like what I see from Sony's new phone. I would have to try one first tho before saying if I like it or not.

47. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

You are right, Motorola wants to be Samsung indeed! I bet they are running around their headquarters to switch their superb kevlar and metal body for cheap plastic, and their huge batteries for normal sized batteries. Either way for me a better Nexus manufacturer would be Motorola, Sammy had their shot and they made a plastic phone, as always. A Motorola Nexus with a Kevlar and metal body with Razr M like aesthetics sound like divine to me.

48. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

google competes with samsung? without google there wouldn't be samsung as we know it.

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