Google and Motorola finally working on "X Phone" and tablet

Google and Motorola finally working on "X Phone" and tablet
Ever since Google first purchased Motorola, the Android faithful have been waiting for this report. We've all been wondering when Google would finally jump in and make a device in-house, using its newly acquired hardware manufacturer, and it looks like the time is coming. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google and Motorola are working on a so-called "X Phone" and a tablet, both of which will be released next year.

Not a lot is known about the project, but the plan seems to be that the device will be a straight up Google device and be separate from the work that Motorola is doing with the RAZR line and other products. Former Google product manager, Lior Ron is reportedly in charge of the product. Ron had been part of the mapping team, and apparently is looking to provide great imaging on the new device with a top of the line camera and photo software. The Nexus line hasn't been known for top-notch photography, but admittedly, neither have Motorola devices, so it'll be interesting to see what happens there. 

Flexible displays, ceramics, and other features to make the devices more durable are being explored, but nothing is definite yet. Word has it that the phone will come first and the tablet later, but no word on when either will be released. Also no word on if these will carry the Nexus name, but that seems likely since it is the brand that Google has been putting on all of its products from phones to tablets and supposedly also the in-house Chromebook that's being made. 

We'll definitely bring you more when we hear it, but we wouldn't expect much until at least Google I/O which is scheduled for May 15-17.

source: WSJ via The Verge

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72 Comments

72. ChafedBanana

Posts: 409; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

My next phone.

71. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

Now if Motorola could learn how to implement decent software into their phones. Out of every hardware vendor I'd say Motorola is the worst at software.

65. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

Oh please come to sprint.

64. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1292; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Please add a great camera with XENON flash to it. Of course with world's best battery life. And please please Google, DO NOT remove the microSD slot... PLEASEEE PLEASEEE.....

58. nexusalltheway

Posts: 69; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

Birng it on!!

56. NewWireless

Posts: 27; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

Hey, all, Don't get your hopes up.... if you actually want the tablet at least. i used to be a RAZR MAXX owner. best damn battery life ever, but now I have Lumia 920 on T-Mo..... Do any of you remember the prior Moto Tablet that VZW used to sell that was suppose to have the first LTE. Customers had to ship it to Moto, then get shipped back the LTE equiped device..... It didn't sell.... So unless this tablet is a serious upgrade from the prior Verizon only Moto tablet device that did not sell well on VZW... I think it was called the XOOM........ Does anybody know anybody that has one..?

63. ronjr123

Posts: 88; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Actually I do and it is a great device. No, it wasn't Verizon exclusive, just the LTE variant. I have the wifi version running jelly bean. This is a Google experience device like any other nexus or OG Droid before it. Does it have its draw backs like any other device? Sure, there is no one "perfect" device out there, regardless what Apple wants you to think. Battery life is outstanding. Dual core tegra is OK now on jelly bean. It is nearly a two year old device now but still does everything any other android tablet will do. Was it a monster seller? No, I blame that on the pricing structure, but at the time there really wasn't any other android tablets out there and they priced it like Apple.

66. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i had the Xyboard 8.2 for a few months. (the Wi-Fi variant) it was a decent tablet. i preferred using it over the Transformer Prime. it was a great size, had good build quality, had those real reliable Motorola radios and it was spec'd like the Tab 2 series that came out like half a year later.

55. richardyarrell2011

Posts: 510; Member since: Mar 16, 2011

Motorola needs to stop. They know they are soft and their smartphones are dull and boring. Get over it Samsung is android plain and simple. With the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 on the horizon in 2013 Motorola better come real strong my friends.

52. D_Tech-tive

Posts: 104; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

Music to my ears! Hope it has a big battery and made from good materials like RAZR MAXX!

49. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Does this mean every andriod phone maker is in trouble? P.S: I mean andriod is google's own operating system, they can choose if they want to release the next major update to the other manufacturers. If they have their own phone, I dont see any point in giving updates to your competitions

54. iDroidWin

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

Lol. Android is open source. When developers can fork their own versions, why can't others update their versions. If google makes it propriety, which I doubt, I might say goodbye to it.

45. haroonazeem638

Posts: 141; Member since: Mar 29, 2011

This may become my first Motorola phone. JUST don't mess up like LG did this time.

47. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

In fact my first phone was a Motorola phone way back in 1996.

39. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

This is great. Google + Motorola = success

53. iDroidWin

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

I think Google had to do it. So if like Amazon, Samsung decides to fork their own version of Android, Google will have someone to count on.

38. dan86

Posts: 298; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

Expecting something really big which will take a huge bite in Apple's lunch.

36. N.Reynolds

Posts: 257; Member since: Feb 15, 2011

I have a Verizon Galaxy Nexus running 4.2.1. I don't see why everyone complains about the Nexus on Verizon. Get over the fact that you don't get OTA updates right away. You can still get the newest software right away just not OTA.

42. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

What does this have to do with the article?

48. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

he's talking about the people commenting that Verizon shouldn't get this.

35. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

these are what i've been waiting years for. let their arrival be soon.

29. Naviiin

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

Hoping for a Droid 5!

34. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

you and me both pal.

26. imkyle

Posts: 1117; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

So happy I did not upgrade from my Galaxy Nexus to the Nexus 4. Motorola is gonna be sick.

27. HTCOE

Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

LIKE.... SUPER SICK!

24. HTCOE

Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

ooooooooohhhhh i just jizzed on myself....thank god ! it's about time "neXus" im ready

20. techguy22

Posts: 227; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

no it wont be on VZ. thank god. i hope vz learned a lesson.

22. user312

Posts: 68; Member since: Aug 21, 2012

In that case, I'm glad I'm on Sprint!

25. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Please tell me you are guessing. I wont ever jump ship over a phone....but damn....this is the Nexus I've been looking for... AT&T...I might try out.

19. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Sounds like it could be my next phone. Since I can't take the leap and jump ship from Verizon because of the quality of their network hopefully it will come with on contract pricing, which in the US is very important for a phone to be successful and Google will finally stand up to the carriers to create swift and bloat free updates.

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