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

Google and Motorola finally working on
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

1. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Nexus X? I'm there.

10. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

It will probably be only availble on VERIZON no one else gets like like the RAZRS on Verizon

30. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

i think google has made it clear that vzw isnt worthy of the pure google experience. they are far too motivated to cram bloatware onto their handsets. i plan on leaving vzw to get this phone (hopefully).

67. dan86

Posts: 298; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

Quad core 2.5 GHz 1080p display with 32 bit color support Key Lime Pie 5.0 5000 mAh battery 21 MP camera with advanced optic and 1080p video at 120 fps, xenon flash and over sampling F1 and aircraft grade aluminium and Carbon materials This would be dream moto of google!

68. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Then why Verizon and Sprint have the GALAXY NEXUS should be on every carrier. if they will RELEASE IT ON ALL CARRIERS it would drive the sales up and everyone can get a pure GOOGLE PHONE EXPERIENCE

37. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2235; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I think Google has shown it wants to focus on selling devices unsubsidized. Now, there is always a possibility that a carrier will get the device but I wouldn't say it will ONLY be available on Verizon. Who knows? By then we could be looking at Google-Dish Wireless.

12. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Motorola radio, build quality, and quick updates if its indeed a Nexus phone will probably make tech geeks counting the days until Google I/O.

15. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

That is exactly what I'm looking forward too... Just hope Verizon keeps their grubby little paws off of it. Because of Verizon's control freak nature though, I wouldn't be surprised to see it on a different carrier instead. But, I can dream of a stock Android OS, Moto built phone, free of bloatware from Big Red can't I?

31. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

The future: HTC will sue Motorola/Google 4 having X in the name

46. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

You see that everytime you reboot a nexus phone ... by the time HTC really decides to sue google who knows HTC would be struggling to survive :)

50. iDroidWin

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

No, I don't think so. But if it had an "i", moto should see lawsuits coming.

73. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

The Motorola Droid X came out in 2010 when HTC had the Evo, Inspire, Droid Incredible & whatever they had on T-Mobile. 2011 the X2 was out while HTC had the Evo 3D, Vivid, Thunderbolt &, again, whatever they had on T-Moble. HTC sueing Motorola over the letter X (which will most likely NOT be in the name of this phone), doubtful.

33. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

well we on Verizon hope that they get it but uphold with Nexus tradition. it'll be sad if we don't get it because since we've been getting the best Moto has to offer we'll really know what we're missing.

40. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Got my days left widget already set up :)

16. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

'The X' sounds better...i mean without the 'phone'. Nexus X doesn't sound bad too.

21. kidtronic

Posts: 13; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

They're obviously not going to call it 'X Phone'. That's just the alleged project name. Don't be surprised if X is nowhere in the final release name.

28. HTCOE

Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

not the nexus x it will be called the neXus they'll make the "X" the ten within

43. MeoCao unregistered

Larry Page told Motorola to think big, and Motorola will concentrate on making a single phone. Maybe this is the phone that will defeat iPhone in US. GS3 is a great and successful phone but many US consumers still prefer style over substance, Nexus X can offer both style and substance. An offer that's hard to refuse.

57. sithvenger

Posts: 371; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

U sound as if you've seen it already, but u may also b right. I recently sold my ip5, and bought the galaxy note 2. I love it, but I do miss some things about my iPhone. Maybe this can bridge them. iPhones r more stylish, android more substance... Good point.

2. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Exciting. Hope it works out. I'd like to see a quad core lte phone with a massive battery. Add in Motorola's nice builds and this will be a very good phone.

41. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Quad core 1.7+ GHz A15 processor (maybe new custom Snapdragon S5?) 2 GB RAM 4.7-5" 1080p S-AMOLED/ColorBoost display 3,500 mAh battery Kevlar back and water resistant Famed Motorola antennae It will be beautiful :)

51. iDroidWin

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

Add to that no skin of their own to slow Android down or interfere with Pure experience. Features like Samsung. Its a sell for me. I will ditch my GN2 for it. Nah, I will keep them both.

59. iDroid8

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

Either you keep the UI and enjoy the features that come with it or you buy a nexus and root your device/get some apps that get you close

60. iDroidWin

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

I am saying stock UI + extra features from this phone is my expectation. Like S-Pen integration and plug and play, best face etc. I, over a period of time get bored of touchwiz or sense. I guess, their UI slows down the phone, not the features.

61. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Motorola added very few additions to the ICS UI, and I like most of them.

62. ronjr123

Posts: 88; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

This just sounds like the next Gen razor. Having owned only Moto phones since the nineties, I just recently went to the GN2. I have to say the TW stock interface I don't care for but all of the little performance enhancements they have incorporated have greatly expanded upon stock android. I actually like the user experience better. Stock Android isn't enough anymore IMHO. As for build quality in android Moto is really hard to beat. Their radios are second to no one. What I am trying to say I guess is that a stock looking interface with the best of user experience tweaks and motor build and radio would be great. Of course all of this without the need to root would be fantastic!

3. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

OOOOOH... The X Phone... Sound good...

4. sithvenger

Posts: 371; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

Xphone? Sounds too familiar to... Wait if I say it I'll get sued.

11. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Your comment had no meaning whatsoever towards his comment and the article.

23. sithvenger

Posts: 371; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

So what?

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