Motorola X to be part of a whole new process of buying a smartphone?

Motorola X to be part of a whole new process of buying a smartphone?
Now that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 has been introduced, it is time for Android fans, nay, smartphone fans of all platforms, to get ready for the Motorola X. If the latest rumors about what Google is up to are correct, the Motorola X might usher in a whole new world of buying a smartphone. Before we continue, as with any story of this magnitude that cannot be verified because the executives involved won't or can't talk for the record, you must take this with a grain of salt.

According to multiple sources inside Motorola who remain anonymous, the mysterious Motorola handset that we showed you on Wednesday was an earlier version of the Motorola X. One source says it will launch in June, another says July. The Motorola X, as we know it, will be the first device of a whole new series of Motorola X phones and is actually a brand designed to compete with the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and beyond. Each model will guarantee at least one update to the next higher OS build and will be delivered by Motorola, not the carriers. We actually saw this with the recent introduction of the Motorola RAZR D1 and the Motorola RAZR D3 in Brazil where the OEM promised at least one Android update for both models.

The Motorola X line will be sold through the Google Play Store and can also be ordered from carrier's retail stores. Customers will be able to customize the device while ordering and the phone will be delivered in one week. So if your handset doesn't contain enough RAM, you know who is to blame-you are! In addition, you can decide in advance the wallpaper, ringtones, apps and the contacts that you want on the phone before it arrives, similar in a way to HTC's Get Started.

The phone will be an octo-core model with one core dedicated to Motorola's human language system and the Motorola logo on the back is said to be a touch sensitive button used to activate certain features. The best news of all is that the phone will be heavily subsidized by Motorola and Google in order to get a large number of buyers.

Imagine deciding the specs of your own phone and having it arrive in one week. This will also be a big change for Motorola which won't have to invest in parts until they are needed. The manufacturer can more quickly take advantage of drops in component prices, but it could leave them wide open to a price squeeze. Dell has done this for years in the PC market with mixed results. Can it work in the smartphone arena?

source: AndroidandMe (1), (2)


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103 Comments

1. drpain

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 07, 2013

Obvious fake rumor

25. lovenyc8

Posts: 164; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

all rumors are real you didn;t learn from the s4

27. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

I wouldn't say it's "obvious" that it's fake. It could be, and this is an unusual way to produce a phone, but this is Google's Motorola now. You should be prepared for some unusual things to happen, because that's Google's business model.

2. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Well im still waiting for the offical press on the x phone. im skipping the gs IV. Dont believe what any rumors say till google &the motorola officially announce the x phone

3. JaseelEbrahim

Posts: 31; Member since: Jul 24, 2012

I had planned to introduce this process of buying a smartphone when i start a new mobile company.

4. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

Good news the Wednesday leak was an earlier version. Hope the final version is way more different/beautiful.

5. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

is the beginning of a "Dell" like process?

16. nak1017

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

I was thinking the same thing... If the mobile market is following the computer market, then that would be a logical step along the way

6. alila2

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

very interesting and unusual to mobile world marketing. I like the looks and size of that phone.

7. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Hmmm. Its probably best to stick to one chipset and processor specifications as variants couldn't be a nightmare for app devs

14. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Could be a nightmare I meant!

26. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

There are already hundreds of phones. X Phone variants won't mean anything. Any Android developer should already be prepared to make apps compatible on a variety of devices. That's the status quo, just as it is in the desktop PC industry.

82. soshi

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 08, 2012

Although it is customizable they are going to limit it for some level. For example screen provide mdpi, hdpi or full hd, 4", 4.5" or 5". Camera choose 5, 8 or 10 mp. If what I imagine true that will be best because everyone has their priorities on spec while keep their money from buying feature that they don't need. Netizen also has less to complain although people will always has something to whine.

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Promise at least one update to the next Android build? We've heard that one before. I'll believe it when I see it. It'll release with Jellybean and then they will take their time updating it to key lime pie. Version after that may not ever come to this new X phone.

17. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

please promise too stop trolling

20. Aeires unregistered

Fat chance.

23. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Precisely. I'm sure a Google subsidiary releasing its first phone produced just about 100% under Google is going to fail to meet its promise of providing actual Android.

68. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You mean like the Galaxy Nexus? How are the updates on it going?

78. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Apart from Verizon, the updates on the Galaxy Nexus have gone swimmingly. And I'm sure you'll notice there is no new Nexus on Verizon.

80. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Google learned their lesson with giving Verizon a Nexus device... Keep it GSM.

81. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

thankfully Verizon will likely be supplemented with a Nexus-like device from Moto. hell the 4.2 update to phones like the Razr M and the Razr HD may even bring the complete stock experience.

93. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I find it odd how Verizon gave Moto the same treatment for updates as they did the Galaxy Nexus. The entire new Razr family on Verizon got Jelly Bean 2 months after release (October-December), which is the same time frame the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon got Jelly Bean. I do wish Motorola would go completely stock, aside from the Circles widget, and maybe a couple other features. Go full stock, add in the Circles widget, and add other features in the form of removable apps; I think a lot of consumers would appreciate that.

94. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

yeah, i agree. full stock with Circles and Smartactions is the way to go. i hope KLP adds in some native Car Dock functionality because the lack of a Car Dock UI is something I didn't like about using the GN.

91. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Google has plenty of money to leverage against Verizon. They aren't trying hard enough.

29. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Who's "we" you are referring to?

36. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Why you even bother? I mean you have the best of the best regardless why bother going to a site and asking a company to improve a device you are not even considering owning? Is that the reason for you to exist? Must be a sad life the one you have

47. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Hey ... there's a big DIFFERENCE between VERSION as Apple "programmed it to be understood" and what it is on Android world. Don't view them SIRI's eyes / Brains :)

60. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Just how do you stand being wrong all the time?

66. Mxyzptlk unregistered

What makes me wrong? hook line and sinker

73. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Hook line and sinker? Oh, I see. You're trying to insinuate that you wanted me to respond to you. If that's the case....that's kind of sad. And I'm referring to the fact that apart from the Photon Q and Droid 4, every one of Motorola's phones since their RAZR redesign is already on Jelly Bean. The Photon and Droid 4 are on ICS (and I'm sure Jelly Bean is imminent) and the Bionic is too. Apart from the Photon/Atrix/Electrify fiasco, Motorola has been pretty diligent in updating its devices. You continue to bash them for no other reason than your apparent obsession with me. So what's the dealio?

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