Motorola advisor Kawasaki hints at customizable Motorola X

Motorola advisor Kawasaki hints at customizable Motorola X
Last week, we passed along the rather interesting rumor about the Motorola X being part of a whole new way to buy phones. The buyer would get to decide how much RAM would go into the phone, as well as choosing from native storage options, color and other specs. Is there any truth to this speculation? That is what Motorola advisor, Venture Capitalist, author and all-around nice guy Guy Kawasaki might have been hinting at when he posted a YouTube video on his Google+ account. Or, he could have just been screwing with all of us.

The video shows the Porsche "Exclusive" program that lets a Porsche buyer choose from a number of customizable options. Sound familiar? Even more intriguing was his comment that went along with the video, It read, "Wouldn’t it be great if you could personalize your phone like this?" Yes folks, it seems that when it comes to the rumor about a customizable Motorola phone, X marks the spot.

source: GuyKawasaki via AndroidandMe



1. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

If you can customize the moto x to your liking then bye bye apple and all other poor unadaptable companies and hello the Motorola revolution!

3. nak1017

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

It would definitely fore a change in the market, and one for the consumer's benefit no less

8. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Don't get all worked up about a customizable phone. There will be limits to what can be customized. For example, you could choose either 1 or 2 Gb of RAM. CPU could be configured between S600 at 1.5 or 1.7 Ghz. And, and, and. Thinking you could specify an S800 CPU at 2.0 Ghz in July, 2013 when only samples will be shipping at that time is pure delusion. Or getting spun up by Guy.

21. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I agree about the amount of customization. Even going to PC sites where you can configure your order.....its limited in some areas based on what you start out with. Some PC build to order sites are very limited in what you can change.

25. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

o what? id say thats still pretty damn cool! and i think the power we currently have in our phones will suffice wheter its this years chips or next years......gotta realize good things when you see it bro

11. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

If they have chassis customisations as well, say choose plastic back or kevlar back (of course I would choose kevlar :) ) and this sort of customisation I'm in!

34. heyhi

Posts: 137; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

that would be great, but very hard to pull-off...the first article said that it would be possible to customize specs and also widgets?? common..this demands time...its not like customize a Porsche...phones have much much more, dell and i dont know what companies else do that with their computers for example, but only for much easier to buy a phone than a macbook or a PORSCHE, so, more demand...Google knows it, especially because they know they are always out of stock of the Nexus 4. Anyway, Motorola and Google can do it, but i think sometimes, they're gonna be late with the shipping.

2. ghostnexus

Posts: 96; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I think I found my new phone

4. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Can we please wait till the official x phone conference instead of us looking or reading at these false/bogus reports

6. teckem

Posts: 15; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

O man of little faith

16. pixelado

Posts: 130; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

one can dream...

5. teckem

Posts: 15; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Hello new phone and bye bye droid razr

7. Ratatat

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

If you can choose to have Nexus OS inside, TAKE MY MONEY!!!

18. pixelado

Posts: 130; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

Technically, you *can* do that by yourself. BTW who would mantain your phone up to date in such case? Moto? Google? Don't take this post seriously, I'm just saying :)

9. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

If I buy this I get it from Motorola/Google directly... I want that BL unlocked

10. BadAssAbe

Posts: 507; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

5in 720p (1080 is overrated) S4 Snapdragon Pro (quadcore) 2gigs ram Water/dust proof SD Card Slot 8GB( Cheap) Thin, narrow with very little bezel please That is all

14. KParks23

Posts: 725; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

Really that's all u want just buy a xperia z...

20. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

What I was thinking, plus 720p? Thanks, but no thanks.

22. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

If it saves money on the order...I will gladly take 720p. Its barely noticeable on TV's and game consoles..... On a phone? Cmon....

26. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

You are talking to Clark Kent y'know? ;)

27. BadAssAbe

Posts: 507; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

maybe the ZL if it was water/dustProof 720p, 8gb, old Snapdragon to save on cost :}

29. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

4.5 inch. 5 is too big. You can't reach the whole screen with one hand if it's bigger than 4.5, that is literally the only thing I can give apple on user experience. Second, I wish people would stop adding the "p" on the end of the pixel height. All screens are p in the mobile world, so there is no need to use that term. Interlacing is not used on phones etc. That being said, yes, I would only want a 1280x720 phone. 1080 is just excessive on a phone and beyond what the eye can even really distinguish. The only other thing I would disagree with is the 8gb on board. I would like 16 with an sd slot, that would be my optimal setup. But knowing google, there will be no SD slot.

35. vincelongman

Posts: 5692; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I can reach beyond the corners of the S3 4.8" screen with out to much difficulty in one hand, so I could probably reach the corners of a 5" as well, but the Note II is a bit uncomfortable to use in one hand. I must have big hands, but I'm about 1.73 m. Also on Android you dont need to use the corners as much as on iOS because of the onscreen/capacitive/physical back, home and options bottoms. By the way I have old sony ericsson phone (not smartphone) and iPod Touch 4, but use my friends phones a lot and find it easier using their bigger screens because I dont accidentally touch the wrong thing as much, especially when typing.

12. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

This is what I have been hoped for years now! This is awesome but yet could be a dangerous move by Google. But we will see how this whole thing goes :D I can't wait!!

13. Iconia

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

OMG, I had the same idea last year. Wouldn't that be awesome if you can upgrade your RAM and CPU on your phone. But I think it will be a very geeky idea. Most comsumers won't do that.

15. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

What's the point of a customizable phone if you'll want the best combination anyway? It's like those "High Bass" buttons on 80s stereos. If it has high bass why put an extra button on it to turn it on? Because giving you a choice is a great marketing trick. But will the best possible combination outperform the complete package say a GSIV offers or a great priced Nexus 5? And will customizable phone have the quality built and SW standards of the ones that are built for one size and SW for one set of HW?

23. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Even with PC's I get built to order...I go for value in some areas. Like someone mentioned earlier.....I would take 720p over 1080p if it means a cheaper phone. Might even go for a screen tech from the last 2 years. Like an older Amoled screen instead of a newer one. The one on my Maxx HD is fine.

17. pixelado

Posts: 130; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

As good as this sounds, I wouldn't put my hopes up too high. It might end up like "customize your prebuilt!" offerings from lenovo, where an extra RAM stick costs $60~$100 (which can be bought for $30 or less). Also, I foresee uo to one month shipping times and extra fees for "customizing" your phone.

19. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

This is similar to Dell only you're very restricted to hardware. The max amount of RAM you could use would be 2GB unless you were to use Tegra 6 or ARM 57 depending on the OS as well. Snapdragon 600 or 800/Tegra 4 would be the processor of choice clocked at a set frequency and the battery which I kinda find hard to believe that Moto and Google will be able to meet the demands. You can customise your long as they get to decide what specifications you can and can't use.

24. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

The thing about this......are developers gonna be able to keep up with the possible different customizations? Google too.... Like some have already said.....I think the customization will be more limited than we want.

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