This is one of those rumors that we are extra wary about, because the information in it is so vague that it sounds less like a rumor and more like a marketing leak. We're all eager to hear more about the Motorola X Phone, but if you're looking for hard information, that's not what we have here. This morning we have a report that a source inside Telstra, an Australian telecom/media company, says that the Motorola X Phone (or perhaps Key Lime Pie) is a "game-changer".
The rumor says that Hugh Bradlow, Chief Technology Officer for Telstra, has told senior mobile staff at Telstra the new device is a "real breakthrough, a game-changer that will put pressure on Samsung and Apple". It goes on to say that sources at Motorola have said that the device:
has software features and capabilities that are not available on a Samsung Galaxy smartphone or Apple iPhone. The software is really powerful and it pulls together Google services like no other manufacturer has done in the past.
Here's the trouble we have with this information: first, Telstra has been known to feed the hype machine, and so isn't the most reliable source. Second, the quote from the Motorola source is nothing but fancy marketing-speak for saying that the device is running the newest version of Android (as all Google phones do at launch). Motorola may be "separately run", but the X Phone will still be a Google device just like any Nexus (with the exception of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, perhaps). The X Phone will more than likely launch Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, and that's the real focus of the Motorola quote, not the hardware.
Either way, we're excited to see what Google unveils with the X Phone. The rumors continue to fly that the device will be unveiled along with Key Lime Pie
at Google I/O in May
, and could expand on the Nexus 4 path by launching at a very low price on all of the major carriers in addition to the Play Store.
Time will tell.