Google and Motorola working on "X phone"

Google officially acquired Motorola earlier in 2012, but so far the Motorola brand seems to have taken something of a backseat this year. While Motorola has released some new Droid RAZR smartphones, Google seems to have put more of an emphasis on its Nexus line up of smartphones and tablets, which were actually made by third parties like Asus and Samsung.

That could change in 2013, if a new rumor is correct. The Wall Street Journal reports, via unnamed sources, that Google and Motorola are now working on a new high end smartphone that has the rather comic book-like code name "X phone." Details on the smartphone were few, but Google and Motorola are working with the idea to try to beat Apple's iPhone and Samsung's lineup of Galaxy smartphones.

The article does say that Motorola has run into some issues with developing the "X phone". The report claims that the team wanted to put in some more advanced camera features but it has run into issues with having those features run down the phone's battery faster.

Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside would not reveal anything about the "X phone" when asked for comment but did say that the team is working on  "something quite different than the current approaches." The article also claims that we could see a tablet developed by the "X phone" Motorola team in 2013.

Source: Wall Street Journal | Image via 20th Century Fox

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Let's face facts. The ONLY reason Android was successful was because of support from Asian manufacturers, particularly Samsung and HTC. I'll bet they're absolutely delighted Google will be trying to undercut them with an in-house phone. It's no wonder Samsung has quietly registered a Tizen phone with the FCC and this week HTC are subtly shifting their product balance in favor of Windows.

This comes a week after Google decided not to support Windows 8 - a clear-cut case of penis envy if I ever saw one. I was faced with a choice of using Google's products or Microsoft's products on all my office and personal devices. Simple solution: I removed ALL Google products. See ya!

But this is as nothing compared to the way Google ran away from China when the competition got too hot. They told us "China isn't a big market". Turned out Google was chickened out.

What a bunch of dicks Google turned out to be. Good riddance. They're just evil.

I still can't believe Google bought Motorola. Boggles my mind.
Motorola has been such a huge company and so well known for so many many years.
Probably been around long before I was even born. Oh for sure.
Probably was around when even my dad was a kid.
I bet most people here probably don't even know what Motorola even made back in the old days, lol.
Long before internet and cellphones, that's for sure.
But Google has become very huge itself, and will continue.

It does seem strange if not a bit wrong for a young company like Google to buy one of the founding fathers of the information age.

I was also disappointed by this news because I loved by old Motorola phones. I even tried out their Droid smartphones (original droid and Pro) but I've always had issues with Android. So I was very disappointed to realize that they would now never make a phone with another OS. Although by that time Motorola had already proven to be unreliable when it comes to updates.

As for this phone, I'm not sure why its getting mentioned. We can be sure that each OEM out there is working on unannounced phones.

They only really bought the mobile devices division of Motorola, which came attached alongside the set-top boxes department because they were both unprofitable. The real Motorola company, which sells network infrastructure, data and telecommunication equipment, still exist and pulls in close to $10 billion in revenue.

Edited by AWilliams87, Dec 21 2012, 9:23pm :

Moto builds a good phone, but their support of Devices is sucky to say the least. I bought an Atrix a year and a half ago when they came out. It was like the top phone, and everyone was oohing and ahhing over it. It came with Froyo (2.2.2) and got an official update to GB (2.3.4). An ICS was officially planned, but then got cancelled.

Considering the specs it can run ICS no problem, but moto left us high and dry with nothing. I am running a CM10 JB on it, but because moto never released drivers or a kernel with updated apis and calls there is no way to interface Android to the Hardware, which means no HWA for a device that could easily power through it.

I am not leaving android any time soon, but I don't know if I would ever get another Moto phone.

XDA... yeah, you may complain about them because they don't offer support, but you should never avoid trying to learn new things like flashing roms, if the phone was indeed oooed as you mentioned, then it surely had a huge development community behind it. I for one love my Motorola RAZRi... and while it doesn't have the community that my old G1 had, there is indeed a community behind this phone since I already have a custom rom and CWM recovery on it.

Arceles said,
XDA... yeah, you may complain about them because they don't offer support, but you should never avoid trying to learn new things like flashing roms, if the phone was indeed oooed as you mentioned, then it surely had a huge development community behind it. I for one love my Motorola RAZRi... and while it doesn't have the community that my old G1 had, there is indeed a community behind this phone since I already have a custom rom and CWM recovery on it.

I've been running custom roms for over a year. I said in my post I am running CM 10 JB. And the development community isn't that big as Moto hasn't given anyone anything to work with. I love my phone don't get me wrong, but Moto really doesn't care about what's out, but what is coming out next.

I suspect there going to release the phone within the new "Nexus" frame work where Google will official call any phone a Nexus if it meets specific requirements to avoid ticking of other phone manufactures.