Our source: three Google Edition phones and one X Phone are coming this year

by: Bogdan PetrovanJune 7, 2013

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A source with knowledge of the matter told Android Authority that one other “Google Edition” phone is coming this year, along with one X Phone.

Much ink has been spilled in the last few days over the so called Google Edition phones. The announcement of the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One with the Nexus user experience has sent shockwaves throughout the Android community. And it seems more is coming.

A source with knowledge of the matter told Android Authority that a total of three Google Edition smartphones are coming this year. These don’t include a “regular” Nexus device. The source hasn’t specified who would make the third Google Edition phone, but we considered Sony and LG the most likely candidates. We’ve been sitting on this info for a few weeks now, trying to confirm the identity of the third manufacturer.

Now, new reports indicate that the third Nexus experience device may be the Sony Xperia Z. Both Android Geeks and Android Central claim that trusted sources have confirmed to them that the Xperia Z will be joining the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One in the Google Edition club.

Considering the tip from our source, and given Sony’s longtime commitment to AOSP and the fact that the Xperia Z already has an AOSP project (announced even before the Galaxy S4’s), we tend to believe the reports.

One more piece of valuable information from our source – apparently, there will only be one Moto X phone this year. This is significant because back in March a rumor claimed the X Phone would be the name of a group of phones, rather than one hero device. If our insider is accurate, there will only be one Moto X this year. Come to think about it, it makes sense for Motorola to keep the “X” branding undiluted. Moreover, CEO Dennis Woodside referred to the Moto X as one device, though he did say that Motorola is preparing several completely new phones.

If real, the Sony Xperia Z with the Nexus user experience will probably launch with the exact same hardware as the regular version. Check out our Xperia Z review here for what to expect. We expect it to sell it in the Play Store, along with the two other Google Edition phones, probably at the same price. One report said that July is a likely launch window, but we can’t confirm anything here.

Sony sent invitations for an event that will take place in Germany on June 25, which may be a good occasion to unveil the stock Android Xperia Z. The 6.44-inch Togari (Xperia ZU) may also be unveiled then. However, that’s only speculation for now.

  • Robby Cahya

    2013 is definitely the year of Android. Probably by 2014 Android will sweep most Smartphone and Tablet market share. Soon.

    • monkeypox69

      LOL and crApple can go back to being the niche technology player for snobs that it always was. The iPhone 5 is an absolute joke.

      crApple doesn’t innovate anymore, so they spend their time suing competitors instead.

      • Trevor Kinsie

        Guys, they make a quality product, and their product helps to drive Android to be better.

        • Fievel

          I will never own an iPhone, but agree 100%.

      • fandroid98

        Without the iPhone, our Android phones would be blackberry rip offs…

      • On a Clear Day

        I don’t think Apple’s previous and now diminishing success was so much a snob effect as it was that they do make a quality product; they were first in the market and people both liked the idea of a smartphone and also felt safe buying an iPhone and recommending it.

        Many years ago there was a very successful ad campaign that IBM ran; the punch line of it was, “No one ever got fired for specifying IBM.”

        None of us like to buy things – especially complicated tech things we may not really understand – only to find out that we made a bad, costly mistake.

        The iPhone provided a safe alternative that guaranteed at least a stable, safe level of return on peoples’ investment. But that was then, this is now, and people now realize that Android is just as reliable; more sophisticated in most respects than an iPhone with every type of option just about imaginable – rather than a one size must fit all, whether you like it or not choice.

        The writing is on the wall for Apple and what is says is “Apple you is in BIG trouble.”

  • Luka Mlinar

    But we all knew that. Dennis Woodside said Motorola was releasing “a handful of phones” in the next 5 months.

    • murthag11

      Wy would you believe Dennis woodside, when a unconfirmed leak from a unknown persons tells us the opposite? That would be irrational, dont you think?

      • Luka Mlinar

        Indeed. What was i thinking?

  • OMGgary

    Please let it be so. Xperia Z is the only one that can give a true Nexus-like experience in the physical hardware since it has already been made for onscreen buttons. The NE of the GS4 and also of the One is somewhat ruined by their hardware buttons.

    • fandroid98

      Agreed 120%
      GS4 and HTCONE don’t even look fit for AOSP software. At all.

      • Deonix

        really? Like on screen buttons are such a big difference. I would have understood 100 different answers but not this one. I have a virtual screen buttons phone and a bellow the screen capactive button phone both with a near stock JB custom ROM and i don’t feel the difference.

  • 윌 스튜어트

    But any news regarding whether the Moto X-Phone will be subsidized the the Nexus 4. I personally prefer skinned phones over stock but one of the main appeal of the Moto X will be the price.

  • brendan soliwoda

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the LG phone was either the Optimus G Pro or the G2 (or both). Either way, this sounds like good news.

  • Oli72

    lets go motorola google edition.

  • Pablo Calero

    most of android devices that are coming in this cases have incredible specs http://allawesomeandroid.blogspot.com/