The Nexus program seems a success (save for the availability problems that have marred the launch of the Nexus 4), but Google isn’t content with providing just half of the Android experience. While the operating system on the Nexus devices is pure Android just as Google wanted it, the hardware part is pretty much controlled by whatever manufacturer Google decides to partner with.
If only Google had a subsidiary that manufactures phones… Well, our dreams will come true, if a report from WSJ is to be trusted. The newspaper claims that Motorola is working at producing a pure Google phone, one that is known internally as “Phone X”.
The Phone X will be an entirely new product, that will complement Motorola’s current lineup of devices rather than replace it. Moreover, once the Phone X is released, WSJ says that Google plans to release a “Tablet X”.
The report says that the person in charge with the Phone X project is Lior Ron, who previously managed Google’s successful (and very important) Maps service.
Motorola is apparently laser focused on providing a high-quality camera and great photo software. On the hardware side, the possibilities are quite exciting – according to the WSJ report, innovations like bendable displays and ceramic materials are on the table, although it’s not specified if Google/Moto has finished the design of the device.
It’s worth noting that the Google-Motorola acquisition was completed seven months ago, and that the typical phone takes about 18 months to develop. Whatever Google is planning for the Phone X, it’s likely still in an early stage.
One last tidbit – the Phone X will apparently integrate technology from Viewdle, an image and gesture recognition company that Motorola bought in October.
well i guess i know what my next phone will be after the nexus 4
“People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware.” – by Alan Kay – made famous by Steve Jobs
Another thing that apple stole :D
is it inspired by PLANET X?
Nice! The only thing that’s going to make me replace my Nexus 4 is a significantly better battery life.
Anyone else here ever boot a Nexus? The loading screen is a giant “X”. I’d say this all but confirms that the next Nexus will be from Motorola.
Sounds quite interesting..
nice, please create a battery that will last all day and put some stereo speakers in it with 32gb internal storage options
The Nexus X?
Now THIS is news. (Well, except that it’s sourced from a third party.)
I’m thinking this will replace my DROID razr maxx hd when it comes out
It is written in the Scriptures of Mountain View …
“And then, in the 10th month of the year 2013 of the Nativity, the One NeXus emerge to rule them all, One NeXus to find them, One NeXus to bring them all and in the light set them free!”
Wonder why Motorola phones never have gyros?
Hmm… wonder if my Nexus 4 will have shipped by the time this comes out.
Biggest loser(s) may be the smaller Android OEMs…HTC and LG. But this move clearly is a step against Samsung and their domination of the Android market. If Samsung tries to fork Android or push Bada, then Motorola has the opportunity to replace Samsung as the preferred Android OEM.
As a GOOG stockholder, I’m all for this! Its time Google makes the $$$ for all the work/effort they put into the Android ecosystem.
Now that’s good news !
Let’s hope it won’t be another phablet…