Google X Phone possibly hinted at by Motorola’s Guy Kawasaki Google+ handset personalization remarks

March 20, 2013
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We’ll continue to explore Google X Phone rumors today by tying recent X Phone reports with certain remarks Motorola’s Guy Kawasaki made on his Google+ account.

Former Apple fan now turned into Motorola advisor Kawasaki on Thursday wrote an interesting message on Google+ that reads:

Wouldn’t it be great if you could personalize your phone like this [see video below]?

In addition to the question, he also posted a 5-minute YouTube video that shows how Porsche cars can be exclusively customized to meet the needs of buyers. “Porsche Exclusive – the most personal car,” posted on Porsche’s YouTube channel only a few days ago, is definitely an interesting video, showing how the car maker can help buyers feel at home with their new Porsche purchases.

But why is it important for Android? By itself, Kawasaki’s message doesn’t mean anything. However, when making the connection between that question and recent X Phone rumors, the message suddenly gets hidden meanings.

Did Kawasaki just confirm that, to some extent, some Motorola handsets will be customizable by users in the future – namely the X Phone line?

A couple of recent reports have suggested that the X Phone will not be just a new Google handset, but a family of devices meant to challenge the competition. The X Phones could feature a unique, never before seen feature in a mobile device: user customization. According to that pair of articles, X Phone buyers will be able to personalize the hardware of their handsets to some extent: RAM, storage and color. On top of some hardware customizations, users will reportedly also be able to setup the device – in an HTC Get Started way – even before receiving it.

Those individual X Phone devices would have budget-friendly prices and will be shipped in about a week after being ordered. Moreover, they would most likely run a vanilla Android OS, which will be updated by Google not the carriers – on that note, the reports also say that at least one Android upgrade will be guaranteed for X Phone handsets.

Naturally, we’ll tell you again that we’re looking at unconfirmed details for now, and we’re just going to have to wait for Google I/O to arrive to get more information on this potential family of smartphones.

With that in mind, we can’t say whether Kawasaki’s apparently innocent remark is just a marketing stunt, meant to remind Android fans that the X Phone is coming, or whether it’s all a simple coincidence.

But since we did mention coincidences, we’ll also remind you of a similar situation that followed a different sort of script, Google’s Vic Gundotra posted on Google+ a short while ago that the company will continue to improve the camera experience of future Nexus handsets, and just a few days ago another unconfirmed report, this time on the future Nexus 5, claimed that the device could come with a Nikon camera inside.

Is Google pushing its next line of smartphones, the X Phone and Nexus, with fresh rumors and such almost-cryptic Google+ messages, or are we making too many connections? What do you think?

Comments

  • Abousteif

    how i love the idea of deciding between Xphone and Nexus.. I think you have connectd the dots quite well.

  • CodeDisQus

    Won’t having customizable Nextus phone make thing like falshing custom roms so much more difficlt because of the not standard the hardware….and wouldn’t that really hhurt the nexus sale as a LOT of people that uy the nexusare modders

  • john

    I sincerely hope that this “customization” is much more than aesthetic sense. Putting back the modular design!

    Seriously, with all these embedded hardwares running rampant and the kind of near-disruptive technological progresses we are making in computing, having non-modular near-a-grand phones replaced every year is ridiculous.

  • Robson Augusto

    We should be able to choose the body material… if I know that there’s phones with aluminium, porcelain and kevlar, why must I get a plastic or glass android…