Google X Phone not to offer customizable hardware, new report says

by: Chris SmithMarch 21, 2013

Motorola X Phone

The X Phone rumor mill is getting stronger and stronger these days, and we have a new report that contradicts some of the most recent things we’ve heard about Google’s upcoming Android handset, specifically, hardware customization.

Phone Arena has it from “sources in the know” whom it trust that “it is very unlikely that the X Phone would be sold as a customizable device.”

A few days ago, a couple of reports suggested that the handset would let users personalize some aspects of the hardware such as amount of RAM and storage, and color options. Once ordered, the custom X Phone would be delivered in a week, with users being able to further setup their phones (wallpapers, pre-loaded apps) before they are delivered.

To further fuel those reports, Motorola advisor Guy Kawasaki posted an interesting question on Google+ the other day, suggesting that future smartphones could be user-customizable. Kawasaki did not refer to any future Motorola handsets and did not mention the X Phone in his short message. Instead he linked to a recent Porsche YouTube video that shows potential buyers what kind of personalization the carmaker can offer to Porsche customers when ordering new models.

However, today’s report doesn’t completely refute the possibility of Motorola making customizable Android smartphones. Such devices could be available “later in the year” although they won’t be part of the X Phone line.

We’ll be keeping tabs on this particular X Phone customization story and see how it evolves in the following months.

  • MasterMuffin

    It would be impossible if the phone became popular!

    • Its not impossible with laptops.

      • MasterMuffin

        Because laptops sell far less than top smartphones (me means uno models)

        • Its not that difficult. Offer a standard model with a couple options being available for upgrade.

          • MasterMuffin

            But rumors said you could also choose wallpapers and ringtoned and stuff!

          • Daniel Wallace

            That’d be easy for them to offer….

    • asakura

      It’s actually possible, and even better for us, that would make the phone less thin thus cramming bigger battery would be a must, since they could make a chasis big enough to support modular design, unless they go the Macbook retina way

      • MasterMuffin

        How, if 10000000+ devices are ordered with different specs, wallpapers, ringtones etc.

    • Mike Reid

      It’s Google. It’s impossible.

      See Nexus 4 and 7 sales experiences.

  • FrillArtist

    Remember how the story about there being multiple Nexus phones being released this year like one with a keyboard, one being a phablet etc.

    Yeah, that’s how this story will turn out.

  • Humberto Hernandez

    Aww? Come on! It’s a good idea! =(

    I was hoping for a Hardware customizable Nexus device

  • John Koetsier poyo

    because got many bugs..

  • meimei227

  • S

    This would have been a great idea and would definitely change the way the mobile industry works. But I don’t see this happening any time soon. If it does, the choices would be limited in order to keep other models in demand and be able to meet orders.