The founder of Android and Me, Taylor Wimberly, has been providing a steady stream of tidbits about the hotly anticipated Moto X for the past few weeks, and some of them have been confirmed from other sources. The confirmations lend credibility to his words, so our interest was piqued when Taylor posted (again) that users will get to choose the material of the Moto X’s back plate.
Here’s Taylor Wimberly post on Google Plus:
[quote qtext=”People keep asking for Moto X leaks, so here is another tidbit. Moto X features a curved design engineered from ground up for personalization. As I reported awhile back, users will be able to pick the material for the backplate. Plastic is the default material, but wood is also an option that should be available at launch. Other materials like metals, ceramics, and fabrics should become available after the August 23rd launch. AT&T has some kind of exclusive thing for the Moto X launch, but I don’t know if it’s an exclusive material/color or something else completely different.” qperson=”Taylor Wimberly” qsource=”” qposition=”center”]
This isn’t the first time we hear about customizable materials in connection with the Moto X. Taylor has previously claimed in two occasions that users will get to choose between plastic, metal, wood, ceramic, and other materials for the back plate of the Moto X.
However, two separate reports from the WSJ and ABC News failed to mention optional materials, suggesting that users would only get to choose the color of the device and the text of an inscription etched on the back plate.
How credible is this report? With the avalanche of Moto X leaks in the past few weeks, it’s strange that no other source has mentioned customizable materials for the Moto X. Several leaks mentioned multiple colors, but all the leaked images show plastic cases. And there’s the fact that WSJ, a very reputable source that quoted people close to the matter, said nothing about customizable materials.
Bottom line, this is very much a rumor and not a plausible one for the matter. We may be wrong (hell, we hope we’re wrong), but until we get solid confirmation, we’ll file this in the crazy stories folder.
Meanwhile, Eric Schmidt just happened to let himself photographed using the Moto X, so yeah, the hypetrain is in full speed.