Rumor: Moto X phone to offer “pure Android” experience, “fast” upgrades and Clear Pixel camera

by: Chris SmithJuly 8, 2013

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A new set of Moto X phone rumors seems to reveal more information about the upcoming flagship Motorola smartphone, this time detailing Android updates and main camera.

Android and Me’s Taylor Wimberly is the person behind the new rumors, the same source that has offered various details about the Moto X so far, many of them accurate.

Wimberly took to Google+ again to share information about the Moto X. First he mentioned the camera:

Moto X will feature a Clear Pixel Camera with gesture controls.

It’s not clear at this time – pun not intended – what the Clear Pixel camera actually is. Sure, it’s a marketing term probably devised to compete against HTC’s UltraPixel, but other than that we have no idea what camera powers it will feature. Wimberly did say about it that “it means ‘dark, blurry pics and lack of details” will be things of the past,” without revealing camera functions.

A previous rumor revealed the phone will pack a 10-megapixel main shooter, and we’re certainly interested to see more details about those gesture controls, not to mention the camera-related contextual awareness features – the phone will supposedly know when you want to take a picture and automatically start the camera app.

Wimberly also mentioned Android updates for the handset in a different short Google+ post:

Moto X will feature a “pure Android” user experience with a commitment to “fast upgrade cycles.

This isn’t the first time we hear that the Moto X will offer a stock Android experience – or close to it – so we’re certainly not surprised to see it mentioned. It makes sense for Motorola to go this way considering that it’s a Google company.

However, this won’t be a Nexus device, most likely because Google still feels the need to keep the two worlds separate – Motorola handsets and the Nexus family – so it doesn’t look like it’s playing favorites to the other OEMs.

That said, it’ll certainly be interesting to see how fast the Moto X will be upgraded to the latest Android version available, especially when compared to existing Nexus devices that will be eligible for similar upgrades.

In addition to today’s rumors, we have already covered the most important Moto X rumors for you, and showed you a few images reportedly featuring the front and back side of the handset.

  • ubgbyf

    Clear Pixel Camera, same hot air as Ultrapixel Camera.

    • Marsg

      Lol, they can call it whatever they want but its still only 4mp so theirs less details, if they had done it with a 8mp sensor it would have been a preety good phone cam

  • Here is something about clear pixel tech. Supposedly its a new technique invented by Kodak.

    • Early this year Apple and Google bought Kodak’s patents. So the dots connect here very well.

    • Marsg

      Thanks, I just read it. It basicly allows for greater light sensitivity (iso) which in turn offers better shutter speeds for clear shots which is why its called the clear pixel. Nothing that really stands out, picture quality should be about the same, and if it does have a higher iso range than night shots will come out a bit brighter but still alot of noise considering the sensor size is puny in smartphones.

    • We actually talked all about it last night on AAonAir. It’s a great tech from Kodak. Can’t wait to take pictures in low light and have them actually look good and not grainy.

  • Luka Mlinar

    I don’t necessarily need a “commitment to fast upgrade cycles” i need a commitment to more updates then one, two or none. Sony is stingy when it comes to updates, here’s hoping Motorola won’t be.

    • Nick Schiwy

      I think the idea behind “fast upgrade cycles” is that they will roll out updates shortly after Google announces them. meaning that in a perfect world, the phone will be supported as long as the hardware is allowing.

      • Luka Mlinar

        I hope so! Ill commit to this one company for that alone.

  • tomn1ce

    I’m just hoping that they manage to make big improvement on the camera department and that they use the latest cpu available. We will soon find out what they have been working on for the past 6+ months…

  • Cal Rankin

    I see the Moto X as Google’s leverage over Verizon and Sprint to get faster Android updates. Verizon seemed very chummy with Motorola, so maybe Google could use it to stop Verizon from “network testing” Android updates into oblivion. If it all goes well, I might actually stay with Verizon…

  • Guest

    Will it be available in the Google Play Store –.– ?

  • mcquoidellum

    Will it be available in the Google Play Store -.-??

  • Low light awesomeness.