Non-Nexus Android 5.0 Kie Lime Pie Motorola X 5-inch smartphone coming at Google I/O?

January 19, 2013
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We were talking about Nexus and non-Nexus devices just the other day, trying to help new Android users understand some of the differences between stock Android and custom Android ROMs depending on what handsets these OS variations equip. At the time, we told you that Google is yet to call on Motorola, its own subsidiary, to make a Motorola Nexus and wondered whether 2013 is finally the year when this will happen.

So far, the only existing Nexus 5 rumors concern LG, the same company that made the Nexus 4, although the South Korean group denied these allegations since they first appeared.

As for Motorola, the company is rumored to work on a Motorola X project, and now we have more unconfirmed details on it.

According to Droid Forums, the Motorola X will not be a Verizon-only handset like so many Droids before it, but it will be a multi-carrier smartphone. In fact, its name is not known at this time and it probably won’t be Droid-branded. But it looks like this isn’t going to be the Nexus 5 either.

Whatever Google and Motorola call it, it appears that the X Phone will feature a 5-inch edge-to-edge display. That’s not entirely surprising considering that Motorola  knows how to make bezelless smartphones, on one hand, but also considering the sheer number of 5-inch devices that will hit the market in the coming months, on the other hand. Most interestingly though, the handset will be running Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie right out of the box.

That means that yes, Google has to unveil the Motorola X during its mid-May Google I/O event, which is definitely exciting news especially since the X won’t be part of the Nexus family, if these rumors are to be believed. But even though it won’t be a Nexus, it will look and feel like a Nexus:

[…] while this will not be a Nexus device, supposedly, Motorola has been working hard to create a UI that both compliments & enhances the Android experience, and is intended to be Nexus-like. Additionally, they are working on a variety of software add-ons to improve the functionality of the device further, much like several of Samsung’s software features, like S Beam for example.

Like we always do with wild rumors, we’ll tell you that nothing is confirmed at this time, as it comes from unnamed “hidden friends in high places within the industry.” But we’ll definitely keep tabs on the Motorola X in the following months leading to Google I/O 2013.

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