New Motorola Google smartphone said to be a “game changer”

With the Google / Motorola acquisition that took place oh-so-long ago, it’s been slow going for awhile. Many expected to see devices almost right out of the gate, but mum has been the only word thus far, aside from a few off-hand patents and rumors – definitely nothing concrete. However, now we’re hearing that a new Motorola Google phone is coming to Australia in July of this year, and it’s being hailed as a bit of a masterpiece.

According to sources as down-under telecom Telstra, CTO Hugh Bradlow is tipping employees that the new phone is a “real breakthrough, a game changer that will put pressure on Samsung and Apple”. The device in question is currently being hailed as the Motorola X, and is supposed to be unveiled at the Google Developer Conference in July, which would sync up with the rumored release date. According to one insider, “Google has been working on this device for a long time. It has software features and capabilities that are not available on a Samsung Galaxy smartphone or Apple iPhone. The software is really powerful and it pulls together Google services like no other manufacturer has done in the past.”

via smarthouse

  • Google IO is on May. not July

  • patrozoo

    Sounds great, and I’m looking forward to it. If it’s true.

    By the way, Google I/0 is in May, not July.

    • Packman

      It is likely that it would be announced with some time before its on sale. That’s how nexus devices have been. Hopefully not 2 months though.

  • JoAnn Brereton

    I notice that whenever I hear about this phone, I don’t usually hear “Android” necessarily paired with it. I wonder if Moto and Google are building a third rail? That could be good news, as I expect Samsung is taking their own proprietary route anyway.

    • technohead95

      There’s 3 ways they can go:
      1. Completely different OS
      2. New OS based on Android but incompatible with existing Android applications
      3. Android OS which maintains compatibility with existing Android applications (regardless whether this is stock Android or a customised UI layer on top).

      1. I highly doubt that they would create a whole new OS. Look how long it’s take Android to develop and get to the point where it is finally polished and looking slick. Google have invested tons of money into Android and it is now very profitable for them. Throwing this away on a new investment which may or may not make its money back just doesn’t make sense.

      2. If they create something using Android as a base then why would they cripple it to the extent that they would be throwing away compatibility to the many 100,000s of applications and games.

      3. This is the only option I can realistically see Moto and Google taking. The question is, whether the X phone will be a stock Android Google Experience device (like the Nexus phones) or whether it will have their own UI layer on top. I’m a massive fan of the pure Google Experience and Nexus phones purely for the quick Android OS updates. Any company (Moto/Google and their X phone included) who create a custom UI layer would not deter me as long as they still updated the phone’s software as quickly as the Nexus phones.

  • erni74

    I can hardly wait for the Motorola X Phone!

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  • ChaCha

    Why do other countries get the phones before the US?

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