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Motorola X Phone Could Be a Competitor, But May Not Wow You



The Motorola X Phone, which has been rumored to be a collaboration between Google and Motorola set for a debut at Google I/O 2013, may indeed arrive at Google I/O but it may not be the savior or have the ‘wow’ factor that many consumers are hoping for.

Read: Motorola X Phone Rumors Suggest Serious Galaxy S4 & iPhone Competitor.

In late December, a report from The Wall Street Journal claimed that Google and Motorola were working on a smartphone dubbed ‘X Phone’ that would take on the likes of the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S4. Since then, numerous rumors have popped up, with rumors suggesting that this phone could in fact be the Motorola phone that many fans and consumers have been waiting for.


The Motorola X Phone may come at Google I/O, but it may not wow you.

However, according to comments from Google’s CFO and Senior Vice President Patrick Pichette, courtesy of The Verge, Google is currently working through a lengthy Motorola product pipeline. And while those products, which include both current future devices, are great, Pichette says that they aren’t “wow by Google standards.”

He also reaffirms what we already knew, saying that “Dennis Woodside and his team have inherited 18 months of pipeline that we have to drain right now.” Woodside is the head of Motorola Mobility.

Pichette did not refer to any products by name but we did see three Motorola products launch in late 2012 including the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX HD, Droid RAZR HD and the Droid RAZR M. But given what is on the way or here in 2013, a list that includes the beautiful HTC One, the Sony Xperia Z, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4 and presumably a new iPhone, fans of both Google and Motorola have been clamoring for more.

So far, the only potential future Motorola flagship that has surfaced is something called the X Phone. So far, rumors have built this device up to be this game-changing Motorola device and one that could seriously threaten phones like the iPhone and Galaxy S for supremacy. Rumors have suggested that this X Phone could debut on stage at Google I/O.

And while it could be that an X Phone does make an appearance at Google I/O, it may not be the mythical creature that consumers have been looking forward to. Instead, it could be a device from Motorola’s previous pipeline that has some hints of Google involvement, but won’t be a device that reeks of full on collaboration.

Perhaps the device that launches at Google I/O is a planned addition to Motorola’s X series of smartphones which died after the release of the Motorola Droid X2. Maybe this first ‘X Phone’ is a Motorola X3. Maybe nothing launches at Google I/O. Nothing is for certain at this point.

But given that we haven’t left that 18 month pipeline, it could be that a full-blown collaborative effort by Motorola and Google, won’t come until much later in the year. Or, perhaps, as late as 2014.

That said, the device that launches at Google I/O could very well be a competitor, it just may not have that ‘wow’ factor that many consumers have been looking for.



  1. Pat

    02/28/2013 at 4:45 pm

    You must have been bored & really dying to write an article.

  2. gavin33

    02/28/2013 at 9:59 pm

    Disagree. Won’t be let down. Anything other then Samsung and lg will wow me. HTC would wow me with pure android.

  3. Francis

    03/01/2013 at 2:13 am

    I am shocked as the time line given from the purchase of Motorola to clearing the pipeline is over 18 months so why would they not start work on googles influence with Motorola phones.

  4. Joel toledo

    03/01/2013 at 6:28 am

    Apple and samsung won’t “wow” too. With the iphone 5s or 6 is gonna be the same specs but “larger” and the samsung will be “bigger” so i will give the chance to motorola this year and if it’s not too cool i’ll get the xperia z.

  5. Dave

    03/01/2013 at 7:30 am

    I admit I’m here because I am obsessed with the possibility of the X Phone, but I agree with Pat. This article is completely worthless, serving no other purpose than to garner page views through Google News’ search page. The fact that Google is still working through the Motorola pipeline does not in any way preclude the possibility that Google decided to work a parallel project on a phone that, upon release, will happen to carry the Motorola name. In fact, every other quote and “rumor” that has been reported thus far would suggest that this is the case.

  6. nick

    03/01/2013 at 4:13 pm

    put a Droid Razr Maxx on Sprint whit better resolution and I’ll be happy

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