Although I’m mostly concerned with the next Nexus tablet and new Chromebook at Google I/O, the Motorola X Phone is a device that continues to creep into rumors and get more and more interesting. As the rumors get more common, the existence of the device gets more likely, especially considering Motorola’s job posting from a few days ago. Since we haven’t seen anything distinctly Google from Motorola so far, it makes sense that some sort of collaborative flagship is in the works.
However, there is still much that we don’t know about the potential result of the Google/Motorola deal. While there are some rumored specs, we don’t know much about the device’s software other than that it will likely run Android. Interestingly, according to a new report, the X Phone might not just run a lightly updated version of Android, and instead may have quite a bit of new software features. According to a source who spoke with Telstra (an Australian carrier) CTO Hugh Bradlow, the X Phone will be a “game changer” and a “real breakthrough” in terms of software that “pulls together Google services like no other manufacturer has done in the past.” It is intended to show up both Samsung and Apple, and demonstrate what Google and Motorola really can do.
In addition, Bradlow said that Google has actually been working on this for quite a “long time,” which seems to contradict the job posting mentioned earlier, but does mean that a Google I/O release is more likely. This information also doesn’t necessarily have to contradict the posting, as it may have been accidental or meant to find people to market and maintain the device. Either way, it is looking more and more like the X Phone will be coming soon, and if rumors are any indication, it will be a big upgrade from current devices. I certainly hope it is, even though the X Phone will give me buyer’s remorse for my recently purchased Nexus 4.[SmartHouse]