Fully customisable Motorola X Phone looking ever more likely

Fully customisable Motorola X Phone looking ever more likelyWith Samsung Galaxy S4 business largely concluded, it's inevitable that focus has now shifted to the next big Android flagship we've been hearing about – Motorola's fabled “X Phone”.

The rumours have been coming thick and fast, but a Google advisor has just ramped up the excitement by appearing to confirm one of the most fanciful: that the X Phone could allow users to pick their own hardware components.

The same idea crossed my mind about a month ago (no-one will believe me now, obviously) as one of the ideas for one of those “features I'd love to see in the future” pieces, but I didn't write it because I thought most people would dismiss the idea as ridiculous.

Well.

Last week a splurge of X Phone rumours emerged via Android and Me, including a decent picture and a bunch of interesting claims, including that you'd be able to customise your phone's hardware and select a network at the time of purchase.

Now comes a Google+ post from Motorola advisor Guy Kawasaki, formerly of Apple, featuring a video of a Porsche Exclusive supercar along with the caption: “wouldn't it be great if you could personalise your phone like this?”

The Porsche in question allows you to choose from over 600 different options, and while that's not to say the X Phone would offer anything like the same degree of personalisation, the message is pretty clear.

Leaving aside any practical complications that may be involved in making the whole thing happen (and there are plenty), it's a seriously exciting concept and would be just the sort of killer feature to launch the Motorola X Phone straight to the top of the smartphone pile.

What do you guys think? Crazy idea or sure-fire winner? What sort of features do you reckon would be customisable? How stupid was I not to write that feature? Give us your thoughts in the Comments below!

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Pondlife  Mar. 21, 2013 at 10:12

Definitely a crazy idea, Motorola can't even keep up with os updates on a few devices but imagine having to support a dozen or more combinations on just one phone.
That's without thinking about the supply chain and manufacturing costs, how long you could have to wait for the version you want...

But then what variables would you have screen size? processor? 3g/4g? ram? storage capacity? (but that's fairly standards) battery size? (but they've already done that, wonder what the sales split is for those)

And I'd rather leave it more open than choosing network at purchase.

mightyforest  Mar. 21, 2013 at 10:15

ok ill have a dodecagon processor in mine

Pondlife  Mar. 21, 2013 at 10:24

Don't think they can make a processor in just two dimensions.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 21, 2013 at 10:27

Guy Kawasaki 'talks' an awful lot.... I wouldn't take this too seriously.

Pondlife  Mar. 21, 2013 at 10:29

Wish he'd just get on his bike then.

Stelph  Mar. 21, 2013 at 11:40

Well, if by fully customisable he means its possible to get different sized screens but with matching specs then sure, sounds good to me! Too many manufacturers seem to think that phones less than 4.5" now = low spec

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 21, 2013 at 11:43

BestofAndroid reckon that rumour is just that, a rumour.
Quoting sources-close-to etc....

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 21, 2013 at 11:48

Well, if by fully customisable he means its possible to get different sized screens but with matching specs then sure, sounds good to me! Too many manufacturers seem to think that phones less than 4.5" now = low spec

Yep... only a high-end 4.3-in device might drag me back to the dark side in the foreseeable future. Still haven't had a chance to properly use the Z10...

Pondlife  Mar. 21, 2013 at 11:56

How high end does it need to be?

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 21, 2013 at 12:08

How high end does it need to be?

Super-super... Everest-type.

Hahaha... Nah - I do like a good camera and music-player. A day of heavy use battery-wise; Opera MIni oughta be available for the many reception black-spots in Ireland. Not pink would be good. Hate landscape QWERTY...

Oh, I don't know :p I'd still have the Bold 9900 if BB could build a camera worth having.

Pondlife  Mar. 21, 2013 at 12:15

Doesn't actually matter after all. Atm anyway.
I was thinking the SP would fit the bill until I checked the spec and saw it was a 4.6"er (thought it was smaller) only 1mm wider than the s2 though. Crappy 8gb storage doesn't help it's case as well.

Tbh I think you'll be with your phone til it's pushing up the daisies.

Stelph  Mar. 21, 2013 at 12:20

How high end does it need to be?
Oh, I don't know :p I'd still have the Bold 9900 if BB could build a camera worth having.


The BB10 Q10 is on your shortlist then? (tho if the camera in the Z10 is anything to go by perhaps not)

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