Google to Motorola: you’re on your own with the X-Phone

Google to Motorola: you’re on your own with the X-PhoneThe much-discussed X-Phone was supposed to be the best thing since sliced bread, and a shining example of just how well the Google/Motorola marriage was going.

However, word out of China suggests Google has abandoned the couple’s first child, and left the X-Phone in the sole custody of Motorola.

That’s the story according to Chinese analyst Sun Chang Xu, who seemingly has 18 years industry experience.

Apparently the Motorola-built X-Phone isn’t proving quite as innovative as Google first hoped, hence the abandonment.

That’s in stark contrast to recent wordage from Eric Schmidt’s mouth. Last month, discussing Motorola, he said: “They have a new set of products, which are phenomenal. Very, very impressive.”

Indeed, Schmidt was bold enough to coin an entirely new category of device, namely “phones plus”.

With all due to respect to Sun Chang Xu, we’ll take this story with a massive dose of salt for now.

The Motorola X-Phone was originally tipped to launch at Google I/O next week, but more recently we’ve heard it’s been delayed till August or later.

via: GSMinsider

Read more about: Android

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Rhinetard  May. 10, 2013 at 13:37

Thats killed it then , too many motorola owners have been burnt by lack of updates and long term support to take a chance on this , at least if it was a google experience phone that would have protected your investment and guaranteed future support, glad I did not wait for this to be released!

Stelph  May. 10, 2013 at 14:04

Not surprising really, since smartphones became flat slabs any real innovation has kind of fallen by the wayside and its more turned into an arms race for biggest screen, most cores etc...

Id like to see the manufacturers go back to thinking about the phone interfacing with the User more to be innovative, be it having a unique design that makes it easier for the user (folding smartphone screen, or remember the nokia-x with a twisty design) or other ways of letting people interface with the phone (think mozilla's concept with a bluetooth headset/mouse, or PS Vita with a touch sensitive back panel) rather than just sticking with the same old "make it bigger and faster" strategy


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