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Report: Motorola and Google are Designing the “X Phone”

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According to a new report out of the Wall Street Journal, Google and Motorola are finally working on their first big project, a “marquee” product known internally as the “X Phone.” The major goal of this phone, clearly, is to create something that can finally rival products from Samsung and Apple, but also try to help bring Motorola back from the dead. With an increasingly shrinking market share, Moto is in desperate need of a big hit. 

Little is known about the phone, but this report suggests that it may have hit some supply chain obstacles already. Moto was potentially looking at flexible displays for this device, along with ceramic materials that would allow the phone to be more stress-resistant, offer different shapes, and new colors. They may have to re-think that strategy a bit.

Other potential focuses include making the camera top notch, taking advantage of Viewdle (a recent acquisition of Motorola’s), and getting the phone out to the world in 2013.

We’ve talked about this in the past, but Google has put together a special team at Motorola whose only goal is to create something mind-blowingly good, new, and never seen before. We would assume that this team is working on the X Phone.

This report also mentioned that Motorola would create an “X Tablet” after the phone is done.

And yep, we’re dying to hear your thoughts.

Via:  WSJ

  • Wolfies

    I will be pissed as hell if they make it GSM only.

  • Migamix

    yeah, burn me with the DroidX and now consider making another “X” phone, hell no

  • heathercoxABC

    More hype, lets give it a mysterious “codename” to build on it. If it truly is a superphone the device will not be a Nexus and be widely available on MULTIPLE carriers like the Galaxy S3.

  • I don’t see why people are hating on Moto’s OEM skin (not-blur?). It’s the closes to stock and I actually appreciate the mods they made to it, such as Smart Actions, and the quick settings on the left-most screen, etc. I wouldn’t be heartbroken if they released the “X” with their skin. Hopefully, since they are working with google directly, the skin won’t hinder update speeds.

  • jrabin

    I don’t understand why the new Droid family (Razr M, Razr HD, and Razr Maxx HD) aren’t selling like hotcakes. They are great phones. At least on par with the Galaxy SIII. Is it the design (which is more industrial than the SIII)? It’s such a solid phone.

  • Jane Fonda

    Read more on this site ask22.ℂom

  • Grand Master CoolWhip

    Verizon Wireless, Too Big to Care…
    Keep it away from Verizon because they will just screw it up.

  • Daistaar

    They could call it………… wait for it………… The Droid X! ………..Booommm…Mind…Blown!

  • TheTruthSquad

    Big mistake if they only give it to Verizon. They will put all of their wacky software on it and lock it down. Google has to lay down the law to Verizon like Apple did. Samsung came close but it is time to tell Verizon to stick it. If all of the manufacturers would stick together Verizon would have to get their phones from China.

  • Bring it to the carriers and unlocked! Unlocked is the key! We can’t sit around for months while VZdub horses around with the updates…

  • HortonHEAT

    Not sure how the RAZR phones and their excellent build quality and battery life have not rivaled Samsung. Dead seems a bit unfair.

  • Christopher Riner

    Agreed, they’re gonna have a hard time rivaling Sammy and apple if they’re locked down to Verizon, but we’ve seen them do it before. I think that if they are actually serious about putting out a show stopper, they won’t have any problems as long as they don’t hinder themselves by worrying about Google “giving Motorola an unfair advantage”. The fact that Motorola is owned by Google is exactly the advantage they need right now.

  • matti861

    As long as I can buy it unlocked from the play store and not have to worry about carrier bs I’m all game. Verizon killed the nexus

  • I would love to see the WebTop 3 (using Androind) and phone/tablet docking like the PadPhone 2.

    Maybe this is Nexus 5?

  • sporttster

    Oh man, do it…just DO it! Top camera, 3g ram, SD card slot, flex HD display, wild design, solid mats, KLP, quad power sipping proc, >>>>OPEN BL!!!<<<<`….I'll throw cash at it!

    • If google’s wokring on it, we may not see an SD card slot. They’ve already voiced their dislike for external storage in the Android ecosystem. Other than that, I don’t see any of this being a problem

  • Artur Z.

    Had og droid than Xoom. After Xoom I ain’t getting moto crap

  • Larry Franks

    Come on, Bionic. Hold on until this phone is released!

  • Jroc869, Cool story bro

    I think I speak for most here when I say GIGGITY GIGGITY GOOOO all over the keyboard lol. I have been waiting for a Moto superphone forever now.

  • maXX. {{-_-}}

  • neXus. {{-_-}}

  • Trevor

    Me = excited. Then immediately dissatisfied when I think of the slim chance it’ll come to Verizon…and I really don’t want to leave Verizon at this point.

  • bikerbill12

    Big battery ,flex display at 1080 at least quad core 3gb ram , all carriers, 5″ for 299 no contract . Also a 13mp camera with huge widevoew lense

  • joejoe5709

    Hmmm… sooo combine the best of HTC and Sammy, mix it with Moto’s patents and see what you get? Could be good. But it also might too good to be true! I wonder if this has any bearing upon the next Nexus devices?

  • I’ll wait for the X Phone Maxx or X Phone HD or X Phone HD Maxx….

  • RoadsterHD1

    Ultimate Droid by Motorola. Nexus the next generation.

  • Aaron

    One phone for all carriers. Same name, same dimensions, sames internals (at least up to the cdma and gsm parts). Please. And with the same great Moto radios.

  • John Simonelli

    Moto should release maybe a phone each quarter or half year instead of clogging their resources by realeasing crap.

  • shecalledmejay

    I think I have found my future proof phone lol, now all I need is to make my Gnex last until the middle of next year.

  • deejay

    Unlock the bootloader!!!!!!!

  • I just got a Razr M and it’s AMAZING

  • Prime7

    Forget the phone. Make a carrier, Google!

  • chris125

    They need another phone to skyrocket android like the original droid did

  • MooleyBooleyTroll

    What?? All the Moto haters are turning back into Moto Sheep again??

    Go figure lol

  • RoadsterHD1

    2013 is going to be good!!! I’m starting to save now for my new phone. GO MOTO FTW

  • RoadsterHD1

    This what I as waiting for. Google and Moto. Two great minds. Do I smell a Quad-core 2.0GHz processor and 3gig of Ram? I truly hope so. OH, and Key lime pie….

    • Will have Wayne chip from Nvidia., 1080p screen, 13M camera, 2M front camera, 4.7Inches, with every radio on the planet.

      • RoadsterHD1

        Is the Wayne chip faster than Snap-dragon4 Pro?

  • Will Rehse

    It seems the processor is a big ??? here. Maybe an Intel processor? they did make one phone with intel inside already. Could be an incredible future, intel, google, motorola and my last big bomb, Google/Dish LTE. NEW Provider. Mind blown.

  • Iron_Catastrofe

    I’m all in for this phone. Had 2 moto android phones prior to my GS3

  • These products on Google’s own 4G LTE Wireless Network = My piggy bank contents.

    Seriously, though, this is some of the greatest news any Android fan could hope for. Moto makes top notch equipment, but have recently been lost with design. Enter Google, and now I have hopes for X.

  • DanWazz

    A new shape is need IMO. I’ve never liked those tapered edges.

  • rrosotho

    Its about time….I have been waiting on news of the first Motorola phone since google had taken over. I do like samsung but motorola is my favorite! But if motorola wants to comeback they need a new look and to come out ahead of the game and not with last years specs.

    • RoadsterHD1

      You said it. We more that two gigs of Ram, and more that 1.7GHz and maybe a 6 core processor.

      • rrosotho

        Thank you! and i will add a 5 inch 1080p screen

      • I feel like anything more that 4 cores is totally wasted at this point in the game. I mean, does ANYTHING in the play store require that much speed to work? It’s not like you will be playing multiple games at once…

  • WPNX

    I know why everyone is excited and already planning on saving their pennies for this..Motorola is the one brand we all wish would put out the best phone …why? Because we all know Moto is known for building rock solid phones..If you had a choice..Sammy nexus, LG nexus, HTC nexus or Moto Nexus..the majority would pick Moto..I would..MOTOROLA FTW!

  • SecurityNick

    If it was sans Blur and unlockable, I would highly consider it. A “nexus” device with Moto hardware would be a dream phone.

  • anezarati

    count me out if this is on a carrier

  • CompCrash

    I would take a Motorola phone, I am hoping for something good for my next upgrade in Aug.

  • Moto Nexus anyone? Where do I sign? 🙂

  • ddevito

    This must be the rumored Nexus X.

  • Sean Rowe

    I have never owned a Motorola smartphone, but I hear everyone rave about the build quality so I am interested.

    Must have:
    Top notch camera
    Big battery
    Top of the line GPU/Processor
    unlockable bootloader
    Top tier display

    Doesn’t have to be the thinnest phone on the earth, I believe most of us could care less if it is .02mm thicker than the i*hone as long as it lasts 24* hours on a single charge.

    Make it happen!


    Wait for the X Maxx instead

  • calum wilper


  • cizzlen

    My next phone. Confirmed.

    • john

      mine too, give me two please

  • Abhisshack D

    please add a SDCard Support otherwise its a huge trade-off for me

  • tomn1ce

    This could be my next phone if its as nice as it sounds….and it lands on vzw….and of course if its true….

  • Oh boy.

  • Would be great as my contracts are up in November. Great excuse to leave Verizon.

  • William_Morris

    Moto Razr neXus, anyone?

  • RaptorOO7

    Make it a Nexus with bleeding edge tech and micros SD support or 64GB minimum with ZERO BLOATWARE. Then you would have my attention.

  • Bionicman

    i have 2 upgrades available next year so if it comes to VZW, i’m in….well…as long as the specs are truly amazing and not some weird mashup of a Nexus 4 and Razr M.

  • With my upgrade coming up in May, Googlerola may have given me a reason to hold off on getting something else (like an S4).

  • Silver Veloz

    Hey, if they do this right, I’m all for sticking with Motorola. Can’t wait.

  • Gage

    Make it at least 5in with ling battery life and HDMI output.

  • Masterminded

    Nexus Maxx, please

  • Q’s

    Verizon better not screw this up.

  • Tony Byatt

    Bring it on…My first Android phone was the OG Droid. I would love a worthy smartphone & tablet combo from them…

  • Timfantry

    Happy Quanza!

  • You want a big hit again, Motorola? Think about your last one, the one that saved you from ruins. Think about what made it so great. Remember the Motorola Droid.

  • Ahku Droid

    Please let this be 4G, a MAXX edition, available for Verizon, and sold on the Play store.

    I need awesome and need to keep unlimited data.

  • Shawn Maloney

    Been waiting for this for a long time. Moto and their good hardware, radios and quality combined with google with the awesomeness that is Android. If they combine aspects of the RAZR Maxx HD and Nexus with some new flares, this will rock…..can’t wait!!!

  • YeahhDawg

    I like Nexus Flex myself

  • YeahhDawg

    Good Thing I didn’t waste money on the Nexus 4.

  • Nicholassss

    Make that screen at least 5 inches and ill ditch my note 2

  • Ned Danov

    I am Out of contract now but I will wait for next MOTO (hopefully) BEAST with GOOGLE logo on the back cover( could shine/ change colour for notification as well) :)))))

  • LocBox

    I love bad bitches thats my f*cking problem.

  • Charlie

    This looks to be very early in the process, so I don’t expect it to arrive until late 2013 at the earliest. Anyone agree? This is fine with me though, as my Maxx HD is doing wonderful. 🙂

  • AJA0

    Make sure it has top of the line specs as well as excellent design, There is no excuses for having 1GB of RAM on their “flagship” phone, the Razr HD, in the 2nd half of 2012.

  • knobularlife

    Pigs is smart as dogs…It’s true!

  • tech247

    A unlocked moto phone with superior radios and pure Android on Big Red is the stuff of wet dreams……… until updates stop coming and VZW ruins it.

  • Bob G

    November is Nexus month!

  • Josh Swenson

    F’n A Cotton!!!

  • LTE Version available for $399 direct through Google Play.

    Am I right?

    • foob0t

      Lets hope so

  • Dear Moto:

    Things to include:
    1) The best display
    2) The fastest Processor/GPU/RAM
    3) 4G LTE
    4) A minimum 2600ma Battery
    5) An unlocked bootloader
    6) Whatever new feature is “mind blowing” enough to tease apple fanboys about for months.

    Things to leave out:
    1) BLUR
    2) Bloatware
    3) Carbon Fiber
    4) DROID Branding
    5) A device name that contains the letter “X” (Unless it’s a NeXus)
    6) Commercials that involve robots, lasers or cyborgs (It was cool 3 years ago, but give it a rest)

    Oh yea, and for the sake of Baby Jesus, put it on Verizon. Thanks.

    The Earth

    • Wait. I just had a thought. If they use those elastic displays, they could call it the Flexus Nexus.

      • shdowman

        bad dum chink…

        • Joshhud

          What did you call me

      • CoryDobak

        I giggled. For reals.

        • Lols. This made me giggle.

        • Abhisshack D

          I 2nd that

      • joejoe5709

        Or just pick another Transformer name to copy. Remember when we were all ready for the Nexus Prime? 🙂

    • antinorm

      Put it on Verizon, and make it clear to Verizon that YOU control the updates, not them.

    • thebruce44

      So basically the best of everything. Personally, I want great battery life, top of the line screen, 4GLTE, and less bezel. Everything else is cake.

    • Finally time for that Cortex-A15 processor!

    • Blur is actually pretty good now on ICS and JB, definitely the skin that is closest to vanilla. If I have to have a skin on my phone, Blur is the best now.

      But otherwise I agree 100%. But Nexus X has kind of a cool ring.

    • jahsoul

      lol @ the world. Considering most of the world is using GSM technology, I dunno..lol

    • Main thing for me is the camera and display. Without a good display and a good camera, any future Moto is phone is dead to me.

  • kixofmyg0t

    Well this explains why my info stopped right after Vanquish(RAZR HD) launched.

    I know the possibility is slim given Moto’s sour relationship with nVidia, but Tegra4 guys. Seriously. 4 A15’s, 72 core GPU, dual channel memory…..you’re only other options are OMAP5(which is already dated) or a current S4 Pro. Forge a new relationship with nVidia. Secure Tegra4. 2GB of RAM, SD CARD SUPPORT!, 4.8+” 1080p display, use the AOSP camera software(if you have a RAZR M/HD and you haven’t installed the 4.2 camera you’re missing out. The RAZR HD’s camera sensor is almost the exact same module in the S3)…heck contract a ExmorR sensor from Sony. They know what they’re doing with cameras.

    Last but not least, 3300mAh battery standard.

    Call it the RAZR X…..and use Big G’s influence to sell it UNLOCKED. Sit back and profit.

    • sczmn

      What about the Exynos 5450?

      • kixofmyg0t

        Name a non Samsung device using a Exynos.

        There’s your answer.

        • john

          MEIZU MX. LENOVO K860, NEWMAN N2

          • kixofmyg0t

            Have you even heard of those devices before you Google searched them?


            My point still stands that it’s basically a 0% chance of Moto ever convincing Samsung to use their CPU for a product designed to beat all of Samsung’s lineup.

    • Diablo81588

      From what I understand, tegra 4 still doesn’t support integrated LTE. Also, how is the OMAP 5 dated?

      • kixofmyg0t

        It doesn’t you’re right. But look at the Nexus 4. Some don’t care about LTE.

        OMAP5 is dated because of the S4 Pro already beating it to market. It’s a great idea but if Moto released a phone in January people would bash it because it’s only a dual core. Then 2 months later Tegra4 devices start showing up, further knocking Moto down the performance totempole.

        • Diablo81588

          If I remember right, the s4 is still based on Qualcomm’s krait architecture, which is not true cortex a15 cores. The OMAP 5 will still out perform the s4 pro, provided they’re both quad core.

          • kixofmyg0t

            That’s the thing, OMAP5 is a dual A15 and dual low power core design.(A7 I think. Kinda like Tegra3’s companion core). So it’ll run with the best of the dual cores and have great battery life….. But it’s no match for 4 A15’s.

            The only thing that they may be equal on is the GPU. The SGX544MP2 in OMAP5 whips anything on the market right now number wise. But going from 8 cores in Tegra3 to 72 cores in Tegra4 may give it an edge.

      • john

        tegra 3 on the one x+ supports LTE…

        • Diablo81588

          It lacks integrated LTE. Read my post.

  • Ryan Frankenstein

    I along with many of you said…never again Motorola…never again. If joining with Google makes them get a true Nexus devise out to the masses, well then maybe. Otherwise never again Motorola…never again.

  • kretz7

    “Other potential focuses include making the camera top notch” – it’s about time, surely all the crappy cameras that Moto has been using the past couple years have ran out by now. 🙂

  • And here, we, go. *Joker tone*

  • kennedy myril

    Bring it on… But what does this mean for the Nexus line? Thoughts please.

  • violator702

    Google + Motorola = My money

    • JoshGroff

      Mine too, heck, I might even buy one for each ear.

  • let’s drop some X google.

  • Something mind-blowingly good from Google’s perspective? As long as an unlocked bootloader is part of that, I’m excited!

  • Austin

    Sounds sick

  • Joshua Rossi

    Razor Maxx HD Nexus X?

  • mike sombloski

    it would have to be an extremely impressive phone to coerce me back to a motorola product.

    • JoshGroff

      So in other words it would have to be a Motorola phone? The redundancy is strong with this one. Most of their phones have been top of the line, and of course their batteries are second to none. It’s been their software turning everyone off.

      • QQpayne

        The current lineup of Motorola phones is behind the curve on tech, it is comparable to phones that came out 6 months earlier. Not what i would consider top of the line.

        Dont get me wrong, i like the build quality, but when i buy a phone that had just came out i want it to have the best specs available.

        • john

          why? you want a 50 core processor when there’s no software in 5 years that will take advantage of that?

        • JoshGroff

          I did say most, I too was disappointed with this round of mid tier devices. As someone who was a Motorola fanboy for the longest time I just expected more. Still hoping they pop out a game changing phone (Nexus X?) to prove their dominance once again.

  • BTLS

    nexus x, xexus, droid x?… oh wait, had that. Can’t wait to get more info either way!

  • schmaltzy

    My thoughts are that it’s 2:30 on Friday afternoon before Christmas and I’m sitting at my desk looking out the widow. On the flip side….it’s only 8 above so it’s kind of a lose/lose situation….

    OH, you probably meant my thoughts on the X Phone. It’s from Motorola……I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • NeXus 🙂

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  • guest

    Mind.. blown…..

  • ocdtrekkie

    Needs keyboard. :/

    • Joshua Rossi

      When will people realize that keyboards are no longer needed!!!

      • your opinion…Some of us like a physical keyboard, and we want that choice!!!

        • Joshua Rossi

          This is what they should have

          For people who want a keyboard

          • Or maybe make a flagship phone with a sliding keyboard attachment accessory. One phone to support, and people who want a slate can have a slate and people who want a keyboard can pay $50 more and get the keyboard…

            Hasn’t the successful ASUS Transformer line taught us anything about having OPTIONS?

          • FAL_Fan

            You very well may be on to something here…maybe even a clam shell idea to help protect the screen, but I like where you’re going and I’d be very interested in seeing something like this implemented.

      • ocdtrekkie

        Keyboards are still needed if you actually need to get stuff done on your phone instead of screwing with it for an hour.

        • foob0t

          Or you could just step into the 21st century and use swype

          • ocdtrekkie

            Swype is INCREDIBLY slow compared to a physical keyboard.

          • foob0t

            User error. Do you know that someone set the world record for the fastest text message ever recorded using swype? And it was a few paragraphs long and about dinosaurs. I can burn people using keyboards with swype, its MUCH faster

          • ocdtrekkie

            @foob0t:disqus I live in Chicago. If you’re ever in the neighborhood, would you like to put your money where your mouth is?

          • foob0t

            Yes, please. Loser buys beers.

          • ocdtrekkie

            Beer doesn’t cost much. Also, I don’t drink, and let’s be honest, if I did drink, I would likely not drink with you.

          • foob0t

            Im not going to come all the way up to chicago to prove to some old man stuck in the stone ages that swype is faster than a phone keyboard. Do you still use T9 to text?

          • ocdtrekkie

            @foob0t:disqus I’m 23. Try again.

          • Diablo81588

            Wrong. I can type considerably faster with swype, you just have to get used to it. You can also type one handed vs having to use both hands with a physical keyboard.

          • ocdtrekkie

            @Diablo81588:disqus LOL! One-handed = SLOWER.

          • Diablo81588

            You can’t swype with two hands moron. It’s still faster with one hand as a hunt and peck keyboard is with two, physical or not.

          • ocdtrekkie

            @Diablo81588:disqus Exactly what I said. It’s slower. You can only use one hand. Much less productive.

          • Diablo81588

            What part of swype is faster than physical keyboards don’t you understand?

          • ocdtrekkie

            @Diablo81588:disqus What part of “No they’re not” is hard to grasp? Come to Chicago, put your money on the table, and let’s go. Trust me, I’ll end up richer.

          • Diablo81588

            I don’t like driving in snow. Just take my word for it.

          • ocdtrekkie

            @Diablo81588:disqus The snow’s a pain. Your word doesn’t mean squat compared to fact. Swype can’t outperform a physical keyboard for the amount of type of typing I need to do.

          • FAL_Fan

            This went on way too long everyone…this is simply a matter of differing opinions. That being said; I love swiftkey flow, it’s amazing, but I still find myself getting frustrated with it and sliding my D4’s keyboard out because FOR ME it is much faster to use than the touchscreen.

          • WCDave

            This is possibly one of the most pathetic arguments I have ever seen on DL. Are you just a good troll?

          • ocdtrekkie

            @WCDave:disqus No, I’m someone who values productivity over stylishness.

            Also… no such thing as a good troll.

          • foob0t

            Are all you people down voting still using blackberries? This is crazy

          • PhoenixPath

            Nah. We’re down-voting because down-voting is the new fackwors.

            You heard it here first.

          • Christopher Riner

            Something i learned long ago, physical keyboard folk are passionate about their hardware. Start hating and they form from the mist like a Michael Jackson video with a fight scebe

          • Raven

            I have used Swype and FlexT9 and now Flow Beta. But, there is still no doubt in my mind that I type faster with my Droid 4 keyboard than any of them for anything other than a quick reply. Try Swyping a phone number or an address or a name that is not in the dictionary to someone in a text or even typing some lines of programming code into an email with Swype. If you have to type anything more than common words it quickly becomes an exercise in frustration.

            Also, it is not just about the physical keyboard, I also love that fact that I have my entire screen available to me and not just a few lines so that I can easily refer back to the message that I am replying to and see more of the message that I am typing.

          • ocdtrekkie

            That’s another thing Raven, the extra real estate is fantastic. I had a 4G LTE phone with ICS, and I went back to my DROID 3 for the keyboard. LTE doesn’t speed up your day when it’s waiting for you to finish typing.

        • PhoenixPath

          If you actually need to “get stuff done” on your phone, and you can do it faster on a phones hardware keyboard…you’re doing it wrong.

          Use a laptop or, failing that, learn to tap.

          I used to be part of the hardware keyboard fanclub on smartphones. Then I forcibly broke myself of the habit. It is possible.

          Hardware keyboards will slow you down once you break yourself of them.

          • ocdtrekkie

            @PhoenixPath:disqus I’m on call, during Christmas. Yes, I’m going to haul my laptop to the Christmas party and whip it out in the middle of dinner.

          • PhoenixPath

            “whip it out in the middle of dinner.”


            Okay, seriously, though…

            If you’re on-call, you aren’t “getting stuff done”; you’re half-assing it until you get to a real computer. A touch-keyboard will do just fine…possibly *much* better if it is one with decent prediction and has enough history on your typing. (read: defaults to “Have you tried turning it off and back on again?”)


          • ocdtrekkie

            @PhoenixPath:disqus I would really hope Swype isn’t dumb enough to learn to predict all the passwords I have to type in to get connected to what I need to do.

          • PhoenixPath

            None of the predictive keyboards store or “remember” passwords.

            (I remember back in the day with swype you could force it to, if you *really* tried, but I don’t believe you can even do that anymore.)

            disclosure: I currently use Swiftkey Flow (though I used SwiftKey 3 before that…haven’t used swype in ages)

            I can type, “Hey babe, what would you like me to pick up for dinner tonight” in about 18 keystrokes. try that on a physical keyboard and let me know how it works for ya. 😉 (It does take time for the keyboard to be able to decently predict your wording…this does not happen on the first use.)

          • ocdtrekkie

            @PhoenixPath:disqus Exactly. They don’t help you type passwords. And Swype really sucks when you need to type a complicated password. Which I often do.

            I use SwiftKey, by the way, it works great with physical keyboards, it supplements and enhances the existing capabilities of my keyboard in a very seamless way.

      • Joe

        When will people realize there’s a world outside their own closed off little one?

    • Kirk

      I’m surprised, for a community that supposedly likes to tinker, not many actually use terminals, SSH into remote computers or make use of keyboard shortcuts where swipe gestures just aren’t better.

      • ocdtrekkie

        I’m a sysadmin. All these people trying to make claims are going to find it really hilarious when they see what they have to type, faster than me, on Swype.

        • foob0t

          Im also a sys admin. There is no way you can use a phone’s keyboard to type faster on your phone, than swype. Not possible

          • ocdtrekkie

            Hi, Mr. Romney. Stating something over and over does NOT make it true.

          • lye

            Sys admins have really confusing grammar. I had to read both of these comments multiple times to figure them out.

        • Raven

          Yes, all of the numbers and symbols that you need, plus words that are not in the dictionary is one thing, but it is also far nicer to have your whole screen available to you when you are sshing into a site.

        • after a few months with my moto droid i was typing blind and faster than anyone i knew those were the days. this is a fairly cheap fix I’m thinking of ordering just to tinker with http://www.amazon.com/T-Flash-Adapter-Samsung-GT-i9100-GT-N7000/dp/B005FUNYSA/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=O4X3OE2IYPBF&coliid=ILNVYAXWHU3I0

      • Paul

        I guess there aren’t many devs or people who use Linux here. Keyboard shortcuts and keyboards for terminals are great. With smartphones being able to do more and more things, why not make use of it instead of telling yourself “I’ll wait until I get to a computer” when you shouldn’t have to.

      • Josh

        Also, for so many people praising no dedicated buttons for more screen real estate, they sure don’t mind that on-screen keyboard taking up a good chunk of the screen.

      • Jim

        Too bad actual keyboard integration with the OS and apps are getting worse. It’s really annoying that I don’t have a go to start or end of the line shortcut in terminals or any text field anymore. One by one, the shortcuts I use are disappearing.

        • Phillip J.

          This is my other issue with slider Android phones. Even if a company came out with a great keyboard Android phone, the OS and apps are removing the enhancements a physical keyboard can provide. It’s a shame.

          • Cowboydroid

            OEMs are always free to build in that functionality…

          • Mark

            Too bad all OEMs do is make the OS worse. So whatever feature someone actually wants has to be from Google themselves and Google is definitely gradually removing keyboard features from Android.

          • michael arazan

            Maybe make the Keyboard a form fitting accessory for the phone, that way people can have the phone their way.

      • ERIFNOMI

        Because the last thing I want to use terminal on is my phone. I have a laptop and a desktop that would work much better. Hell, I’d go for a tablet before my phone.

      • Cracker Jack

        Have you tried a BlueTooth keyboard? I use one and it works great both with my Nexus and my Tablet.

    • Raven

      They will have to pry my physical keyboard from my cold Droid fingers.
      (Long live my Droid 4, but still hoping for a Droid 5 next year.)

      • ocdtrekkie

        Amen to that. My DROID 3 is up for renewal early next year. If I don’t hear wind of a DROID 5, I’m honestly going to have to go find a used DROID 4.

        • Raven

          That is what I did. I bought a Droid 4 cheap off of swappa after my Droid 2 started randomly rebooting. Still saving my upgrade for the mythical Droid 5.

        • FAL_Fan

          I have emailed Motorola a few times and they refuse to give me anything on whether there will be a Droid 5 or not. I enjoy my physical keyboard phones (OG, D2G, D3, D4) but the sensitivity of the Note 2 touchscreen is amazing and enough to make me leave the Droids…I have another upgrade I can use if I need to for the Droid 5 🙂

          • But Verizon doesn’t have a real Note II.

          • FAL_Fan

            What exactly constitutes a real Note 2? You could say the USA doesn’t have a real S3 because it’s not quad core, yet it sold like hot cakes. How is the Verizon Note 2 not real?

          • Verizon logo on the home button. That’s not the design Samsung intended.

          • FAL_Fan

            That doesn’t detract from the phone being real…

          • If you buy it, you support Verizon’s bullying, Verizon forced Samsung to make a halfassed Note II.

          • FAL_Fan

            The phone is the same phone, again your point is null.

          • Eric

            jesus. stop commenting already.

          • who cares it’s a damn phone. if you don’t like verizon or their “bullying” then leave them. everyone has a choice to either stay or find another carrier when their contracts up. if he likes the Note 2 on VZW then so be it,

          • Trey Mitchell

            halfassed is a strong word for a phone that differs only in aesthetics and minor fixable software discrepancies.

          • Trey Mitchell

            an unbranded button does not a phone make

        • Up for renewel? What does that matter for? No one is buying phones with contracts anymore because EVERYONE wants and NEEDS to keep their unlimited data, and that’s way more than saving $300 on a phone, since the new plans will add hundreds to your bill over 2 years.
          And how do you stand the screen on the D4? o_O

          • ocdtrekkie

            We voluntarily switched all of our devices mid-contract to Family Share plan, @facebook-100001458670467:disqus because it saves us about $70 per month on our bill. We’d have to go pretty bloody far over to even come close to how much extra money we were paying for unlimited.

            I have a DROID 3 currently, screen is great. DROID 4 screen looks about the same.

          • They have the same screen.
            Wtf? There is no way you save money. Unless you people talk on the phone way too much, which no one does. The average person uses 5GB of data/month.

          • ocdtrekkie

            We had two tethering plans. And between six devices (three smartphones, one tablet, two dumbphones) we only use about 2 GB per month. Because we know how to turn on Wi-Fi when inside a building.

            And actually, under phones having unlimited data, one of the dumbphones once incurred $168 fee for using 124 MB without a data plan. With family share, that will never happen again either.

            @Tyler Cameron

          • Daniel Maginnis

            The average person does not use 5gb/more. After monitoring my family’s data as well as my girlfriends, all of the “kids” use maybe 1-2gb while I use about 5-6gb. That’s because I stream Google music in the car about 1hr a day and am constantly using web. Family share plans saved each family’s about $40/moving and $70 mo. The only people eating up more data than me must be watching Netflix while riding the train and praying their battery doesn’t die.

    • LiterofCola


  • jesterz


  • LocBox

    I love bad bitches thats my f*cking problem.

    • Yoderz

      Haha. That’s not a problem. Bad bitches are f*cking awesome!

  • kfath1978


  • Motorola Nexus!
    I knew it non-believers!

  • Sakina Solomon

    Could this be…..the phone……Ive.been.waiting.FOR? *salivates in advance*

  • MikeSaver

    I require new pants

    • I find that the real trick is to not wear them in the first place

      • shdowman

        How did that stint in prison for indecent exposure work out for ya? 😛

      • tomn1ce

        But then you’ll dirty the chair or what ever it is that you happen to be sitting on… O_o

  • kfath1978


  • Was there anybody who wasn’t assuming this was happening?

  • El Big CHRIS

    I hope so. But i needs to be done better than the last NEXII and it needs to be better than Sammy’s stock. Otherwise, yet another flop.

  • Butters619

    The Android Gods have finally answered our calls.

    • Nex__


      • drparty

        I’ll believe it when I see it. Pretty much guaranteed Moto will make some really incredible phone and totally bork it with some stupid feature. Most likely encrypted bootloader.

        • Diablo81588

          Not if Google is involved.

  • brianC

    Didn’t I hear something about a Razor X one time….

    • ChrisB

      Don’t know, did you?

  • Good luck with getting the necessary parts, since Samsung basically owns (the best) high end supply chain on the planet. If you wanna be leading edge in mobile, you kinda have to buy from them. Even Apple does. I’m pretty sure they’ll laugh the Moto execs out of the office when the latter try to cut a deal.

    • Moto has Google Pulling for them now.. considering most of Samsungs success in the mobile market relies heavily on Google products, I am sure they will work something out.

      • Android freely available and there are no restrictions on market access once you meet design/native app requirements.

    • Bob G

      I didn’t know Samsung owns Sharp, Sony, Qualcomm, etc..

      • Sharp is nearly bankrupt. Sony sold their LCD business. Samsung’s Exynos stomps most other ARM CPUs. Samsung also owns a RAM biz.

        • john

          okey, actually moto execs are google’s, and moto has invented phones, and they have leaded the industry until 2007. So who is gonna be against that? maybe they will start a lawsuit for providing half of the technology on all the antenas in the world that makes possible this conversation

          • maybe they will start a lawsuit for providing half of the technology on all the antenas in the world

            Given that Moto’s been so broke they had to sell themselves, if they really could do that they’d have done it already.

    • DJ SPY

      Wouldn’t this be considered unfair business practices? Trying to keep the others down by not selling them the necessary parts.

      • LOL have you seen how long those cases take to wind through court? + who cares about fines when you’ve made your competitor hopelessly late to market? Samsung has the cash on hand for that.

    • chris125

      Except Samsung only makes exynos chips which leaves others such as Qualcomm not to mention only if they use amoled would they have to buy from samsung

  • chris125

    Bring it to all the carriers otherwise it won’t be able to compete with the iPhone and Samsung offerings

    • Mapekz

      This. Although since it is Motorola I do have hopes for a Verizon release.


    • I completely agree. the problem is confusion. make one product across all carriers.

    • What are you talking about? Motorola makes phones for every carrier… If you only count Verizon.

      • Diablo81588

        Their high end phones are mainly on Verizon. They might come out with one mid range phone on other carriers every so often.

        • I am aware. I have had a Photon, and know if the Atrix, but it truly is an embarrassment that they do not release their flagship phone anywhere but Verizon.

          • chris125

            They do on carriers outside the US

        • That’s right. The only good Motorola Phones are on Verizon. That’s why I keep on buying them.

      • Knlegend1

        Internally those phones may be the same but with different names equal bad marketing. Plus each one has a little something different. The Razr should be on every carrier like it was in the past.

    • James

      Yeah, just like the Nexus 4.

    • NexusMan

      Since it’s not a “Droid,” I’m sure it will be.

    • niuguy

      And for the love of god, don’t let Verizon do any advertising for you.

  • Nexus X ? Plz.

    • zepfloyd

      There already is a Nexus 10. 😉

      • Go Hawkeyes

        I prefer to call it the Nexus 1010, but sometimes the Nexus A. Just depends on which number system I’m using at the time.

        • Holland Capone


    • johnc7995

      I hope so

  • not an iPhone, rather xPhone….I can already smell Apple’s legal team cooking up some BS

    • In other news, Anything Moto+Google collaborating to make a phone is like a Christmas gift to Android fans. Hardware meets software, very touching thing.

    • AETAaAS

      In all probability, its a placeholder. We are in desperate need to break away from the convention of using just consonants and numbers in our phones. The HTC One X,V and S, Motos RAZRs, Samsung’s S series and Sony’s inexplicable Xperia nomenclature.

      We need phones like the Nightingale or FireCoil. Hell, if we get a Nexus Widowmaker I will be a happy man. 🙂

      • foob0t

        nexus widowmaker ftw