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Motorola’s Guy Kawasaki Asks If You Would Like to Personalize Your Devices at Time of Order, Just Like Porsche Exclusive

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Well, we may as well get this Motorola hypebeast engine running, since the one and only Guy Kawasaki is ready to. For those not familiar with Guy, know that he was once the ultimate Apple fanboy, acting as an evangelist to the company for years, but has since moved onto to Android and is now serving as an advisor to Motorola in some capacity. One of his first goals for his new role is to create a community that talks about the future of mobile devices. In a recent post to Google+, he brings up an interesting idea, one that was actually rumored last week. Is this the first major hint at what we can expect in the X Phone

In his G+ post, Guy asks a simple question – “Wouldn’t it be great if you could personalize your phone like this?” His post included a video of Porsche’s Exclusive program which allows you to customize your car at the time of order to include your choice of interiors, colors, spoiler, rims, and more. There are some 600 options to choose from, so that you can make the car of your dreams. So what if you could do that with your next phone? Is this a hint?

The timing of Kawasaki’s post is interesting because last week, our friends over at Android and Me heard from sources who suggested that Motorola will allow you to completely customize devices from them at the time of order in the near future. It could all start with the X Phone, which is rumored to launch around June, with an unveiling at Google I/O in May. While certain details have not been revealed, we would assume that Motorola would allow you to choose colors, storage amounts, and maybe even RAM or processor through an online store that would then be custom built for you. Think of the model that Dell first introduced some years ago.

And while we’re on the subject, we may as well talk about the other rumor coming out of Android and Me last week, which talked about the newest leaked Motorola device, how it is essentially an early prototype of the X phone, and that the back divot is actually a touch sensor. I’ll just say this – everything in that post, has been through our inbox as well from what I believe to be our own separate sources. While that’s about all I can say, feel free to read through Taylor’s points to get a pretty clear picture as to what we may see from Motorola this summer.

What do guys think, ready to customize a phone to your liking?

Via:  +Guy Kawaski

Cheers Thomas!

  • tc

    Man, that sounds like a great deal…A low cost phone that I can customize to order. Sounds pretty darn expensive to me. Hear’s the base model…oh you want memory? That’ll be $xx, you processing? More $$. You want a decent camera? More$$ And so on.

  • alex drum

    this sounds like a horrible idea… you would never ever ever ever get an update!

  • nishantsirohi123

    Here’s what I want.

    Great camera with Xenon flash(even the 8 megapixel one from the S3 would do)

    3500 mah battery, removable
    16 GB internal(for apps) along with micro SD card slot

    4.7 inch 720p screen , the one that looks as good as the optimus G(yes I am ok with it)

    Notification light in the physical home button, like the optimus G-pro

    that infrared thing from HTC one.
    micro HDMI port. with dual screen support from LG optimus G

    quad core processor(maybe nVIDIA for the tegra games)

    interchangeable Back panels with real leather, like the old blackberry tour, sexy glass like the nexus and kevlar like RAZR and metal finish like the HTC and some colourful plastic ones as well like the nokia lumia devices

    and device should be PRE-ROOTED

  • Emily

    Can we remove “features” we don’t want and add ones we do (like Google Wallet) on VZW phones. That’s the only customization I’d care about.

  • Ibrick

    Hardware would be difficult, but I was thinking something like 2 models. Maybe a 4.5″ 720p version and a 5″ 1080p version. Slightly larger battery in the 5″. Same SOC, RAM, etc, maybe 4-5 different colors and the same colors for the trim pieces.

    I think that would be enough customization for most people while keeping it cost effective.

  • MicroNix
  • master94

    I’d love it, wonder if it will add wait. I dont know if I could wait to get my hands on the xphone

  • zombiewolf115

    i would so do this. i just love to be different when it comes to phones. i just want people be like dude look at his phone that thing is just better then anything we can ever conceive of.

  • Tyler

    This is what options i think they should have and my choices are initialised:

    Color:
    Black, White, Grey/Silver, Red, Blue, Green, Pink, Purple
    Storage:
    8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
    Battery:
    Standard, MAXX
    Screen Size:
    4.3″ 720p and, 5″ 1080p or 4″ 720p and 4.7″ 1080p (personally i like 4.7″ better than 5″)
    Body:
    Slider, Slab
    Carrier:
    Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Unlocked (Same concept as to how you can buy a T-Mobile Nexus 4)

  • justapotato

    YES! i would love to configure phone…pay for external storage slot and pay less for an OK cam. i dont shoot w phone pay top dollar for top processors and pay more for better quality hardware. i wouldnt need a front cam could save money there.

  • perfectlyreasonabletoo

    I’d love to be able to specify things like color, custom decals, chassis type (plastic, metal, ultra-thin, thick, rounded, sharp, etc), storage, external storage availability, 720p vs 1080p, CPU speed, RAM capacity, camera type, etc… as long as the price isn’t excessive, the bootloader’s unlockable, and drivers for all the possible hardware variants are released. Goodness knows even if Motorola put out a really good device they’d still screw up the updates.

    • X

      the price will 100% REFLECT what you’ve chosen.
      $499 4.3″ 720p or $829 6″ 1080p.

  • 80am

    I’d pay 10 to keep Verizon apps on my phone…..no way am I serious. Ha

  • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

    If its about colors then I Can think is a good idea, specks? Just have 3 variants and let us choose…

  • Daniel

    I’d add a qwerty slider to the phone if that were possible :-)

  • IHateRegisteringDisqusNames

    Bring it on if this means that I can pay $299 for an off contract phone that uses Verizon’s network, as a first class VZW customer (not an MVNO), but without Verizon’s or Moto’s usual crapware!

    • Bob G

      Sorry, but the only major carrier that allows unlocked off contract phones to use their services are T-Mobile and AT&T. AT&T even let’s you use their LTE coverage.

      • mec

        Lets you… by law.

  • mec

    -Offer a couple chassis. one mid range, one high range.
    -offer one SOC/screen combination
    -offer multiple colors
    -offer multiple storage capacities
    -**maybe** RAM options.
    -possibly MAXX/standard options
    -offer options on which carrier.

    After one year, revise the offerings on internals. discount the old internals until stock is depleted. screen tech may change, but form factor remains, especially since size is probably going to equilibrate around 5″

    after two years, revise the chassis.

    it will follow apples general scheme of 3s,4,4s,5,… more than one color. chassis revisions every two. internals upgrades every one. Except you dont get blasted for slapping an S on there… you’re just offering the consumer new options to include in the “same phone”.

    You wont offer anything particularly new… but it **feels** innovative. you pick the guidelines, instead of selecting permutation A, permuation B, Permutation C.

    • Bionic

      sounds awesome

      • mec

        i dont offer this as any statement of fact… but maintaining components over two years helps them reduce manufacturing costs, while keeping up to date internals. all the while offering a “customized” program which sounds cool.

        it makes business sense. especially since you avoid the “all you did was slap an s on it and call it a new phone” argument. No, we just offered the consumer the most up to date processor as a customization option.

        • Bionic

          yup it makes a lot of sense. However i personally believe that the most expensive variant should be $350 or you are alienating too many customers.

          The cheapest variation running 1 Gig of RAM and etc could cost $150 or so.

          So basically an x phone could be had for anywhere between $150-$350 from the motorola store or whatever.

          You could also package docks and stuff.

        • Eric Franca

          I think it’s a great idea. Then they can just advertise a few “stock” varieties to keep the phones in people’s hands who have no idea what any of this crap means.

          • mec

            i could see them advertising “recommended” specs as Dell did, next to selectable options. but quick text blurbs about how this facet makes your phone awesomer will help them upsell.

            as well as producing a limited number to send to carrier stores.

  • Dain Laguna

    i may be in the minority…but the back of this moto device is supremely clean and understated.

    i approve.

    • gp126904

      I love it as well, my only worry is that the speaker wont be loud enough. I would love it if the speaker holes were that small and the speaker was as loud as the Razr Maxx HD.

  • Alexander Garcia

    OH… HELL… YES!!!

  • Joe

    If it increases product cost, no thanks.

    • Bionic

      it wont, google is all about REDUCING the hardware cost to the consumer. Examples being the Nexus 7 and 10 and 4. Google makes money by gathering and selling information, not hardware.

      • X

        yes, but Google WILL NOT DECREASE HARDWARE COST by becoming a “NEXUS” manufacturer. and killing its FAT SERVICE MARGINS.

        and Google will NOT make money organizing the world’s information and LOSE money undercutting its INFINITE HARDWARE PARTNERS.

        Google-made:
        $1,299 hi-end Chromebook Pixel: made in USA.
        $299 hi-end NEXUS Q: made in USA.

  • http://twitter.com/JsinLegacy JsinLegacy

    Ahh… Welcome to the new Dell

    • Bionic

      except better

      • bananatroll

        Bionic, do you know if these phones will be running pure or skinned Android? If you can’t answer that, then maybe a clue?

        • Bionic

          there is no information on that sorry. My GUESS would be that it wont be pure stock but it wont really be a skin either. Blur is pretty stock now.

          There are some things that simply will not be known until the Google I/O event.

        • X

          it will be pure Google.

          pure Google services on pure Android.

          NOBODY makes exactly what Google wants. Some morons like Amazon and Verizon even strip Google/its services from Google Android. Google is going to create a lineup of 100% Google devices.