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Motorola’s First Google-inspired Products to be “Just-right” Size With Stock Android, Shipping in Second Half 2013

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During a conversation with PCMag, Motorola’s design chief Jim Wicks opened up about the future of their products, most importantly, those influenced by the newly formed Google exec team. Wicks make it sound as if the current state of the mobile industry, one that focuses on specs and a “bigger is better” mantra, isn’t where they are headed. They want stock Android devices that are updated quickly, phones that are the right size instead of oversized, and that reach all carriers. 

According to Wicks, Motorola has spent the last eight months working on their next generation of phones that will arrive in the second half of 2013 (that could be July or November for all we know). More importantly, he stressed that if you are into smaller form-factor devices or stock Android, that you are going to be very excited. And when he says “smaller,” he means “just-right” in terms of size. If you look at the leaked Motorola device from early March, we’re talking a 4-4.5″ display size, which isn’t necessarily small, it’s just not following the massive trend by today’s standards. He also mentioned that while devices may be smaller, the display won’t be as they continue to work on slimming down bezels, much like they did with the RAZR M. Wicks acknowledged that “When you buy a TV, your’re not wanting a frame,” and that smartphones should be the same.

As far as his comments on stock Android are concerned, Wicks talked about how consumers “love what the Android OS can do for them,” and that they want to have the most recent releases faster. Motorola’s strategy is to embrace Android and make it the “best expression of Android and Google on the market.” It will be the “unadulterated” version of Android with as little bloatware as possible.

Last, while Motorola has seen success with its DROID brand on Verizon, they will attempt to mimic Samsung and HTC’s push to get their single flagship phones and form factors on all carriers. They will attempt to build new cross-carrier brands outside of those exclusive brands that are carrier-specific.

After hearing Eric Schmidt call Motorola’s next lineup of phones “phenomenal” this morning, this news has to bring you nothing but joy. Well, assuming you are fine with sub 5-inch phones.

Via:  PCMag

  • Noel

    Good for Moto…vanilla Android is the way to go. If you need extra layering on your device then grab a skin from the Play store or the rumored HUB for skins etc that might come with KLP. I have been clamoring and hoping for HTC to release some pure vanilla Android devices or devices that dual boot vanilla Android and Android w/Sense UI. I think if Motorola stick with their new plan of action, coupled with their huge battery capacity offerings they will do very very well. But i will caution them to understand that customers want bigger screen devices not jumbo screens…so 4.3″ should be the lowest they can go, while 4.7 to 5″ with no bezel will be the ideal. They should also remember there is a huge segment of the populace that have come to love Phablets…maybe consider making a 5.3″ + phablet, they don’t wonna leave that market only to Sammy, L.G and a few others. Cellphones are not just for making phone calls and sending text msgs anymore…one needs a good screen real estate for web browsing, social media interaction, some gaming etc.

  • Brandon Golway

    My Galaxy Nexus is 4.65″ and it feels a little too small for me, I’d like to have a 5″+ screen for my next phone and I was hoping it was going to be a Motorola, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen :-/

  • Tyler Cameron

    What is that phone in the picture?

  • Sporttster

    Why would I want to go backwards to D1 sized screens?? I’ll buy 4.7″ or 5″ but I’m not going back to a measly 4″. Forget that! The trend is in the opposite direction and Moto won’t be selling a lot of phones with tiny screens!

  • Anon

    The above sounds *exactly* like what I want. Here’s hoping they release one phone that will work on all North American (or even all US) carriers, and that it’s available through the Play store. If that happens and it’s everything they say above, I will pay off-contract price for one without hesitation.

  • I’m fine with sub-5″ screens. Call me old fashioned, but I still think my gnex is the perfect size. Would love to see something that size with Moto look and feel.

  • RichH

    Looks a lot like the DROID DNA!!

  • [email protected]

    Looks a lot like HTC DROID DNA

  • Kyle Cordiano

    That motorola phone that was leaked in March was not ground breaking but the back looks very nice with the camera placement and the curves surrounding it. I Really like it.

  • Take my money

  • Cowboydroid

    KEYBOARD device, please!

  • Trevor


  • RoadsterHD1

    Am I imagining a video and pictures I saw earlier, (video did not play)? Was this removed, WTF!!!! Am I drunk?

  • azndan4

    Small bezels on the Razr M? I laughed out loud when I read that. The Razr M has obnoxiously large top and bottom bezels.

  • jnt

    They need to phase out the Droid branding anyway…

  • chris125

    Maybe re live the old days like they had with the original droid on verizon with stock android. I don’t really care if it’s not a nexus because being stock android would make it much easier to update

  • Hopefully we will see full screen phone being pushed out soon

  • MentatYP

    Stock Android? Not on Verizon then, eh?

  • Alexander Garcia

    Best… News… EVAH… so far…

  • Zac St. Louis

    soooo when are OEM’s gonna talk about improved battery life. At this point every phone is “relatively” the same just depends on how much you trust the manufacturer and like their skin or vanilla if you prefer, but regardless of the phone you buy you have to charge it a couple times a day (I charge at least once after waking up with a full charge) or you have to turn data off and dim the screen. I just want my phone to run awesomely all day and then die right before I go to bed