Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
UCS Invicta: Integrated Flash
Deploy flash memory technology to
deliver peak workload performance.

Find out more>>
Mobile Industry News
Gartner's #1 for endpoint backup
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Will the Rumored Motorola X Phone Be Customizable?

Will the Rumored Motorola X Phone Be Customizable?
By Barry Levine

Share
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Share on Google Plus

In December, The Wall Street Journal reported that Google and Motorola were working on a mysterious device called the X Phone, for release sometime this year. More recently, some reports have speculated that the X Phone will be shown in May at the Google I/O developers conference. Now there are rumors that the X Phone will be customizable.
 


Would you like a custom-designed smartphone? There are rumors that Motorola's next generation of smartphone will allow that option.

The phone in question is the alleged X Phone from Motorola Mobility, now owned by Google. On Tuesday, the rumor mill was set ablaze when Motorola adviser Guy Kawasaki posted a Google+ update: "Wouldn't it be great if you could personalize your phone like this?" His message included a link to a video about the customization that is possible with a Porsche.

Kawasaki, who is a new Android fan after years of being an Apple evangelist, later said he was "just asking a hypothetical question," and that he was "just a Porsche fan who works at Motorola." But, given that social media is one of his listed areas of concentration at Motorola, X Phone-watchers have taken this as an attempt to either get the buzz going, or to measure reaction for such a possible move, or both.

'Think Big'

In December, The Wall Street Journal reported that Google and Motorola were working on a mysterious device called the X Phone, as well as an X Tablet, for release sometime this year. More recently, some reports have speculated that the X Phone will be shown in May at the Google I/O developers conference.

In the X Phone story, Motorola Mobility CEO Dennis Woodside told the Journal that the companies were working on something "quite different than the current approaches," in response to Google CEO Larry Page's direction to "think big."

At the time of the Journal's report, the "think big" possibilities appeared to include high-end camera and photo software, explorations into bendable screens and/or the use of ceramic-based materials. Other possibilities being reported are a next-generation display, the next generation of Android, a rugged casing, innovations in using touch panels on the back, and new gesture-recognition and imaging technologies, the latter based on technology acquired when Google bought Viewdle last year.

Unlockable? Eight-Core?

Viewdle's technology includes personalization through facial recognition, hovering gestural recognition, and augmented reality overlays.

Now, the new reports indicate that the X Phone is not simply a device, but a brand of products that is targeting Samsung's Galaxy line. In addition to Kawasaki's post, other rumors have suggested that one potential game-changer is online configuration of such specs as the memory, internal storage, or color, and your customized device would be delivered as fast as one week.

Other customizable specs could include the processors, or selection of which apps, wallpapers, or ringtones would be pre-loaded. Customization could also possibly include the ability to unlock the device before receiving, so the user could then sign on to any accepting carrier -- essentially making carrier choice another customizable option.

The X Phone is also the magnet for other rumors. These include the possibility that Google would subsidize most of the device's cost in order to build an installed base, or that the device would have an eight-core processor, in part to handle new voice activation features.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there's a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know by accessing the white paper, "5 Things You Didn't Know About Cloud Backup". Access the White Paper now.


 Mobile Industry News
1.   Apple Stock Soars Ahead of iPhone 6
2.   Verizon Tops in Mobile Networks
3.   Sprint Out with Data Guns Blazing
4.   Will Sprint Be T-Mobile Copycat?
5.   Facebook Offers Cross-Device Analytics


advertisement
Sprint Dumps T-Mobile Merger
Looks to the future with new chief exec.
Average Rating:
Researchers Tout Battery Breakthrough
Lithium anode could triple capacity.
Average Rating:
Apple Stock Soars Ahead of iPhone 6
New products generating lots of buzz.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Cost of Target Data Breach: $148 Million Plus Loss of Trust
The now infamous Target data breach is still costing the company -- and its shareholders -- plenty. In fact, the retailing giant forecast the December 2013 incident cost shareholders $148 million.
 
Aruba Networks Handles Black Hat with Aplomb
It's not an easy job. Aruba Networks' task throughout the Black Hat USA conference in Las Vegas this month was to ensure thousands of attendees could connect without malicious attacks.
 
Chinese Hackers Nab Info on Millions of U.S. Patients
A group of Chinese hackers has stolen the personal information, including names and Social Security numbers, of about 4.5 million patients at hospitals operated by Community Health Systems.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Three New Lenovo PCs Aimed at Business Users
Businesses everywhere want computing solutions that do more for less money, and Lenovo has unveiled three new desktop PCs that offer solid computing at a budget-minded price.
 
Aruba Networks Handles Black Hat with Aplomb
It's not an easy job. Aruba Networks' task throughout the Black Hat USA conference in Las Vegas this month was to ensure thousands of attendees could connect without malicious attacks.
 
Compression, Deduplication Come to Violin Concerto 2200
Violin Memory has announced that data deduplication and compression capabilities are now available on its Concerto 2200 solution. Typically, users will experience deduplication rates between 6:1 and 10:1.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Apple Stock Soars Ahead of iPhone 6 Launch
The imminent release of the iPhone 6 -- and maybe even an iWatch -- has sent Apple's stock soaring to new heights. Considering what else the firm could have up its sleeve -- the stratosphere may be the limit.
 
HTC Debuts Windows Phone Version of One M8 Smartphone
HTC is bringing the Windows Phone mobile OS to its flagship One M8 device -- the first time any mainstream flagship smartphone has been offered with a choice of operating systems.
 
Verizon Earns Top Rating in Mobile Network Comparison
A new report says Verizon Wireless was the top-performing U.S. cellphone service provider in the first half of 2014, on a nationwide and state-by-state basis, as well as in metro areas.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.