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Old Dec 21, 2012, 04:14 PM   #1
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Google/Motorola Developing Flagship Phone to Compete with Apple and Samsung




Google, via its newly acquired Motorola Mobility unit, is developing a "stand apart" phone to compete with the iPhone, reports the Wall Street Journal. The phone, which the company aims to release next year, is designed to compete more strongly with the iPhone, and Samsung's Galaxy line, than Motorola's current lineup.

This new "X Phone" project is being led by former Google product manager Lior Ron. Possible features seemed to be ambitious with exploration of bendable screens, ceramics, image and gesture-recognition software.

The company is running into development issues, however. Google is having problems with supply-chain management, a speciality of Apple CEO Tim Cook.
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But while Google is known for swift execution on the Web, its new hardware unit has run into obstacles associated with manufacturing and supply-chain management that have caused the company to rethink some initial plans for the X phone, these people added. Meanwhile, Google must manage complex relationships with smartphone makers that use its Android mobile-device software--particularly with Samsung Electronics Co., a Motorola rival that has become the No. 1 smartphone maker with Google's help.
Google does have ample amounts of cash to invest in the phone project, which the WSJ says the company will follow up with a tablet based on the same platform.

Google's acquisition of Motorola was controversial as it puts Google in direct competition with their Android licensees. Apple and Samsung, however, have captured the lion's share of smartphone profits, and Google is reportedly concerned that Samsung could "fork" Android and preventing Google's applications from being installed by default. This could have a large impact on Google's mobile reach if it doesn't develop its own handset.

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Old Dec 21, 2012, 04:19 PM   #3
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Whats the betting it has a crap name though? I hope they drop the 'Nexus' name - it's a bit...well...crap. It's the sort of Xbox name you'd expect a 14 year old kid to use.

As long as its not something like "Motorola Google SMX0395" or some stupid codename type phone.

Edit: I'm betting it'll be called the Google Nexus X, followed by the Nexus X II and X II
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Old Dec 21, 2012, 04:21 PM   #4
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Whats the betting it has a crap name though? I hope they drop the 'Nexus' name - it's a bit...well...crap. It's the sort of Xbox name you'd expect a 14 year old kid to use.

As long as its not something like "Motorola Google SMX0395" or some stupid codename type phone.

Edit: I'm betting it'll be called the Google Nexus X, followed by the Nexus X II and X II
I hear just to piss Apple off - they are going to just call it "Insanely Great"
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Old Dec 21, 2012, 04:23 PM   #5
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I hear just to piss Apple off - they are going to just call it "Insanely Great"
hehe

"Boom, Automagical" will be the name of the version of android uses.
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Old Dec 21, 2012, 04:25 PM   #6
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How is this different from the G1 or any of the Nexuses?
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Old Dec 21, 2012, 05:33 PM   #7
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Goorola.


Whats the betting it has a crap name though? I hope they drop the 'Nexus' name - it's a bit...well...crap. It's the sort of Xbox name you'd expect a 14 year old kid to use.

As long as its not something like "Motorola Google SMX0395" or some stupid codename type phone.

Edit: I'm betting it'll be called the Google Nexus X, followed by the Nexus X II and X II
Yeah, "Nexus"? What does that even mean? Here's the definition: "a connection or series of connections linking two or more things". Not only does this not make sense, but like you said, it's a name you'd see from a 14-year-old CoD fanatic. Actually, it would be "XxXNexusXxX_74365283746".
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Whats the betting it has a crap name though? I hope they drop the 'Nexus' name - it's a bit...well...crap. It's the sort of Xbox name you'd expect a 14 year old kid to use.
Nexus? I can't think of many 14 year olds who'd use that word to describe something they think is cool.

It's more sci-fi geeky than anything.
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Whats the betting it has a crap name though? I hope they drop the 'Nexus' name - it's a bit...well...crap. It's the sort of Xbox name you'd expect a 14 year old kid to use.

As long as its not something like "Motorola Google SMX0395" or some stupid codename type phone.

Edit: I'm betting it'll be called the Google Nexus X, followed by the Nexus X II and X II

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"bendable phones" is that possible and not break?
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Old Dec 21, 2012, 06:43 PM   #12
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Looks like all this thread is good for is flame bait and trolling. Since Samsung ales the lions share of Android in the marketplace I'm sure whatever this project is, is just as much of a challenge to Samsung as it is to Apple.
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Old Dec 21, 2012, 08:34 PM   #13
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Goorola.


Whats the betting it has a crap name though? I hope they drop the 'Nexus' name - it's a bit...well...crap. It's the sort of Xbox name you'd expect a 14 year old kid to use.

As long as its not something like "Motorola Google SMX0395" or some stupid codename type phone.

Edit: I'm betting it'll be called the Google Nexus X, followed by the Nexus X II and X II
Yeah, the Nexus name is ancient history. I think it was first popular with the movie "BladeRunner" in the eighties with Roy Batty the Nexus 6 android.
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Old Dec 21, 2012, 08:42 PM   #14
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I say the more competition the better. Choices bring variety, keep prices in line, and advance the sector. It's win win no matter how good or how successful the new entries are. It's simple market dynamics.
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Old Dec 21, 2012, 09:37 PM   #15
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Some of you people that insist on Samsung copying still...

You make it seem like Apple invented everything they came out with and never copied anything... I can't.

I love Apple, but Apple isn't the holy spirit of innovation some of you claim them to be

Newsflash, Apple didn't create the universe.


Also, this is good. More choices, more competition, more innovation. Hopefully Apple can actually do something, other than adding App integration on IOS7 and on their newer products.
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Old Dec 22, 2012, 01:26 AM   #16
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Some of you people that insist on Samsung copying still...

You make it seem like Apple invented everything they came out with and never copied anything... I can't.

I love Apple, but Apple isn't the holy spirit of innovation some of you claim them to be

Newsflash, Apple didn't create the universe.


Also, this is good. More choices, more competition, more innovation. Hopefully Apple can actually do something, other than adding App integration on IOS7 and on their newer products.
We all know Apple does not invent anything, but they tremendously improved the hardware and software designs of smartphones since 2007. Samsung copied BOTH from numerous companies, from Nokia to Blackberry and now Apple. THey have a history and that's pathetic.
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I love Apple, but Apple isn't the holy spirit of innovation some of you claim them to be

Apple changed the world with its innovation. No matter what you say.
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And Amazon is jumping into the smartphone war and selling the device at cost

http://www.latimes.com/business/tech...,3695413.story
Amazon readying smartphone for mid-2013 launch?

http://www.cnbc.com/id/100321861/Ama...os_Help_Report
Amazon Preps Smartphone, With FoxConn’s Help: Report
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Whats the betting it has a crap name though? I hope they drop the 'Nexus' name - it's a bit...well...crap. It's the sort of Xbox name you'd expect a 14 year old kid to use.

As long as its not something like "Motorola Google SMX0395" or some stupid codename type phone.

Edit: I'm betting it'll be called the Google Nexus X, followed by the Nexus X II and X II
How about the gUnit?
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Old Dec 21, 2012, 04:17 PM   #20
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This ****'s about to get interesting.

Given Android is very much on a stable, non-fragmented heading now (the latest Android builds have come on leaps and bounds), this could actually be a heck of a lot more successful than the previous attempts.

Apple needs to up their game - Android is now the better OS, undeniably with the likes of the S3 and Note.

It's only a recent change however, but certainly a worrying one for Apple.
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Is the current Nexus 4 not to compete with the iPhone?
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Is the current Nexus 4 not to compete with the iPhone?
The current Nexus 4 is a joke compared to the iPhone 5. There isn't really a competitor to the iPhone 5 out there right now yet.
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The current Nexus 4 is a joke compared to the iPhone 5. There isn't really a competitor to the iPhone 5 out there right now yet.
Actually it isnt a joke at all. They just dont sell it everywhere and never have and they dont advertize it much. You can only get one in the Google play store or at T-Mobile and not every area even has them. There are no Nexus 4 phones in T-Mobile stores in Las Vegas for example so they arent easy to get and they are selling really good right now.

And there are competititors to the iP5. Otherwise others wouldnt be switching to something else.

When the GS4 comes out, that could spell more trouble for Apple. The GS3 has been selling very well and the Galaxy line is only getting bigger as far as sales with every new release.
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The current Nexus 4 is a joke compared to the iPhone 5. There isn't really a competitor to the iPhone 5 out there right now yet.
You serious? SG3 is very much a competitor, and in most aspects a better phone. Sales may no be as good because of the genius markerting tactics of Apple. They can make people buy anything.
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