Google/Motorola Developing Flagship Phone to Compete with Apple and Samsung

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.
    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.

    Article Link: Google/Motorola Developing Flagship Phone to Compete with Apple and Samsung
  2. rmwebs macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2007
    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.
  3. yanksrock100 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 30, 2010
    San Diego
    Is the current Nexus 4 not to compete with the iPhone?
  4. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
  5. rmwebs macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2007

    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
  6. markfc macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2006
    Prestatyn, Wales, UK
    Anyone else getting bored of a world that resolves around smartphones?
  7. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    I hear just to piss Apple off - they are going to just call it "Insanely Great"
  8. baryon macrumors 68040


    Oct 3, 2009
    Didn't Google already do this? I was called Nexus, and it was a huge failure!
  9. newagemac macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2010
    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.
  10. rmwebs macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2007

    "Boom, Automagical" will be the name of the version of android uses.
  11. Mike MA macrumors 68000

    Mike MA

    Sep 21, 2012
    Now they try again, and again, and again......
  12. /dev/toaster macrumors 68020


    Feb 23, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    Android fragmentation keeps heading in the worse direction. Companies WILL fork Android, its only a question of time.

    Forks can go either direction, for the good or for the bad. I have been on both sides of it, I have had my projects forked and I have forked other projects.

    In the end, you always get a different product that is rarely compatible with each other.
  13. Sardonick007 macrumors regular


    May 18, 2011
    Hey, and while you're at it, how about an OS that works and isn't a POS? That'd be great. Since I've owned my iPhone I have not had the urge to throw it against a wall once, I have not had to apologize to people for losing a call or poor quality or reception, I have not had to restart it or wait for an app to load. So while you're making all those great things to compete with it, try making an OS that works as well as iOS. Yea, good luck with that.
  14. DMVillain macrumors 6502a

    Jul 20, 2011
    How is this different from the G1 or any of the Nexuses?
  15. irDigital0l Guest

    Dec 7, 2010
    Cant wait to see what it is.

    Android is already superior to iOS and if they make the hardware better along with some few things, I could defiantly see myself moving to Android.
  16. charlieegan3 macrumors 68020


    Feb 16, 2012
    The comedy in early rumor inaccuracies.:D
  17. newagemac macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2010
    And as predicted, Android starts to eat itself. I knew Samsung completely dominating the other Android manufacturers and taking the little profit there is in Android with Google not seeing much at all wasn't going to last long. My bet is this aggression by Google against Samsung is going to hasten Samsung forking Android into its own OS. This is going to be fun to watch.
  18. Rot'nApple macrumors 65816


    Dec 27, 2006
    I DID build that!
    Another Google phone?!

    Don't worry Google, you'll get it right one of these days!

    Meanwhile, all the people that bought earlier Google phones, are they "Scroogled"?!
  19. rmwebs macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2007
    The problem is, Google didnt make it. They outsourced it to LG, and LG just provided a handset they probably would have released under their own name if Google didnt license it.

    I dont think this has helped either:

    Then you've got the fact that despite being the largest advertising company in the world, Google failed to advertise it at all really (maybe intentionally due to the display delays - who knows).

    I'd guess and hope that now that its coming 'in house' it will be a better run operation.

    Obviously it's been on the cards for a long time, otherwise Motorola wouldn't still be open.

    They would be pretty stupid if they WERENT doing this. They spent all that money on Moto - may as well put them to use doing what they do best.


    It's not all that different of the situation that Microsoft put themselves in. They screwed over OEM's with Windows Phones, and now with Surface.

    The days of having a software company, and a hardware company are coming to an end.
  20. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    Actually I think Android is moving in the opposite direction with a lot less fragmentation. And fragmentation barely (if ever) affects most customers. The big/most popular apps will always make themselves compatible (being more of an issue for developers) and many "regular joes" don't even care about which version of the OS they are running as long as their phone works the way they want to.

    Bias much? Have you used Jelly Bean? It's hardly a POS. I own both and iPhone and Android phone - they are BOTH great devices with a lot of postives and few negatives. Both phones have had to be rebooted, dropped calls, etc. No phone is immune.

    But feel free to keep hating. From the tone of your rant - I can just imagine how much "quality" time you've spend using anything other than iOS.
  21. rmwebs macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2007
    Clearly you've not used Android 4.

    Whilst Android 1, 2 and 3 (to a lesser degree) had a lot of issues (which were mostly down to UI inconsistencies and incompatibilities caused by crap hardware), 4 is a heck of a lot better. The S3 is a very, VERY popular phone, and actually performs a fair bit better than the iPhone 5.
  22. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    i wish i could replace iOS with Android on my iPhone 5. now that would be a real killer
  23. rmwebs macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2007
    Could you be any more wrong?

    Try using the latest Android builds for more than 5 minutes, and on a device that isnt a $100 POS.

    Fragmentation has been solved pretty damn well with Android 4.
  24. UnfetteredMind macrumors 6502


    Jun 6, 2012
    Will be interesting to see how Google responds to the monster they've created in Samsung (especially if it turns on them and forks Andoid for their own use like Amazon did).

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