(Image source: VentureBeat)

BY EVAN THOMAS
ANCHOR JAMAL ANDRESS

If you’re in the market for a new smartphone, you might consider waiting until next year to upgrade.

The Wall Street Journal reports Google and Motorola are working on a smartphone, codenamed the “X Phone,” for release in 2013. But first, they’ll have to sort out manufacturing processes and navigate “complex” relationships with existing hardware partners.

“Complex” might be putting it nicely. A writer for VentureBeat notes…

“…it sounds like the company would have even more control over the design of the X Phone. Of course, this will raise hell for Google with other Android makers, in particular Samsung.”

To some, this has been a long time coming. The Next Web says it called this move when Google acquired Motorola in August, and points out — there’s nothing stopping manufacturers from eventually moving on from Google’s ecosystem.

“It was inevitable that Google would make some serious efforts at some point to protect itself from the all-to-real threat of manufacturers splintering off Android and taking their leave.”

The report notes Google is using its considerable resources to equip the X phone. Motorola is said to have investigated new materials, including durable ceramic construction and flexible displays.

And new software acquisitions, like gesture-recognition software from Viewdle, are said to be incorporated into the new phone.

There’s no word on when exactly the X Phone might hit the market, but it would be the first consumer product designed in-house by Google since the Nexus Q media device, which debuted earlier this year.

Google, Motorola Said to be Developing New 'X Phone'

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Dec 21, 2012

Google, Motorola Said to be Developing New 'X Phone'

(Image source: VentureBeat)

BY EVAN THOMAS
ANCHOR JAMAL ANDRESS

If you’re in the market for a new smartphone, you might consider waiting until next year to upgrade.

The Wall Street Journal reports Google and Motorola are working on a smartphone, codenamed the “X Phone,” for release in 2013. But first, they’ll have to sort out manufacturing processes and navigate “complex” relationships with existing hardware partners.

“Complex” might be putting it nicely. A writer for VentureBeat notes…

“…it sounds like the company would have even more control over the design of the X Phone. Of course, this will raise hell for Google with other Android makers, in particular Samsung.”

To some, this has been a long time coming. The Next Web says it called this move when Google acquired Motorola in August, and points out — there’s nothing stopping manufacturers from eventually moving on from Google’s ecosystem.

“It was inevitable that Google would make some serious efforts at some point to protect itself from the all-to-real threat of manufacturers splintering off Android and taking their leave.”

The report notes Google is using its considerable resources to equip the X phone. Motorola is said to have investigated new materials, including durable ceramic construction and flexible displays.

And new software acquisitions, like gesture-recognition software from Viewdle, are said to be incorporated into the new phone.

There’s no word on when exactly the X Phone might hit the market, but it would be the first consumer product designed in-house by Google since the Nexus Q media device, which debuted earlier this year.

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