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Google is said to have tasked subsidiary Motorola to engineer a sophisticated smartphone to compete with Apple's iPhone and offerings from Samsung which, when released sometime in 2013, will be the first in-house handset from the Android creator.

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People familiar with Google's so-called "X phone" initiative told The Wall Street Journal that the internet search giant is hoping to create a legitimate competitor to Apple's iPhone and products made by worldwide market leader Samsung.

The sources go on to say Motorola will continue to work on future iterations of its DROID line of smartphones in conjunction with the "X phone" project, with Google's intent being to raise the company's marketshare by emphasizing product quality instead of quantity. An "X tablet" may follow the release of the as-yet-unannounced phone, though no further details were offered regarding device specifics.

Google product manager Lior Ron, a specialist in mapping, is reportedly leading the project, suggesting the phone could sport innovative map features powered by Google Maps. Motorola is also said to be integrating imaging and gesture-recognition features from the recent acquisition of software developer Viewdle.

According to former Google sales executive and current Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside, the company is "investing in a team and a technology that will do something quite different than the current approaches." He noted that there is a huge opportunity in the smartphone arena, and while the cellphone pioneer has "fallen on hard times," Google's acquisition has granted it the resources "to do big things."

Apparently Motorola is running into problems regarding the phone's materials, however, with sources citing issues with bendable screens like those rumored to be announced by Samsung at CES, as well as resilient ceramics.

Despite the setbacks, Google is expected to release the handset in 2013, though no specific timeframe has been revealed.

If and when the project bears fruit, the resulting handset will be Google's first phone to be built in-house after it purchased Motorola for $12.5 billion in May. The Google branded Nexus line of smartphones have been designed in partnership with companies like Samsung, HTC and most recently LG, all of which use the Android operating system. Manufacture is taken care of by the OEMs.
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I wonder why it took them so long to realize that Motorola produces utter crap.
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You guys need to purhcase a spell checker.
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Take your time Google.. No rush¡
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Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post
…the internet search giant is hoping to create a legitimate competitor to Apple's iPhone…

 

They certainly haven't had one so far.


Google's intent being to raise the company's marketshare by emphasizing product quality instead of quantity.

 

They're like raptors. Took 'em 65 million years, but they're learning.

 

Apple just needs to keep fighting with the Lysine Contingency. 

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They're like raptors. Took 'em 65 million years, but they're learning.

Yes, but how long will it take Samsung, HTC, and the rest to realize that they're competing with their OS supplier?
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If it%u2019s on Verizon then I%u2019m okay with this.
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Originally Posted by jragosta View Post
Yes, but how long will it take Samsung, HTC, and the rest to realize that they're competing with their OS supplier?

 

They'll whimper and cower like the subservient little whelps they are.

 

The PC manufacturers, the big dogs of the tech industry, have themselves only expressed their disapproval of Microsoft entering their tablet game. They've done nothing else, nor are they even hinting to it.

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Apple, get your patent lawyers ready. Next year will be the assault on Google. Google is pulling a MSFT by competing with its own partners. For every x-Phone sold there will be .9 less Android phones from Samesung and HTC, etc and maybe .1 less iPhone (at most). Amazon and Google continue to Amaze me as they spread their wings. However, if they fly too close to the sun, the wax will melt and they will drop from the sky. Amazon is also said to be considering a phone. They will offer it for free, if you subscribe to their data plan and their annual free shipping program. Npw that I think about it, Amazon is the most likely acquirer of RIMM. Any major smart phone builder may run into anti trust issues. Now if Apple could only capture a "referral fee" for anything purchased from Amazon using an iOS device.
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They'll whimper and cower like the subservient little whelps they are.

 

The PC manufacturers, the big dogs of the tech industry, have themselves only expressed their disapproval of Microsoft entering their tablet game. They've done nothing else, nor are they even hinting to it.

Very little they can do - unless you think they should move to Linux, or Apple should licence.

 

But yeah, it will piss them off.

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Originally Posted by pridon View Post
…Amazon is the most likely acquirer of RIMM. Any major smart phone builder may run into anti trust issues.


What a dangerous game they play.

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Hey Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit out of this hat!  

 

This time for sure!  

 

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I wonder why it took them so long to realize that Motorola produces utter crap.

Moto builds better phones than Samsung, HTC, LG, etc... I wasnt impressed by their latest lineup but I saw a RAZR M and was impressed by its size and how it felt in my hand. Moto has built very nice phones in the past, as the only other US mobile phone manufacturer I'd like to see them turn things around.
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They'll whimper and cower like the subservient little whelps they are.

The PC manufacturers, the big dogs of the tech industry, have themselves only expressed their disapproval of Microsoft entering their tablet game. They've done nothing else, nor are they even hinting to it.
Very little they can do - unless you think they should move to Linux, or Apple should licence.

But yeah, it will piss them off.

Samsung probably has a Google-free fork of Android ready and waiting.
It will be interesting to see how much Samsung supplied component content the Google phone will have and whether new features will show up on Samsung phones.
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Moto builds better phones than Samsung, HTC, LG, etc... I wasnt impressed by their latest lineup but I saw a RAZR M and was impressed by its size and how it felt in my hand. Moto has built very nice phones in the past, as the only other US mobile phone manufacturer I'd like to see them turn things around.

100% agree. Samsung phones are crap. Cheaply made. The Moto Maxx HD is a solid phone and the only one I would consider, if there was no iOS.
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Samsung probably has a Google-free fork of Android ready and waiting.
It will be interesting to see how much Samsung supplied component content the Google phone will have and whether new features will show up on Samsung phones.

I bet you are right. The problems for Android will be huge once there is twelve forks that all start doing different things, then slowly become incompatible.
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Originally Posted by quinney View Post
Samsung probably has a Google-free fork of Android ready and waiting.

 

So something that has no touch controls and looks like it was made in 2004?

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Yes, but how long will it take Samsung, HTC, and the rest to realize that they're competing with their OS supplier?

Because they can take the OS and then alter it how they please, then lock it down or rebrand it, it's not quite the same thing as when MS screws their OEMs over when they create the Zune or Surface products. In the end I really don't think any Google-branded phone (or tablet) will make a difference.

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The PC manufacturers, the big dogs of the tech industry, have themselves only expressed their disapproval of Microsoft entering their tablet game. They've done nothing else, nor are they even hinting to it.
You mean whiny Acer? Hardly a big dog.
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You mean whiny Acer? Hardly a big dog.

Acer took in about $17 billion in revenue in 2011 and are #4 in the world with a good chance of being #3 any day now. I would consider them to be a big dog.

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Originally Posted by Sensi View Post
You mean whiny Acer? Hardly a big dog.
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…manufacturers
 

All of the ones on Solipsism's list have either directly expressed or hinted at their distaste at this development.

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Oh, so now Motorola wants to compete with Apple.  I get it.  

They must have been competing with Google all these years since they squeezed $12 Billion out of Google.

LOL.

 

It will be good for Samsung to give Google a taste of its own medicine.

Fork Android, replace all the Google services with Samsung equivalents and don't sell any parts to Motorola.

 

...And Samsung thought Android was free?  Eyes are starting to open.  LOL


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So if Samsung rips off Google on this phone who ripped off Apple on their OS, can Apple sue Samsung again through the transitive property of lawyering? 1biggrin.gif
 

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You guys need to purhcase a spell checker.

Good one. Oh, you didn't mean to have a typo?

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Yes, but how long will it take Samsung, HTC, and the rest to realize that they're competing with their OS supplier?

It's okay, because if Motorola makes a good phone, the others will just copy it and undercut them on price.

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Samsung probably has a Google-free fork of Android ready and waiting.

So something that has no touch controls and looks like it was made in 2004?

No. Read applesauce007's post to get the idea.
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gee what a surprise.

but Apple needs to get off its high horse and incorporate many of Android's convenient UI tools that it has stubbornly ignored so far. improved versions, no doubt. now that Forstall's gone hopefully iOS 7 will be a big jump forward.
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You guys need to purhcase a spell checker.

I hope that was a joke.

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Google might as well compete against their own licensees. Motorola's fresh outta FRAND patents.

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How nerdy can these android phone names get? DROID RAZR MAXX HD? NEXXUS? X?

How about calling it the DROID HARDWARE BONER X?

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So, Google is now competing against one of their allies?  True colors show.  I guess this will mark the beginning of the Android meltdown.  Battling against one another for market share.

 

 

It looks like Google and Samsung tried to go after Apple, now with their heads of their rear ends, Google is going after Samsung.

 

Apple will just continue on leaving Samsung behind.

 

I can't wait for Apple to get Maps where there aren't any complaints. I tried Google Maps and frankly, wasn't impressed.  I also tried Chrome browser and took that Beta crap off of my computer.   It put too many weird files in too many places.

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2013 will be an interesting year to say the least.

Maybe they will wish they had bought or licensed webOS? 1biggrin.gif
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This really should be named the "Y phone"
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Acer took in about $17 billion in revenue in 2011 and are #4 in the world with a good chance of being #3 any day now. I would consider them to be a big dog.
I stand corrected over Acer's PC market share, thank you for the figures. 1smile.gif
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I stand corrected over Acer's PC market share, thank you for the figures. 1smile.gif

Market share is one metric... but I think Acer's profit is down Q2Q.

It's a tough time for PC makers.
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Because they can take the OS and then alter it how they please, then lock it down or rebrand it, it's not quite the same thing as when MS screws their OEMs over when they create the Zune or Surface products. In the end I really don't think any Google-branded phone (or tablet) will make a difference.

 

Somehow, they all go down the same road (with the notable exception of Windows):

 

1. Get really big with help of and working together with Apple

2. look at Apple and think: But I can do that too!

3. try to beat Apple, fail.

4. get together with all other competitors, try to beat apple together, fail.

5. after a couple of years of trying, turn around, shoot your partners in the head, and steal their marketshare.

6. be just as bad as before, and thus not competitive, fail.

7. leave the market for Apple to take, forget it ever existed.

8. cry in the corner of your room, eat a lot of chocolate, convince yourself you never wanted it.

9. wait for Apple to create a new market

10. repeat.

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In what planet the nexus beats the iphone? Are you on drugs? I dont understand it when ignorants trully believe what they are saying... There is no doubt in your statment, did someone brainwashed you?

besides that, why did you start with the i am a apple guy? To give credibility to your stupidity?

about this thread... I dont agree with people that want samsung to stab google. Vanilla android is very good, not a copy of iOS. Samsung is the enemy, google and vanilla android is a great alternative for other phones, even if the iphone is obviously the best on every single metric.

samsung is the one that uses that skin, samsung is the one that copied hardware and sells lies.. Samsung is the one that is corrupt. Google does great things, even if they are far from being on par with apple.
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go google!.... CRUSH. samsung... you are the one that is supplying the Android OS to them, thus stop updating it for all phones except yours!.
Samsung meet your maker!. go google!
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Acer took in about $17 billion in revenue in 2011 and are #4 in the world with a good chance of being #3 any day now. I would consider them to be a big dog.

 

That was with the help of Netbooks. 

 

With Windows 8 not getting the push it needs, netbooks going down the drain, and surface outselling pc manu tablet sales, I'm willing to bet Acer starts to lose again. 

 

 

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Originally Posted by emig647 View Post
That was with the help of Netbooks. 

 

With Windows 8 not getting the push it needs, netbooks going down the drain, and surface outselling pc manu tablet sales, I'm willing to bet Acer starts to lose again. 

 

Wait, people still buy netbooks? Netbooks are still sold? Netbooks are still MADE?!

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That's a great name for their new phone. They should spell it Ex-Phone though.
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