updated 12:17 pm EST, Wed February 13, 2013
Google device could apply pressure to Samsung, Apple
The rumored X Phone by Motorola, owned by Google, has been called a "game changer" that could top the smartphone market. Comments allegedly made by Hugh Bradlow, chief technology officer for Telstra, to other senior mobile staff suggests the smartphone is a "breakthrough" that can "put pressure on Samsung and Apple."
The comments, picked up by SmartHouse, were echoed by sources within Motorola, adding that the phone will have software that has yet to be seen on any other smartphone. "The software is really powerful and it pulls together Google services like no other manufacturer has done in the past" claimed the source, commenting that Google had been working on the device "for a long time."
Previous rumors at the end of last year suggested that Google would be releasing an X Phone and X Tablet, as part of an ongoing restructuring at Motorola. While the X Tablet would come after the smartphone, they are both suggested to use high-end materials such as bendable screens, and to include improved camera features, in order to raise Motorola from its 3-percent market share.
If the X Phone is genuinely being constructed by Google and Motorola, it would change the dynamic between the search giant and other Android handset manufacturers, more so than the Nexus line of products. Other phone producers may not wish to compete against a company producing hardware that also supplies the market the software as well.