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It will be built in Texas

Motorola plans to release a new U.S.-made smartphone this year in an attempt to gain some mobile ground against the likes of Apple and Samsung. 

Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside said that the new smartphone will be called the Moto X, and it will be built in a Texas facility that plans to have 2,000 new employees by August. 

While it will be tough to compete with Apple's iPhone and Samsung's range of Android-powered devices in the U.S., Motorola feels the Moto X has a good shot because of its ultra-low power sensors that are better at managing and conserving power than Apple and Samsung's devices. The company has even built processors that can save power, but didn't go into detail on how. 

Woodside said he's "pretty confident" in the new Motorola devices that will ship in the fall. 


Google acquired Motorola Mobility in 2011 for $12.5 billion USD. However, the company has proved to be a bit of a nuisance -- it only made  $1.02 billion for the first quarter of 2013, down from $1.51 billion in the fourth quarter. It also reported an operating loss of  $271 million.

Aside from that, Google announced an additional 10 percent reduction in the Motorola workforce this past March (about 1,600 employees) after already cutting 20 percent last summer. That cut affected about 4,000 employees. 

Motorola Mobility has also had some other issues lately, such as an antitrust complaint from the European Union for seeking injunctions to block Apple's use of certain patents. Motorola was slapped with this complaint earlier this month. 

Source: Reuters



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Want to tell us what's in it?
By flyingpants1 on 5/30/2013 12:08:46 PM , Rating: 1
Let me guess. Exact same hardware as every other high-end phone on the market (or worse). Useless software gimmicks and UI on top.

We already have S600 quad-core, 5" 1080p screens, 13mp/1080p cameras, LTE.

You can keep increasing the CPU speed but I really do not care about the rest anymore. We've reached the point of diminishing returns.

What about the things we DON'T have?
Give us optical zoom so we can throw away our P&S cameras.
Shrink the bezel down.
Different screen size options with the same SoC (4.3, 4.8, 5.3).
Add a slim 10mm 5000mAh battery version.




RE: Want to tell us what's in it?
By euclidean on 5/30/2013 12:12:51 PM , Rating: 2
I totally agree. And Motorola would seriously have a chance of jumping back up in the market if they released a phone with even a few of those features you mentioned (especially the batter) that performed as well as current high-end phones.

Lets hope they can pull it off.


RE: Want to tell us what's in it?
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/30/2013 12:25:54 PM , Rating: 2
Since Moto is now owned by Google, I wouldn't rule out it being stock Android.


By SublimeSimplicity on 5/30/2013 1:13:21 PM , Rating: 3
The only way I'd even consider it


By SublimeSimplicity on 5/30/2013 2:24:52 PM , Rating: 2
Let's say I was in charge of a company that made a lot of android smartphones. I find out that a company google owned would only be making Nexus android phones. I'd probably demand that they carry a "Nexus experience" version of my flagship phone.

Just a thought.


By flyingpants1 on 5/31/2013 11:01:45 AM , Rating: 2
That would be the best-case scenario. But since they didn't choose to go with the Nexus branding, I feel they may go with a moto skin or something new. Wouldn't put it past them at all. Looking forward to being bombarded with Google now Google now Google plus Google hangouts Google glass Google drive, updated gmail with all your circles friends plus tabs and hangouts.


RE: Want to tell us what's in it?
By jjlj on 5/30/2013 12:27:08 PM , Rating: 3
You forgot one very important spec. RAM. At least 2gb, imo, is needed. The reason is android likes to kill apps when it feels like it's running low on free ram. Perfect example, Slacker radio would remain running for days on end on my GS3. I could get in and out of the car and it would stop/start on upon connecting/disconnecting from bluetooth. On every other android phone with 1GB of ram slacker would always die in the background when paused and I would have to relaunch it every time I got in my car. So freaking annoying!

Also I don't care much for a thin bezel. The reason is a thicker bezel, when designed correctly protects the glass.


By flyingpants1 on 5/31/2013 10:51:47 AM , Rating: 2
I didn't mention RAM because it's just obvious. Also every modern device has 2GB.

What you mentioned is purely a software issue. For example, Windows doesn't randomly kill your stuff when you minimize it, even when you run out of RAM. The solution is not to keep adding RAM with each generation and hope things don't die in the background..

The point of a thinner bezel is to have a larger screen on the same size device, making it easier to hold. For example you could put a 4.7" on a device with the body of a 4" iPhone. Obviously you would need to compensate for the loss in strength with a different (flexible?) Screen technology or bezel.

We have seen massive improvements every year in everything except camera optics, bezel size and battery life. Not sure how I could possibly get down rated for stating the obvious..


RE: Want to tell us what's in it?
By fic2 on 5/30/2013 12:57:14 PM , Rating: 2
I just bought my gf a Nokia Lumia 521 for $130. It is a nice low end WinPhone 8 device. I would like something like this for me with Android. Nexus 4 comes closest. Everybody wants to compete at the high end but I don't really want to spend $600 for a phone that may or may not make it through the snowboarding season in my pocket.

Also, unlocked. If I am buying a device I want to actually own it.


RE: Want to tell us what's in it?
By Jeffk464 on 5/30/2013 2:48:58 PM , Rating: 2
Yup I'm on my third galaxy nexus


By sprockkets on 5/31/2013 9:45:24 PM , Rating: 2
Get the just released Galaxy Exhibit, running 4.1.2 on the phone.


RE: Want to tell us what's in it?
By Jeffk464 on 5/30/2013 1:21:43 PM , Rating: 2
Since they are now owned by Google we better get a pure android os.


By Schadenfroh on 5/30/2013 1:40:17 PM , Rating: 2
No, we must further eliminate the evil micro-SD cards and user replaceable batteries.


RE: Want to tell us what's in it?
By karimtemple on 5/30/2013 2:19:13 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
We already have S600 quad-core
It says they made their own processor.


By Schadenfroh on 5/30/2013 5:00:10 PM , Rating: 2
Brilliant, Motorola spins off their chip making business only to get back in!


By flyingpants1 on 5/31/2013 10:33:44 AM , Rating: 2
Okay? I didn't say the Moto X will have a snapdragon in it.


RE: Want to tell us what's in it?
By h4ldol on 6/4/2013 7:24:02 PM , Rating: 2
The fact that you suggest putting in optical zoom on a cellphone so that you can throw away your P&S suggests that you don't know anything about digital photography or camera technology. Maybe you should stick to the "ultrapixels" in the HTC One?


Trade Bans
By euclidean on 5/30/2013 11:58:21 AM , Rating: 5
Is there anyone who can comment on the past Patent wars in the sense of how the different companies have used patents (obscure or not) to try and block the import of these devices?

Would assembling them in the US prevent this type of activity? (obviously they would not be imported...so would this make it more difficult to get a sales ban, even if it is temporary?)




RE: Trade Bans
By ElFenix on 5/30/2013 1:03:39 PM , Rating: 2
you couldn't go to the ITC to try to enforce your patents as it wouldn't have jurisdiction.


RE: Trade Bans
By Theoz on 5/31/2013 2:33:50 AM , Rating: 2
You are correct. The important implication of this is that the only potential remedy the ITC has at its disposal is to ban importation. By getting these cases out of the ITC you have money damages available such as a reasonable royalty (most likely) or lost profits (less likely).


RE: Trade Bans
By Motoman on 5/30/2013 7:30:49 PM , Rating: 3
Wouldn't matter. If Apple wanted to troll on Motorola's domestic-assembled products, they could ask for a sales ban instead of an import ban. Same functional result.


Samsung Vs Google
By Tony Swash on 5/30/2013 2:18:39 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Motorola plans to release a new U.S.-made smartphone this year in an attempt to gain some mobile ground against the likes of Apple and Samsung.


I wonder what Samsung's response to this will be, they can't be happy being dependent on what looks like an ambitious competing handset maker as the supplier of their OS. On the other hand Google's Motorola division has to actually deliver on the Moto X, showing a presentation of your plans, hopes and ambitions is the easy part, but it is has to be actually manufactured in quantity and at a reasonable cost.




RE: Samsung Vs Google
By Jeffk464 on 5/30/2013 2:47:26 PM , Rating: 2
Samsung doesn't really have a choice to use another os. Someday windows phone might gain market share, but right now its not a viable alternative.


RE: Samsung Vs Google
By euclidean on 5/30/2013 2:59:05 PM , Rating: 2
I thought I read some articles here about another OS for smartphones in the last few months? With the size of Samsung, and how much they've gone into developing all of their embedded apps, I wouldn't put it past them to develop their own core OS and drop Android altogether.

However, that would open them up for litigation completely without any support from Google if they were to get involved in patent wars around their OS...

Lets just say, Samsung isn't stuck in any sense of the form, and it really could go anyway for them.


RE: Samsung Vs Google
By Tony Swash on 5/30/2013 6:52:34 PM , Rating: 1
Samsung could fork Android and migrate from Google services to it's own or it could commit more to the Tizen platform which it supports ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tizen ) or a mixture of both approaches.


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