Motorola to Launch New U.S.-Made "Moto X" Smartphone
May 30, 2013 11:28 AM
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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.
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
from the European Union for seeking injunctions to block Apple's use of certain patents. Motorola was slapped with this complaint earlier this month.
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RE: Want to tell us what's in it?
5/30/2013 12:27:08 PM
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.
RE: Want to tell us what's in it?
5/31/2013 10:51:47 AM
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..
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