It is a bit surprising if you consider how Motorola has seemingly been left out of the Nexus parade, so to say. Samsung and LG have teamed up quite a few times with Google to manufacture the latter company’s Nexus devices, which are marketed as “pure Google” phones and tablets that provide an unadulterated Google experience to users. Motorola, which was acquired by Google in the spring of 2012, has yet to release its own Nexus smartphone or tablet. No matter – rumors suggest that Motorola’s upcoming flagship for 2013, the rumored X Phone, will be the first device shipping with Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie.
According to a few slightly older reports, the Motorola X Phone will be unveiled together with Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie at the 2013 Google I/O conference, which will take place this May in San Francisco. The X Phone is expected to be released in July as a Verizon Wireless device, with an unlocked price point of $299, and an additional $15 fee per month for users who would like to have their bootloaders unlocked. This phone may not be the next Nexus flagship phone, but as a “pseudo-Nexus”, it will be very close to a pure Google phone and a possible gamechanger for the slightly struggling Motorola.
But will the Motorola X Phone be as popular and as in-demand as the Nexus 4? Motorola and Google may need to prepare for possibilities of demand far outweighing supply, which is what happened with the Nexus 4 due to Google’s overly conservative sales estimates. But it looks like the X Phone will have more than just Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie as a unique feature. Reports indicate that Motorola is working to outfit the X Phone with as many unique features as possible, such as Viewdle, an application that makes use of image and gesture recognition.