[Moto X Rumors] Won't be a 'Droid' on VZW; Customization Options; Advanced SW & More

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    This morning we have several rumors regarding the new Moto X phone that will be officially announced today. First up is one from late last night, and was shared by pc747. The new Moto X phone will not be coming to Verizon as a "Droid" device, but instead will keep its unified Moto X branding. It appears that Motorola intends the Moto X to be their own personal flagship branded smartphone, like the Apple iPhone and Galaxy Series from Samsung. If true, then the Droid Ultra we heard about recently will be its own separate device, which is an interesting bit of secondary news to ride along with these rumors.

    Our second set of rumors regarding the new Moto X is some of the customization options as well as a confirmation on some of the advanced software features. Some of these features were hinted at recently by Moto's new CEO Dennis Woodside, and here they are again. Motorola intends to push the boundaries toward an AI-like series of interface features. This includes: an always-on listening mode, support for a standalone language processing chip, and a separate contextual awareness chip that analyzes the input from an array of sensors.

    Furthermore, additional details of the phone have been fleshed out a bit. Here's a quote with the details,

    It certainly seems like the new Moto X is shaping up to be an intriguing new device. Who cares if the internal hardware isn't as cutting edge as the rest of the flagships? If you can do more with less, then that is simply the smarter and more efficient choice. Regardless, we will continue to bring you updates on details about the Moto X as quickly as we can find them, so stay tuned!

    Update: In this story, Android Authority seems to indicate the phone won't be coming to Verizon, but later reports suggest that Verizon will be getting it, so you might tentatively disregard that piece of info above. Alternatively, you can check out the newer story by clicking here for more up to date information.

    Source: AndroidAuthority
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    I'm glad they abandoned the spec race and are steering the ship in a different direction. Focusing on innovation with the software and features rather than Octogonaltriexelsize and Hexogonalicious processors with 12,000 nanogram triangles/sec GPU's. Supposedly VZW won't be seeing this handset. Take that with the proverbial grain of salt but it wouldn't surprise me. They have the new Droid line-up to push
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    So far, it looks like the customization option for a physical keyboard is out.

    Guess I'll be watching for any more Droid Ultra news. :p
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    This. Months of following the Moto X unicorn and I still can't get excited. C'mon Moto! 2013 needs something with a keyboard.

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    Hopefully you can opt out of those ugly onscreen buttons.
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    Nope... you misunderstood the post. It isn't that Verizon won't get the handset... it's that it won't be a Droid.
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    No no I got that. I was tossing in a whole other topic lol..my bad
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    I would love a keyboard, but the trend is now thinness even if it's to the detriment of battery life and in hand feel.
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    Interesting direction Moto is taking with this phone, could really be a good thing. Definitely takes customization to the next level and there is certainly an audience out there for it.
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    Ahh... I see. Gotcha. :)
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    I sort of agree but don't. Quad core processors help take the load off the other processors which helps in over all performance and battery life. Now I agree that android needs to continue optimizing the software but with people wanting their phone to come with features that does everything from help them work out, talk to them, start their cars, and cook dinner for them, then you can only optimize so much. The reason the galaxy devices sell is because of the features. Plus these devices are performing well even with all the features (see this article Google Play edition reviews: The HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 | Android Central).

    Motorola needs that it factor that will sell phones. For the galaxy devices it is the s - features. For the Htc one it is the look and feel. Motorola has been hindered partly by their lack of software innovation and their contract to one carrier. Samsung and Htc building for multiple carriers including overseas gained experience about what sells and what doesn't. Samsung and Htc had some hiccups along the way but it helped them understand what people want. Sadly motorola is behind the power curve and the best thing for them is to serve customers beyond verizon. Motorola with their radios and build quality can really do some damage once they find that "it" factor that will separate them from the pack. And coming out with a dual core phone when even cheap phones are rocking quad core isnt it.

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    We are pretty much in agreement on this, but my point wasn't one of which questioned the ability of a Dual Core or Quad core being able to perform all these task flawlessly. My point was as long as the hardware can power all these features without a hiccup, it doesn't matter what they throw in it, it will sell and it will sell well. On paper the X may or may not be impressive, but in users hands with some very powerful and innovative features that will all go away.
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    This doesn't seem like a Hero phone.

    The specs are yester year. On the other hand it's good for a midrange.

    Maybe in October there will be a real hero phone

    My 2 cents

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    "always in listening mode," Made in the US of A.
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    I must admit I feel the same. We have rumors of Samsung pushing to 3gbs of ram (Rumor Suggests the Galaxy Note 3 From Samsung Will Feature 3GB of RAM ? Droid Life) while motorola is kicking out a phone that is basically on par with last years galaxy s 3 (US Carrier versions). I do hope google can optimize their software where the device is more conservative on ram but the reality is the more they pack into the phone the more ram they will need to keep the device running smooth. I personally like what HTC did with the HTC one the device is just buttery smooth.
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    OK...

    didn't read that^^ as "not coming to VZW" but...

    *that* sure sounds like "not coming to VZW." I'm confused.

    -Matt
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    RAZR MAXX.

    -Thin.

    -Great battery life.

    -Felt solid and was not slippery.
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    Most smartphone buyers don't care about the hardware specs. They want something new and cool. The xPhone appears to be gunning for the iPhone crowd.
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    $300 for waterproof, dustproof phone with battery that will outlast everything else on the planet will be very tempting, even with mediocre specs. the most important features are covered, everything else is not as critical. carriers can basically give them out free from get go on contract renewals.
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    Hehe...he funny ^ hehe...
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