By Stephen Schenck | February 13, 2013 12:59 PM
Recent rumors of Motorola’s X phone have focused on its hardware details, including some of that Kevlar the company’s so fond of using and a big, Maxx-like battery. This week, we’re back to talking about its software, which sources have been saying will be unlike anything else out there.
According to reportedly reliable Motorola sources, “Google has been working on this device for a long time. It has software features and capabilities that are not available on a Samsung Galaxy smartphone or Apple iPhone. The software is really powerful and it pulls together Google services like no other manufacturer has done in the past.”
That’s interesting for a number of reasons. First off, we’ve heard from Google that it’s had minimal input on Motorola phones still currently in development, as Motorola’s device pipeline goes back a year or more, before Google acquired Motorola Mobility. While we’re sure that it’s had something to say about the phone since it took control, the idea that it’s been working on the phone “for a long time” seems to contradict those statements.
Also, we can’t help but get the feeling that this pulling-together of Google services is little more than Google Now. Sure, as a Jelly Bean exclusive that means that Samsung phones like the GS3 launched without it, but the Note II has had it from the start, and the GS3 has since upgraded. Perhaps this is referring to some next-gen Google Now planned for Android Key Lime Pie (which has been rumored to debut on the X phone), but we’re worried it might not be quite so revolutionary as this rumor makes it out to be.
In other X phone news, it sounds like carrier execs are hearing those same talking points used by that Motorola source, with one Telstra’s CTO reportedly calling the phone a “real breakthrough, a game changer that will put pressure on Samsung and Apple.”