By Stephen Schenck | April 26, 2013 4:12 PM
Where are we at now with rumors about the Motorola “X” phone? There was a lot of talk earlier about a huge variety of custom options for the handset, but the recent chatter has downgraded all that to just a lot of different color choices being available. Today a new set of rumors arrive, and they once again return to the idea of alternate case materials.
While we had previously heard that color was going to be the only variable, choices as to materials could once again be on the table, with an exotic wooden option specifically named.
A group of rumors refers to some interesting X features, including the idea that the phone might have an always-active voice control. This sounds a whole lot like the Snapdragon Voice Activation system we heard about earlier this year, but if that’s indeed the case, it would mean that X would need to run a Snapdragon 800 – that might just be too high-end a chip for the sort of phone the X is shaping up to be.
When the phone is active, there could be software that uses the phone’s sensors to proactively launch apps. If you usually jump on Twitter right after picking your phone up, the software could catch on to this and beat you to the punch.
Then there’s talk of heightened Chrome integration; beyond being the default browser, the X would have some sort of always-on connection to Chrome. We’re not at all sure what that could mean, but it could involve some way to interact with your phone from the desktop version of Chrome.
Finally, when will this guy get here? This source suggests a launch the first week of August, and a three-month period of AT&T exclusivity in the States. That just might put it in the window to feature a Snapdragon 800 after all, but it would be tight. More importantly, that carrier business, if true, means that this is very much not another Nexus-type phone.
Source: Android and Me