The new year has come and Chinese New Year is just around the corner. New clothes are a must for most Chinese communities but why stop there? With the Moto G launching, there’s finally an affordable but still good spec-ed Android phone from a reputable manufacturer. How much is it? Only RM698 for the 8GB or RM798 for the 16GB. You may be asking, at that kind of price, how good is this phone?
Ever since Google acquired Motorola Mobility, it has always been rumored that they will use the newly bought hardware manufacturing capability to produce their own phone lineup. Currently, their Nexus lineups are manufactured by other OEMs. HTC, Samsung, Asus and most recently LG has had that privilege.
Recently, a leak from Vietnam shows off a Motorola phone that does seem to use a mostly bare bones Android interface. To be honest, the phone does look a little like Google’s Nexus 4 phone to me, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Furthermore, the rumor goes on to say that the X Phone will be heavily subsidized and may even let you customize it as you like. Imagine a phone that lets you choose the RAM, CPU, battery size, screen size and internal storage you want and then build it for you in a week. Cool!
However, I would have to point out that doing a phone this way could certainly lead to more hardware fragmentation and it could create more issues for Google’s Android team and likely, custom ROM developers as well. Anyways, if the rumored July release is correct, we only have to wait a couple of months before we know for sure. Hey, the X Phone may even make an appearance at this year’s Google I/O.
For more details on the rumored/leaked X Phone, head on over to the link below.
A rumor has been circulating that LG is stopping their production of the Nexus 4, one of their most popular phones. This rumor came at a time when many people are still waiting for the Nexus 4 to be available. Furthermore, the article goes on to cite a quote by an LG rep that “ we launched the LG Nexus 4 smartphone. This is the first of many devices to come from our growing partnership with this very selective company.” If indeed this is true and Google is looking at producing more Nexus devices with LG, I would seriously ask them to consider it carefully.
If you have been following mobile news sites for some time, you would probably have came across one, if not several, rumors and articles about the next Nexus devices. The last Nexus phone (not Tab) came last year around November and speculation has Google releasing a new Nexus phone every year, sort of like how Apple releases their new iPhone every year. As it is already October now, it is really no wonder that Nexus phone rumors are gaining in force.
The Nexus phone, for those who do not know, is an Android phone that comes without customization. This means that it is running Android OS as it was meant to be seen and used by Google. There are no OEM customization of any sort on these phones and therefore, these phones are in the very front of the line for any future Android software upgrades by Google. This pure “vanilla” Android experience and fast Android software upgrades are the key draws for people who are interested in these phones. Also, as these phones do not have any OEM customization, they would not suffer from bloatware or any other issues which may slow down the phone. However, they also do not receive certain OEM specific features like HTC Sense UI’s lockscreen or Samsung TouchWiz’s swipe to call and SMS features. It is not a phone for everyone as there are many who love each OEM’s customizations but it does draw its own crowd, myself included. Here, I will try to round up and make sense of the rumors surrounding the next Nexus phone.