Does This Mystery Motorola Reveal Google's Influence?

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A mysterious new phone, which purports to be a Motorola-made Android, has surfaced—and it appears to shun the usual Moto design aesthetic in favor of something a little more Google-inspired.

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The guys at Tinhte got their hands on the phone. It's worth pointing out that its specs don't seem to be targeting the very high end: there's a 4-inch 720p screen, an Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB of RAM and a 2,000mAh battery. That suggests that it's not the fabled Moto-Goolge X-Phone, and would also seem to confirm Google's recent claim that Motorola's upcoming hardware is "not really to the standards that what Google would say is wow-innovative, transformative."

Still, if it is a genuine Motorola handset, its looks suggest that Google's involvement has had at least some positive effect: the nice smooth back, thin bezel and subtle Motorola branding are all a departure compared to previous phones. It remains to be seen if the phone is genuine or otherwise, but if it is, it's an interesting first look at how Motorola is working now Google is in control. [Tinhte via Engadget]

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jim__hubbard
jim__hubbard

This just makes me sad. It seems that EVERY SINGLE Google phone has something missing. It's almost like the manufacturers are intentionally putting out Nexus phones with inferior hardware specs so that they don't have to compete with vanilla Android.

And, while this is a GoMoto phone, it seems to have been in the pipeline for a while (Google estimated 18 months to clean out the Motorola pipeline - which would put this phone near the end of that cycle), it still sucks when you compare it to phones like the Samsung Galaxy S3 and others.

That's why I have yet to buy a Nexus. I want a Nexus with hardware equal to the software that's on it.