Credit: WSJ/All Things Digital. Dennis Woodside
It was going to show up at CES. It was going to show up at Mobile World Congress. It was definitely, definitely going to show up at Google I/O and be the hardware announcement that the rumor mill delved so deeply to find, and that wound up never materializing.
Finally, however, the word went forth at the Wall Street Journal's D executive conference: The Motorola X phone, long the topic of speculation and rumor-mongering, is an actual device called the Moto X, and it will hit the market by October of this year. O frabjous day! Callou! Callay! He chortled in his joy.
While this particular Jabberwocky of uncertainty has now been slain, we still only know conclusively what Motorola boss Dennis Woodside said from the stage on Tuesday. Emphasizing the company's expertise in energy efficiency, Woodside told the audience that one of the Moto X's key features will be an integrated system of always-on sensors that will make the device more aware of its surroundings. So it'll know when you're taking it out of your pocket, for example, or if you're driving a car.
Woodside also said that most of the manufacturing for the Moto X will take place at a facility in Texas, which he says will make it the first smartphone made in the U.S.
Obviously, it's tough to draw too many conclusions about the Moto X based only on Woodside's revelations at the conference, but it's at least good to know that there's going to be another major flagship Android phone on the way within a few months. My first Android device was the original Moto Droid, which served me well for a very long time, and it'll be interesting to see if Motorola can make a splash with the X.
The Droid RAZR phones were solid devices, but unexceptional in most areas beyond battery life, and they didn't really excite the Android punditry the way that, for example, the Galaxy S4 and HTC One have done. I'm curious to see whether Motorola can top those devices or whatever else Samsung, HTC and others have come up with by then or not.
Speaking of those companies, it's now been revealed that there are new versions of both the Galaxy S4 and HTC One on the way.HTC announced today that a version of the One running stock Android instead of HTC's own Sense overlay will go on sale in the Google Play store on June 26, and will be compatible with GSM networks. (Meaning AT&T and T-Mobile, for those keeping track at home.) The price will be $600.
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