Motorola job posting confirms existence of “X-Phone”

Daniel Bader

January 31, 2013 7:00 pm

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Motorola may have just inadvertently proven the existence of its next superphone, the as-yet unnamed “X-Phone”.

There was a pervasive rumour going around last year that Google and its newly-acquired Motorola Mobile division were working on a phone that would rival the iPhone, both in terms of sales and quality. While Moto hasn’t had the best 12 months, repeatedly losing money quarter over quarter, the company is poised for a comeback in 2013.

Earlier today, there was a LinkedIn job listing for a Senior Director of Product Management for Motorola on LinkedIn, which included references to X-Phone in the description. The same job description, without reference to the phone, is still available on Motorola’s job site, and points to an external search for accomplished individuals with over six years of mobile device experience. This likely means that Google is looking to poach someone from another company, like a person who has gone through a few successful phone launches.

Motorola is trying to regain its strength in the smartphone market, and Google is attempting to get its $12.5 billion money’s worth. During Google’s earnings call last week, they deflected blame that they haven’t yet been able to turn around Motorola’s mobile business, stating that all the devices the company released since the acquisition were planned and executed without Google’s intervention.

We’re excited about the potential for Motorola’s success this year; the company is in better hands with Google than it was before. Here’s hoping we see the “X-Phone” at Google I/O in May!

Source: LinkedIn, Motorola
Via: The Verge

  • Dex

    If this phone exists and is released with that horrible MotoBlur – or anything other than stock Android – that will be the worst business decision ever.

    • GrapeApe

      I applied for the job earlier and got a callback! wish me luck peoples!

    • Tyrone

      They stopped releasing phones with Motoblur.

  • deltatux

    Unless the project has already started for a long time before this job posting, I highly doubt we’ll see it this year (let alone Google I/O in May) if they’re just starting to hire a senior manager to overlook and manage the project.

  • Cg33

    All google has to do is release a great unlocked phone with modern specs, running stock android with a massive battery and I will seriously buy 2!!! I will even preorder please take my money!

    • d

      That plus a microSD slot would be pure win.

  • Miknitro

    C’mon Moto, knock it out of the park with a great all around usual bullet proof Moto design.

  • Herp Derp

    Major phone manufacturer confirmed to be working on flagship phone. Stop the presses everyone!

  • Dimitri k.

    I really do not know if this was true. If it was, why would has it been taken down :/

    ” The job you’re looking for is no longer active.”

    Although i really like the idea for the X-Phone. Lets hope is looks good & all :)

  • Tyrone

    I have this gut feeling they might name it The Motorola X when it becomes available to the public.

  • BIll Murray

    When stated by the article that Google is trying to get its 12.5 billion moneys worth is not entirely accurate, as Google made the purchase of Motorola to gain access to the companies numerous patents i.e. so they don’t get sued as much by other companies i.e. Apple.

  • Skazzer

    R. I. P BBRY

    This phone will be the end of bb10. Motoblur ui is already far superior to bb10′s.

    Go Google! Go ‘murica!

    • Skazzer

      … and 3 inches is not as bad as you might think. You’re mom seems to like it ;)

  • Shaggyskunk

    Hopefully, Motorola will build the next Nexus.

    • Roger

      That’d be nice. My purchase of Nexus 5 will depend on a manufacturer. I am passing on LG, but would seriously consider Motorola, or Sony.

      In a perfect world, Nexus 5 would have been a Nokia….

    • ron

      I also hope Motorola builds the next Nexus. I don’t like it when the current companies who build dishwashers and washing machines also make cell phones.

    • EvanK

      @Roger

      Just out of curiosity, why skip LG? I could see why for skinned phones, but the Nexus devices are Google controlled, and the N4 is an excellent device that’s well built, performs solidly and is priced right.

    • Roger

      The OS is Google controlled, put the chassis is made by LG, whose quality I simply do not trust based on my own, and other peoples’, experiences. Motorola and Sony make better built devices.

      I also do not like the slippery glass back on a Nexus 4. I’d much rather see Motorola’s kevlar.

  • S2556

    What I expect:
    1080p screen
    on screen keys
    stock android
    unlocked bootloader
    S4 Pro or simillar quad core processor
    2GB RAM
    LTE

    • Dan

      That sounds reasonable.

    • some guy

      Tack on 32gb minimum storage, a large capacity battery (2800mAh or more), and keep that whole carbon fiber look you got going Moto, and you can sign me up.

  • Falco

    I’m tired of Sony gradually cutting corners (not in quality but in some functions). And it’s mildly annoying that I always seem to get. a CSR with a Spanish accent with a pleasant, but somewhat indifferent attitude. The BBZ10 doesn’t have much more than some other. devices that sell for less than $600. So, if Motorola seriously wants in the game they will have to come out with a real showstopper, reasonably priced. I’ll wait.

  • nexus 4 life

    just got back from there launch event. it was nice free boos. i honestly gotta say the z10 is absolutely terrible. the douche bag tries so hard to hype up features i have seen since 2010. the phone steals so many outer elements from the iphone its not even funny. it was very laggy and buggy. the Q10 seems much better built and more thought went into it. the android apps are also gingerbread looking. not trying to bash rim but the z10 is massively overpriced. i will applaud them for event flo rida performed and they gave away phones which seemed rigged cause groups of friends were winning z10. some packy git got arrested for trying to steal 3 z10. that was amusing. all in all great launch event. i recommend waiting till spring for the Q10. Full touch is not rimss forte.

    • A Art

      It’s funny how not a single sentence in this copypasta is true.

  • Rick

    Boring, can’t wait for Z10

    • some guy

      lulz… hate to break it to ya… but the Z10 isn’t exciting either. Different from the old Blackberries, yes. Different from what’s out there now? No.

  • Falco

    I’ll tell you what anngers me more than shortcomings or overpricing of some devices are people who resort to derrogatory remarks and racial slurs. Those people are obviously short on class and the ability to express themselves in an intelligent manor. They are also usually wrong and deserve no credibility whatsoever, which is exactly what they get from me. They belong in the cultural dark ages.

  • Superfly

    It actually is named XPhone. Like iPhone but an X instead of i. Motorola flagship nexus type device. It will not be called a nexus phone, but will run vanilla ROMS just like any nexus device. Created to compete against the iPhone and kill it off.

    • stalemate

      The iPhone is already dead. It just doesn’t know it yet.

      With a worldwide market share loss in 2012 keeping Apple below the 15% threshold and Android (spearheaded by Samsung’s devices” controlling 70-75% of the same market, that fight was already lost for Apple back in 2010.

  • Superfly

    This is not a nexus device. Nexus devices will still be created by other companies like they are now. The XPhone will only be done by Motorola. One device sold world wide. Just like the iPhone. Premium materials with incredible specs.

  • Superfly

    Hello…..McFly. .. (knocks you all in the head) the Xphone is not a nexus phone. Branded totally different than a nexus device.

    • some guy

      I am so confused right now…

  • Tyler Durden

    Every time you turn on a Nexus device, one of the first things you see is a big X. Google wants to make their money back on their purchase of Motorola. So it’s pretty clear to me that the “X-Phone” is going to be a Nexus device.

  • Superfly

    @tyler…… it will be exactly like a nexus device as far as software. But it won’t be called a Nexus. It will be named XPhone. Not Motorola nexus or something like that. Xphone

  • Superfly

    It will be branded and marketed as X-phone. Not as a nexus device ok. Got it!

  • Tyler Durden

    It would be a huge marketing error to not brand it as a Nexus device if it is in fact a vanilla Android device made by Google.

  • hooliganpants

    but the razr hd is, spec for spec, already better than the iphone 5 in almost every conceivable way. just sayin