There is a lot of noise around the next Google Nexus smartphone. LG is dropping hints all over the place that it will make the next Nexus smartphone. But besides the Nexus brand, there have also been rumors about Google leveraging its Motorola brand for a so-called ‘X-Phone’. Today, Tom’s Hardware is reporting that Google is expected to unveil the X-Phone at Google I/O in May.
According to the report, the device will flaunt an edge-to-edge display that will be almost bezel free and it will ship with Android 5.0 that is rumored to be called ‘Key Lime Pie’. This device will not be a Nexus device and it will be available through multiple carriers in the US just like the iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy S III. Additionally, this device could also feature some Motorola specific features.
LG for its part is also rumored to launch the Nexus 5 (A successor to its current Nexus 4), which could also be launched at Google I/O. The Nexus 5 could flaunt a quad-core processor, a 5-inch display with a 1080p resolution, a 13-megapixel camera and also run on the latest version of Android.
Previously, Google purchased Motorola for $12.5 billion in August 2011, but the deal was only finalised in the first half of 2012. Motorola, to date has not shipped a product that has been conceived under Google’s stewardship. This could perhaps be the first step in the that direction.
So far, Google has not taken any steps with Motorola that could alienate OEMs with regards to Android. The products that have been released ever since Google’s takeover of Motorola have not shown any signs of favouritism.