Many of you will have been following all of the recent leaks and rumors about a collaboration between Google and Motorola, dubbed the Motorola X phone or sometimes the Google X phone. There has been some debate over whether this will be the next Nexus device and various reports have at different times said it might be or it definitely won’t be while other reports have discussed the Nexus 5 as a completely different device. Today Google has spoken about its relationship with Motorola insisting that the company is considered as equal as other partners such as Samsung and HTC, so what could this mean? Is it possible that the Nexus 5 and Motorola X Phone could be one device?
There has been some consternation among major smartphone makers about the recent acquisition of Motorola by Google amid concerns that Motorola may be treated more favorably as a partner when it comes to a new Nexus device. However it seems that Google is keen to point out that all manufacturers have a fair crack of the whip.
Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google vice president of engineering at Android, made it quite clear that Motorola is considered just the same as other partners by saying, “It’s almost as if they are a separate company,” even adding that a wall existed between the Nexus side of the business and Motorola. When asked about the possibility of Motorola taking part in a Nexus device again, Lockheimer went on to say that Google treats all of its partners fairly, adding, “Motorola we consider a partner just like HTC and Samsung.”
While this doesn’t imply that the next Nexus device will be from Motorola, it certainly doesn’t rule it out but no doubt the likes of Samsung may be reassured to hear Google’s stance on this. LG, Asus and Samsung all participated in Nexus products last year and appreciate the prestige of being involved with the major fanfare that comes with Nexus device launches but of course Motorola would no doubt like some of the action too.
Google’s other partners may still be feeling some disquiet though about the rumored Motorola X Phone, as there is still a possibility that this could be the next in the line of Nexus devices although Google neither confirms nor denies that. The Motorola X is attracting a huge amount of interest and if you want to find out some more about it we have already posted articles on specs claims, the possibility of a new OS and even a concept design. As for the Nexus 5 that some enthusiasts are already discussing, there is of course scope for that phone to be one and the same as the Motorola or Google X phone.
We’d really like to hear your views on this. Are you following developments about the Motorola X Phone and is your feeling that this could be a Nexus device? If not do you think there’s a possibility that Google could hand the next Nexus to Motorola as well or is one of its other partners more likely? Send us your comments on this.