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Nexus 5 or Google X phone less likely than ever at Google I/O

Under: Google Android, Mobile Phones, Motorola
By:Debbie Turner | May 1st, 2013

There is a huge amount of excitement at the moment surrounding Google’s Nexus 5 and Google X (also known as the Motorola X phone). Many Android enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting an introduction to either of these devices and are hoping for at least one of them to be shown at Google I/O this month. However it is now looking less and less likely that we will see them that soon.

The Google X phone has also been known as the Motorola X but recently a screenshot of an AnTuTu benchmark showed up for a device named the Google X. For that reason we’ll refer to it in this article as the Google X from now. There have been various leaked specs for the Nexus 5 and Google X although the specs vary wildly so nobody really knows what they will offer just yet.

Recently we discussed possible releases of these devices and most recently pointed out that although many were anticipating a Nexus 5 showing at Google I/O it may not be released until much later this year. As far as the Google X goes we also posted recently about a report that claimed Google was unhappy with the handset so far and it now seems unlikely to release before August and possibly not until November.

Now it seems more likely than ever that neither phone will be introduced at Google I/O 2013 that runs from May 15 – 17 in San Francisco. Phone Arena has checked out the agenda for Google I/O (here) and noted rather interestingly that only one keynote speech is scheduled. The fact there is just a single keynote does imply that there may not be any hardware presentations at all, nor anything else particularly groundbreaking either.

Although the keynote is scheduled to last for three hours this could easily be taken up with more minor matters and at previous events the conference keynote has spread across two days about Android and Chrome separately. This time around though there is just the one keynote on the first day from 9-12 PT, with Developers Sandbox and sessions to follow.

Of course it’s possible that Google may still surprise everyone with a surprise presentation of the Nexus 5 or Google X but the chances of this seem to be becoming slimmer and slimmer. Many are hoping that one of these two smartphones will be the first to release running Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie but for now this remains a case of wait and see.

We’re interested to hear your thoughts on the Nexus 5 and Google X devices. Are you waiting for either of these in particular? Were you hoping to see an introduction of either at Google I/O and if so do you still think it will happen? Let us have your comments.

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  • Richard Yarrell

    Galaxy Note 3 for me only. Forget this Google Xphone or Nexus 5. They will never compare to the Galaxy Note 3.

    • squiddy20

      Riiiight. Cause you know the specs and features of at least 2 as yet even unannounced phones… What a moron…

      • mg

        Exactly… and he’s comparing a phone with a “phablet”.

    • mg

      Really Note 3? I’ll give you it’s size and the pen but not what counts the most… the OS/software is so behind it’s not even remotely competitive. Why would I want a device that is at least 2 major OS-updates behind and comes with so much bloat-ware?

      When Note 3 comes out it’ll probably have what I’m running on my Nexus right now (4.2.2) and by that time we’ll be seeing 4.3 or 5.0.

      You should checkout the recent article about S4 and how more than 50% of the storage space (on a 16GB) is taken up by Samsung’s modified OS and bloat-ware.

      Good luck with your Note 3, I’ll stick with a pure-Android experience and get my updates directly from the source.

  • Sameer W

    Nexus 5, waiting eagerly for it… :)

  • vperl

    N5, G-X, as usual, never anything but hyped speculation and wishful thinking.
    One might suggest actual news in these articles that is not repetitive and fictitious.

  • rosnal

    yo espero que el próximo Nexus sea fabricado por Motorola y no por LG. seria un Smartphone estupendo y de gran calidad…

  • flj

    I’m a Google and nexus supporter I love the products etc… But I would to an update for the nexus 4 that would include the latest wireless connectivity 4g Lte etc. Without having to go and buy another or newest phone with those features etc. And I hope that you will provide your customers with the option of buying the nexus 5 in the unlocked version. But mind help us who is on nexus 4 to stay current and fast etc…

  • biocnicnut

    Gads, the one and only reason to want (need) the Moto/Goog X is the wicked Moto RF performance, always better than any other phone. I soooo much want Moto to catch up with cool features, speed, and KLP, but that really is icing on top of the best RF platform “cake”. We who live in the rural parts of America neeeeeed this phone.

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