The first major smartphone from Motorola Mobility since it was bought by Google will be the Moto X. The Moto X will be made in the U.S., will have an OLED screen and will be launched alongside a “handful” of new smartphones from Motorola, CEO Dennis Woodside announced at D11.
It appears the rumored XPHON, or Google X Phone from Motorola, will not be the next device in the Nexus line. LG has also said that it has no plans to manufacture the Nexus 5.
UPDATE: Motorola's CEO also mentioned that the Moto X will have two processors, read the update by clicking here.
The Moto X phone will be the only smartphone “Made in the USA,” as it will be manufactured by Google and Motorola in Fort Worth, Texas, Woodside said. About 70 percent of the components will come from the U.S., and the phone will differentiate from other smartphones by using an assortment of sensors to do things like manage battery life more efficiently.
“Motorola has always been good at managing power on the device,” Woodside said to AllThingsD at the annual conference. “The new phone will know when you take it out of your pocket, for example.”
The Fort Worth-based factory where Motorola will build the Moto X used to make Nokia phones. Woodside said that manufacturing in the U.S. allowed Motorola to make “fast changes” and more quickly innovate with the Moto X. Parts of the phone will come from outside of the U.S., such as the OLED screen, which will be made in Korea.
Woodside said that the Moto X will be “contextually aware” and that Motorola will employ more than 2,000 Americans at the new plant. He said that Google has agreed “to give all Android partners access to its services at the same time,” so Motorola will have no special advantages from owner Google while producing the Moto X. Former Google employees helping to develop Motorola’s new phones are forced to turn in their “Google badge,” Woodside said.
Motorola will release the Moto X, its first smartphone since it was acquired by Google, this October.
Thomas Halleck is a tech reporter for the International Business Times, covering Google, wearables, product reviews and mobile news....