Motorola confirms it's building smaller handsets with stock Android
Google-owned Motorola is working on smartphones that run beloved stock Android, opting out for any manufacturer bloatware, an executive confirmed. The new devices will also take a step back from the "who's biggest" race (Galaxy Mega) and will opt for something a little more comfortable in the hand.
Speaking to PC Mag, Jim Wicks, Motorola's Chief of Design, says there has been a lot of collaboration between Google and Motorola on the anticipated devices. "We've been spending the past eight months on this next generation of phones, and we've all seen positive feedback and collaboration around things," Wicks told the publication.
Speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology Conference in March, Google's chief financial officer Patrick Pichette said that the current line of Motorola devices lacked a "wow" factor -- presumably referring to the Droid RAZR M and RAZR Maxx HD. The reason for the solid, but not so appealing devices, was because Google inherited a 18-month product backlog, according to Pichette.
Now that the backlog is gone, Wicks says we can expect the new Motorola phones within in the second half of 2013, with the smaller form-factor and stock Android customers have been requesting.
One of the most prevalent Google rumours in recent months has been that Motorola will release a 5-inch device running Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie with an edge-to-edge display. That last bit is interesting given Wicks' comments that Motorola will make bezels as narrow as possible.
Traditionally, the only devices to feature stock Android are the yearly Nexus devices that Google partners with manufacturers on. While it doesn't sound like the new Motorola devices will be under the Nexus program, they'll seemingly share the same quality of getting updates in a quicker fashion.
And yet, we thought Google's Motorola acquisition was just for patents.