Google has reiterated several times now, the most recent being their quarterly earnings call, that the world has yet to see the product of their merger with Motorola. Last year was dedicated to finishing what Motorola had started before Google took over, but that time is coming to an end. Google is looking to get serious about the products it’s working with Motorola on, starting by hiring an experienced product manager for the “X-Phone.”
That’s right, after months of speculation, Google and Motorola’s X Phone has just been confirmed by a job listing on the popular recruiting site LinkedIn. The listing, which has now been pulled, doesn’t offer any new information on the X Phone, but right now, we’ll take what we can get.
If everything goes according to plan, the X Phone will be the device that turns the tide for Motorola. Rumors on the X Phone from DroidLife include:
- Motorola X Phone will be announced at Google I/O in May.
- Current target for release is July 8 (definitely subject to change).
- All carriers will sell the X Phone.
- Verizon will sell it for $299 on contract.
- All versions will also be sold through the Google Play store at similar off-contract price to Nexus line.
- If you want to unlock the bootloader through Verizon, they will charge a $15/month fee.
- If you buy it through Google Play, it comes unlocked with no fee.
- Not a “Nexus” but will come running stock Android and with some bloatware.
- Bloatware can apparently be removed once unlocked.
With Motorola still hiring product management for the X Phone, it’s hard to imagine a Google I/O reveal, and a July release. We’re still be holding out hope though. Google and Motorola’s first phone together can’t come soon enough.