Aug 27 AT 2:55 PM Dustin Earley 23 Comments

Could the next Nexus be a Moto Maker device? I can always dream.

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If it wasn’t obvious already, hammer this into your brain for safe keeping: Moto Maker will not go away with the Moto X.

Moto Maker, the online tool for creating a customized Motorola Moto X, is not Moto X branded. Much like all of the custom software features in the Moto X, it’s simply Motorola branded. Which is a great sign that more than one device will get the Moto Maker treatment. That, and the fact that there’s no way Motorola would pour this many resources into Moto Maker just to use it with one phone suggest that the Moto Maker is here to stay.

So while it may be a little premature (okay, a lot premature), I can’t help but wonder what will be the next phone customizable through Moto Maker. We’ve already heard that there may be a higher-end Moto X variant on the way at some point in the next year or so (hopefully much sooner), but there’s one device coming out relatively soon that I would absolutely love to put a custom shell on.

We’ve been hearing rumors for some time now that Motorola is working on the next Nexus phone with Google. It will not be based on the Moto X. It will be a phone entirely unto itself. And it would be absolutely amazing if it were customizable through Moto Maker.

There are several reasons why this wouldn’t really make sense. It would drive up the cost of traditionally affordable Nexus devices, and Motorola and Google would be lessening the appeal of the Moto X in a number of ways. But it would certainly push the Nexus brand forward. They would almost undoubtedly sell in droves. A $400 unlocked, customized Motorola Nexus sounds like a dream come true. The appeal of the Moto X would become its $200 price tag, which could possibly be lower by the end of the year, and availability at a store near you.

To answer the title question: Sure, it could. I don’t think it’s likely, but it could. While we eagerly await the announcement of the next Nexus this fall, and Motorola’s next Moto Maker eligible device, I figured I’d share today’s post so you can dream with me. It’s probably not a question of “Would you buy a custom, Motorola Nexus 4?” But a question of how fast, and how many. Right?

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • Meister_Li

    I have to say, from all the different OEM Features, the Moto Maker is probably the most attractive of all I’ve seen so far. So yeah, I’d love it.

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  • julian

    What appeals to me most about the moto x is the x8 chip. Battery life means alot to me. If this alone is in the next nexus phone I’ll be buying it

    • SGB101

      Battery is king, I learn that the hard way with the one x.

      It’s now top of the check list is battery hours now.

  • surethom

    Hopefully we will no more in just under 2 months aswell as Key Lime Pie. Hope there are 2 Nexus a Large 5″ phone & a 4.5″ to 4.7″ one hand friendly one from Motorola.

  • Y314K

    So in order for a Moto Nexus device to make sense for Moto it would need to bring less hardware then all of their new Moto’s that come out in Aug. 2013..

    That means that said Moto Nexus device will undoubtedly come without a X8 type of chip & with a 720p screen & would probably be no bigger then 4.7″ & it might have a crappy pentile screen on it (To lower cost)… Plus a bunch of other shortcomings…

    Why would Moto release a Nexus device with the same or better hardware then their entire current line up… For a lot less money then their Droid or Moto X prices… Wouldn’t it piss off all the carriers… Specially their BFF Verizon…

    My best guess is that Moto is going to come out with a Nexus device to compete with the rumored new cheaper plastic back Iphone… So think Moto X & start subtracting…- – - – - -

    • Noel

      Remember the Nexus is heavily subsidized by Google…the device itself is not that cheap. I won’t mind paying more for my Nexus that come with all the top specs ($350-$450) instead of one with watered down specs. I will hope for a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip, 5” 1080p HD screen, 13+MP camera, 16/32/64GB int storage options plus SD card slot if possible, bigger removable battery and be very compact <135mm. The Nexus is my high end device so i don't want any cutting corners when it comes to specs…some of us are willing to pay a little more for it.

  • Mike C.

    No the next Nexus will not be a Motorola device. The reason is that Motorola is only strong in the US and Nexus devices will need to be sold and supported all over the world. After the mess that Motorola created with the Xoom it is difficult to see anyone but US customers buying Motorola.

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  • SGB101

    I this is part of the next nexus, it won’t be in the nexus 4 price bracket.

  • Bluescreenjunky

    “The appeal of the Moto X would become its $200 price tag”

    Wait what ? Afaik the moto X is $549… You need to stop using ” prices “on are just meant to confuse buyers

    • Bluescreenjunky

      Haha, I typed that on my phone, tried to copy and paste, and that didn’t end well. Sorry.

      Anyway, what I meant id the Moto X is $549 and “on contract” prices don’t mean a thing, so please stop using those to compare phones.

    • mattcoz

      $579, $629 w/ 32GB

  • bb

    Why does everyone just assume that nexus means affordable? Everyone forgets the price of the nexus one,nexus s, galaxy nexus and nexus q.

  • Nathan D.

    That would be nice, if it was true, who know it could be coming.

  • ihatefanboys

    Anything with the name MOTO should go away. Sounds like something that should be on a teenagers sidekick. Motorolla should stay away from Nexus, id rather a quality company like HTC make the next one. Motorolla phones all look like the boring Droid line.

  • donger

    Just let LG or Sony make the next Nexus device.

  • Orion78

    Yeah keep dreaming dude. I believe the next Nexus will be made by LG.

  • Alain Lafond

    Yes I would. But with a Nexus 4, there’s not much to customize… Back face color… For me the inside is more important thanthe outside where, as lond as the phone stay that fragile, I’ll always put a case…

  • Priscila

    Just another non-sense… again… All Nexus phones are sold directly through Google’s Play Store… there is no Moto Maker there.
    If Google allowed that, imagine all the other OEM mess, everyone trying to sell Nexuses around Google because they all think their channel is better.