Apr 16 AT 10:45 AM Taylor Wimberly 39 Comments

Eric Schmidt teases Motorola’s upcoming “phenomenal” phones plus other devices


Google’s Eric Schmidt appeared on-stage at today’s Dive Into Mobile conference, and he hinted Motorola’s upcoming wave of devices. When asked about Motorola’s new set of products, Schmidt said, “[They] are phenomenal. Wait and see for this next generation of technology, it’s very impressive.” Specific details about any new products were withheld, but Schmidt hinted at multiple devices by saying we should think of Motorola’s strategy as “phones-plus.”

When I heard this quote on the live stream, I instantly thought about previous rumors we have posted about the Motorola X Phone. We were told that the X Phone brand of devices would largely be marketed as customizable phones that are the able to connect to companion accessories from Google, like Glass and their upcoming smartwatch.

Motorola’s new phones will act as the hub for a series of connected devices, so it makes sense that this strategy could be referred to as “Phones-plus”, or maybe “Phones+” if you are thinking along the lines of Google+.

The Google IO developer conference is just a month away, so hopefully we will see these new products make a public appearance soon.

Source: AllThingsD

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  • redraider133

    I hope they do have something special. I’ve always liked moto devices it just seems like they have always been lacking in one way or another. Can’t wait to see what google controlled moto can create.

    • LukeT32

      Agreed. I loved my original Droid, but after that phone it really seemed Moto went down hill in the software department (updates, blur, etc). I have spent some good time with the RAZR and thing they are making a move in the right direction with the last few updates.

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    • MC_Android

      Google provides financial stability for Motorola but if Google will have a say in the phone designs of future Motorola phones, I don’t see how it will make it not “lacking in one way or another”. We know how Google stands on microsd storage and removable battery. I for one want to see a non-Nexus flagship with top specs – with expandable storage and removable battery – and running stock Android.

      • thel0nerang3r

        It doesn’t look like removable battery is a top priority for most. If it were, there would be more manufacturers doing it. On the other hand, the biggest selling handset is the Galaxy line and as far as I know they all have removable batteries and microSD cards. I wonder how many people that own handsets with removable batteries buy a second battery.

        • Cwalden21

          I have the galaxy s2 and own two extra batteries..that said i rarely have to whip them out, usually just on long trips…comes in handy sometimes..but the removable storage will always be a great plus!

  • Jorge Vieira

    I really enjoy Motorola phones and I feel like they always took a back seat to HTC and Samsung and even LG now. But in build quality I always thought the where up there with the best (although not to attractive). But I would love to see moto get more attention and appreciation.

  • surethom

    1 month to go too hopefully see Key Lime Pie & Hopefully some new Motorola phones, I hope the camera is “phenomenal” with Motorola’s Large batterys & a Xenon flash would be nice like the Motorola Xt701

  • grahaman27

    spell check :P

  • nobara

    I used to like Motorola phones. But here in Europe they are not popular any more. We are overwhelmed with Sony’s, Sami’s and alike.

    I hope the “very impressive” “next generation of technology” will reach the rest of the world too.

    “Motorola’s upcoming wave of devices” has to be big enough to consider diving into!

  • Andy_jr

    I can’t wait for the dev conference. I really want Motorola to succeed (the more competition, the better for customers), so I hope they do announce something “phenomenal”.

    I’m also curious about what they are going to do with the Nexus line. There might be (at least) four major phone choices soon!

  • madsalad

    I’m really looking forward to finally seeing what the X-Phone line of phones will look like. I hope we get a solid look at the phones at Google I/O.

  • bb

    A good moto phone on a carrier not named Verizon? Never thought I would live to see the day.

  • alexanderharri3

    Maybe this will mark the day Moto releases something worthwhile off Verizon….

  • www.phonewbie.com

    I reluctantly passed on the HTC One for the prospects of this phone. Please don’t disappoint me. Not sure how long I can hold out from buying the One anyway.

    • Joel

      I was going to take this approach as well, but theres still so much mystery surrounding it I couldn’t be bothered waiting n potentially missing out on the gs4/one titans

  • drejohnson

    I’m excited to see how Google uses Motorola to push the mobile experience forward.

  • Co1e

    I’ve been holding off on purchasing a phone until after I/O. Really hoping for the x phone. Fingers crossed.

  • jamal adam

    Motorola phones are nice in their own way, but one thing that I hated was their exclusive nature with regards to their best flagships going to Verizon or on some occasions AT&T. It really bugged me that T-Mobile was left with the crappy versions. Now, I know that with Google they will most definitely stop with the exclusivity and release their X Phone to all carriers. I can’t wait to see what they have in store and how they plan on competing with the competition.

    • masterpfa

      Hopefully that will be the case as well as making them widely available outside of the US. Here in the UK most Motorola phones are overlooked as the likes of Samsung and HTC are the ones promoted.

      If the “X-Phone” is all that we are hoping it is and more this could only be great not just for Android but for all smartphone users as the competition will have to up their game.

      Roll on I/O and widely availability too.

  • Sid

    So.. phone plus watch??

    • Dpeco

      I have had Motorola phones since the droid except for a quick stop with the HTC Rezound. I now have the Maxx HD which in my opinion is an excellent build and quality and the phone never dies. I love it, any great hardware with Keylime on a phone built like the Maxx HD would be awesome

  • Andre

    Hmm – I really like my Samsung Galaxy S3 but I’m less than excited about the S4…I do think the HTC One is a great phone BUT I think my next phone will be a Motorola phone!

  • Nate B.

    this is cool and all but i want to see the nexus line become more premium along with the os.

    • Bobba

      I don’t know…the nexus 4 is a fairly premium device…at least when it launched. The S4 and One raised the bar, but still a great device.

  • Tico4674

    Can’t wait to see moto’s latest. I hope we’ll start to see Google’s influence, for the better.

  • Monsunami

    Hmmm, it will be nice to see another Google type phone. I figure better than Nexus line?

  • masterpfa

    It will be great to see what the latest thing is from Motorola. I normally prefer and await the Nexus devices having owned all Nexus phones (bar the Nexus S) and barring a disaster I can see this continuing with the Nexus 5 (or whatever moniker they decide to use) but could this be the year I break ranks, or do I try and justify owning more than one phone (says he who still has his Galaxy Nexus to hand)

  • donger

    Most exciting phone of 2013!

  • Bobba

    It’s truly amazing that Moto, Samsung,HTC and Apple phones are all now going to have their flagship products on all the major carriers. This finally separates the phone from the carrier and gives consumers more choice. I now don’t have to go with X carrier to get the X phone. I’m now free to go where I want and know that I will find the device that I love available everywhere.

  • Matthew

    If the X line of product(s) is good, I’m going to sell my N7000 and my iPhone, to get it.

  • Dave

    The “phones plu” is going to be whatever comes after Webtop and the related accessories. Possibly Linux-based, maybe even Chrome OS on a dockable handset. Ubuntu for Android?

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  • neyfun

    So will this phones plus technology be available to ALL Android devices or just Motorola devices? All I hear on this place is forking this and forking that, but I guess if Google does it it is OK?

  • vforvortex

    should i break away from my Htc trend of G1 and Sensation for a Motorola?
    Guess i will have my answer after May 17th Google I/O. Or maybe i wont. :)

  • Nathan D.

    Can’t wait until Google I/O gets here

  • Bhugtaan mobile and Dth recharge App

    I hope this conference will turned out into a correct result so that Motorola May do a better thing in mobile World.

  • Nostromo

    I’m saving my July upgrade in hopes of seeing if any of this pans-out. My fiancée has her current upgrade tagged to the coming Galaxy S4; transitioning from a Droid 3 (pretty old school;July of ’11). The third line upgrades in December; so we have some bases covered. I find it a little petty to worry over such things so I’m not anxious over it.