There were a couple of interesting tidbits in Google’s earning call in which they announced their Q4 results. Executives from the search giant mentioned a few times that when Google acquired Motorola, the company already had a 12-18 months product pipeline in the works. This means that any products Motorola released in the past year were a kind of a flushing out since Google decided not to cancel them.
This also means that now that since Google has control of software and a hardware company, we could see the Google X Phone very soon. In fact, some rumours that have been making the rounds suggest that we could see an X tablet and X phone as early as mid May this year at the Google developers conference. What makes us more excited is that the X phone is supposed to be the most advanced hardware Google can make for an Android device and it will ‘stand out’ from competition.
A particular important bit during the earnings call, in our humble opinion, was Google CEO Larry Page expressing dissatisfaction at the battery life of current generation of devices. He said, “In today’s multi screen world, the opportunities are endless… battery life is a huge issue… when you drop your phone it shouldn’t go splat. There’s a real potential to invent new and better experiences.” He went on to describe battery as a ‘pain point’ for consumers.
This could mean that the X phone and X tablet could allay the battery issues. Google could come out with an interesting application of wireless charging (roam around in your place or office and phone recharges in your pocket, maybe?) or maybe something truly ground-breaking that elongates battery life on current generation devices.
Larry Page also said, “There’s a lot of room for innovation in hardware. The phones we use now have glass that everyone worries will break if they drop the device. Five or 10 years from now, that will be different.” There were already some rumours about the X phone which said that it would be unbreakable. Now either it could be a ceramic case or the X phone will be ‘bendy’ or flexible, much like the Samsung displays we saw (maybe even both?). This would make it more durable and shatter proof for the most part.
What other features could make X phone a stand out performer? The competition is stiff and it would have to be something truly extraordinary to stand out in our opinion. In the meanwhile, stay tuned to this space for more news about the Google X phone.
Do you think we will see the Google X phone soon and will it stand out? Let us know in the comments below!