Ever since Google acquired Motorola Mobility nearly a year ago, many folks have been wondering exactly what kind of products will come of the deal and exactly when we'll start to see Google-influenced hardware come from Motorola. Neither Google nor Motorola has said much on either topic to date, but today one Motorola executive opened up just a bit, and it appears that the arrival of Motorola-branded hardware with a Google touch isn't too far off.

Speaking to PCMag, Motorola design head Jim Wicks revealed that his company is now working with Google and that the first Moto products made under Google's guidance are expected to being launching in the second half of 2013. Wicks didn't go into specifics about the upcoming hardware, but he did say that Motorola's strategy is to "embrace Android" and respond to consumers' desire to have the newest releases faster. "It will be the unadulterated version of Android, and I feel really good about our embracing Android and being the best Android experience," Wicks explained. He added that Moto plans to make its phones as free of bloatware as possible, saying that users "don't want all that stuff pre-populated on their devices."

Wicks went on to touch a bit on Motorola's new "better is better" (rather than "bigger is better") mantra. The exec said that, while many Android users really like large screens, Moto recognizes that there are also many folks that want a phone that's "just right." As an example of a "just right" device, Wicks named the RAZR M, which features a 4.3-inch display and slim bezel. That narrow bezel look is another feature that Motorola plans to focus on going forward, as well as resistance to scratches and drops. 

Finally, Wicks touched a bit on its brands and how it'll offer phones with the carriers. Wicks explained that while the DROID brand is doing well for both Motorola and Verizon, and so it won't be going away any time soon. However, Moto plans to introduce more cross-carrier branding later this year, offering products that feature a more unified identity across the different operators. Wicks also said that this will result in the release of fewer Motorola products.

We'll have to wait until Motorola actually introduces its upcoming Google-influenced products to see just how much of Wicks' teases actually come to fruition, but it sounds like Moto could be building hardware that'll appeal to quite a few Android users. We've watched Moto move toward a more stock Android look and feel in its recent updates for devices like the RAZR HD and RAZR M, and so it makes sense to hear that the company would like to continue to stick with more vanilla Android software on its products.

On the hardware side of things, it's good to hear that Motorola is planning to cater a bit more to the folks that'd like a phone with a 4.3-inch or 4.5-inch display. There have been new Android devices with those screen sizes released recently, but they're typically stuck with mid-range or lower specs, meaning that consumers seeking a high-end phone usually need to settle for a larger display than they might want. While it's not yet clear exactly what specs these "just right" phones will pack, the fact that Motorola plans to focus on smaller sizes is exciting news for folks that like that kind of hardware, especially when combined with Wicks' comments about stock Android. What do you think of what Wicks had to say today? Do his remarks have you excited to see what Motorola's got planned for the latter half of 2013?

Via PCMag

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Ron Hudson
Ron Hudson 4.7+ can't go any smaller than my galaxy s3, big hands
Oussama Tajjiou
Oussama Tajjiou 4.99
Danish Kharuddin
Danish Kharuddin 4.5 is perfect
Adam Smith
Adam Smith I use my laptop for everything why bother with phones these days
Maduka Suraweera
Maduka Suraweera I love my ATRIX 2 .but like 4.5
Richan Lancian Sumalinab
Richan Lancian Sumalinab 5.0
Chaitanya Deshpande
Chaitanya Deshpande 4.8to 5 wud b gr8...
Martin Láwliet Amuesi
Martin Láwliet Amuesi 4.7 is perfect for me. No more and no less.
Jerone Atienza
Jerone Atienza i thing 5.5 inches is fine :D
Chris Cobeen
Chris Cobeen I'd have to say 4.7" and up
Bramasta Retd
Bramasta Retd 4.8-5
Shahul Hameed
Shahul Hameed Nexus4
Jamille Browne
Jamille Browne So google thinks phones are too big hmm... I wonder what this means for the next nexus
Chris Garcia
Chris Garcia I LIKE MY PHONES 13 INCHES AND UP...... galaxy note 10.1?? thats too damn small
Jonathan Michael
Jonathan Michael 4.65"
Randy Walker Sr.
Randy Walker Sr. It was 5 inches but now more like 5.5 with my Note 2.
Sunny Dhillon
Sunny Dhillon Or 6 inch phone with no bezel if someone can make 1
Sunny Dhillon
Sunny Dhillon 4.8 to 5.5
Raul Garcia
Raul Garcia 5 or 6 inches
Shakeel Jaleel
Shakeel Jaleel 4.7 - The problem is that we're used to such large screen sizes to the extent that anything that's below 4.7 or 4.5,at least, is deemed too small. Samsung is largely to be blamed for this, introducing phones like the Note 2, with monster screens. The phone is a beast, but it just messes up people's thoughts on what an acceptable screen size really is.
Justin Lindland
Justin Lindland 4-5in would be fine with me.
Travis Robinson
Travis Robinson 5 inches I guess
Pascal Bz
Pascal Bz between 4.7 and 5.5
Vicente Reyes
Vicente Reyes 4.3-4.7 is all, no need for ugly phablets, get a tablet if you want a bigger screen. Look how dumb thoughs people look with the note 2 against their faces. Tried one also and it was garbage.
Julian Scott
Julian Scott 4.3 great
Cesario Brito Jr.
Cesario Brito Jr. 5.5-6.0 because I can
Cool'n HotAnd Juice
Cool'n HotAnd Juice 4, 5
Rishikesh Kankal
Rishikesh Kankal 3.5 no more or less!
Diego L. Rivera
Diego L. Rivera 4.5-5.7... I like big phones
Abraham Coimbre
Abraham Coimbre 4.3 inch
Jerry Parker
Jerry Parker 4.5 to 5.0
Gaurav Bathija
Gaurav Bathija 4.5 to 5 inches seems perfect.
Vicente Reyes
Vicente Reyes 4.3-4.7 is all, no need for ugly phablets, get a tablet if you want a bigger screen. Look how dumb thoughs people look with the note 2 against their faces. Tried one also and it was ugly.
Stephen Victor
Stephen Victor If I didn't read the headline, I would think you guys were comparing penis sizes.
Grzegorz Kaczkowski
Grzegorz Kaczkowski Less than 5.N4 perfect!
Tarequl Islam Chowdhury
Tarequl Islam Chowdhury 4.5 inch perfect for me
Juwon Donte
Juwon Donte 4,8 to 5.5 nothing bigger (that means you Samsung)
Dale Junior
Dale Junior 5.5 inches. note 2 to be exact.
Zac Luna
Zac Luna 4.8
Chris Taylor
Chris Taylor 4-5 inches is great, in my opinion. Any smaller or larger is pushing it in either direction.
Ziggy Torres
Ziggy Torres 4.7-5.8.
Nikola Karovic
Nikola Karovic Note 2 but with screen all over him, probably 6ch.
Rahul Arora
Rahul Arora 4.5
Akshay Kumar
Akshay Kumar 4.0 - 4.7
Steve Johns
Steve Johns 5 +
Fanny Julie
Fanny Julie 5.5 pouces.... pleaaaase make new 5.5 !!!
Randy B Hoopes
Randy B Hoopes 4.8
Carlos Nava
Carlos Nava 5'
Chad St John
Chad St John i really do enjoy the 4.7 razr hd. However it would be amazing if they found a way to have "full screen usage". In regards to the software buttons. But still, 4.7 fits me pretty perfect. (Granted, I own a tablet.)
Chris Roberts
Chris Roberts ideal to me is 5 AWESOME IS 5.5
Mark Belkowski
Mark Belkowski moto has been to quiet latley.
Brandon Kilpatrick
Brandon Kilpatrick Coming from a note 2, I think a 5" with the slim bezel would be perfect!
Abram Wenevermet Dennis
Abram Wenevermet Dennis 5.0
Mustafa Akman
Mustafa Akman 5.5 clear.
Jeremy Gross
Jeremy Gross im hoping that'll be the razr device
Clay Napier
Clay Napier i like 4.5 via s3...but i love Motorola product due to not being made cheap and is an awesome product right out of the box....i also like super amolid display with HD...that along with an awesome battery would be perfect!!!...
Paul Keefe
Paul Keefe 5" or around there.
Jeremy Gross
Jeremy Gross 4.3-4.7 (s3 has big bezel)
Carl Dale
Carl Dale 4.3 - 4.5 NO BIGGER, :)
Anthony Accardo
Anthony Accardo 4.0-4.5inch is what I like the best, but most comfortable in hand is probably a 4.3inch, a Nokia Lumia 900 is a great size for a phone
Charles W. Y. Wong
Charles W. Y. Wong 5.5! Note II
Bryan T Miller
Bryan T Miller 4.7
Paul Hooker
Paul Hooker i like a 3 inch screen. a basic res is happy for me
Luis Reich
Luis Reich 5.8 or so... I love my note 2
Anthony Takumi
Anthony Takumi Between 4 and 4.5, save the big ass screens for tablets :P
Reyna Bates Jr
Reyna Bates Jr as long as the screen is nice, I think I could adapt. as long as it isn't a huge device with extreme bezels. Oh, and everything above me is what she said. :)
Donovan Fraser
Donovan Fraser 6+
Jeremy Carter
Jeremy Carter 5+
Eric Hook
Eric Hook 4-5"
Bobby Delaney
Bobby Delaney 4.7 with little to no side bezels and minimal top and bottom bezels. Makes the screen big but not the phone.
Danu Carrión Perales
Danu Carrión Perales 4.3-4.6
Gibby Garcia
Gibby Garcia 4.5 to 5 inches max
Jordan Brown
Jordan Brown 4.0 is ideal. 4.2 is maximum.
Joe McDonough
Joe McDonough 5+
Norleena Davies
Norleena Davies 5.0
Nick Catelli
Nick Catelli 4.3
Kyle Cordiano
Kyle Cordiano 4.7 inch is the sweet spot for me. THe Droid DNA's 5 inch long display I also like.
Markus Howard
Markus Howard 5+
Don Stephen Strada II
Don Stephen Strada II 5.5 ...nothing more and nothing less
Matic Poznic
Matic Poznic 4.7-5.0"
Dietrich Brown
Dietrich Brown 5" +
Shaun David
Shaun David 4.7! For guys...4.0 for women
Reese Woodson
Reese Woodson "4.3"-"5"
Nick Sanford
Nick Sanford 4.5-5.0
Geoff Sauder
Geoff Sauder 5.5
Herbie Follin
Herbie Follin 4.3" is perfect.
Dustin Carney
Dustin Carney 5+
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Alexandar Milanovic 5.0 inches :)
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Armin Nayeri 4.5

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