Motorola just spilled more details on an X Phone in what seems like an emphasis to remain as vague as possible, and I wish they hadn't because it all doesn't add up. To be fair, these details seem leave much left to the imagination, so they can't be taken too seriously. But they're concerning nonetheless.
Motorola's Chief Dennis Woodside claims the device would have a set of sensors causing it to act differently when taken out of a pocket, or traveling in a car. Though far from a necessity, it sounds like Motorola is taking it upon themselves to incorporate the X Phone into our daily lives. But I'm not convinced. It honestly sounds a bit gimmicky in the sense that we haven't had this functionality before, so its future remains uncertain. Dare I say Woodside's claims make sound no different than an S feature within TouchWiz, or widget inside of HTC Sense?
In fairness, the idea isn't new. Samsung's TecTiles powered by NFC operate in a similar fashion. In my opinion, TecTiles sound much better on paper than in practice. In terms of a daily routine, tapping a pad is easy and painless, but it wasn't ever widely adopted in my lifestyle. One of its main shortcomings resides with the action in activating the features programmed into the TecTile. It means you had to first program it, and then tap the tile. I found myself presetting certain functions without ever reaching the tile. Sometimes I just forgot about it.
A feature set that would activate automatically as the X Phone rumors suggest sounds like a better way to implement these functions, but I still have a slight hesitation when it comes to practicality.
Presumably, Google is ready to capitalize on its geolocational services which are also imminent in Google Now. For the X Phone, you'd definitely be getting a valuable feature set, but I'm not so sure it really makes sense. What this rumors suggests is that Google Now could easily be updated to incorporate similar functions based on location. A device marketed with features that would be available within an app could post challenges for a device based on the same set of features.
Before you run off and call this a Google phone, we have to remember how Google is differentiating its Motorola Mobility business unit. When Motorola Mobility was acquired, Google assured it would operate it with a firewall firmly in place. As such, that means Android development would remain separate. Google services updates would be issued separately and be updated like any other OEM would. Essentially, Google kept the home field advantage for its software services. Yet Motorola is still under the control of Google, so their hardware influence should be evident.
And judging by constant location-based system function updates are concerned, I'm hoping they've considered any potential battery drain. If rumors are true, the X Phone sounds like it would require a large battery to keep any geolocational services running smoothly. But as stated, if Google has any influence on the design, it will most likely be a non-removable battery which means I'm hesitant of how this device will be marketed.
Personally, I'm interested in the X Phone because of Motorola's hardware. Their build has always impressed me as has the battery life of some of their devices. To a certain end, I hope Motorola's influence in design prevails over Google's suggestions seeing how solid Moto has been in the past.
Yet some aren't as convinced of their build. Maybe that's where Woodson's claims of a device that "knows you" comes in. We'll have to wait and see how the rest of the rumors unfold.
What do you think of the latest set of rumors surrounding Motorola's X Phone? What feature would you liek to see in the X Phone? Are you concerned about battery drain of a device that prioritizes with location-based services? Let me know in the comments down below.