We’ve heard all about Motorola’s X Phone hardware, but sometimes it’s the intangible stuff that needs attention. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google is giving Motorola a gigantic budget to push the X Phone in the US and a few overseas markets. How big, you might ask? Try upwards of $500 million. That’s definitely more than a little pocket change, and it’s certainly going to have a huge effect on the market when the X Phone launches.
Part of the reason for the large budget is the anticipated launch on all four major US carriers. We’ve already seen different possible variants of the X Phone come through the FCC for more than one carrier, so all the signs are pointing to a multi-carrier approach to the device. As we’ve seen with Samsung’s Galaxy S line, that single flagship design across carriers works extremely well. One area that Motorola is supposedly making big strides in is the amount of carrier bloatware allowed on the device. Most customers are familiar with carrier apps that come preinstalled on devices, like demos of games or carrier app stores. Sources are saying that Motorola is keeping the bloatware to a minimum with the X Phone, even with Verizon. Most Verizon customers can attest to that being a spectacular feat. (To be fair, though, AT&T and Sprint are also two big carriers who load their fair share of bloatware onto devices)
We still don’t have any actual concrete details about Motorola’s latest device, but rest assured, the rest of the Android community is just as eager to see it as you are at this point.
source: Wall Street Journal