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As we near the end of 2012, the rumor mill for 2013 is already churning away. Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal published a report on a Motorola 'X Phone' project being headed up by a former Googler, and I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm dying to see a Google-Moto mashup, especially if the premise is trying new and interesting things.

But Motorola's not the only one with new stuff on the horizon in the next year. We take for a given that successors to Samsung's Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II are coming. The next Galaxy phone is probably further along than we might think. There have also been rumors of HTC's inevitable new flagship, codenamed M7 - a successor to the One X (the X+ being a mere iteration of that platform). The Sony "Yuga" - which has already been spotted quite clearly in the wild. Whatever LG is going to tease in promo videos for three months before releasing eight times around the world and at least twice in the US.


It's clear that we already have a decent, if vague, understanding of what's coming down the pipe for 2013. And lot of us are probably coming due for a new device in the next year, as well - I'd argue that 2011 was Android's first "big" year, when sales really started taking off and propelled Android into the number one mobile OS position around the world.

So, what phone being released in the coming year are you the most excited about?

Which new Android phone are you most looking forward to in 2013?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/alexslx Alexandre Leites

    Please, put Oppo as a new option, it is very different from "other" phones.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Nah, I think that's well-represented with the "Other" option.

  • aNYthing6

    New Nexus.

  • Jeremy626

    wtf. where's 2013 Nexus 4?

    • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

      It's not even been rumoured yet. We know literally nothing about it.

    • YBinnenweg

      The Nexus 4 is released in 2012..

      • Mapplegate

        He means the NEW Nexus 4. I think...

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      It's since been added.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jordan.richesin Jordan Richesin

        What do you mean it's since been added?

        • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

          Added to the poll.

          • http://www.facebook.com/jordan.richesin Jordan Richesin

            Such a dumb ass(me). Thanks friend

  • Juhani

    Next Nexus.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      See, I'd put that, but we have:

      A.) No idea who will make it
      B.) No idea if there will actually BE a new Nexus phone (very very likely, but I wouldn't say certain)
      C.) No idea if there will be only one Nexus phone

      Obviously, we're always going to be interested in the new Nexus, but it is by far and away the most speculative thing I could put on this list. Most of the others (maybe aside from LG's) are significantly more tangible at this point.

      Edit: It's since been added.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

        While assumptionsare bad, this year's Nexus 4 has been a really good deal thanks to that low price. I hope next year's is even better with a similar price point and especially, 32GB or more of internal storage.

        • Jacob

          I don't think that the Nexus 4 is so special, the biggest thing that's making it special is it's price point, it has flaws like glass back, no sd card slot, or removable battery.

          • Justin W

            I'll give you the glass back, but not many people care that much about the removable battery, and the microSD card slot is something many people are used to (those coming from HTC, Apple phones). Honestly a quad core device that can compete with the offerings from other manufacturers at half the price is a great deal.

          • Bruce Gavin Ward

            people should be more interested in a battery's removability, a worn out battery can kill a 'comfortable' phone relationship; and two are half as likely to pack it in if used equally, than one.

          • Anon

            The battery IS replaceable, just not as easy. People should be interested in whatever they're interested in, and clearly for the majority of users, battery exchangeability isn't an issue. If we're going down the road of batteries, I'd rather see innovation in the batteries than the ability to replace an outdated one with a filled outdated one. Batteries are lagging way behind.

          • QwietStorm

            Yea, all things the name is known for, and features we knew about prior, so I think I made the best decision buying one, compared to everything else on the market. And a glass back is nor more a flaw than a goat is a cat.

          • Joshua

            The thing that makes it special is that it's a Nexus. A fast Nexus. It sounds kind of dumb, but I'm completely serious. ROMs for non-Nexus hardware take way longer to develop for, are given up on sooner, are missing critical firmware and documentation, and you have to consider the fact that you'll have to ROM the device to get stock Android in the first place.

            Many, many people prioritize the software they have to interact with every day. If every manufacturer made a stock 4.2 device, the Nexus wouldn't be special and you'd be correct.

          • GraveUypo

            to be honest being that up-to-date doesn't really matter that much.
            i wouldn't mind an ics device as long as it was very good, but i do mind the lack of a SD card slot, the crappy amount of internal memory and well, the glass back not so much but it's still a con to me, on the nexus 4. like he said, only reason i'd ever buy that would be for the price.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

            Lack of MicroSD storage should be expected of ALL Nexus devices, due to Google's stance on the issue. Removable battery isn't so good, but we receive inductive charging to compensate.

            I do agree that the glass back and external SIM tray are annoyances, the kind of ones I would have left the iPhone for.

            Still as Joshua mentions, this is a Nexus and it has all the perks a Nexus phone has, along side its superb price point.

    • okungnyo

      Exactly. If anyone read the Android Central forum topic posted a day before the WSJ article (meaning it's true) then they would know that the Motorola X Phone is not a Nexus phone. Instead, Motorola will just make all its custom skin as an "app" that can be updated through the Play Store so its phones can device updates after...three months. Yep, Motorola phones, even after being acquired by Google and moving all its custom skinning to "app" silos, will still take THREE months to update its phones.

      A LOT better than the current situation but, compared to the Nexus wait time? (aka none at all) It's an eternity! So if you want updates, you get a Nexus no argument.

      And it makes sense too. Google can't be seen playing favorites and giving Motorola exclusive access and to prevent any misunderstandings it will make sure Motorola gets the code even later than if it would have been just a normal manufacturer.

      • QwietStorm

        Doesn't that actually sound ironically similar to the debunked 4.2 rumor that everyone jumped all over androidandme about?

        • okungnyo

          The difference is that WSJ is not a blog, but a highly regarded traditional publication. And if they posted about an "X Phone" it means they have sources INSIDE Motorola.

          And this guy at Android Central Forums posted about the X Phone A DAY BEFORE the WSJ article. Meaning it's true.

          And also, it's perfectly logical, while the Androidandme rumor was obviously fake. Motorola making its custom skin a "siloed app" on the Play Store so it can update its phone more quickly? That sounds like exactly something Google would do, because it can't give Motorola early access. Contrast this with Androidandme's rumor of Google making a Customization Center. If you knew anything about the way TouchWiz or Sense work (they're more than just skins, they extend to menu styling, modified stock apps, etc.) then you would know that this was highly impossible and 99.9% fake.

          • QwietStorm

            Sorry, when I said ironic, I wasn't trying to lend any more credence to the rumor, rather was just stating its kind of ironic that at least on the surface, that feature will ultimately become a reality.

  • Plerisei

    Not looking forward to no new phone in 2013; when I get my Nexus, I shall be content till it dies.

    • Matt

      you say that now but when all the new tech comes out, you will want it. it is the curse of being a technology admirer ;)

  • MyNameIsLOS

    There needs to be an "all the above" button. Looks like 2013 is shaping up to be a battle of the titans for smart phones and its just too early to pick one. Until then I'm excited to see them all!

  • Matti

    Next Nexus, as long as it's not made by Samsung.

    • Joseph Cascio

      The Nokia Nexus. It has to happen. Nokia will realize WP is not the way to go.

  • Cuvis

    The X Phone sounds interesting, but Moto's phones never show up on T-Mobile. So I have to go Nexus.

    • John O’Connor

      but moto is google and there isn't a google nexus yet.. sooooo

    • ins0mn1a

      yeap, but the x phone is supposed to be unlike anything we've seen so far, and i would bet it will be gsm (you know, world compatibility and all that). so it's quite reasonable to assume it will be on t-mo as well.

  • http://twitter.com/unwiredmedic Christopher Matthews

    I imagine one very nice thing about a new Moto X, and that would be customizability without bloatware. More of a stock Android that we can do whatever we want with.

  • http://twitter.com/SumanjiWorld Suman Gandham

    Has to be the X Phone - I've been dying to see a decent Google-Moto device since the OG Droid days... could this be it?!

  • Zach B.

    YotaPhone... I HAVE HOPE!

  • Makten

    Definitely Next nexus phone n tab

  • Barton82

    Galaxy S III successor, because that will most probably be the only one with an SD card slot and removable battery (except for a bit too big Note).

  • Paul

    Wow. Just got my Note 2. Not sure what more I could want. Guess I'll find out eventually. But for now I'm better than good. This phone is quite amazing.

  • RenatoFontesTapia

    I'm pretty happy with the HTC One X I have right now =)
    The only thing that would make me get a new phone would be better battery life.

  • NicholasMicallef

    I'm curious about if and how the S IV manages to keep the ass kicking spree started by the S II and heavily spurred on by the S III. Even if for some reason or other you hate Samsung they are doing a very good job of promoting android in general.

  • Jay T

    Haha, LG has close to zero votes. Looks like no one cares about what LG makes, and why would they?

  • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

    I have no idea what I'm going to get... Currently using the GS2 Epic running the FK23 4.1.2 JB... So as far as software I'm good... I get a phone once a year, and my yearly is coming up... Wanted to get a Nexus, but can't f*** with a glass phone... Was thinking of getting a HTC this time around, but the M7 will most likely not on Sprint... The X Phone would be cool, but most likely not going to be on Sprint... I still have a year left in my contract, so can't go with the unlocked phones yet... What to do, what to do...lol

    • John O’Connor

      patience. the nexus 4 had a plethora of non-supported LTE bands built-in for various carriers and a few have got that function to work) maybe goog will flip the switch and make a truly carrier-less phone integrating a whole host of possibilities

      • needa

        it only works on one band right? in canada and two cities in the us.

  • mark

    Note 3 is going to be revolutionary

  • Justin W

    Gotta say I'm not surprised that most people are awaiting the "X" phone by Google-Moto. It's something a lot of people have wanted for a while.

  • randyfromreno

    The next Nexus of course, But if Google does the same crappy job of selling it like they did with the N4 I'll probably go with the S4.

    • needa

      in one month the nexus 4 sold over half of what the galaxy nexus sold in its entirety. whilke there is still fault to blame google, lg, and ups.... it doesnt take much to understand why it happened.

  • John O’Connor

    too bad we couldn't choose multiple devices. I eager anticipate the "Note 3" (note 2 owner here) but am chomping at the bit for a google x phone (there won't be anymore excuses on not having enough time after the moto acquisition to be involved from start to finish in this product, SO YAAAAY)

  • Bruce Gavin Ward

    seems theXphone that i voted for is pretty popular; but China is 'rising', and the next big things may be coming out of the redStar if they can match their marketing reach and expertise to other world leaders [and maintain quality, and specs.]

  • androidarmin

    None. Where is that Option, AP? Just bought a SGS3 six months ago, no way I'm buying another phone before summer!

  • http://katzmatt.com/ Matt Katzenberger

    Honestly I don't care. I'd just like to see a semi-modern phone on Republic. Maybe a GNex or a Razr.

  • Larry Weaver

    Anything with a 1080 PPI screen! And a longer-life battery! And an SD card slot. Too much to ask for? I'm a graphics designer in San Francisco, and I don't think anything I need is more than anyone else even though I'm on mine 24/7. Oh -- I need it to run on AT&T's 4GLTE, too.

    • QwietStorm

      How in the hell could you have a 1080 PPi screen? That would have to be some photon resolution from the future.

  • chris125

    I'll be interested to see what Samsung does with the s4 and if they have something in it to compete with the moto/Google phone. The s3 was a great phone and I can imagine the s4 wj,l be even better especially now that they got exynos working with lte and will put it on all carriers

  • zachary Linde

    The galaxy note 2 is amazing! I am looking forward to an even bigger screen with hd resolution, a15 processor, three gigs of ram, and perhaps even a Ubuntu dual boot for android, if I'm lucky

  • ferry boat

    I only wait for phone that have microsd slot and removable battery.

    Today Nexus, One X, Optimus G didn't have those, so I won't hope their successor to be any different.
    Sony flagship sometimes have those, so I have 50% hope on sony next flagship.

    Sooo that only left me with Galaxy S III & Galaxy Note II successor. Not much surprise here.
    Only samsung phones are fully complete. Almost all other brand makes flawed flagships.

  • Sam Lee

    Battery life is my 1st priority when choosing a smartphone. So far the note 2 beats all other phones. If the X Phone doesn't comes with either a large battery or an awesome battery life, I will choose the next gen galaxy note.

  • Don

    Since my contract isn't over until may, then most likely it will be a phone that hasn't been announced yet.

  • Andy

    just waitin for that xxx hardcore goodness

  • Joel Burgos

    Im waiting for the htc droid dna developer edition with an sd card up to 68gb and two gb of ram and a bigger battery(or at least a case with battery) oh. I need a way to edit my back, home, and recent application button. Iwish to edit them. Does anyone know about this? I own the droid dna

  • andrew__des_moines

    Google killed the over-priced Q and soon came out with $250 and $200 Chromebooks and a $350 Nexus phone. There are widespread reports that Google is pushing the lower price boundaries on upcoming tablets. I believe Google is looking globally -- letting Samsung, HTC, and others focus on high-end markets. In fact, that may be where Google is taking Motorola. With the demise of Nokia worldwide, this seems to be a plausible avenue that would revitalize Motorola, expand Google's worldwide vision, and ease the concerns of Android OEM partners by competing outside their markets of focus.

  • iampoch

    I don't want to go back to a screen that's below 5.3" (though I'm enjoying 5.5"), but the Moto X Phone has piqued my interest much more than a Note 4. It might even make me consider going below my screen quota.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ShinobiPhoenix Cody Shiranai

    If Nexus devices would have at least the Micro SD slot, I'd go for that for the updates.

    Otherwise, I'm still going with my lover, Samsung. A battery I can always exchange once I settle on a phone for a while or when I am on the go with an extra. An SD Slot for content exchange and when I just filled it up too much and haven't moved anything around to my desktop. I would definitely need to get used to not being able to do that before I could move to a Nexus. I suppose a good start would be a good price on a Nexus phone that had a 32 gb storage, but then again, one with an SD Slot would have 72 gb storage max and I'd be tempted to use it up.

    Besides, people still seem to forget it's just as much the phone service providers fault for the lack of updates as it is the phone manufacturer. I will be on Verizon for a long time still, so I will go with phones that will be showcased on them, and that will usually be Motorola (because they've been sucking that cock for years with the Droid line) and Samsung. Since I refuse to use a Motorola phone (but I will keep an eye on the Goo/Moto X phone), I am still stuck with Samsung. I will say that at least if one wanted to switch phones MID-contract, Nexus from Google directly is the way to go... so long as that version of the phone works on your network. Please remember that.

    Anyway all that said, I will be getting a Note 2 after March, but I hope that doesn't screw me once we see whatever GS-IV or GN3 does (which happened last year... I bought a ReZound because nothing else interested me on Verizon at the time... and 3 months later came the GS-III). I hope that they include some of the Note functionality in the new S's from now on. I guess we just need to wait until the future becomes the present (again).

  • http://twitter.com/LV2355 Laurentiu

    So, if X Phone is the next Nexus phone we have (at this moment) 39% + 24% = 63%
    Hell yeah!

    One Phone to rule them all!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ShinobiPhoenix Cody Shiranai

    BTW-- Something about this poll bothers me. Are you asking what phone we are most excited hearing about and seeing what it does -OR- what phone we actually would be looking at getting for ourselves (knowing full well that at this point we know nothing true about any phone to make any true purchasing decisions)?

    Those I think are two different answers for people. I am most interested in seeing what the Goo-Moto X phone is and will do, I don't believe I will get it without some interesting specs and features. At this point, I'm most interested in the Galaxy Note III as a phone I would go after for my own use ("note" I haven't gotten the Note II yet.... note note for good measure). Third is definitely GS-IV because I love the S line and want it to succeed for as long as Android exists.

  • Anon

    A phone that's different. Despite the efforts of OEMs to differentiate themselves, mobile phones still look and feel the same. I want something *new*. Not just a different design, but something out of the ordinary.

  • PCSievers

    I wont be getting one as I just got a new Note 2 but the Google-Moto X-Phone is the most important release in 2013 and not even close.

    Samsung can roll out improved Notes and SXs and people will buy them in huge numbers but the only manufacturer that can challenge them at this point is going to be Motorola, especially with Google backing them up.

    Because as nice as the S3 and Note 2 are there needs to be competition long term and the Nexus project by design wont provide that competition and I just dont see anyone like LG or Sony stepping up given nothing has changed over the last couple of years of them failing to step up.

    HTC's phone is the second most important, for similar reasons to the X-Phone but mostly about HTC needing to not go bankrupt reducing the choice users have. They are in some serious financial problems and are sat looking envious at Samsung who makes so much that a 1 billion dollar fine doesnt hurt them too badly. Being able to just innovate without needing to litigate vs Apple helps them, but it wont be a key factor for their survival.

  • http://www.facebook.com/RobJohnson90 Rob Johnson

    Galaxy Note 3, even though I'll never get to have one

  • Grant Shearer

    I'm on the gnexus now, and unless the next nexus is a turd that's the next phone I'll probably buy. Especially if it is as good of a deal as the Nexus 4.

    After you go nexus you don't go back.

  • Magnus100

    I would have said Google Moto's X phone but Google can't seem to get it right in my book - Nexus 4 - limited storage, subpar battery, subpar camera, and just all kinds of little issues that spoil their products for me. Now, even if they get it right, nothing out there compares to the Galaxy Note II in terms of functionality so I'm only looking forward to the Note III

  • GraveUypo

    Next galaxy. It always sets the bar, doubt it will be different next year.
    though i'm fine with my 3 for quite a while.

  • Karlo E.

    Oh wow, a flip phone option. I actually I'm hoping that someone makes a good android flip phone soon. I hate the current 'candy bar' design and the trend of taking away hardware buttons and features. I want my phone to be a phone first and a internet device second. We can still have a touch screen and cool features, but I want my physical buttons and number pad back!

  • http://twitter.com/Telanis_ Telanis

    Xperia Z!