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The conferences put on by AllThingsD tend to be a bit sedate - Walt Mossberg gets on stage with some Very Important People and picks their brain in front of a live audience. Not so with tonight's interview of Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside and Research & Development head Regina Dugan. At the D11 stage, Woodside let loose with a flurry of information about the company's plans for the remainder of the year, starting with the much-rumored X Phone. Yup, it's real, and according to the interview, the "hero device" will be released by October 2013.

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Woodside went on to say that the "Moto X" would be made in a Texas facility currently used to create Nokia phones, presumably through an OEM hardware partner. The facility outside of Fort Worth has about 2,000 employees. At least some components will come from overseas manufacturers, including the processor and OLED screen. But the CEO said that 70% of the phone would be made in the U.S.A. - a big deal for an American company, now that Apple is making headlines about US manufacturing.

Specifications and other concrete details were hard to come by, despite the fact that Woodside claimed to have the device in question in his pocket onstage. Much was made of the X Phone's contextual awareness - it will know when you've removed it from your pocket, when you're walking, and when you're driving, possibly using Google's spiffy new APIs. Speaking of which, the CEO attempted to downplay Moto's relationship with its parent company, despite mentioning a conversation with Larry Page:

We are owned by Google so there are lots of areas (of Google) that support us. We have no access to Android code. We are managed by their partner managers. There is no advantage that has been conferred to us.

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the fact that Google Chairman Eric Schmidt was talking up "phenomenal" upcoming Motorola products at another AllThingsD conference just last month.

The new phone will be the centerpiece of Motorola's next product line, and will be "carried broadly by US [cellular] carriers" - a welcome sound for AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile customers who have been a bit underserved by the revamped RAZRs. At least part of this new product line will also arrive before October, and the rest will launch throughout the fall. Motorola will be focusing on the previously mentioned sensors and contextual awareness, battery life, device durability, and the lower part of the market, specifically targeting low-income and first-time smartphone buyers.

Motorola has been a bit quiet lately, especially in the face of heavy-hitters like the HTC One and Galaxy S4. Now we know why. It may be some months before we get to see the Moto X, but it looks like the company will be pulling out all the stops. Note that it should be the first major product to be completely developed and released after the Google acquisition - internal separation or no, you can bet the big G will have at least some input on both the software and hardware front. The previously-spotted "Xfone" doesn't seem to fit this lofty bill.

The rest of the D11 interview included some interesting conceptual R&D from Dugan, including electronic tattoos used for user authentication, and microchips in pills used to create a whole-body token. You can read the whole thing in the link below.

AllThingsD - Motorola’s Dennis Woodside and Regina Dugan at D11

Update: Motorola has released a short PR statement after the interview. Note the wording below (our emphasis added in bold) citing a summer release for the Moto X.

Moto X: The First Smartphone Assembled in the USA

There are more than 130 million smartphones in use in the USA today and not one of them was assembled here...until now.

May 28, 2013 Danielle McNally

Today at the AllThingsD conference Dennis Woodside revealed how we are reinventing Motorola through a portfolio of products starting with Moto X, a new flagship smartphone that will be designed, engineered and assembled in the USA. We’re not talking about just a handful of units either -- available this summer, every Moto X sold in the USA will be assembled in Fort Worth, Texas, making it the first smartphone ever assembled domestically.

There were a few reasons why we decided to do this. There are several business advantages to having our Illinois and California-based designers and engineers much closer to our factory. For instance, we’ll be able to iterate on design much faster, create a leaner supply chain, respond much more quickly to purchasing trends and demands, and deliver devices to people here much more quickly. And as a part of Google we’re being encouraged to take big bets on things that make a difference.

We still have a network of global operations, and that won’t change. Our global manufacturing partner remains Flextronics and we’ll continue to assemble devices locally in China and Brazil. But Flextronics is busy looking for people for the new Fort Worth facility now. If you’re interested, we encourage you to check the available positions and apply.

This is an incredibly exciting time to be in the mobile device industry. Our role in inventing the mobile phone is well known. We’re happy to be shaping its future as well.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • leo Finn

    ok before somebody says something about it. This phone will probably not have an SD card slot. Just saying.

  • troph

    Excited to see what they have to offer. Hopefully something to shake up the game a bit.

    • http://GPlus.to/Abhisshack Abhisshack

      I hope it will be better than Note 3

    • porter86

      Hope it will be available in Europe....

  • Kenny O

    Wow. I seems the fall cannot come fast enough. I can't wait to see the rumors start flooding in now that we know its actually real. I'll bet Moto / Google won't hand this hero device over to some punk kid for "safe keeping" but what are the odds it gets left in a bar.

  • Freak4Dell

    Definitely excited to see this come out. I probably won't buy it, because I know it will be bigger than I want, but if it's really as interesting as they're hyping it to be, it may change the industry for the better.

    I only hope they can work on their marketing enough to combat the Samsung hype machine.

    • Mike Harris

      I'm so glad I have normal-sized human hands and don't have to worry about a phone being too big. I haven't seen one yet.

      • Freak4Dell

        I do have slightly smaller than average hands, but that's not really the issue. I can fit any phone in my hands just fine. However, just because something fits in my hand doesn't mean it's the best thing to use. I can hold my tablet with one hand, too, but that doesn't mean I would use something that big. I refuse to make compromises on a device that I use and rely on more than anything else every single day. I need to be able to reach every part of the screen without doing some weird balancing act with my other fingers. Even people with giant hands admit that they often have to use bigger phones with two hands, or balance it on their fingers instead of gripping the entire device. Some people are fine with that, but I'm not. It doesn't matter how good a phone is, if I don't like using it, I won't buy it.

        That's the reason I won't be buying an HTC One, even though it's probably my favorite phone that has ever been released. I'll make compromises on pretty much anything else in regards to a phone, but 100% one handed usability is where I draw the line.

        • Kenny O

          Just curious, what do you consider the perfect size? What is your current daily driver? For me, the size of the Nexus 4 is perfect but I gotta believe more people feel as you do and I think companies are missing the point by watering down specs on smaller versions of devices....ala the Galaxy S4 mini

          • Freak4Dell

            I'd consider perfect somewhere between 4.0" and 4.3". I currently use a RAZR i as my daily driver. Thinking about trading it for a RAZR M, and I may also consider the smaller HTC One when it comes out, but they're all the same size. Some 4.3" phones can be pushing it due to the bezel (I had the original Evo for a while, and its size was one of the reasons I didn't keep it), but the RAZR M/i keep the bezel to a minimum. I'm slightly worried that the HTC may have too much bezel.

          • Jadephyre

            Everything above the size of an N4 is too large for my taste, and I have pretty large hands... comes with being a tall dude I guess, but I don't like anything beyond 4.3-4.7 inch screen size.

  • Carlos Mendizabal

    Amazing!! Btw, you probably meant, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt...

    • Jeremiah Rice

      True. Updated.

  • Jadephyre

    And I guess they'll lock it down as tightly as a cloister, given their track-record.

    • AGWednesday

      Doubt it since Google will have so much input.

      • Jadephyre

        I really hope you're right and that i'm being proven wrong, but after they failed to unlock the European Droid Razr (and after all their other locked phones) i'm very, very wary of them... which is a shame as the Droid Razr was otherwise a really good device. I might not have bought the GNex if the Droid Razr's bootloader would have been unlockable.

  • WHO?

    The phone has to be very expensive unless they are paying the employes minimum wage. Oh that's right they do pay almost minimum wage. I live in Texas and see job openings for the plant at $11 hr. SMH

    • Stacey

      In any case, that's better than the dollar a day wages they would pay overseas.

      • WHO?

        Depends on how you look at it. Average person in United states yet alone Texas can not live off of $11 hr lol

        • Mike Harris

          Unfortunately, lots of people in this country live off of less.

          • WHO?

            I believe you and that's why we have a high poverty rate. Yes indeed it is sad. Hence the reason i made the statement in the first place. $650 phone and person who made it in the states or out can hardly make ends meet.

          • Chris

            thats off contract right? Add a contract and subtract $350.

          • WHO?

            Yes get locked in for 2-3 yrs for half the price.

        • http://www.youtube.com/user/SuperElvisfreshlyATT Freshly_Snipes

          I've lived off $8/hr and made it work. With no kids of course. However We've made it on $9/hr with 3. Some people are built for survival and some aren't. When you have no choice you take what job you can get and flip it however you can.

          • Gandalf_Teh_Gray

            Seeing as how me and a coworker were making less than that, paying for a 3 person apartment ourselves and still had money for luxuries I wouldn't complain.

    • Mike Harris

      In what world is $11/hr considered minimum wage? There are lots of people who would love to make that much.

      • WHO?

        In what part of the United States do you live in that you can even rent a apartment making 11 hr?

        • Mike Harris

          Yeah, that's not my point of contention. I completely agree that it's way too low to live off of. Sadly, my point is that minimum wage is not even that high.

          • Chris

            Where I'm from, Oregon has one of the highest wages at $8.95 an hour.

          • WHO?

            Well i never made $11 hr. I know i can hardly live off $60,000 a yr with 2 kids. I appreciates everyone's input as i didn't think it would get this type of response. I pray the best for everyone's situation... Now back to this soon to be too late recovery for Motorola.

          • http://twitter.com/ToysSamurai Toys Samurai

            At $60,000 a year, you are looking at around $29/hr. There are many small store owners making less than that. Just imagine what would happen if this becomes the min. wage -- every single one of this store will disappear. No, not because they can't pay for such salary to its worker. That's because being your own boss becomes such a silly idea. So, immediately, a large portion of American's business disappear. And you know what goes next -- employment. Min wage is not here to give you a nice life. It's just about what it says -- give you the minimal living standard. You know what, there are people who could do that. And, many of those people actually manage to climb the ladder and earn more and more.

          • WHO?

            I was making a example as far as taking care of two kids feeding, clothing, putting them through school. Long story short everyone life style is different. I shouldn't of made the assumption $7 -$11 is not feasible to live off of. Those who do it are amazing and I just get angry at outrageous prices for technology 'Motorola" and people who put it together make very little.

        • QwietStorm

          That's two different arguments now. But there are plenty of places, since you asked.

        • Chris

          Unless you want a super expensive condo, many decent apartments start off in the $500-700 range. Thats where most people will go. Not to these $1300 a month places

          • jonathan3579

            Yes, that's true but here in Texas, minimum wage is $7.25 and all apartments require you to make a minimum of double the rent per month. (At least that's how it is here in Houston. I'm single and still couldn't live off minimum wage or have a place to live with just that.)

        • Michael Pahl

          My wife makes that and its a big help on bills and whatnot. I wish I could have slaved in a factory for 11$ while in college. I made $8.50 while in school and made money on the side doing any IT jobs I could. One of our local gas stations pays $7.25 and all the workers appear over 30. My apartment was in someones basement and was $400 including all utilities. I looked at 3-4 different places between $350-450. East and west coast would be more of course, south and midwest are dirt cheap. Average income in my area is around $35,000

        • Justin Winker

          Try South Dakota or Texas. I live in SD and can find a decently sized single bedroom (or studio) for less than $400. With $11/hr, your making about $1700 minus taxes, so probably around $1200 or so left. It's not difficult on that amount of money. If you have a family, though, it may be significantly more difficult to have a spouse that doesn't work, but if both are making $11/hr, it's not difficult at all.

        • Steve Freeman

          Most of the country? You just have to live simpler, and not buy everything new. You DO realize that's still several dollars over minimum wage? Do you think people making minimum wage live in cardboard boxes?

      • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

        I work as a teacher in Brazil and make a little more than half of that per hour.

        • Mental_Moose

          Different countries usually makes for a poor comparison though.
          $11/hr here in Norway would be almost impossible to survive on, but that's because stuff is a lot more expensive here than in the US, so a more comparable situation here would probably be closer to $20/hr.

    • Michael Pahl

      employment at $11 / h is better than unemployment. Most places would have people lined up for $11 / h to shovel horse shit.

      • Chris

        This. I still think its funny many kids today refuse to work at mcdonalds once they turn 16, and yet complain that they don't have money and their parents refuse to give them some. You have tio start off somewhere and you are not gonna be making $250,000a year right off the bat. You have to work your way up....

        • Justin Winker

          Completely agree.. Started off at less than $6 an hour about 5 years ago, and now I'm at just under $14 (though different jobs). Gotta start somewhere, and I'm much better off with the experiences from my first 2-3 years of jobs.

        • Steve Freeman

          When I was 16, I applied at every damn place within walking distance of my house, and would have worked at any of them that wanted to pay me.

    • Jeremiah Rice

      These days, $11 an hour for relatively unskilled labor is nothing to sneeze at. I've lived off minimum wage before - $7 and change, at the time - and while it wasn't exactly nice, I wasn't starving, either. I paid for an apartment, food, gas, insurance, and even a movie now and then. I'll grant that you couldn't raise a family off of that.

    • Chris

      $11 an hour is pretty reasonable. I'm from Oregon and our min. wage is $8.95. I'm making $10.40 now at my current job.

    • Freak4Dell

      It's perfectly possible to live on that kind of money. I know people who have and still do it. You just have to live within your means. I know that's a foreign concept to many, but people do it all their lives. Not to mention that cost of living in Texas is generally lower than the national average.

      • Chris

        I still find my self struggling with that. I need to get my ass to the store and buy groceries and not eat out all the time. Thats whats killing me. Granted I still have some money by next payday, but not much. Plus with added bills on top, its not gonna be pretty if I keep on doing this...

        • Freak4Dell

          Oh, it's hard for me as well. I spend way more money than I ideally should. However, I do try not to buy things that I can't afford to pay off at the end of the month when the credit card bill comes. I may not have much left at the end of the day to invest and save, but hey, I survive.

        • Jeremiah Rice

          I know the feeling. Here's a tip: get some basic cooking skills (which I'm still trying to develop). With frugal grocery shopping and basic kitchen tools, you can make a pretty awesome dinner, in the same amount of time or less that it takes to go out, for $5-10 a person.

          I was in the middle of grilling a steak when this news came up. An 8-ounce steak fresh form the market, one potato, some seasoning, and a Shiner beer: about $6 total.

          • Chris

            I have the tools and cookware, just getting to the store is my issue. I hate shopping. Much rather shop at night at this 24 hour store we have, but I work nights so only time i can get out is on my weekends.

          • Justin Winker

            I used to work overnight, and the best time to shop around here is at 3am. Stores are empty, drunk people are gone, and the store is nearly empty except for employees stocking up the food you are about to buy.

          • Justin Winker

            I can't seem to keep a kitchen full of stuff that I can cook for a single person. Everything I want to cook seems to be like a meal for four to five people. And I hate leftovers (unless it's pizza).

          • Steve Freeman

            Yeah, and not being lazy helps...that's my downfall. :P

        • Anthony Walker

          I was in Austin, Texas a week ago and didn't see any significant difference between the prices there and the prices in New York. The only big difference is the monthly rent for apartments but I think the higher salaries in New York offset that.

          • Gandalf_Teh_Gray

            Thats because you are in Austin. Get out to the rural/ smaller urban areas of Texas and you shall see the difference.

        • Mental_Moose

          I'm assuming you're American.
          Is it really this normal to eat out all the time in the US? Not basing this on your comment alone, of course :p
          I'm Norwegian, and over here we mostly only eat out on special occasions, so to me, this sounds strange.
          I'm guessing this is a cultural thing, probably influenced by it being crazy expensive to eat out over here and that most of us live within walking distance from a grocery store.
          Also: Eating out would take about three times as long, minimum, including travel and what not. This is time I could spend on the internet.

          • Chris

            I'd rather spend that time with actual people not behind a computer screen
            And that's just a typical stereotype. Much like how British people could always be stuck up and drink tea and eat cookies all the time

          • Freak4Dell

            Americans do eat out more than other people. Many social gatherings and business meetings are conducted at restaurants/bars. That's just part of our culture. It also helps that eating out in America is generally cheaper than other places. We have a ton of grocery stores, too, but it's much easier to go out to a restaurant with friends than it is to cook for a bunch of friends. The way we see it, the food is just an addition to the social factor, so the time is irrelevant. People typically aren't in a hurry when meeting with friends, so there's no need to worry about how long it takes (other than when you're hungry and the food takes forever to come). If someone is in a hurry, they're probably alone, so they'll just go to a fast food place or whip up something quick at home. Cooking takes a long time, too, though, which is why I don't do it as often as I'd like to.

    • Jaymoon

      Washington has the highest minimum wage ($9.19/hr) in the country, with Oregon right behind it ($8.95/hr). $11/hr is a pretty good pay. If you can't live off of that (family or no family), you need to evaluate your lifestyle a bit.

  • QwietStorm

    I wonder what all the angry bloggers will say about the phone not existing now.

    • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

      It doesn't change the fact that there indeed was _no_ evidence before and yet some people and websites were attacking meaningless bits of information like bloody vultures :)

      • QwietStorm

        I would think there had to be *some* information out there to at least get the rumor started. As we can see now, it does exist. It was never just about Google owning Motorola now, and likely creating some things moving forward. It was specifically about the X phone. What we don't know is what bits of the rumors will turn out to be true or not. If they do turn out truthful, well then, my comment stands. I don't really care either way, I'm not calling anyone out specifically. Just saying some people really took the rumors to heart like they this is new to the internet.

      • Justin Winker

        There was a photo (multiples, actually). How is that not proof?

        • Freak4Dell

          There has yet to be a photo of this device. You're thinking of the Ghost, which for some reason had a sticker on the back that said XFON.

        • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

          Yeah. Like they can't be, you know... Faked.

          • Justin Winker

            Yeah, but regardless, there were pictures (that's not _no_ evidence). Don't forget, one set of these were from @evleaks, and his info is generally solid.

          • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

            If a photo is faked, then actually it is precisely _no_ evidence.

          • Justin W

            I see no proof (_evidence_) showing the photos were faked.

          • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

            Is it really your default position to trust every photo you see? In this day and age? Amazing.

          • Justin W

            Of course not, but you should not assume every photo is fake. The photos are more proof of the phone being real than the phone being not real. No photo would be precisely no evidence, but until the photo is proven to be fake, then it's assumed to not be fake.

          • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

            You're not even being internally consistent in a single post:

            1) I asked if your default position is to believe every photo you see, and you said: Of course not.

            2) You then go on to say: Until the photo is proven to be fake, then it's assumed to not be fake.

            What are you even talking about at this point?

          • Justin W

            What I'm saying is the photos can't be proven fake. You are trying to prove they are fake with no evidence. My evidence is the photos, of which there is no evidence to disprove their validity.

            You are saying the photos are fake with no evidence, which is essentially a fallacy on your part. I'm saying the photos are, at this time, not able to be proven fake. They may not be reliable, but we have no reason to believe they are not.

          • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

            "You are saying the photos are fake with no evidence"
            No, this is not a fallacy. This is the way debating works. If you want to make an assertion (ie. this is a photo of the new Motorola phone!) then you have the burden of proof - it's your responsibility to provide evidence. A single photo of unverified authenticity is never evidence.

          • Justin W

            And neither is "it's fake!". Your turn.

  • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

    I feel stupid for asking, but a lot of places are describing this as a "hero device". What is a hero device? Is this the new word for a flagship device?

    • Jeremiah Rice

      "Hero" is marketing slang for major or important. For example, the primary advertisement or photo element of an ad campaign is the "hero piece". In terms of hardware, it's basically interchangeable with a flagship, or at least the product that a company intends to sell the most in the given time.

      • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

        Ahh thanks mate - now that you mention it I've heard and used the term "hero box" or "hero content" in web development circles, so that makes perfect sense.

      • abqnm

        It may also refer to the hero in terms of it being there to "save" Motorola.

    • Mike Harris

      Don't feel bad. I didn't know what that meant either. I kind of brushed it off as some sort of alternate name or code name.

  • iamnotfan

    I read more teX phone by mistake

  • Jaymoon

    "...specifically targeting low-income and first-time smartphone buyers"

    Budget phone. Pass.

    • Asphyx

      Remember the Nexus 7 Tablet was also considered by them to be a Budget Device at $199 price tag, Yet it pretty much out spec'ed all the other tablets that were out there.
      It's all relative.

      I don't care if the XPhone is a high end phone, I just want to see what they do about things like bootloaders and Google Experience.
      Cause once the cheap version is sold the High end version is soon to follow.

  • Androidium

    I suppose nobody noticed yet that October marks the season for a very special line of smartphones, fourth generation of which I'm using right now to type this.

    • Justin Winker

      iPhone? This phone was (based off info from The Verge) designed to combat the GS4 and the iPhone 5/5S. In addition, Moto usually releases it's high-end phone during that timeframe.

      Also, the iPhone is typically released in September, isn't it? Usually like the 21st or so, if I recall right (12 days after the conference).

      • Stacey

        Pretty sure he means Nexus.

        • Justin Winker

          I feel dumb now. It was about the same time as an iPhone though, so I wasn't too far off =D

        • Androidium

          Bingo

  • FidelityNy

    All I care about is the fact that it's being manufactured in America, let's bring back quality products and rebuild our country.

    • Fifth313ment

      Agreed but read my post above. We need more than "assembled" in America but it's a good start! I would buy a phone no matter what the specs were if it were made in America at least 75%! I think others would too! We came up with Smartphones so you think we would make them here. :(

      5th

      • Bojan Gutic

        70% of it is made in the US. The only main parts that aren't are the screen and processor. And it's being assembled in my hometown! =]

      • John Petersen

        "Made" in U.S. is silly and unimportant. It seems to be a recurring obsession, probably because it makes for easy marketing and propaganda. Why people have a burning desire to bring tons of manufacturing jobs to the U.S. is beyond me. I'd much rather see "designed" in the U.S, meaning that we are creating job markets for engineers and other skilled labor and giving hope to the millions of heavily-indebted college graduates with nowhere to go.

        • Sporttster

          Our manufacturing base is what made this Country. We desperately need to revitalize it, not trivialize it's return. People need to earn a good living....

          • TylerChappell

            Yes because we don't already have a standard of living better than the majority of the rest of the world...

          • wollac11

            You don't. There are many countries rated as having a better standard of living and quality of life than the US. And also, even if an area or country is great or even the best at something why does that mean you shouldn't look to improve even further. It is blind and ignorant to ever believe you're already as good as you can be because you're at the top of your game. Everyone can always improve and you shouldn't discourage people from trying.

          • Freak4Dell

            If by many, you mean 2, then sure.
            http://hdr.undp.org/en/media/HDR2013_EN_Summary.pdf

          • wollac11

            Okay I agree the phrasing of 'many' may have sounded like I was saying there were loads - really I just meant that there were multiple. I was not trying to imply the US was way behind. Additionally I must confess looking back I did slightly miss-read your post as I did not register the word 'majority' which I guess in fairness would make your statement still technically truthful.

            Anyhow, I was not denying that the US is up there and has an internationally high standard of living - it 100% does. I was saying firstly that your not at actually the top so that gives you more to aspire to and secondly (and more importantly) I was stating that you post made it sound like you were somewhat implying or taking the attitude of: "we are at the top already so we don't need to improve" when the reality is that however good you may be at something, you can always improve and comments like that just come across as ignorant.

            I am not saying that Motorola making this phone in Texas will have a massive impact. In the grand scheme of things, individually it probably won't. I just feel that putting down efforts for improvement because you are already good at something, over all or in comparison to others, is not a good approach.

          • TylerChappell

            You missed the point. I said better than the majority of the rest of the world, not the entire world all-together. Which is true. And me saying that also does not imply that measures shouldn't be taken for improvement, standard of living is something that should always be continuously improving.
            His comment was "People need to earn a good living..."
            Well duh, but you can't expect everyone reach a "good" living in a capitalistic society.
            I am pretty sure you would have a hard time finding a greater number of countries that have a better standard of living than the US vs the number of countries that have a lower, and in most cases, significantly lower standard of living.
            The U.S. is spoiled from living off the benefit of other people, it's just that simple.

        • didibus

          I wouldn't say so much silly and unimportant, but not necessarily all that life changing either. Obviously, you'd want more meaningful jobs to be created, jobs that will pay more, and be more fulfilling to pursue as a human being. But, in the meantime, and with all the unemployment, any job that pays enough will suffice, so bringing back some manufacturing jobs would not be so bad.

  • Fifth313ment

    Lol, did anyone else notice they said, "every Moto X sold in the USA will be assembled in Fort Worth, Texas". The key word is "assembled", meaning all the parts will be made overseas then shipped back home and put together in the USA. It's a god start but we need the components to be made here too! As a country America is so screwed. God help us if we every have a war with China as we'll have no one to make our stuff, lol. I love the Chinese people! They are hard workers and more deserve a shot over here in the US as they work almost quadruple as hard as most Americans. However the Chinese government is evil and needs to be stopped as they abuse their citizens dailey.

    And rent down here in South Florida is crazy, you have to have 4 roommates to survive unless you make $30 an hour somewhere, which is next to impossible. Rent is average $1200 per month. Even efficiencies are like a grand a month. Crazy right and that's cheap compared to California! But in Florida at least we have no state income tax! I started working at $15 cleaning toilets at a theme park and McDonald's! Kids today are so spoiled and I hear just about every one saying they only want a job where they can start out as manager, LOL! I can't wait for reality to hit them in the ass, oh wait, it never will as most kids are living at home till they are 40+! Sad, sad world... :(

    5th

    • Bojan Gutic

      They said 70% of components will be made here as well. It's definitely a great start.

  • Mike

    The fact that this is probably coming to Sprint is making me so excited

  • duse

    The thing is, I have no interest in buying another subsidized phone through a carrier with a contract, so unless Google sells this for $350 on the Play Store, I'm not interested. I'll be very disappointed if they release this through carriers only and then release something lame as a Nexus.

    • Nimer55

      Dual core S4 pro cpu + 720p screen makes me think they are going for cheap pricing.

      Now they could be either A) To use less power since dual core and 720p use less energy??? B) Have bigger margins. C) Sell it for cheap.

      I think A or C are more likely than B... I expect to still see a Nexus from LG in the fall, but I expect this phone will be sold cheap online (though maybe not initially... I mean Rogers in Canada has a short exclusive on it. So they could start selling it to US first, then Canada later after Rogers exclusive has ended, or they could just release it on the play store after like a month or two... It's also possible Rogers only has an exclusive for a carrier, but it's still available unlocked.)

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  • Marc

    Is anyone else wondering, why a guy who talks in press, isn't informed about the right date of release? Furthermore I hope this one will be a Nexus 4 sized phone, with all advantages of a nexus, enough internal storage without sd card and a decent processor and built quality... The phone got a lot to loose thanks to the marketing of Moto and Big G...

  • Steve Freeman

    /sigh Please be on Verizon... I'm SO sick of the crappy radios on Samsung's.

  • John-Mark Clawson

    Is that a confirmation of an OLED screen? I had been hoping for otherwise after having burn in and degradation on my Galaxy Nexus OLED.

  • mgamerz

    Is that an xfon in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

  • Sporttster

    With this being built here in the States, I'm sold already......

  • John O’Connor

    Since it is being manufactured domestically (which I have been hoping for a plethora of reasons, thanks GOOG, I almost feel like you have been listening to my rants) it can be much easier to contain "leaks" of device specs and actual photos than if the prototypes are available in multiple global locations.

  • JG

    Yea! It still exists... Hopefully we can get some actual solid specs on it in the next couple weeks... Am kind of curious how it'll stack up against the Google Edition Galaxy S4 and HTC One... I've been itching at a new phone for awhile now (current is really getting excessively laggy it seems)... If it's impressive enough I suppose I could wait till October.... but end of June does sound a lot better...

  • http://the-jade-domain.com Jaime J. Denizard

    "Specifications and other concrete details were hard to come by, despite the fact that Woodside claimed to have the device in question in his pocket onstage." I'm surprised nobody bum-rushed him to try and get the phone. Nerds are so passive these days.

  • Yousif Anwar

    You can press the "Motorola" logo in the back to wake the phone, right?

  • Simon

    Wait. Why nobody noticed 18-19K AnTuTu scores? Wut? From 2 old Krait cores? No way, that's more than the Nexus 4 with 4 of those. Either bogus info about scores or it's Cortex A15, not Krait.