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Google+ user Дима Прокопенко has just given us a tantalizing, more complete look at the Moto X, posting a Rogers "Tech Experts" demo video that shows off some of the hotly-anticipated device's unique features.

Before we get to features, it's worth noting that the video indicates a Rogers launch "in August," as an exclusive for the Canadian carrier.

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The video also shows off the Moto X's always-on voice commands, allowing users to query Google Search with their voice regardless of whether they're in the search app.

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The Moto X will also lack an LED notification light, favoring instead "Active Updates," which "quietly" light up the display with the time and an icon related to your notification. The notification stays on screen for a few seconds, and then goes away until you decide to act.

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One of the most interesting things we get to see in the video is the camera app. The Moto X will evidently be able to shoot photos with just a tap of the screen (anywhere), and can take a burst of photos if you tap and hold. The camera can be awoken from anywhere with two flicks of the wrist. When shooting, the screen shows a nice translucent shutter animation over the frame. If you're shooting in burst mode, a small number will count up the number of frames you've got.

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Again, the video reiterates an exclusive Rogers launch, with "both black and white" versions available for the carrier in August. Check out the full video below.

Update (7/14 8:48pm Pacific): It looks like Rogers has asked Ausdroid to remove the video from YouTube, but those interested can still watch it below, or by clicking through the source link. 

Source: Дима Прокопенко Via Mobile Syrup, Ausdroid

Thanks, Michael!

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • Simon Belmont

    It might be using a Wolfson DSP chip (WM5110) that can do the whole listening for a keyword in a low power state: http://www.engadget.com/2013/05/17/wolfson-wm5110-audio-chip/ .

    The notifications thing seems weird. Is it really powering on the entire screen every few seconds to tell you of the type of notification that's waiting for you, or does it only do it once (you'll probably miss it most of the time)? I've grown spoiled by the RGB notification light in my Galaxy Nexus already since I know what color goes to the corresponding app, so not sure about this. We'll see soon, I guess.

    • Matthew Gardner

      Samoled screen would only light up the pixels needed for the icon, all the black space are unused pixels.

      • Simon Belmont

        Yeah, I thought about that too. I'd worry about that because SAMOLEDs can suffer from burn in, particularly on the blue pixels faster than LCDs, and if it's lighting up the same OLED pixels all the time, that could technically happen.

        Either way, it's an interesting idea. Can't wait to see it in action when it's released.

        • http://www.nonsensebb.com/ Dextro

          They can do what Nokia did on their old Symbian OLED devices and jump the notification around the screen from time to time to prevent burn-in. That should work.

          • Simon Belmont

            Yeah. Agreed.

            That's what I would hope for in an ideal world. It's really the only way to guarantee that the pixels won't burn-in.

    • ProductFRED

      The only time battery won't take a hit with screen based notifications is AMOLED screens because each pixel is lit individually with no back light, and black pixels are actually off. But even then I prefer the traditional notification light because it's subtle.

      • Simon Belmont

        See my reply to Matthew Gardner below. I had some thoughts on that too.

        The idea is interesting at least. We'll see soon.

    • nawa

      I still hope this notification thing is a part of 4.3. Because nobody said what OS it is running.

      • Simon Belmont

        I was wondering if Google was going to update and release an updated Google Now/Voice Search in the Google Play Store in tandem with the Android 4.3 update. Maybe it will with more voice commands.

        I'm a big Google Now/Voice Search fan, so of course, this interests me. Exciting stuff.

      • PhineasJW

        It's running 4.2.2 in leaked CPU-Z screenshots.

        But, it could always launch with something else.

        • nawa

          Yep, 4.2.2. But maybe these benchmarking tools test pre-release version of software, and in the video we see the final one?
          (I know this sounds dumb and all that :) )

          • PhineasJW

            Well, I agree ... I thought Google was going to push out a Bluetooth 4.0 patch before Key Lime Pie (presumably 5.0).

      • Sidharth

        That notification option is already available in play store for months by the name of Knock²+ // LED was yesterday!
        I think google or moto just copied that idea.

        • Sean Royce

          Thanks for mentioning that, I actually downloaded it straight away.

      • wings
    • Sean Lumly

      I'm quite sure it's an AMOLED, so only the pixels that are on are actually being powered. This is one of the many advantages of OLED tech.

      There was a non-english video recently of the Moto X and one of the words I distinctly remeber hearing was "amoled". This may have been speculated elsewhere.

      • Simon Belmont

        Read me comments about AMOLED below. Though, I do agree that would be a good idea.

        They'd have to switch what area of the screen the shows the notifications once in a while. AMOLED pixels can suffer from burn-in.

        • Sean Lumly

          The tech has improved quite a bit over the years, so it may be that burn-in will not be much of an issue with this iteration. This is purely speculation, and time will tell. In any case, it seems as if the pixels are somewhat active in the video, which may be such a strategy.

          • bd1212

            Just adding in my two cents: I've used Daydream on my Galaxy S4 every night since I've had it (about 2 months now) and have suffered no burn-in whatsoever.

          • James J

            Because daydream is really a fancy screensaver for your phone.

          • James J

            Or it's the refresh rate difference between the camera recording the video and the phones refresh rate.

            Black pixels on AMOLED diplays are powered OFF.

          • Sean Lumly

            That could very well be the case (re: the seemingly active pixels)...

          • James J

            "could be"? why don't you use the internet and find out instead of using assumptions.... juss sayin.

            Your previous comment: "...may be..." "This is purely speculation..."
            Do all your convos about tech come from things that make sense to you, and nothing to do with fact? You should try it. That way you don't come across as some kind of idiot.

          • Sean Lumly

            Are you being serious? There are too many unknown variables and a internet searches will not yield answers. What was the rate of refresh of the camera that filmed the video? What is the make and model of the screen on the phone in the video? What is the refresh rate of that screen? Is the software notification in fact static?

            Sure the internet is filled with information, but this is a device leak implying that there is little known information about it, the software, or the means used to film it. All of which would have to be publicly available on the internet to make it possible to avoid "assumptions."

            But you're welcome to "use the internet" and report the answer back.

        • Casin

          Sometimes, but that requires certain pixels to always be on in the exact same way. The notifications seem on and off and different notifications will display so it shouldn't be a problem.

        • James J

          Oh wow, you're smart. If left on long enough, ANY display can get burn in.

          AMOLED is good for the deep blacks and high saturation, but if you want real colour, you don't choose AMOLED. I'll pick IPS over AMOLED any day of the week.. and i did.

          • Sean Lumly

            You clearly do not know much about AMOLED though you talk very assertively on the subject. The "saturation" that you are speaking of is an implementation by Samsung, in fact AMOLED has the unique ability to directly adjust each sub pixel using pulse width modulation to affect luminance, something cannot be done with LCDs. It also has a far higher refresh rate, better viewing angles, thinner displays, flexible screen options, the ability to be printed on plastic, etc. The technology is also rapidly improving year over year.

            Point for point, the very young OLED tech has serious advantages over the 60+ year old LCD tech.

          • Simon

            I agree that OLED is all around superior, but it's an old tech too! ;-) Just companies started doing awesome things with it lately.

          • Sean Lumly

            That's news to me! I looked it up on Wikipedia, and while the discovery of electro-luminescence in organic materials is quite old, it seems that actual Organic LED development was in the late-80s, with the first material being developed in 1990. So yes, it's old-ish -- or young-ish depending on your time scale. Thanks for the insight!

            But in terms of its commercial development, it has grown like wild-fire with little signs of slowing down in the past 5 years! I'm guessing that it will be a mere 1-2 years before it mostly pulls ahead of LCD in terms of average power consumption, and guess that in the next 5-10 years the price of production will plummet with cheaply printable displays that will be commonly found in many more places (and not just mobile/tv devices).

          • Simon

            Yeah, the first OLED display was made in 1987 at Kodak, and 10 years later they demoed the first flexible one. It was supposed to take over the world when first mobile AMOLEDs came up in 1998. Crazy when you think of it like that, 15 years later we still don't have OLED TVs.

            Anyway let's hope that this tech continues to develop in the positive direction. I was cheering for AMOLEDs since day one. I'd really love an OLED TV in a reasonable price.

          • Sean Lumly

            Wow! I only became aware of it a little more than 10 years ago, when I became intrigued by the idea of LEP tech (which I haven't read much about of late). But I, like you, am a big fan of the technology, and see it as being the future of display tech over LCD for most use cases.

            I follow oled-info.com as a source of OLED news. If you haven't already, you may want to check it out!

            Judging by the development of late, I have no doubt that there are many improvements to come. Besides, there's an awful lot of interesting OLED tech that still has yet to be commercialised. One of these is having a flexible display, or effectively using the very high refresh. There are also a lot of material research that promises big improvements in efficiency..

          • James J

            IPS destroys AMOLED. deal with it.

      • Gaurav Chandiramani

        It most certainly is an AMOLED display. Dennis Woodside mentioned that during his interview at D11 (All things D)

      • Cerberus_tm

        I don't know...my Galaxy Nexus has an AMOLED screen, and yet, when I have everything set to black backgrounds, like the browser, the screen is still a huge battery drain. I hardly noticed any difference in energy use, even though it was between turning 90+ % of the screen from white to black. In short, I don't believe AMOLED is remotely frugal enough about energy to be able to have a mostly-black screen for hours on end.

        • Sean Lumly

          The technology has come a *long* way since the days of the Galaxy Nexus. Year over year it shows impressive improvements in all types of aspects, including efficiency. In fact, the AMOLED display on the Galaxy S4 was shown to be more efficient than that of the iPhone 5 at 50% brightness, despite its significantly larger surface area.

          http://www.displaymate.com/Galaxy_S4_ShootOut_1.htm

          • Cerberus_tm

            Hmm interesting, and good news.

        • James J

          it could be a number of things draining your battery. it could be an app, too many apps, your data connection, unoptimized OS, etc. it's rarely just one thing. But If AMOLED displays were the issue, we'd have known it MONTHS ago, but it never happened because it's not true.

          "You learn from what you read, and what you don't read"
          -ME

          • Cerberus_tm

            I'm not saying AMOLED screens are excessively power-hungry; I'm just saying that keeping the screen on even when most pixels are black still uses a lot of energy, not a great deal less than when the screen is white. This is in my experience normal for other phones too. Therefore, I do not think displaying only a small (moving) notification permanently on my AMOLED screen would be feasible, power-wise. So we'll have to hope that the new AMOLEDs are better than mine for this feature to work properly.

          • James J

            That's not enough proof to say its the display.

        • Simon

          The thing is that when the screen is awake, the whole phone is awake, including the chipset. The Galaxy Nexus had a terrible chipset as far as power efficiency was concerned. "Screen" battery drain is estimated, there's no sensor for that. I have the S4 and there is a huge difference between battery life depending on what's being displayed. You can watch a 2 hour long mostly dark movie and it drains less than 20% of phone's battery. That's almost the same as one hour of web browsing, where most websites have white backgrounds. Web browsing is also arguably a little more CPU intensive.

          • Sean Lumly

            It would be very nice if android had the ability to implement user defined themes, partially for self expression and for the reason you mentioned. I actually was wondering about the recent move to light backgrounds and the effect it would have on OLED screens. I also remember a hack that only illuminated red sub-pixels for vastly increased battery life on the old galaxy S2s. It would be very nice to be able to implement these types of changes!

          • Cerberus_tm

            Have you tried watching a mostly-bright movie for two hours at the same brightness, and compared that with the dark movie?

            I didn't know the screen drain was only an estimate. But I have tried browsing on the train with the stock browser set to white-on-black, and the decrease in battery percentage didn't seem much different from when I used it with black-on-white. I suppose it wasn't a scientific test, but it just never seemed to have a HUGE effect, which is what you'd need for displaying notifications on the screen permanently: a 50 % decrease in battery drain compared to a white screen would still fall FAR short. Even a 90 % decrease would probably not be enough to make it feasible, right?

          • Simon

            Yeah I guess so. And no, I never tried it. I'd estimate that a 90% black screen equals to about 50% battery savings, but that's also not based on scientific research, that's how I feel about it. So I guess the screen would use 1/3 of its maximum, the rest would be normal drain caused by other components being stressed. But that's also how I FEEL it is, and that's a rough estimate too.

            I suppose with modern AMOLEDs it makes sense to display a notification for 10 or 15 seconds - that way throughout the day it wouldn't affect the battery too much. That's how Samsung does it with S-view cover, and it's a cool idea. Obviously it's impossible to tell the amount of battery it uses up but definitely you can't tell apart from normal stand-by granted you check it for 10 seconds once an hour or so.

            The point is that if the screen was supposed to lit up on notification and dim after 10 seconds everyone would just miss it, and it would be a worthless feature.

          • Cerberus_tm

            Right, if it only lights up for a limited time on each notification, then the added power drain will be insignificant (unless perhaps you are completely addicted to Whatsapp or something). In fact, I have used a feature where my screen would turn on for 10 seconds or so with each notification in the past; I think that was fine. But I thought the new feature was about leaving the screen on *permently*. I guess I was mistaken.

            I'm not sure I understand this bit: "The point is that if the screen was supposed to lit up on notification
            and dim after 10 seconds everyone would just miss it, and it would be a
            worthless feature."
            I totally agree, so I don't think it could replace LED notifications like Lightflow. It's also hardly new.

    • Simon Belmont

      Haha. Someone is going through and downvoting everything I put.

      How quaint. Nice job.

      • Sean Lumly

        Pay them no attention.. It would be nice if upvotes and downvotes were given a daily limit, so the system couldn't be abused. Or that they had to be earned (ala Slashdot).

        • Simon Belmont

          People have been a bit crazy about the Moto X. I think they want it to be so awesome that any news of it being less than that throws them into a frenzy, though I don't call this news "less than awesome" at all.

          It's been like that for months, or so I've noticed. Me, I tend to reserve judgment for when it's been released and I can physically test it out.

          • Sean Lumly

            And that's the best strategy!

    • tym0

      to me it looks like the notification appear when she looked at it so I don't thinks that will be a problem...

    • yahyoh

      Don't get ur hopes up

      its running Snapdragon so its probably will have crappy Qualcomm DAC

  • Phill_S

    While the LED notification light isnt a dealbreaker for me, nor will it be for most, its really weird leaving one off the device.

    • http://www.veritablevirgo.net Veritable Virgo

      First we lost the SD card slot, then the battery was no longer removable, now the notification light is gone. What's next? Soon we'll walk into a carrier's store and leave with two cans attached by a string. BEST. SMARTPHONE. EVER.

      :P KIDDING!

      • http://www.ellianth.com Ellianth

        No, silly. First we lost the dedicated camera button which made it possible to take steady photos.

        • Walkop

          Power button shutter. Nuff' said! :D

          • Sean Lumly

            Great idea! Since the power button's actions cannot be overridden by apps (IIRC), the volume buttons would be a close substitute that could be implemented today.

          • Walkop

            Exactly! Sorry, that's basically what I meant. I knew something was off when I said that.

            As far as I know, the leaked Camera/Gallery.APK has volume button shutter control already, basically confirming that we will see this in 4.3!

        • Danny Holyoake

          Thankfully, the leaked camera app in the Play Store edition devices have an option to use the volume button to take photos, so at least stock android is FINALLY getting that feature.

      • ThoFeelExp

        The reason behind may be reliability issues

      • Larizard

        nah, i think the next Nexus will still have a notification light.

    • PhineasJW

      I agree. Google should have absorbed what Lightflow did straight into stock Android.

      The lack of a notification light seems like a step backward ... unless they're going to flash the screen every two seconds without a meaningful hit to the battery.

      • Grimmjow

        While i like notification light too i don't think absorbing Lightflow is a good idea. That's another bunch of settings for people to deal with. Their UX team has lately not allowed stuff like that. Lightflow is a cool 3rd party paid app. Let the man make his money.

    • Bob G

      Ya know, I'm not so sure to believe AP when they said there is no LED notification light. The chin bezel on the Moto X has something that looks like a LED notification housing around the same spot as the Nexus 4.

      • PhilNelwyn

        It's off-centered though... I don't think that's an LED.

  • valapsp

    OK Moto magic we want better specs.

    • PhineasJW

      It's a mid-range device. Likely inexpensive off-contract.

      • valapsp

        Well Nexus 4 is a high-end phone with low off-contract price. :)

        • Zacisblack

          Nexus 4 is not high-end anymore. Snapdragon 600, 800, Tegra 4 and 1080p screens are high-end specs.

          • rocketjack

            The point is when it released it was!

    • yahyoh

      HI Galaxy :D

  • Sean Lumly

    The hands-free voice commands is a killer blow to the competition. The fact that most smartphones need to press a sequence of buttons to access voice commands, means that (in my experience), it's often faster and more precise to just access an app, switch a homescreen, or type in something quickly.

    But with hands-free, a device is literally like an assistant that you can query and perform simple tasks without losing much focus on your current task.

    If I were the competition, I would be seriously shaking. I presume this is an Android (Google Now) feature, and not restricted to Moto. This is the type of thing that could be HUGE. I just hope that 3rd party developers can access the functionality...

    • Justin W

      I believe this feature is currently only a Moto feature (Google Now has a trigger built in, but you must be in the Google Now application for it to work), but I'm betting Google will include an always-on option in the future with Now or Android.

      • Sean Lumly

        That would be a shame! However, I hope (like you) that it becomes a stock feature of the platform.

      • PhilNelwyn

        Sorry for nitpicking, but there's no Google Now app.

        • Justin W

          Your not sorry if you do it, and I know. It's the Search app, but it's more commonly known as Google Now.

          As for the hardware side, I'd agree mostly, but I do believe some ROMs will try to include it in some of their future versions.

          • PhilNelwyn

            Sorry if you don't want me to be sorry, but I really am. ;-)

            It's commonly mistaken for Google Now, that's different.
            See? I can't prevent myself... Sorry!

    • PhineasJW

      It has potential, but from a user perspective, I wonder why they decided on "Ok Google Now"?

      It seems like at least one word too many.

      Google Now currently triggers on just "Google". [Which does lead to false hits by just mentioning Google when the app is open]

      Google Glass triggers on "Ok Google"

      Moto X -- "Ok Google Now"

      • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

        Easy to answer. This thing is accessible at any time, even with the device in sleep mode. The simple words "OK Google" are too easily to accidentally say in its presence, especially when Google is pushing to have people use that same command with their computers. One more word reduces the chances of accidental firing.

        • PhineasJW

          I just saw a Vimeo video of someone triggering it by saying "Ok Moto Magic".

          So, either it's customizable, or there are at least two choices for the trigger phrases.

          Either way, IMO I still think three words is one too many.

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            I really don't. It's one extra syllable, and when you have a device listening at ALL times for commands, you want LESS accidental misfires. An extra word helps that. I'll take an extra word over my phone going off randomly and frequently.

      • Zargh

        Rogers changed the keyword. The stock phrase is "OK Moto Magic"

        Source: http://www.reddit.com/r/Android/comments/1i6f6s/picture_here_is_the_verizon_moto_x/cb21out

        Also video: http://vimeo.com/70256940

        Besides if it were Google they'd refer to it as "Voice Actions" or just "Google". They've never called Voice commands "Google Now", they specifically use that to refer to predictive cards.

        It's only confused fans who call it "Google Now" thinking its like Siri.

        • PhineasJW

          Yes, I saw that. I think "Ok Moto" would have sufficed, but maybe it's customizable. :)

          • Zargh

            Yeah it is according to the source: http://www.reddit.com/r/Android/comments/1i6f6s/picture_here_is_the_verizon_moto_x/cb22379

            Agree that "OK Moto" or even "Hello Moto" (like the ringtone) would be easier/catchier.

          • Simon Belmont

            Maybe it's so you don't accidentally trigger it. The more complicated phrase is so someone doesn't inadvertently say it and activate it.

            That's my guess at least. Who knows their actual reasoning.

          • Casin

            OK Jarvis.

          • Justin W

            Based on rumors, you can customize it to whatever you want. I'd leave it something simple but something I wouldn't say commonly.. Like "Hello, Moto" or something like that. Just a small reminder of the old days of the OG Razr (the clamshell, not the Droid).

        • Simon Belmont

          This. You beat me to it.

          The trigger word(s) can literally be anything and they changed it from Okay, Moto Magic, which sounded funny anyway. I laughed actually.

      • Sean Lumly

        I also think 3 words is too much. Something like "Ok, Google" is both rare enough to be not-mistaken for a command in typical conversation, and short enough to be memorable as easily utter-able. The choice phrase "Ok Google Now" or "Ok Moto Magic" is needlessly complex.

        Of course, after a few days, I'm sure it would become second nature.

      • giovanni645

        There's actually another video on Vimeo that shows a user saying "OK Moto Magic", which shows that it might be possible to customize the trigger.

        http://vimeo.com/70256940

    • tharealoc

      I kind of hope that they hot word can be customized. I have always wanted to "Jarvis" and get a response haha

      • Sean Lumly

        Haha.. My mind is now spinning with the possibilities!

    • Damien

      Samsung had this since the s3 through s voice, I've used it like twice.... i would say not so killer feature...

      • Sean Lumly

        Good to know! I think I'd still like the feature, but now wonder if the novelty would wear off over time. I have my Nexus 10 on a stand next to my workstation. It would be lovely to control it with my voice (assuming it worked well).

        Still, you may be right. The feature may be like Kinect for the Xbox: people love the seemingly endless possibilities, but then it is rather mediocre when put into practice..

  • Tony

    So I guess the camera's tap-to-focus is now gone since tapping takes a picture. If trying to tap another button and miss, guess that'd mean you now just took a picture that you'll have to delete later, yay. Just give me a Camera, Video, Front-back cam switch, and options button and stop trying to "innovate" and making it worse.

    • Adi

      My thoughts exactly. Not being able to tap to focus differentially (Light/Dark, Foreground/Background) is a Huge blow.

      Also, now that we're on the subject of "Camera Innovations", what's with the weird wrist flick gesture!? Wonder how many people would be comfortable doing that to take a picture of the Grand Canyon...

  • Asphyx

    Maybe I'm missing something here...

    But I have had always on Voice commands on my Tablet ever since I put Jellybean on it!

    All I had to do to launch Google now was say google!

    Whats different? other than maybe you can do it while the phone is asleep which says to me the Battery will suffer?

    • Liam Higgins

      the difference is you can do it anywhere, not just in the search app.

      • Asphyx

        I don't need to load the search app on my Tab either!

        I can do it from the desktop itself.

        • akshay7394

          Yes but with this your screen doesn't even have to be on.

  • GeeKLoRD

    That has got to be the weirdest and most annoying motion gesture I've ever seen. People will think i will have OCD or I'm a compulsive m@sturbator!

    • Joris Griffioen

      The stupidest thing is they'e just told us about voice commands...

      "Hey Moto, take a picture"

      They should really use Moto for the command, that would be like an free advertisement everytime someone uses it, and would feel closer to the user (they're speaking to their phone (their Moto), not their Google..

      • tharealoc

        Even better, "Hello Moto *insert command here*" so every time anyone uses the feature, they are using the company's tag line.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Or both in my case.

      Wait, did I say that out loud?

  • GeeKLoRD

    It seems that the "M" in the front of the phone is not in this promo video.

    • tym0

      It hasn't been for a long time.

      • Dominic Powell

        I thought we determined it was a security feature to determine who leakers were? Kinda like the market that had the bit action bars

  • Kuyam

    In the camera app you can see that the softkeys do not fade away like the current camera does, but instead the viewfinder continues under the transparent softkeys.

  • PhineasJW

    Any Nexus 4 owners thinking of trading in for the Moto X?

    Personally, the X looks like a solid mid-range device with a dual-core version of the same CPU as the N4, perhaps better battery life (not clear yet), likely a better camera, different notification system, some voice tricks, LTE (yes this could be a big reason), 50% less likely to explode into glass shards if you drop it...

    I don't see the need to change, but one of the four Nexus 4 owners where I work is looking to trade in for the X.

    Anyone else? What would be your main reason?

    • Dominic Powell

      I'm getting rid of my nexus 4 as soon as I have the chance. I love my nexus 4, but I think this phone will provide an awesome experience. (I wish my nexus 4 had a better camera and it lasted longer). I don't know but I think performance wise the moto-x will be better than the nexus 4, I think those leaks were wrong. The video going around that says the processor is an msm8960 but benches like a snapdragon 600 Has me thinking maybe Google is trying to hide the power for a reveal, undersell and over deliver. If everyone expects the phone to have a 350 price and a shitty CPU will be super happy when they realize the CPU is as good as the competition.

  • Grimmjow

    AP was pretty late on this. Usually i would have been disappointed but since it's a Sunday i'm gonna let this one go ;)

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I was on vacation. I blame myself.

  • jamaall

    I can't tell you how annoying the tiny shutter button is on my razr m.. Thank god they are making it the whole screen

    • Justin W

      Can't miss it now! =D

  • Cian

    something not right here.

    the phone eric schmidt was using the other day was a lot thinner than this one.

    here's a pic: http://static3.businessinsider.com/image/51e00369eab8ea3660000019-800-/eric-schmidt-using-motorola-moto-x-smartphone.jpg

    also androidauthority just leaked a video which identifies the processor a a Snapdragon S4 Pro but actually scored only marginly lower than the HTC One and SGS4

    here's a link: http://www.androidauthority.com/leaked-moto-x-video-4-7-inch-display-what-appears-to-be-a-dual-core-snapdragon-s4-pro-243648/

    • Justin W

      There was a video on Vimeo from the same guy that used the "Moto Magic" phrase (I think it was him anyway) that ran a CPU Identifier benchmark and it was smack dab in the middle of multiple Snapdragon 600 processors. Somethings fishy, and I'm almost 100% sure we're dealing with two separate devices.

      • Cian

        exactly what I was thinking! ;)
        One with a Snapdragon 600 and one with a S4 Pro or Plus.
        Also, I think only the highend model will be customizable and the budget version will only come in white and black plastic variants.

        • Justin W

          There's rumored to be a high-end Moto X device due out in October (not the Ultra devices heading to Vzw). I heard it's supposed to have a 5" screen on top of a higher end processor than in the 4.4" Moto X. I also believe they'll be announcing it at the same time as the smaller Moto X, but we have no clue when that is yet :(

    • valapsp

      I too suspected that the phone in the video is not at all like the one in Eric's hands.

      • Wyatt Neal

        I dunno, they look kind of close. Check the vid at 0:25 and it looks to have the same style bevel to the sides and the headphone jack on top (which I can't decide if I like or hate ... but then I remember my headphones are bluetooth so why the eff would I care?).

        • valapsp

          I'm confused but look at this:

      • Cian

        It'll probably go sthng like this:
        Two phones, one with a Snapdragon 600 and one with a S4 Pro or Plus.
        Also, I think only the highend model will be customizable and the budget version will only come in white and black plastic variants.

    • R I

      Look closely as the lady in the video hold the phone before flicking it twice to turn on the camera. It looks just as svelte as it does in Eric Schmidt's hands. I think the narrow profile of the phone isn't obvious when its on a table because the middle is chunkier, and the shadows below the edges give the phone a deeper look. In the hand, the corners appear to be very thin indeed.

      • R I

        This pic should clear things up.

        • Larizard

          this is a totally different phone than ES;... interesting

      • Cian

        do you think that it's possible that the thickness of the phone depends on the type of material you end up using?
        he phonehone ES is using is clearly not plastic and the one in the video does look a lot like plastic.

  • R I

    I've seen the leaked Roger's video several times, and here are some wild speculations based on it:

    1) There's a small dot (looks reddish) at the bottom bezel. At first I thought it was an LED indicator, but its wirdly positioned a little off center, and it isn't exactly glowing. Plus, they clearly say the new on screen notifications replace an LED.

    So what is this? My guess is that this is a motion sensor. Nothing so dramatic as a Kinect or Leap Motion, but I think it lets the phone know when you're looking at it so it can show you notifications. Similarly, it can distinguish between a car driver and a passenger, so it knows to amp up the voice command and car-friendly interface if the owner of the phone is driving.

    2) The video says the phone will learn your voice. This strongly implies voice recognition to me. And I think that is critical to avoid the always on features from being misused by people who don't own the phone, or accidentally speak near it.

    3) I'm guessing we'll see a special Motorola headset, or a way for normal headsets to integrate, so that the always on features work via the headset mic as well. This is critical, since this ensures that Google Now can be used completely handsfree.

    Thoughts?

  • Whos_Askin /G

    Every phone isn't perfect for everyone... All I ever see on these sites are people complaining... It doesn't have a removable battery, you can't add memory, there's no notification light... But there's a solution, don't buy it!

  • shubham
  • Xeratun

    It is now telling me that the video is private. Looks like it might have been taken down.

    • Andrew Hime

      Works for me.

  • Sidharth

    That notification option is already available in play store for months by the name of Knock²+ // LED was yesterday!

    • Sidharth

      I think google or moto copied that idea.

    • Guillaume ‘XpLoDWilD’

      Except it eats your battery.

      • Sidharth

        According to what people claim here about AMOLED screens, it shouldn't eat more battery as most of the pixels are black and only a small amount of screen displays notification icon.

        • Guillaume ‘XpLoDWilD’

          What I meant is existing apps draw battery like hell, as they have to keep the CPU and screen and GPU powered to work properly.
          Of course Motorola's implementation is (hopefully) different. off the top of my head, they could lock the frame in the GPU and turn it in low power mode (wake it back every minute for the clock), and then turn on and off the screen using a dedicated pwm chip like currently for the notification LED (it blinks the led without any CPU interaction).

  • Justin Foster

    Something's fishy here..She said, "Exclusively at Rogers" and.at the end she says, "and will be available in black and white..." But the colors are customizable for the phone we Americans have all been expecting. Maybe it's exclusively at Rogers and in those two colors in Canada but for America we get the Schmidt version? x)

    • Tony Sarju

      The carrier stocked versions won't be customizable. They will only sell one or two pre-designed models to the masses. If you want a custom unit you will have to order directly from Motorola.

      • Justin Foster

        Ah, I see!

  • andrew__des_moines

    So this has to have a Snapdragon 800, right?

  • Damien

    So this is like S Voice?

  • CyanogenMod User

    I rather get a Nexus or Sony phone over this. Motorola never made phones that was a must have but just another average phone.

  • Jose Torres

    "the video indicates a Rogers launch "in August," as an exclusive for the Canadian carrier."

    Exclusive to Canada or to the world?

    • Sean Lumly

      More than likely it means that it is exclusive to Rogers in Canada (ie. not Wind Mobile, another carrier). This would imply that it will also be available in other parts of the world.

      • Jose Torres

        Ah, ok. So USA won't need to wait longer.

  • https://plus.google.com/117835128512042732749/ Tyler

    I prefer the Nexus 4!

  • Idon’t Know

    Looks kind of cheap.
    That wrist move for the camera is idiotic.
    What is that thing in her nose?
    I'm probably buying one.

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