Motorola adviser hints at custom-built smartphones

The next generation of Motorola smartphones may allow for custom-designed handsets, if ongoing chatter is to be believed.

Is this one of the many possible configurations of an "X Phone?"
(Credit: Tinhte.vn)

According to a recent AndroidAndMe post, the rumoured X Phone is actually part of a larger brand and approach that includes user-defined configurations for colour, storage capacity, ringtones, apps and more.

If that weren't enough to whip fanboys into a frenzy, a source close to the blog suggests that memory, processors and carrier support may be customisable as well. Reportedly, Motorola will guarantee one-week delivery for custom devices.

While the casual smartphone observer might find the rumours just a tad "out there", it appears that there could be a bit of truth behind them. Guy Kawasaki, who recently joined Motorola as an adviser, today alluded to customising smartphones.

"Wouldn't it be great if you could personalise your phone like this?" the post stated, pointing to a video of a customisable car.

Surely the timing of Kawasaki's comments is not coincidental. Or is it? In the age of Reddit and internet trolling, I begrudgingly must reserve some scepticism for the rumour. Is Guy having a bit of fun with his fan base, or is he legitimately gauging public interest?

With Google I/O fast-approaching, we could soon learn more about the future of a custom-built Android handset. Should there be fire behind the smoke, this is the sort of rumour that won't be contained for long.

I would love to hear your thoughts on a tailored smartphone hardware experience. What features would you like to be able to choose? Does screen size matter as much as colour? What about storage capacity or processor? Leave your ideas in the comments below.

Via CNET.com


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B_Chapman posted a comment   
Australia

Gulf must have bought one with the Motoblur UI...

Humm, I'm only 23 but does anyone else remember nokia's interchangeable covers, i know for a fact dad would love a North Melbourne skin for his phone.. perhaps a separate Motorola app that would let you download new UI's, customer made and the like.

Just ideas off the top of my head.

 

B_Chapman posted a reply   
Australia

sorry, another thought on swappable outer shells, encase the logic boards inside in a thin plastic shell that slots various outer cases, the screen connecting via a plug in the bottom, that way when you scratch or crack the screen, pull the phone out of its case and slot it into a new one with a new screen. only thing you'd need to standardize is camera position.

 

Gulfstream posted a reply   
Australia

To be fair I should also say Motorola’s connectivity, call quality, wi-fi all the important things that a radio device should be capable of doing – Motorola have always done well!

It just seems that it is hit and miss with build quality. After all they did invent the mobile device and the Military services still utilize their experience in radio devices.

Come on Motorola we know you have the ability to provide a superior device than the iPhone!

 

Gulfstream posted a comment   
Australia

Here is an idea Motorola – how about a Smartphone that is RELIABLE!

One that is WELL BUILT and you can still make a PHONE CALL without dropping out!

Also the wi-fi does not drop in and out all time regardless of standing right next to the wi-fi source!




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