By Salvador Rodriguez
8:40 AM PST, January 23, 2013
As rumors about the expected Motorola "X Phone" swirl around the Web, Google may have been hinting at some of the phone's features during its Tuesday earnings call.
While speaking about Motorola, which is still unprofitable, Google Chief Executive Larry Page listed some features he thinks smartphones should have. Many are interpreting his words as a listing of the features we'll see on the next Motorola phone.
"Battery life is a huge issue," Page said, according to The Verge. "You shouldn't have to worry about constantly recharging your phone. When you drop your phone, it shouldn't go splat. Everything should be a ton faster and easier. There's real potential to invent new and better experiences."
Google executives also mentioned that they inherited "12 to 18 months" worth of projects when they acquired Motorola in May 2012. That statement is being interpreted as a hint that we may start to see Google's own projects after the first anniversary of its acquisition.
And that hint lines up with a recent rumor on the X Phone.
According to Droid Life, a longtime source for Motorola news posted some information about the expected phone in a forum recently. The source said he expects the company to announce its X Phone at Google's developer conference, which is scheduled for mid-May.
The source also said the phone will likely go on sale in early July and be available from all top U.S. carriers as well as Google itself through the Google Play store.
The X Phone is not expected to be made under Google's Nexus brand, and it's anticipated to come with fewer pre-installed apps, which is seen as a response to complaints some people have with other Android phones.
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