It is frustrating to be proved wrong so quickly but mere hours after I posted earlier this week new rumors emerged that my predictions of the Xphone’s position in the Google family is exactly the opposite of what I thought. It now appears that consensus is building around the idea that the Xphone will be a new premium phone that will live outside the Nexus program. The details seem a little whacky to me when taken as a whole. The phone will supposedly be sold by all carriers and sold interdependently by Google. The Google sold version will be unsupervised and unlocked. The Verizon version will be sold for $299 but be sold with all of Verizon’s bloatware, unless… you pay $15 a month for the permission to have the phone unlocked. A monthly charge for an unlocked boot loader seems crazy to me, and may point to the fact that not all the rumors that have emerged over the last few days should be taken too seriously.
So now the the fun stuff.
The other things to emerge:
The announcement will most certainly be during Google’s I/O even in mid-May.
The release is rumored to be early July. This should be taken with salt as we all know too well that release dates can slip and slip.
It will most probably be running and be announced with Key Lime Pie – which looks to be 5.0
The all reports point to a 5″ screen – which many outlets are saying will be “unbreakable.”
Battery Life will be a feature of the new phone.
Most of this information is being gleamed from a Larry Page quote:
“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.”
So – no news on resolutions, processors, or cameras but at this point those will be the least interesting things about the phone. It will be sharp and fast and probably have MPs to spare. The things we don’t we don’t know intrigue me most.