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Motorola hints at smaller phones with stock Android

Yesterday at AllThingD’s Dive into Mobile conference, Eric Schmidt got everybody’s attention by saying that Motorola’s next line of products would be “phenomenal.” We’ll have to wait and see exactly what the company has in store, but we have a rough idea of what Motorola is planning thanks to PCMag. The publication managed to pry some details out of Motorola’s design chief, Jim Wicks, who hinted towards smaller devices that may run stock Android.

Wicks detailed how Motorola’s newest set of products after the Google acquisition will follow a “better is better” strategy rather than simply chasing specs and increasing screen size. Android smartphones have become increasingly unwieldy year after year, but Motorola looks to be following a different path.

In the PCMag interview, Wicks lays out how there’s “a sweet spot” for users that hasn’t quite been addressed. “There are some people that like a big display, but there’s also a lot of people that want something that’s just about right.” There’s even a hint that Motorola will do away with thick bezels around smartphone displays: “When you buy a TV, you’re not wanting a frame.”

Software running on Motorola’s new devices could be spick and span too. Wicks says that the company is looking to cut down on bloatware that typically ships with devices, and there might even be completely stock devices on the horizon. “Consumers love what the Android OS can do for them, and they want to have the most recent releases faster,” says Wicks, finishing by saying that the OS will be “the unadulterated version of Android.”

Motorola tends to reveal its latest smartphones later on in the year, so there’s still some time to go until we see the fruits of their labour. Still, Wicks’ comments have us genuinly looking forward to the next wave of Motorola devices.


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