Google's Motorola to hold Moto X phone event on August 1

SAN FRANCISCO Fri Jul 19, 2013 6:22pm EDT

The Google signage is seen at the company's headquarters in New York January 8, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

The Google signage is seen at the company's headquarters in New York January 8, 2013.

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc's Motorola division appears set to unveil its much anticipated Moto X phone on August 1 at an event in New York City.

Email invitations sent to the media on Friday displayed the Moto X name in bold letters. The invitation depicted several youths holding the Moto X, the first smartphone Motorola has developed since its 2012 acquisition by Google.

Motorola, which Google bought for $12.5 billion, has steadily ceded market share to Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co, with most of its latest phones garnering relatively lukewarm receptions.

The Motorola business has been a drag on Google's profit margins, with Motorola's second-quarter losses totaling $342 million.

A Web page to respond to the invitation said, "Come experience the new Motorola. No Stage. No crowds." The page asks guests to select one of several "sessions" to attend at different times at an address in mid-town Manhattan.

In May, Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside said at the AllThingsD technology conference that the new Moto X phones would be built in the United States.

(This story corrects paragraph two to show the device was depicted in photo)

(Reporting by Alexei Oreskovic; Editing by Leslie Gevirtz)

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Comments (2)
vperl wrote:
Run of the mill mid-range phone with low end guts and great operating system, mediocre capabilities, probably not even 4G LTE and memory expansion .. Got Googled again with mediocre phone

Jul 19, 2013 9:04pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Jules.iii wrote:
Probably will have 4G LTE bands, custom memory options, and it’s about time smartphone components have advanced enough that you can have a seamless experience without a $6-700 unsubsidized price tag. Always on and location aware features are the focus here. What kind of applications are you running that require the latest quad core processors? A sub $300 entry point would make this phone an appealing upgrade from the Galaxy Nexus, the only stock Android phone on Verizon.

Jul 21, 2013 3:39pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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