With Motorola now in the hands of Google, we expect to see something great come out of the duos first pure Android smartphone labeled the Moto X phone. We recently had some leaked specs for the Moto X released with what some may consider mid range compared to other devices such as the HTC One, Galaxy S4 or Nexus 4.
Today's best devices have dual and quad core processors in order to power the high end features such as 1080p HD displays and 1080p HD video capture. These require a significant amount of processing power and at times dont even hold up to their standards. Take for example the Galaxy S4 with it's 1.9Ghz quad core, 2GB of RAM and 1080p screen resolution... a powerful device yet the phone still lags. And its not just the Galaxy S4 to be fair, we've all seen at one point or another our so called power house devices come to a crawl at times.. including the Nexus line.
So enters Motorola's X phone- rumored to be packing a 720p screen, 2GB of RAM and a 1.7 dual core processor. But wait! Where's my 1080p screen? My 3GB of RAM? It doesn't have quad core? At the moment.. No. The hardware can only go so high before it becomes inefficient without having the proper software to go with it. That powerful quad core phone can only do so much if it doesn't have the resources right by its side. Every year there will be bigger and better processor chips, higher resolution screens with better pixel density and so forth.. which sounds great and looks great on paper but until we have the technology in Androids OS to take advantage of these things, they're useless and become a burden to the Android platform. The software needs to catch up to the hardware to even things out.
Enter Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie- Last year Google brought us Project Butter, an optimization effort that was baked into Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The goal was to make the phones and tablets run smoother based on software alone. This year Google will take things much further, however, with Key Lime Pie so that Android devices won't necessarily require quad-core processors and 2GB of RAM. This will allow hardware makers to create smartphones that have an even lower cost than they do today, which will help further Android's push into emerging markets, one of Google's goals with the Moto X phone... A feature rich device at an affordable price.
So before you go counting Motorola down and out, stay open-minded and lets see what the future brings us. I for one am looking forward to it.