If you thought that 2012 was a great year for Android then 2013 is going to be even better when you consider some of the new smartphones and tablets soon to hit the market. Everyone seems to be talking about the Samsung Galaxy S4 (the successor to the extremely successful S3) but the Google X Phone potential is surely an irritation for Samsung and those looking ahead to their next Android device?
The Galaxy S4 is going to be a vast improvement on the S3, and the recent news that it will get the 8-core Exynos 5 Octa processor is proof of that. However, Google and Motorola (the expected maker) are certain to pull out all the stops in order to make this the Android smartphone to have, and having stock Android is one way to achieve this.
However, Google cannot get too complacent because it’s not all about the stock Android, as they need to make sure that all the elements are in place. Firstly they need to have some decent hardware because while the Nexus 4 is considered a popular phone, there are certainly better Android handsets on the market. We know that Samsung are on top of their game at the moment and they need to carry this momentum onto the Galaxy S4, but it’s not going to be easy if we are to believe some of the rumors we have been hearing in regards to the Google X Phone.
The Motorola handset is expected to come with a much tougher exterior making it much more durable, but there’s a fear that the Google X Phone will under perform in the performance department and so be one step behind Samsung. Let’s hope that this is not the case and the Google X Phone (expected in May) will be able to give the Galaxy S4 (expected in April) a run for its money.