Dennis Woodside, CEO of Motorola, Google’s wholly owned phone-making subsidiary, walked onto a stage yesterday with the company’s rumored new superphone, and while he refused to take it out of his pocket, he confirmed that it’s real and that it’s launching in October of this year.
He also dropped a number of technical details about the phone, known as the Moto X, which indicate that, essentially, it’s the world’s most sophisticated cluster of sensors you can wear on your person, and it’s going to know every single thing you do, whether it’s driving, sleeping or taking a walk around the block. Google is betting that you will love your pocket Stasi so much you’ll never want to be without it—and Google is right.
Normal smartphones are limited in their ability to spy on you because their makers never anticipated that this is a thing you’d want to do. For an app on your phone to monitor you day and night, it needs to be running in the background all the time, pinging the phone’s sensors and radios at pre-set intervals—all of which can be a significant drain on a phone’s battery.
Motorola’s new Moto X phone gets around this problem by virtue of an array of sensors that were designed from the ground up to draw very little power. The phone also has a pair of microprocessors that facilitate this always-on monitoring.