Since acquiring Motorola for $13 billion last May, Google has been expected to launch a Motorola smartphone running stock Android, but the most recent Google-branded Nexus 4 device was made in partnership with LG.

Motorola’s design chief Jim Wicks tells PC Mag, though, that Google and Motorola have been working closely during that time on multiple devices running stock Android with less overlay that we should expect later this year.

“We’ve been spending the past eight months on this next generation of phones, and we’ve all seen positive feedback and collaboration around things.”

Wicks says the two companies are set to release smartphones running stock Android on devices with smaller form-factors, citing the need for a sweet-spot among display size.

“I think ‘just right’ is important, and we’re designing so we don’t disappoint those people.”

Motorola will also change it’s approach to releasing multiple phones across different carriers.

“We are going to try to drive a more singular expression of our brand across multiple carriers.”

Wicks goes on to say that the Droid and Razr handsets will continue to be developed.

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