Will your next smartphone be a Motorola? [POLL]

When Google first announced the purchase of Motorola, we weren’t sure what was going to come of it. Motorola still had a short pipeline to power through at that point, but eventually got to a point where they could begin work on their first line of smartphones that seemed to be influenced by Google themselves. The result was the Moto X, Moto G and Verizon’s exclusive DROID line-up.

The phones were heralded for light user interface customization, great battery life and very useful features that anyone could appreciate. Motorola’s swift upgrades to KitKat across all their latest phones added about 1,000 more brownie points, and everyone suddenly found themselves in love with “the Google company.”

Motorola a Lenovo Company

Will that change for you? I’m asking because of the news yesterday that Google would be selling off the remainders of Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for just $2.91 billion. While Lenovo hasn’t yet detailed their plans for their new purchase, we can’t be totally sure they’ll impact Motorola the same way Google did. In the same breath, we can’t we be sure they’ll allow Motorola to continue operating as a separate entity.

Many would point to the Chinese company’s adoption of IBM’s ThinkPad line as proof that they’ll want to roll Motorola’s products under their own brand name, but it’s important to remember that this situation is different. Lenovo didn’t just buy a line of products — they bought an entire company.

So I pose to you this question: will your next smartphone be a Motorola phone? Has your desire to back Motorola suddenly waned now that Google’s name is no longer associated with the company? If Motorola continued down the same path they’re on in terms of compelling and solid smartphone offerings, yet did it under Lenovo’s brand, would you still buy?

As a DROID MAXX owner myself, I can’t say I wasn’t taken aback by the news, and I can’t say I didn’t immediately second guess my previous plans to stick with Motorola from here on out. That said, being an owner of three different solid Lenovo laptops in the past makes me willing to give the company a real chance to show me what they’ll be doing with ol’ Moto in the months and years to come before I pass absolute judgment. Let us know how you feel in the poll and comments section below

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  • markgbe

    i only have experience with lenovo laptops, and… i hate them. I haven’t voted but i;’m leaning towards no.

  • BloodKil

    Jeez, couldn’t you have waited until Lenovo had its press conference later today?

    Not too happy about it being sold to a Chinese company, but if by some miracle they decide to keep their plants in the US (a move would take a while anyways) I could be very ok with it… But lets just wait to see what they have to say before we start jumping to uninformed decisions.

  • Russ

    Can’t vote since there’s no depends on the price and specs option.

  • DDroid45

    Imma say this, if Americans lose jobs because of this Motorola and Lenovo deal, then you can bet that I will never buy anything from them

    • LeeArtis

      I have some questions for you, chief. What kind of car do you drive? What clothes do you wear? What foods do you eat? The reason why I ask is because, chances are, something foreign was involved in your answers. Don’t blame China, blame our government for selling out. And for selling you in the process.

      • mercado79

        Not saying your points are not valid, but that doesn’t change the fact that as “a Google Company”, they were employing people here at home. That was a very powerful draw, for me at least, and got me rooting for them. I had hoped it would be the start of a long term strategy. If that gets nixed (which it sounds like it will), that’s an issue for me (and others). It’s just too bad, regardless of what is happening in other industries. Or maybe especially because of what has happened in other industries.

      • DDroid45

        I drive a Chevy camaro, and yes I buy from foreign companies. Im not blaming China, I’m blaming a company that started here then moved away to an area where there is cheaper labor for the purpose of making more money to fulfill there greedy needs. When Americans get screwed in the process don’t expect my support, but if a company originated in another country, well hey, at least it started over there and americans didn’t have to get messed over in the process

        • http://rethell.blogspot.com/ TC

          Lol, I drove a Chevy Camaro for 11 years. Now I have a Chevy Monte Carlo. I will only buy Chevrolet vehicles. I am not happy about this deal either for the same reason that you stated.

          • DDroid45

            well im glad some people agree, we got to many problems in our own country to not keep business here and help us grow,

        • LeeArtis

          My point is that no matter if the company is a red white and blue company, foreign influences are involved in it. I’ll bet that your camaro has some foreign parts. You can get angry at Google all you want. Our government is really the imbeciles to blame.

          • DDroid45

            And that’s who I am blaming but that still won’t make me buy, like I said I buy foreign as long as it was foreign from the start, I wont buy from any company that started off in the states and bailed out to another country for the sole purpose of more profit, because that had to pay a honest salary to leave us hanging. GREED!!!!!

          • DDroid45

            that is who i am blaming, and at the same time i wont be supporting, i ain’t angry, not time to lose sleep over that, imma just do the simple thing and not support

  • Michael Quinlan

    I’ve always been a Motorola fan. Their build quality and radios have always been top notch; I’ve never been disappointed by a Motorola device. In contest, my experience with non-Motorola devices has always been less satisfying. I’ll wait and see how things go, but I’m still very disappointed by yesterday’s news.

    • Cory Wilson

      Not always. My first smartphone way back in 2005 was a Motorola mpx220. The build quality was junk. It was a flip phone comprised entirely of cheap Chinese plastic and the casing would break inevitably from just opening and closing. The damn thing stopped working on me with a year left on my contract and I paid almost as much as my nexus for it on a 2 year contract! Per recommendation of a friend I grabbed a v557 off eBay to finish my contract and 3 months later the antenna broke off in my pocket and the threads on the casing were stripped. I vowed never to buy their crappy phones ever again, however that was then this is now. They aren’t the same company anymore and the X was best Android phone to come out in years IMO. Very disappointed, really hope lenovo let’s moto be moto and not dissolve them into thinkphones

    • blest

      You liked the Motorola Cliq?

      • aaron cooper

        OMG, you reminded me of the worst phone I ever had!!! I had put that one WAY back in the brain, lol !!!

      • Sir Alex

        Haha…..I owned one of those.

    • Unorthodox

      I’m in the same boat, although voted No. My vote might be premature, but something tells me they are not going to keep American engineers employed, which in turn will affect the said build quality and reliability. I will again appeal to the example with IBM’s Thinkpad. I never liked them under IBM I was forced to use them as plethora of corporate clients used to get them from IBM along with some other large packages of software and hardware, but since Lenovo bought them years ago, nothing changed about them. Lenovo’s engineering is non-existent, and if they decide to do the UI by the Chinese designers, it will be same gimmicky crap that LG and Samsung feeds us with.

  • Eric Brunhammer

    I will say this, I did not even know that Google owned Motorola until I saw all this showing up on Facebook.

    • David Narada Brown

      U DONT GET OUT MUCH HUH?

      • Eric Brunhammer

        The topic never came up. And I’ve always ran HTC and Samsung, so I never really cared.

        • David Narada Brown

          I was just messin wit ya. But it was a pretty big deal here at Phandroid. it had us excited for almost 2 years! (im just a reader not part of Phandroids team)

    • mercado79

      It wasn’t exactly a small purchase man! More than $12B for one of the most iconic American brands. Or at least I thought so, but… I’ve got problems when it comes to smartphones/gadgets (or at least my wife thinks so).

  • Jeremy Sheehan

    My last 3 laptops @ work have been Lenovo and they’ve all been amazing. Built tough and made to last. If they can do the same thing with their phones, I’ll give them a try.

  • worldclassflame

    Another American company sold out to china , hell fkn no id never buy another moto meanwhile we’re losing our jobs here to these Chinese jokers

    • NexusMan

      Yea. That was the most disappointing thing about the sale to me. Not even so much that Google sold it, but the fact that Google dismantled a great American company and then sold it to China. Not cool.

      • worldclassflame

        Exactly, out of all countries, to china it sucks either way but I think I would have felt a little bit less bad if someone else, another manufacturer from another country would have bought them, we’ve already lost enough jobs to china

      • Sir Alex

        It is disappointing, but Motorola was no longer a great company when Google bought it. Google resurrected it.

        • NexusMan

          How exactly did Google “resurrect” Motorola? They sold off it’s most profitable devision (set top boxes), kept all of it’s patents, and then sold off the rest to China. All while Motorola created arguably the best smartphone on the planet, and Google still was not able to make said product dominate the worldwide market as it had hoped…Your definition of resurrection sure as heck is different from mine.

          • Sir Alex

            Motorola created the X under Google’s guidance. You think the same people who created MotoBlur could make the X by themselves?

            My definition is sure different from yours because your definition is wrong.

          • NexusMan

            My definition is based on fact. Your definition is you talking out of your ass. Not Motorola and not even Google says Google “guided” and “made” the Moto X. Google’s stance has been that it is a completely separate entity, and Motorola’s CEO has gone on the record as saying “The Moto X is all us. All Motorola. Google is just providing us with the financial support and marketing.” So how the hell are YOU going to say the contrary about other people’s business? Yea, “Sir Alex,” knows more about Motorola and Google than Motorola and Google. Try again, “sir.” The only one wrong is YOU.

  • JTrip

    It’ll be just as safe to buy a phone from the NSA as it would a Chinese manufacturer. If anybody wants a Moto phone you’d better get it now. What a shame I was hoping to get a Nexus Moto phone or tablet someday.

    • Cory Wilson

      Big brother isn’t watching. People are too paranoid.

      • sc0rch3d

        Big Brother is watching, but there can only be so much coverage with 7B ppl in the world. :)

      • Dean Politis

        No, he’s listening to your phone conversation

  • blest

    No thanks. I’d give LG a chance before a phone under Lenovo. And everyone knows about the LG2X.

    • Cory Wilson

      I’ve had a nexus 4 for over a year and it’s been amazing and haven’t had a single issue so what’s won’t with LG?

      • blest

        And you’re also talking about a nexus device. Not a LG product under their control.

      • blest

        Google LG G2x.

    • RockMarz

      for me i have one…and it s awesome..bloat but that can be fixed.

    • CerealFTW

      Lgs come a long way. Look at the Samsung behold II, it was just as, if not more hated than the lg2x and they are doing great now with the galaxy line. LG has really turned around lately. I’ve owned only htc devices for the past 4 years and I love my LG phone(nexus 5).

  • David Narada Brown

    I was a lil disturb by this but they did say a team and project ara is joining google so we will still see some amazing devices with “moto” influence (i think) form google. I guess its not all bad.

  • Cincybearcatfan

    Looks like I will head back to Nexus devices.

    • http://www.DavidPat.com David Pat

      Google is showing that they no longer wants to take a loss on phones. The Nexus line is going away.

      • Brian

        Google is not lossing money, it sells the device at cost and recoups money by its search business. The same way microsoft and sony lose money on the consoles and make money from the licenses and games.

    • WickedToby741

      Unless those disappear as well.

      • JTrip

        From everything I’ve read they are going away. The next best thing is a Google Play Edition phone. They’ll be expensive but with more timely updates.

        • makapav

          GPE is not the same as Nexus – have you seen the terrible battery life on those? The random bands pulled out from radio? Features that are never put to use in standard Android stock (e.g. IR blaster)?

          In the current state, GPE does not even come close to replacing the Nexus program. I can get two Nexus phones for the price of a GPE and I can’t afford to do that. This means I am going to go back to contract phones and will get stuck with Android updates.

          They’re basically holding me ransom if I want timely updates if the Nexus program goes away.

          • irishrally

            IR blaster works just fine on the Galaxy S4 GPE. Battery life is as good or better than the N5, and the battery is removable. Updates from Google are almost as quick. Camera is better, SD card … The only upside to Nexus is price. I’m a huge Nexus fan and have owned them all, except for the N5, and don’t want the Nexus program to go away, but I am excited to see GPE devices from mutilple manufacturers, and more high end phones running stock Android with timely updates.

  • Delmar

    Sloppy seconds

  • gopadge

    Motorola wasn’t fully integrated into the Google fold anyway. And anyone who has dealt with trying to change an order can attest to that. I picked up a 8gb Moto G for one of my kids for Christmas. After two days, I wanted to change my order to a 16gb model. Moto couldn’t edit/change the order, despite the fact that the phone didn’t ship for another week. Two weeks ago I ordered one of the Grip Shells for him, immediately after hitting submit, I noticed that the shipping method was the $10 2nd day delivery, which I didn’t want. The only way to change the order was to cancel and reorder. Very non-Google and hopefully something Lenova can fix.

    • NexusMan

      Yes. It has been my experience that on 1st try, their customer service was pretty bad (but it’s not like Google had the sales thing down either). But with Moto, what i found, was that I could always get great service in THE END, I just always had to jump through hoops to get it.

    • Chimphappyhour

      Actually, that’s exactly how it goes with Google too. (I’ve ordered the Nexus One, Galaxy Nexus, N7 2012 and 2013 and the Chromecast from Google and it’s pretty much as you describe from Moto.)

  • TheHowiie

    Glad I got a N5 instead of a X, especially with this sale. Moto may not have the same speedy updates and attention from Google anymore. Hopefully they’ll make high quality products though.

    • NexusMan

      How does this news have anything to do with your choice of a Nexus 5 over a Moto X? The transfer of ownership is not complete, nor has it been approved. So, most likely, should the sale actually be approved, whenever that will be, it will be AFTER both product’s life cycle and you will most likely be using your NEXT device and no longer your Nexus 5. Also, there are rumors that the Nexus line is going away. If that is true, again, your choice of a Nexus 5 over a Moto is irrelevant.

      • Nathan Borup

        lol sit down TheHowiie!

      • TheHowiie

        I read yesterday the deal was official. If true, then I’m glad I chose the N5 because the Nexus devices get new OS updates first and as pure Android as it gets. The Moto X got 4.4 first this last go round but only because it stuck very close to pure Android. That may change now that it’s Lenvono’s there is no telling whether it will be allowed to act as an independent entity and continue as is. The ending of the Nexus program rumor is troubling and could mean my choice was irrelevant, but it’s also just a rumor, this deal is official. With Google not running show I’m not so sure for Moto’s future, Lenvono’s isn’t exactly known for their mobile contributions after all.

        • NexusMan

          The deal IS official, meaning Lenovo has agreed to buy Motorola, however the ownership did not change hands yesterday. The deal, aka agreement, still has to be APPROVED by governing bodies, and Google still currently and will continue to own Motorola likely through the rest of 2014.

  • Mungus

    Motorola has been my most reliable phone radio wise on Verizon. SGS3 was total garbage. I was planning to get the next version of my Maxx, but now.. No way. Selling out to a total oppressive regime is absolutely the worst thing possible. As strange as it seems, I think this one deal will crash the Google empire

    • C-Law

      I actually agree with ur last line

  • aaron cooper

    If Lenovo builds the next Nexus…. then I will get one… Most likely won’t happen, but if it did, I would buy one in a heartbeat…. if it was a Nexus model….

    • lona808

      Lenovo won’t make a Nexus. The Nexus was from Google and had nothing to do with Motorola. Plus, Google is trashing the Nexus program anyway, so the N5 may be our last.

  • macgiobuin

    Waiting to see what happens. Making knee-jerk decisions almost always gets you cut off at the knees.

  • JadedDJay

    i have a few lenovo thinkpads myself and i love them. that being said, the only reason why i got my moto x was becuase it was a google company. i have no doubt that lenovo can put out some good hardware… but if i wanted good hardware i would have gotten an htc one. i can only hope that lenovo will keep with the updates and put out phones with unadulterated software but i doubt that will happen. i am glad my moto x is a dev edition at least.

  • disqus_7zCKYC2BSD

    building computers vs smartphones is a different ball game one where lenovo phones have not done well.

    • Leo Hui

      I agree with you that computers and smartphone is different. However, Lenovo’s phones have large market share in the Asia

  • Itchy_Robot

    As a US citizen, and with the Motorola X almost a 100% “made in the USA” phone, I was planning on buying a Motorola phone for my next purchase. Now I do not plan on it. I am big into buying local goods when possible, so I will have to find another option.

    • DarrenR

      Not to be a jackass, is there anyone making phones in the US? Does anyone even make components in the US anymore?

      • Itchy_Robot

        The only ones worth mentioning are Apple (iOS) and BLU (Android). Apple probably has the largest % of it’s phone cost left in the US. China is basically just an assembler for them. I am not sure about BLU, but I assume they are probably similar to Apples structure. As for the chips, chip design, and most other high tech manufacturing, that is still done here in the US … for now

        • Nathan Borup

          Except most of Apple’s components are made elsewhere (samsung)

        • RockMarz

          ummmm..nothing except apples offices are in the us of a..when they get tsmc chips thatll be it. ty

  • Victor Who

    First of all, I don’t blame Google for selling Motorola. After all, it’s deathly expensive to produce items in the United States with all the taxes, regulations, and unions that factor into the cost of making a product.

    • h4rr4r

      Only in your own mind. You are talking about adding a tiny percentage of costs, and saving that on shipping. Besides as China develops costs there will go up for the same reasons.

      • makapav

        Dennis Woodside mentioned that it cost them an extra $20/device to assemble the Moto X in the US including all the customization aspects.

        So it’s not that big a deal in cost.

        • h4rr4r

          I bet a big part of that is the customization.
          Cost to build stuff in the USA is just not as expensive as these people who are so rabidly against any progress that they now hate America claim.

  • afazel

    The Moto X is great, made even more so because it’s the only major smartphone assembled in the US. I’ve been eyeing one for my wife to support a company that is willing to keep at least some manufacturing in the US. I likely won’t, now. If they keep the Fort Worth assembly and distribution center I may change my tone.

  • Jesse_Knight

    Personally, I’d only buy a Lenovo or Asus laptop so I’ll wait to pass judgment.

  • theonetrueMike

    As long as they leave Motorola to innovate like they have been then I will continue to buy, but if I see even one area of the phone get skinned and lenovofied then I am done. I loved the idea of stock with tweaks built on top, besides I have seen their hardware (phone wise) and I’m not impressed…at all. The moto x is solid and quality, so just let them keep being amazing and you have my business.

    • makapav

      The Moto X was awesome because of Punit Soni. Do you think he’s going to stick around much longer and have the free hand he had under Google/ Dennis Woodside?

      The saving grace is that Lenovo hasn’t fucked up the Thinkpad after taking it over from IBM but they also completely stopped innovation and the quality of components have gone down (based on return rates at my company of 140K laptops).

      • RockMarz

        they f’d up the thinkpad …really?? hmmm works better then ever for me. ty very much.

        • makapav

          Please read again:

          “The saving grace is that Lenovo HASN’T fucked up the Thinkpad after taking it over”

  • lona808

    First Google scraps the Nexus program, and now they sold Motorola for a fraction if what they bought it for? This doesn’t sound like the monopolizing Google we all have come to know and love… Especially since they finally got their Nexus phone right.

    • lona808

      And as for Lenovo, I have now just interest in Moto phones. The Moto X had me wanting to buy the next in line (because the X specs are a little too low for me), but now I am skeptical. Gonna have to wait and see.

    • lona808

      And as for Lenovo, I have lost interest in Motorola. I was going to wait for their next flagship because the X is a little low on specs, but now I am skeptical because I do not like Lenovo laptops, but that’s because I’m a gamer. Asus all the way, and they make the N7. Sell Motorola to them!! lol

  • Sean Royce

    All these hateful comments towards Motorola. I bet if they end up releasing a high end flagship you’ll all end up changing your minds in a heart beat.

    Also, everyone having a go at them selling it to a Chinese company, isn’t that considered a little racist?

    • Matthew Merrick

      Even if they do, it won’t be root friendly or updated quickly, if at all. Most likely will run a heavy, laggy skin as well. That’s just the lenovo way.

      • Schaweet

        I would think that Lenovo could see the potential that Moto has going forward or they wouldn’t have purchased a company that is losing hundreds of millions a year. I am sure they saw the momentum with the direction of the company and would be fools to change direction. Only time will tell, but any influence they may have is going to be down the road as this has to pass a lot of approvals first.

        • Aaron Peromsik

          We can hope, but it’s still a big question mark.

      • Sean Royce

        I honestly don’t see Lenovo doing this to Motorola.

        • Matthew Merrick

          you’ve never used a lenovo device have you.

    • WhoaManWtF

      It is not racist actually, it is nationalism and there is nothing wrong with it. Wanting jobs and money to stay in America as an American is not wrong in any way.

    • iMixMasTer

      The same could be said about the chinese. If you think Americans are crazy nationalists go visit China and report back.

  • Matthew Merrick

    I was holding out for a googlerola phablet. Guess that’s not gonna happen now….

  • Schaweet

    I don’t see how anyone that loves Moto products can say they are done with them just because Lenovo is buying the company. Did you all stop drinking Budweiser when In Bev bought them…..if you ever even drank that stank, lol ( I know not a Chinese company, but still not American owned). The whole anti-Chinese thing is ignorant and short-sighted at best. It’s a global economy these days and China is certainly not the cause of the change in the U.S. economy. Work going over there may be a symptom of the real issue, but not the issue itself.

    If Lenovo continues to allow Moto to function as a separate division and allows them to continue down their current path, then why would anyone not support them? The direction Moto has moved with putting apps into the play store is brilliant and shouldn’t be overlooked.

    Keep in mind, the Moto X is only assembled in the U.S. Guess where all the parts come from? China, Taiwan, Japan, S. Korea, etc. The same goes for pretty much every smart phone out there, including the iPhone.

    • RockMarz

      i agree,just stupidity.

  • Ben Breeze

    I had planned to buy another Moto x today with a $100 off code (we already have 2 Moto X’s in the family), but it ain’t gonna’ happen now. I wonder how many of the latest $100 off codes will remain unused?

    • Schaweet

      Why won’t it?

      By the time Lenovo even takes over, you will be on to your next smartphone anyway. The Moto X is still the best deal going and it isn’t like Moto is going to hit the pause button on operations. Don’t be ridiculous.

      • John Wentworth

        I agree, I have no idea why being bought out would affect current moto x sales.

      • Ben Breeze

        You misunderstand and I should have explained a little more. My disappointment is not with the Moto X, it’s a great smartphone and I expect it to be supported for its lifetime (2 years?). I am disappointed that Google got rid of Motorola so fast and my protest is against Google and not Motorola and Lenovo. I think that as part of Google Motorola would have been more inventive than they will be with their new future owners.

  • Christopher Robert

    Rumor has it that part of the deal when selling Motorola to Lenovo was that this year the nexus device would be made by “Lenovorola”.

    So those of you who buy Nexus devices would you buy one?

    • spicymeatball

      Nexus devices are controlled by Google so yes I would buy it.

    • Trysta

      I actually think this would be a great idea. It would help Lenovo establish their relationship with google and help their whole line. Yes i would definitely buy it.

  • spicymeatball

    If Lenovo doesn’t salvage Motorola and actually keeps them leading their mobile efforts then I’m still going to be a fan of what they’re doing. Motorola has been very important in Android history and innovation. Having said that I’ve never owned a Motorola phone.

  • WhoaManWtF

    I owned an Atrix, it was a crap device… So I had writen off Moto but then Google bought them and I picked up a Moto X nice phone worked well but most of all it was made in America, with them now bought by a Chinese company the only way I will buy another phone from them is if those plants in America stay open.

    • RockMarz

      you realize moto was assembled here,parts came from overseas…i heard lenovo helped with parts…but that said i hope they continue to keep the texas plant open.

    • sfbaydawg221

      I got news for now. All those application and base band processors, the screens etc all got done in the far east. So they put a few screws in on it in Texas and sold it as made in America. Big deal. That Made-in-America stunt is for schmucks.

      • WhoaManWtF

        They hired quite a few people to do whatever it is at that plant, all of which won’t have a job if they close it.

  • shooter50

    No way. Unless Lenovo drastically changes the culture at Motorola and improves their customer service, I would never buy from them again.

  • hemipw54

    I think Lenovo will bring a lot to the design department, can’t wait to see the outcome.

  • J Cav the Great

    I just have one question: Now that Motorola is Chinese owned, what American OEMs are left for Android? I was considering Moto for my next device to support American workers (and I liked Google’s influence) but now….ummm.yeah…

  • ac

    Only 2 choices for the poll and neither is really my answer. My next smartphone is never dictated by the brand, but more-so on the form factor and what would suit my needs the best. Motorola disappointed me, when they abandoned the Motorola Photon (which was a phone I personally loved, prior to their announcement of not continuing to update it). I was hoping Google could right the ship and I actually like the Lenovo form factor on some of the phones I’ve seen. If Lenovo can create a competitive product to the Galaxy Note series, that has an integrated digitizer (not just regular capacitive stylus), I’m all ears. Lenovo has done it with their PC’s, so I’m curious to see what they do.

    • http://about.me/marianneevans Marianne

      Agreed. I have had Android phones from Motorola, Samsung, and HTC and never once was my choice based on the brand name. It was based on the specific device, features, what I perceived as design quality, and at the present time what the rep is for a given company in regards to their updates and such with phones. This has changed over time and often depends on it being a flagship or a “step child” they don’t care about phone that isn’t going to get as much focus along with which carrier it is on. Totally agree that this poll leaves out the obvious answer to me, which is… “It depends on what they do going forth for r&d, design, support, and forward compatibility by not customizing things with some lame candy coating that makes updates slow and a PITA when they could use vanilla or close to it, OS to make that process less painful on themselves and consumers.” I realize that’s a long answer, so suffice it to say, “Maybe, depends on the devices they have available. I am not brand loyal.”

  • John Wentworth

    I never make decisions on if I’m going to buy a phone until the specs and photos at the never least come out, and often not until reviews start to surface. Without knowing about the next motorola phones how can I possibly answer this?

    I do think Lenevo buying motorola is a loss for Android as a whole. even if lenevo tries to keep to the current Motorola/Google philosophy I don’t think it will be the same as when google was running things. The change in motivation behind the phones is too big.
    I think all of the new motorola lover’s are trying to console themselves with the this might not be such a bad thing articles.

  • Barbara J. Kuester

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    • steveb944

      You have some advertising tied to your comment. FYI.

  • Orion

    So Google sells moto to lenovo and then there will be no Nexus line in 2015. WTF? They really want to limit our stock Android options? What gives? I guess after this year its GPE phones from here on out.

  • Jerel Butler

    In all honestly what if this is a google move to take over china with a vp joining mexiu and selling motorola for just 3 billion as it was picking up steam…a work from the inside out..

  • jgemberton

    What about an option for “Not really sure, now.”? I was pro-Motorola for a long time because of their radios, antenna’s, minimal bloat, and build quality, etc… and was waiting to choose something from their 2014 lineup. Now, I’m not really sure. I need to see what direction Lenovo chooses to take, as well as how quickly they manage to push out software updates.

  • https://plus.google.com/102862831744598656090/about Wesley

    I’m a Nexus guy but I’ve been impressed with the path Motorola has been on since the Moto X release. I’ve recommended the Moto X and Moto G to a number of people. Three people I know have the Moto X now after I got it for my girlfriend for Christmas. I know one person with a Moto G too, and others who will likely get one. They are all really happy with their phones. That won’t change now that Google has sold Motorola, and I would still recommend both phones for now. We will have to see if I will recommend their next phones or not. If Lenovo decides to adopt Motorola’s current strategy, then I’ll continue to recommend their future phones too. I just hope they keep using US manufacturing so people will keep their jobs.

  • LeeArtis

    People, you are being spied on as we speak. Show me an American company that is producing Android.

    • Chimphappyhour

      But, they’ll see all my photos of what I ate! Oh noes!!!!!!!

    • SeraDUMB

      uh? moron.

    • jroc74

      A better reply shoulda been an American company building Android phones. As of right now….damn near every relevant smartphone is built overseas.

  • a) youth.in.asia

    My next phone from Motorola is Project Ara

  • Ben Edwards

    Poll needs more options. My next phone was never going to be a Motorola, regardless of who owned them.

  • KOLIO

    Next rumor to arise:GOOGLE in process of buying HTC………

  • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

    Voted NO because MAYBE option was missing.

    • phinn

      If you read Yes, that was basically the Maybe.

      • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

        tl;dr

  • phinn

    If Lenovo handles the Moto X in the same way they handled ThinkPads, e.g. almost no changes then I’ll definitely still be interested.

    If they release some giant 5″+ plastic piece of crap covered in UI changes, overly high display resolution wasting battery life and performance, slow OS updates and so on then I’ll pass.

  • mcl630

    Lenovo will ruin Moto. I have a Lenovo Android tablet and read their Android tablet forums regularly. Most of their tablets don’t get any Android updates. From 2013 onwards, they only use shitty Mediatek processors. Several of their 2013 tablets shipped partitioned in a ridiculous way with very little space available for apps, in fact so little users couldn’t even update all the system apps before running out of space.

  • Brandon Golway

    I voted yes because I just bought a Moto X, but I’ll still have to see what Lenovo does with them. Sucks that Google sold it though because I decided it was time to go back to Motorola since Google bought them.

  • Samuel Serafim

    OMG no maybe option?

    • SeraDUMB

      OMG <- really? Are you a 12 year old girl?

  • dizel123

    Every smartphone I’ve had has been a Moto. whether its Moto moto, Google moto, or Lenovo moto, as long as they put out good products I’ll be buying them.

  • SeraDUMB

    China is so desperate to be legitimate in computing it’s chin pokemon sad. They should just stick to making parts in sweat shops and leave the innovation to societies that foster capitalism and innovation.

  • MrWicket

    this sways me no way or the other, if they make a phone that looks good, gets great reviews and does what I want then they will still be on my options list. I liked what I was seeing with the Moto X and it’ll be be interesting to see where they go under Lenovo.

  • Trysta

    Let’s be clear. I’ve lost faith in moto specifically because i don’t believe an OEM that has no vested interest in the entire android ecosystem for its own sake (and not just because it helps them make money) will keep moto going down the same path it was currently heading. OEMs that don’t have a vested interest in the success of the whole ecosystem are risk averse and want a quick return on investment. Everything moto did in 2013 was directly opposed to this pure manufacturer viewpoint.

    I’m not saying Lenovo is incapable of making good phones using the moto brand but the chances are VERY SLIM that they will stick with stock android, core apps being upgraded through the play store, almost instant android updates and restraint in feature bloat that has made moto so promising up to this point. I would love to be wrong but i’m not risking my hard earned cash on it.

  • Marc Gruben

    My primary reasons for buying a Moto X were:

    1) Motorola RF has always been the best, and that’s the primary reason I use a phone;
    2) The Moto X offered a nearly pure Android operating system
    3) A 4.7″ screen is a perfect size for me.

    As long as Lenovo keeps Moto’s superior RF and minimal skin on the OS, I will keep them at the top of my list. If Moto starts using crap processors and call quality and reception suffer, they will be dead to me.

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  • jroc74

    I voted Yes.

    If Moto all of a sudden became WP…I would follow Moto. I like Android n all…but I like Moto’s legendary phone reception better.

    If Moto phone reception drops off….it will be a sad day indeed.

  • No_Nickname90

    I don’t care what company owes what. Bring out cool phone and let’s see what you’ve got. Tech comes from all across the world.

    Can’t wait to see what Lenova will bring. Maybe they’ll focus on some All-In-One computers. I’m going to be in the market in purchasing another laptop in Q4 2014 or Q1 2015. Let’s see what they can bring to the table.