Thankfully, the Moto X will not be a Verizon DROID branded device


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While Verizon’s long built brand of Android handsets dubbed “DROID” have largely been a hit with the mainstream consumer, the use of the moniker has never sat very well within the Android community. Where not every Android device on Verizon Wireless is considered a “Droid,” the term soon became synonymous — even to this day — with all Android handsets, regardless of carrier affiliation.

It sounds like a pretty nerdy thing to get your bifocals steamed up over, but we may have some good news for Verizon Wireless Android fans. It seems the boys at The Verge have it on good authority from “multiple sources” that when the Moto X is released in the US across all major carriers, when it comes to Verizon, it wont carry the typical Motorola/Verizon DROID branding (whew!).

But just because the Moto X will be free of the Lucas Arts trademark doesn’t mean this is the end of Motorola and Verizon’s strong relationship. Motorola still plans continuing the tradition of Droid devices with Verizon, look no further than the Droid Ultra and Ultra Maxx rumored to be hitting Big Red later this year. No matter, you can still expect your friends to call your Moto X a “Droid.” It’s inevitable.

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. The only carrier branding I’ve ever liked was the EVO line with Sprint.

  2. So my friends are gonna call my Moto X, a “Droid”? Droid X? Nah that name would never work :P

    1. that’s already the name of a device

      1. I think that was the joke

    2. lol i miss my DROID X. i just sold it like a week ago…

  3. I haven’t heard DROID in a long time. It’s been “is that a galaxy?”

    1. Hehe… Brilliant.

    2. yup. Somebody somehow mistook my Droid RAZR MAXX for a Galaxy phone. They were like “is that the new Galaxy?” I was like really?!? It looks nothing like one. lol

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  4. I’m over this whole Motorola thing already. They haven’t produced anything relevant for close to a year now.
    If the rumored specs for the x are real I don’t see moto selling too many of them.
    At this point I wouldn’t be surprised if BlackBerry has sold more devices than moto this year.

    1. The CPU might be slightly outdated but when was the last time an app was incomptatible with a device because the CPU was to slow? It’s all about the GPU and this COULD come with an Adreno 320 GPU and OpenGL ES 3.0 support! If that’s true, this would still be considered a “gaming device”. Also, a 720p screen can lower costs without really losing anything.

    2. Yeah cause the general population cares about specs…. i d i o t

  5. But dat “DROID” notification sound……”shivers in terror”

    1. I have it on my G-Nexus for my GVoice notification…Couldn’t part with it after replacing my OG Droid with the G-Nexus :-)

  6. I wouldn’t say they haven’t produced anything relevant. I have a razr m and I love it. Perfect size, good price point and just as fast as a galaxy s3

    1. Ted. Did you ever ask yourself why the RAZR M doesn’t have an HD screen or a normal screen aspect ratio?

  7. Everybody thought your Android was a Droid. Now everybody thinks your Android is a Galaxy.

    1. …but it is a Galaxy

  8. Ugh… Verizon…

  9. I wanna iPhone!

    1. and i want to bang your mom XD

    2. Go get one

  10. >.> better have Verizon bands, im already out of the Nexus 4 and HTC One loop, don’t want to be excluded from this as well, but who am i kidding ,Motorola is in bed with Verizon, so ts a good possibility.

  11. I’m done with Motorola. I had the original Droid the Droid X and the Droid Maxx they were OK at the time but my samsung galaxy s4 blows everything away. I am going to stay with Samsung

    1. you do realize droid droidx and even droid maxx were old news compared to S4.. smh

    2. I would hope that you S4 blows those phones away. Even the Maxx is almost two years older than the S4. I bet you like Blur didn’t you?

    3. Should have gotten the HTC One, mostly the same as the S4 but it looks better designed and the user interface is generally considered nicer.

      1. The HTC ONE is not on vzw YET, so I don’t think that he could just order it or go to vzw store and pick it up. -_-

  12. Didnt I read somewhere that they werent going to use the term MOTO anymore. Didnt it say “Goodbye MOTO” ?? Just call it the X phone, thanks !

    1. their ad had Moto X written on it so I don’t think that’s correct.

    2. That wasn’t a real ad campaign. It was conceptual work by a non-commissioned graphic designer.

  13. What bugged me more than Droid becoming the Kleenex of the Android world, is that that name is incomplete compared to other models in the Droid line. Anyone doing a Google search for information on their Droid phone started got swamped with results for “Droid Eris”, then “Droid X”, then “Droid X2”, blah blah blah – there was no way to construct a search that targeted the “Droid” without excluding ALL references to these other devices.

    Anytime someone mentions “Droid”, I just continue the conversation as if they meant what they said. Last week someone said they had a Droid phone, and I told them they’re overdue for an upgrade.

  14. Well, ain’t that a sexy device. I want it now. Why the wait?

  15. Might go Moto if the camera does well in low light. Since i’ll be paying out of pocket (unlimited verizon customer) I need a phone that I’ll be happy with for at least 1.5 years.


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