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As you've doubtless heard by now, Lenovo is buying Motorola. Which means Google is selling Motorola. Which means some people are, understandably, upset. The future is uncertain for Moto - the company lost nearly $400 million last quarter, and that number is the worst yet under Google's leadership, despite slashing 80% of the Motorola workforce since Google acquired the company in 2011.

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Undoubtedly, Lenovo's leadership will bring some changes at Motorola. Some people definitely aren't liking what that might mean, though we really don't have many details at this point.

That said, reactions to a deal like this are still important from a consumer-producer relationship standpoint. If current Moto X or Moto G owners are put off by the news that Motorola Mobility has been acquired, they're probably less likely to consider the company for their next handset. Likewise, those who were hoping to see Motorola continue in the direction it had started going under Google's guidance are probably miffed that the future is now very uncertain.

So, what say you - has this deal made you less likely to consider a Motorola phone purchase in the future (knowing what we know at the moment, that is)?

Are you less likely to buy a Motorola phone in the future now that Lenovo has bought the company?

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • jamaall

    The next motorola phone should be made by the google owned motorola, so I will most likely buy that. But after that I'll have to see how it plays out. Who knows what lenovo will do. Hopefully they will let them continue doing what they're doing with motomaker etc.

  • Sasquatch4ever

    It doesn't make me cautious to buy future Motorola phones because Lenovo is a great company and did amazing things with IBM. It does make me worried with my recent purchase of a Moto X.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    the next gen moto x will still be awesome. They still own active display and touchless control. The future holds co-processors for motion so i doubt the camera shake is going anywhere. They will still come with trusted bluetooth devices. Google set them up with re-writing their code, i think they will still have fast updates. I don't think Lenovo will change winning recipe.

  • SetiroN

    The fundamental reason I had gained to buy/suggest Moto phones was the recent nexus-like update cycle. It's obvious that Lenovo isn't going to keep it up, so in my eyes Moto is going back to the inadvisable pack.

    • Hans Pedersen

      They didn't change much with the IBM PC's when they bought those. Why would they do that this time, especially when Google has done all the hard work revitalising the Moto brand name?

    • squiddy20

      Yes, because the past actions of one company, automatically means it'll happen again when that company takes over another company.

  • CodeMonkey

    Bought a Moto X yesterday so, er, no...

    • Dario · 753 a.C. .

      that's a very good phone.... enjoy that

  • Stuart Anderson

    The 99% likely purchase of a Moto X2 got a lot less likely. We'll have to see what the design, software, and features are like.

    • Mario II Valenzuela

      The moto X 2 is most likely in the pipeline right now; however, I'd expect it to be orphaned like the last pre-google Moto phone much like the RAZR HD was when Google bought Moto,

    • morteum

      I'd imagine its already almost done, and is equally awesome like the current Moto X. Its next year when I'll start being worried about the Lenovo influence.

      • Mike Reid

        I'd be worried about software update schedules/decisions THIS year, in 2014.

        Engineers/developers/managers/everybody worrying about their jobs and the new management reduce productivity and loyalty. Most buyouts I've seen cause the elimination of at least 20% of the workforce.

        Then there are people using sick days before they lose them, along with time off to attend job interviews elsewhere.

        • Trumbull Desi

          Lenovo has a good track record of retaining staff, particularly engineering talent.

        • zepfloyd

          I'd normally agree on cuts, but Google has already cut Moto down to 3900 which is drastically smaller already.

    • JG

      When Google bought Moto, they said there was a 18 month "pipeline" of non-Google influenced projects that had to be finished before anything Google-y would see the light of day. I'd assume the same will be true of Google influenced projects before Lenovo stuff can start. Considering the X came out late summer, I would assume the vast majority of the work for the X2 is already done.

      I'm kind of thinking I may pick up a Developer Edition Droid Maxx 2 (slightly bigger screen & battery than the X). Then I have an unlocked bootloader, so if Lenovo doesn't keep up with Moto's speedy and near AOKP updates, I can always easily switch over to CM or AOKP or ...

      And that will give me time to see how the Lenovo phones will be in 2015...

  • Gabernasher

    I'm just going to keep buying Nexus phones, brand doesn't make a difference.

    • Mario II Valenzuela

      If only there was no rumor that Google was intending to shelve the Nexus brand and instead have OEMs make "Google Play Editions" of future phones.

      • ScottColbert

        One person whu runs language website said that, no one else has. Stop believing every thing you read, jesus people.

        • Mario II Valenzuela

          I only stated there was a rumor, not that I believed it would happen.

          • squiddy20

            If you don't believe it, and it seemingly came from some random person who has no track record on these type of things, then why say it all?

          • fonix232

            Because rumour spreads quite easily, and people tend to believe bullshit. So if one site says that, next day there's 5 sites and about 100 people, the next day it's a thousand people, and so on. But it would be quite illogical for Google to shelf it, as by their own saying, the Nexus 5 sells pretty damn well compared to previous Nexus phones.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        Bullshit

      • Corentin Béchade

        One thing though that seems a bit odd is the choice of words in the blog post about Lenovo and Moto:

        Larry page writes :
        "it helps to be all-in when it comes to making mobile devices"
        That alone is not so worrying but later he says :

        "This does not signal a larger shift for our other hardware efforts. The
        dynamics and maturity of the wearable and home markets, for example, are
        very different from that of the mobile industry."

        Talking about hardware industry without mentionning the Nexus line is quite odd don't you think ? We can see an evocation of the Google glass and Nest hardware in there but he carefully avoided talking about the rumors.

        Maybe I'm overthinking this but I would hate to see the Nexus line to go away.

    • Dario · 753 a.C. .

      it makes.. materials are not the same.. for example lenovo has really good materials in laptops.

      • Gabernasher

        What?

      • CerealFTW

        He's saying it doesn't make a difference that if he purchases or not. He wasn't saying they are all the same

    • LazarusDark

      Actually, brand does make a difference. The Galaxy Nexus was cheap plastic and I never liked the feel and durability of it (I loved it only because it was a Nexus and for the support that brought with it). My wifes Nexus 5 feels far better quality. Samsung makes cheap plastic crap, Nexus or not.

      • David Sousa

        Feels cheaper, yes, but it is durable I think... I dropped it a few times during the two years I had it, and it never broke. Only a few scratches in the body, none evident in the screen. I don't use covers or screen protectors.

        Can't tell the same story about a few friends who have the Nexus 4 thought. One drop and the glass is gone. At least those Spigen transparent covers are essential if you don't want to end with a shattered phone. Beautiful, high quality, but fragile.

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        • ltredbeard

          An all glass Nexus was a bad idea for the same reasons an all glass iphone was a bad idea, but I had the nexus 4 and dropped it just as much as my galaxy nexus and it never broke either.

        • mirindonian

          Durable? Definitely, that plastic is one tough shit. However, it feels awful in hand. I wanted to love Samsung's S3 and S4 but my real complaint wasn't TouchWiz, it was that that terrible feel you get in hand when holding this awful, slippery, slimy plastic.

          • David Sousa

            I agree, except for TouchWiz (it IS my #1).

  • patrick

    If lenovo learns from what google did with the Moto X(good price, minimal theme skin, fast software updates) and they want to make a splash in the mobile hardware market, then they will not drastically change anything. If they go with this plan, people should not be worried. Look at consumer's perception of Motorola before and after the Moto X.

  • dogulas

    Isn't it a huge possibility that the deal could take around a full year to get approved by the U.S. and China? Like when Google bought them?

    • Hans Pedersen

      They're not buying the whole patent portfolio. This is basically just a move of the brand and manufacturing of one of the less popular of those to another owner. That shouldn't take too long to get approved anywhere.

  • http://ubuntu-su.blogspot.com/ Kleverson Royther

    LeMoto sound better than Lenovorola

    • Tuấn Ankh

      lol, Le Moto

      • David Sousa

        Oui, bien sûr, monsieur! :)

    • Bob G

      Following Lenovo's record, the Motorola brand should remain for at least 5 years before they decide to do any rebranding.

      • Dario · 753 a.C. .

        it's good for us and them. motorola, in smartphones, is really more known than lenovo, althought lenovo is really good in laptops

        • TylerCameron

          Lenovo makes crappy laptops...

    • joser116

      Motonovo?

      • Paul Troy

        Close.. just "Motovo"

        • fralogan

          Le Motonovo makes a great campaign.

        • Gabernasher

          Molotov?

    • Mathias

      ...LenoMoto ? Rhymes with 'Hello Moto'.

      • Dario · 753 a.C. .

        ahahhahah it's beautiful!

  • briankariu

    OK, I currently own a moto G after I had sworn to never touch a Moto after they screwed me with updates on the Atrix. Part reason I bought the Moto G is price and the other part Google. The one thing I want in all my phones/tabs is consistently fast updates. Motorola came through splendidly for the moto x and the moto G perhaps due to influence from the mother company. But I don't see this trend going on under Lenovo. Look at the myriad of Lenovo phones out there. Almost none get updates after release. Cost benefit analysis plays a very big part in such companies. I think Google pulled the trigger too early on the sale of Motorola. Moto had just started gaining mindshare and marketshare. So no for me. Never buying another moto phone under Lenovo

    • Gabernasher

      What if your G continues to get updates?

  • ithehappy

    Lol, idiocy at it's best, what a query! Now I actually might consider buying a Moto phone. Never had been anyone's dog, and never will be.

    • Thatguyfromvienna

      Constantly swimming against the stream just to swim against the stream actually makes you everyone's dog. You just don't realize.

      • ithehappy

        ROFL, as if I care. Jeez!
        This place is run by Android and Google dogs, so I expect my comment will have a million down vote, but could anyone change my opinion? No. Try to get the point first kiddo.

        • Thatguyfromvienna

          Apparently, you do. A lot, actually.

          • ithehappy

            Are you in front of a mirror? :P

          • Thatguyfromvienna

            That's kindergarten rhetoric, little boy.

    • Matthew Gardner

      Wow, you're so cool and edgey.

  • david coffey

    well, the other day, i put my name in the hat for the amazing $100 moto x offer with the intentions of getting the moto x to replace my nexus 5. once this deal went down, i've since decided not to. i think i have until february 2nd or 3rd to redeem the code, but i just don't think i can pull the trigger now. just can't.

    • squiddy20

      Why? Because the Moto X suddenly became a different phone just because Motorola went from being owned by Google to Lenovo?

      • david coffey

        Pretty much.

        • squiddy20

          Yes. Because if you buy a Moto X right now, or even a month from now, it'll say Lenovo where it currently says Motorola.

          • david coffey

            It could say lenovo all over the phone. The front, the sides, the back. Wherever. Whatever. Fact is, it's not a Google branded, Google supported phone anymore. That's what matters to me. In general, LG sucks. But you know what? I'll buy a nexus phone every year even if LG makes them, because it's Google branded and supported.

          • squiddy20

            1. Besides "Motorola, a Google company", where was the Moto X ever specifically stated as a "Google branded" phone? Unlike with the Nexus 5, I have never seen the words: Moto X "the smart new phone by Google". https://play.google.com/store/devices/details?id=nexus_5_black_32gb
            2A. When was the Moto X "Google supported"? Motorola posted the Moto X (and G) kernel source code, not Google. If you have problems with your Moto X, you go to Motorola, not Google. You can't get the Moto X through the Play Store, only the Moto G.
            2B. Aren't all Android devices, regardless of if they're a Nexus, a Samsung Galaxy, an HTC One, whatever, "Google supported"? They do run Google's apps and use Google's services don't they? Just because Motorola was acquired by Lenovo, doesn't mean the Moto X just stopped being supported (by Google, by Motorola, by Lenovo, by whomever).

            It's the same phone, just with a different parent company. Did Motorola suddenly drop everything and start all over when Google bought it over a year ago? What about Motorola's products that were released right around that time? Did support for those devices just suddenly stop? Did Metro PCS suddenly die when T-Mobile was approved to buy it? What about when Sprint bought out Virgin Mobile in 2009? The answer to all of these and others is a resolute "no".

      • AD1980

        I don't get why that's difficult to understand. The speed with which Moto updated the Moto X under Google was incredibly impressive and the single biggest factor in my decision to give moto consideration on my next phone purchase. Lenovo on the other hand, has a terrible reputation for updates.

        How is this information not relevant to his purchase?

        • squiddy20

          As others on this article have stated, when 1 company buys out/acquires another, does the buyer just scrap everything the acquired company was doing/how they were doing it? No. The buying company usually keeps whichever one is the smartest/efficient/cost effective decision. So Lenovo was bad at Android updates in the past. Who's to say that with the Motorola acquisition, they won't improve? Who's to say they won't adopt some of Motorola's ideologies and methodologies?

      • Matthew Gardner

        It's all about the updates

    • Thatguyfromvienna

      Unless you're going to use that phone for the next ten years, where would it make a difference?

      People! You're all equipped with more or less functioning brains.
      Use them, FFS!!!

      • david coffey

        I did use my brain. I've had great luck with Google branded phones. Motorola was a google branded company, and after a few months after the moto X launch, the moto X started to show that it was a Google branded phone. Timely update to kit kat, etc.

        All of that is out the window now. Or at the very least, in limbo. So I'm holding off on the moto X. That's called using my brain. It's called preference. You like your S4? Your HTC One? Great. I prefer things that Google has a heavy involvement in. Now go eff off.

        • Thatguyfromvienna

          So you really think Lenovo will fire everyone who built the Moto X, will replace the whole R&D department and so on?

          No need to become hysterical.

          • david coffey

            I'm not hysterical. But let's remember, it's my $300 I'm spending, not yours. Let's not get HYSTERICAL because I no longer have an interest in the moto X because of the 'cloud of uncertainty' that hangs over the balance of lenovarola.

          • MyLeftNut

            I agree with 100% that it's your money and your decision but it kind of sucks that you got a limited code which could have gone to someone else who actually wanted and would have purchased the phone. My friend wanted the phone and was too late to get a code but still plans on buying one. Sucks that people who weren't sure they wanted the phone rushed to get codes and kind of screwed over people who planned on actually buying the phone.

            If their becoming a Lenovo company really disturbs you that much you should give away your code (if that's possible) to someone who doesn't care.

          • david coffey

            sorry, i should have seen the future and not have applied for the code. that's my bad.

        • squiddy20

          Riiiight... The next Android release will be either during Google I/O in 3 or 4 months (so we'll say 5 months for it to be rolled out to current Nexus devices and the Moto X/G), or during the release of the next Nexus (or both). I highly doubt Lenovo could screw up in that short amount of time (or would even want to).
          When Google bought Motorola, there was something like 18 months worth of devices already in the development pipeline before we'd start seeing any of the new devices from Motorola under Google. The same is true here, only it's Lenovo instead of Google. THAT'S called using your brain.

  • Ruperto17

    My Nexus 4 just broke and I was about to order a Moto X using the coupon I got from from the Jan 27 sale. The change of ownership completely changed my mind and I ended up going with the Nexus 5 instead. This is despite the fact that I consider the Moto X to be a much better phone (for me).

    • morteum

      I don't see why. The Moto X is just as good as it always has been, and by the time the Lenovo influence actually hits it would probably be about time for you to be getting a new phone anyway.

      • Ruperto17

        Hmm.. really considering canceling my order. You make a great point. My Nexus 5 won't ship until 3 weeks anyway.. so that makes my decision a little easier.

        • morteum

          Both are great phones though. The only thing I'd say you should consider are the software updates. I am willing to bet Motorola will continue to be on top of their game for a while, but there is always the possibility that Lenovo will cause some kind of delay later on.

          • Matthew Merrick

            I highly doubt anything even close to moto's nexus - beating update cycle, powered by Google, will ever be seen again. Lenovo has a track record with updates that makes LG look impressive.

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            Yes, but Motorola doesn't. And Lenovo bought Motorola for a reason. They bought a functioning, experienced company who does this better than they do. If their goal is to make Motorola operate just like them, then there was no point in buying them at all.

            This is what I don't get. Why are people so convinced that a company will buy another company who's dramatically more experienced and successful in a field, which is the reason they bought them, only to remove all of the reasons they bought them? That's not good business.

          • Walkop

            Best point of the entire section. This is exactly true.

            Why would Lenovo even purchase Motorola, a company with a massive history in mobile (they CREATED the first cell phone, forgoodnessake!), if they didn't plan on utilizing that expertise?

          • Matt Phillips

            Exactly, been waiting for someone to realize that also!

        • Zachary Grotenstein

          Definitely get the Moto X. I have both and the extra Moto features and the feel of the phone keep my Nexus as an XBMC remote.

        • MyLeftNut

          Completely off topic but why the 3 week wait time before shipping? I'm genuinely curious. Did you mean delivery time?

          • Ruperto17

            I (had) ordered the 16GB which was not in stock. The quoted estimated delivery was three weeks. It's a moot point now since I decided to cancel the order and went with the Moto X instead.

    • squiddy20

      This isn't meant to offend you or put you on the spot, but I find it hilarious all of the posts I've seen saying essentially what you did. "Oh, now that Motorola is owned by Lenovo, I won't buy the Moto X I was going to get a few days/a week/a month from now", as if the Moto X suddenly became "less" or just stopped being "supported". While I don't have one, I know it'll be the same phone 2 months from now as it was a month ago.

      And like morteum stated, it'll be awhile before we start seeing any of Lenovo's influence. Just look at how long it took before we started seeing any changes from Motorola under Google. If I recall correctly, one of the head honchos of Motorola stated shortly after the Google acquisition that they had something like 18 months worth of devices already in the pipeline, and that we wouldn't be seeing anything "different" or "new" from the Google aspect until that pipeline was up. The same applies here (though it may be a "shorter" pipeline).

      • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

        Thank you. And why do people think Lenovo would buy Motorola and then immediately kill everything that made Motorola worth buying? When you buy a company who has a market you don't, you use their existing strengths, you don't wipe them out and replace them with inferior products.

        • AD1980

          And when you buy a company that's bleeding money, changes have to be made. I don't think it's reasonable to expect that Moto will stay the same under Lenovo's control.

          • Brad

            Yes but motos been changing... people forget how much worse it moto was just 18 months ago

          • unsivilaudio

            Changing? Barely, they're still the same company who's catering to the whims of the carriers, rather than trying to appease the consumers. Look at almost any Motorola development section on XDA, they have consistently been a thorn in the android dev's sides. Even the Moto X has a locked (and not unlockable) bootloader if you're on At&t or Verizon, doesn't matter if you bought the phone outright (from Moto) or not. The 'developer' editions are a moot point btw, consumers shouldn't have to pay more for a choice that costs Motorola literally ZERO dollars to make.

          • squiddy20

            Yes, because changing that one decision will suddenly make them billions of dollars richer.
            Whether you want to admit it or not, they have made significant changes since they were bought by Google. Maybe not the ones you would like, but changes nonetheless.

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            The same? No. Worse? Obviously no. If the changes directly defeat the strengths of Motorola, it makes the purchase pointless. So obviously they'll make changes if Motorola remains unprofitable. But those changes won't include killing everything that is Motorola and doing things the Lenovo way or they would have done that to start.

      • Matt Phillips

        I don't think lenovo is going to be doing much changing, rather they will be learning from Motorola.

    • rony

      i dont get your thinking nothing changed since google sold the company. its still the same great phone .

      • AD1980

        I was looking at getting a Moto X but am now likely going to go with a Nexus 5 instead. Primarily because I want updates. Moto impressed me with the deliberate speed with which they updated the Moto X when KK came out. With Lenovo at the helm, I'm no longer confident in getting those updates.

        • Matt Phillips

          Motorola is still "at the helm".. With different owners..

          • AD1980

            I don't understand why you find different owners irrelevant. Before Google bought it, Moto was not particularly good at getting updates out. After the purchase, they knocked it out of the park. Now that's it held by yet different owners again, you don't think that can change? That since Google bought them and got them through one update cycle incredibly fast that it will continue in perpetuity?

            Maybe they will, but given Lenovo's history I see no reason to make that bet with my money. There's a whole lot of wishful thinking going on in this thread.

          • squiddy20

            It's not "wishful thinking". I'm not saying the owners are completely irrelevant, but in this case, it shouldn't be that much of an issue. Businesses want to attract customers. Motorola under Google did that fabulously. It makes absolutely no logical sense for Lenovo to scrap or change everything that Motorola has done to attract business.
            Also, as I have said before (though maybe not to you directly), just because a company has been horrible with updates in the past, doesn't mean they will be in the future. What you're doing is no different than someone saying "Well, we've always done it this way, and it's worked well enough so far, so why do anything different.", even though there could very well be a "better way". This is the case with Lenovo and Motorola.
            Edit: See this comment for a similar explanation http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/02/01/weekend-poll-has-the-motorola-lenovo-buyout-made-you-less-likely-to-buy-a-motorola-phone-in-the-future/#comment-1227062361

          • AD1980

            History has taught me to watch what manufacturers do when it comes to updates and not what they say. Once acquired by Google, Moto demonstrated superb attention to updates. They walked the walk and consequently I was looking forward to purchasing a Moto X for my wife, and possibly myself down the road.

            Moto under Lenovo may very well do the same! However, they simply must prove it to me first before I give them a couple hundred dollars. I may still buy an X for my wife as she's kind of set on the phone now, but I'll be getting a Nexus 5. If, when the time comes for me to upgrade and Lenovo has continued Moto's recent performance on updates and OS improvements and they have a high quality device, then I will be more than happy to purchase a phone from them.

            History has taught not to give any manufacturer the benefit of the doubt. They have to prove it. Saying everything will be fine, just because is indeed wishful thinking.

            Further, it's not uncommon for bought companies to fall from grace after being bought out.

            http://theweek.com/article/index/240481/8-companies-that-lost-their-luster-after-being-bought-out

          • blootz

            well said, Chinese company Lenovo will move manufacturing to China also, killing USA jobs.

  • Fred

    If they still make good phones, why limit myself?

    • Matthew Merrick

      That's what we're worried about... Lenovo mobile hardware is either really premium or really terrible, and their software is always terrible and almost never updated. US who don't trust Motorola under lenovo are very concerned there will not BE good phones anymore

      • Gregwashere

        I've owned several Lenovo laptops. While I don't use all of their bundled software, I have to say I LOVE their laptops. I bought a new HP about 6 months ago because I dropped my 3-4 year old Lenovo and now the screen flickers if it's not opened to a certain angle. Guess what I'm typing on right now? Lenovo.
        Despite it's being older, having more video/music/crap on the HD, a slower processor, etc. It boots up faster and gets online way faster. Sleep and hibernate settings are less "groggy". This morning both laptops were on the table. I opened them and pressed power at the same time. I was checking emails on the Lenovo before the HP was even online.
        I DJ a fair amount and my Lenovo has lasted through many trips across the US and some rough treatment setting up in crappy clubs. It's had several drops from seated and standing positions and aside from the one that finally "broke" it, it hasn't given me any problems.

  • morteum

    Wouldn't it be awesome if Lenovo took these polls into consideration when deciding how to approach their utilization of Motorola? It would make it much more apparent that we liked Motorola how it is, and not how they think it should be.

  • RonD

    Leno will have to prove themselves. Show that they will give timely updates. That they are committed to the unique features of the Moto X.

  • Rob Johnson

    You forgot the option "No, I already don't buy Motorola phones"

    • Dario · 753 a.C. .

      i'm not interested in that. we are talking about people before liked motorola and if they will do the same now.. if you didn't like motorola it has not sense

    • Scott

      You're really missing out on some good stuff.

      • Rob Johnson

        The last Motorola phone was awesome!.....and broke after 2 weeks of normal use.

        • Gabernasher

          I had the OG Droid and Droid 3, both lasted well, then I decided to ditch Verizon and go Nexus.

        • Scott

          The moto X and moto G are both excellent phones. Anything can break...

          • ScratchC

            Moto X is an awesome concept...but after playing around with it for one day.... (meeeh..)

        • Gregwashere

          Any electronic item can break quickly. Moto X has a good rep because it's a solid phone. It's far more voice-agile than any other phone I've seen and there are lots of cool things about it (using the camera feature with 2 wrist shakes is awesome!).
          This is the first phone I have felt was actually an assistant, not just a phone.

  • Halin

    Yes. Buying a Motorola (last year) was buying Android, similar to a Nexus in terms of speed, stability, updates... Now nobody knows what to expect now about all that, they have to prove again that all Google did in the last year will continue and they will not ruin it. So, as for now, I wouldn't buy a Motorola and buy instead a Nexus.
    But I own a Nexus 5, I have time to wait and see what happens :)

    Moto G plays another league and it's the best device of it's price range. So yes, if you want a cheap device it's the best choice. If Lenovo ruins it, you can choose not to update it.

    • squiddy20

      1. Google wasn't really able to do a whole lot with Motorola. When Google bought M, there was something like 18 months worth of devices in the pipeline. Devices that Google/the "new" M couldn't touch or alter. The only devices that we saw under Google ownership was the Moto X and G, and maybe the latest Droid devices (since they all shared the same features (touchless control, active notification, etc.)).
      2. Just like with the Google ownership, it'll take awhile before we see the effects of the Lenovo ownership. It might not be as long, but it'll still be awhile. Just because Lenovo owns Motorola now, doesn't mean we'll start seeing their collaborative products in the next few weeks or even months.

      • Halin

        I live in Spain, so the only device we have here is the Moto G and the Moto X is coming in the next few days without the Moto Maker.

        Anyway, my message was to wait and see what happens. But to wait is not to buy a Moto X being the Nexus 5 a safer (in terms of support and updates) and cheaper (50€ less) option. Moto G is a good option.

      • Aaron Huffman

        You need to take in consideration that Google had 0 say in what Motorola was making to keep it fair. There was only financial support.

        • squiddy20

          If I recall correctly, quite a few upper management people from Google transitioned over to Motorola. Google didn't have "0" say in what Motorola did, because some of the Google ideologies from the former Google employees were in Motorola. Sure, there probably never was a direct order from Larry Page (or any other current Google exec) saying "you need to make your phone like this", but that doesn't mean there wasn't some (indirect) influence by Google. That's the way I see it anyway.

          • Kelly

            Exactly right. This is the point so many people miss. Everyone says "obviously the Moto X was influenced by Google, just look at it!" Of course it was indirectly influenced by Google because people who used to work for Google created it. However, that does not mean that Google the company was influencing it--Woodside, Soni, etc. were all Motorola employees. As long as those people stay (and that is a big if), Motorola will still have that Google influence even without Google owning them.

  • Aaron Huffman

    The polls are still broken. I'm still going to get a Wooden Moto X when I get a job and have the money. Technically, unless Lenovo tries to push a crappy skin, Motorola will still be the same great brand as it was under Google, just a different logo.

    • Marc Edwards

      and there's always cyanogenmod

      • Aaron Huffman

        I have a Nexus 7(grouper) and I stopped using Cyanogenmod after Omni rom came out. I might use stock on the Moto X until someone at Omni rom decides to support it.

        • Marc Edwards

          i will have a look at Omni. i bought an S4 because it had the specs and features i wanted (removeable battery/sdcard) and flashed cyanogenmod in about a day. it wasn't particularyly bad, but it was just full of apps and bloat i would never use.

    • NemaCystX

      you do know there are rumors they only bought Motorola for the factories and workers, NOT the name, so they might retire the Motorola name altogether, allowing them to do whatever they want with the acquisition. However Google has stated that Lenovo won't touch Motorola's product line for 2014, however 2015 is another story.

  • Bruno

    I just wish they will continue in the same way as Google was leading the company, MOto G and Moto X

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      Odds are they will.

  • mattj78

    I got my moto x the morning they announced the Lenovo deal. After just 3 days of using it I can say I'd 100% consider another Motorola. The Moto X is just too good not to.

    The only reasons for me not to get one would be if Lenovo slapped a dreadful skin on it or drastically slowed down the updates - these two things could be connected of course.

    • Dario · 753 a.C. .

      it can happen imho. anyway lenovo materials are so good

  • Timothy Roberts

    I don't know,...I own a Moto Droid Razr M (xt907), and it's been a great phone! I guess everyones experiance's are different.

  • Ryan Callihan

    It really depends for me. I miss having a Nexus, but if the Lenovo owned Motorola keeps up good customer support and great user experience, I'll probably be back. Decisions, decisions...

    • DJ SPY

      Customer support from Motorola is the worst I've dealt with. I returned a Moto X in December and they lost it after they got it (have the delivery confirmation) and that's their excuse for not issuing my refund. I've been dealing with that incompetency for a month. Love the phone but their Customer Service needs to get revamped. If you still read this page Mr. Woodside, focus on that now. A happy customer means a returning customer and someone who will recommend the company to more people.

      • Ryan Callihan

        Really??? My experience has been pretty good. I guess its a mixed bag. That said I hope they can get good customer support on par for everyone.

  • mower1776

    I really want a project ara phone!

  • me

    Those who voted yes are racist bastards

    • DarrenSaw

      Lol, that's a logical statement, 'sake.

  • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

    Depends on what they do next. If the successor to the Moto X still comes out, and clearly maintains the same philosophy and is a proper upgrade, then I'll probably still buy it as I was planning to. If Lenovo's ownership clearly redirects their focus or direction away from that line, then unless the new direction is more compelling, I'll walk away.

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  • saltyzip

    Can the moto-x features such as active display and always on voice control be brought to the Nexus 6 without any retribution by Moto/Lenova, as that is what I really want?

    Its these features which stopped me from buying the Nexus 5, as I couldn't warrant upgrading from my beloved N4, just for performance reasons and maybe a better camera.

    • AD1980

      Seeing as how Google kept Moto's patents, I'd say it's certainly possible. Here's hoping!

      • Tony

        Google only kept the "vast majority" of patents, would be nice if we could get some research on if that includes the active display and other features to know for sure.

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    I never thought about buying a Motorola phone in the future. HTC FTW as long as they are alive and making phones.

    • Matt Phillips

      Hell yeah, me too bruhda! M8 status:)

    • Gabernasher

      Gotta love the 2 hard key system. Home and back, why would anyone need anything else?

  • miri

    Yes, but ironically if Lenovo ever releases a non-educationified Yoga Chromebook, then I'd be ripping it out of a box, tittering like a fool with ~$400 missing from my bank account before I even knew what happened.

  • unsivilaudio

    Motorola is a terrible company. However, the Moto X is a good phone.

    I hated my Atrix 2. That said, I bought a Moto X, to play with, and so far I'm impressed. Although I still enjoy my N4 more, it was a heck of a bargain at what I got it for.

  • Alan Shearer

    Wait and see. Lenovo makes quality products, so it could be good.

  • fralogan

    2.61 billion is a lot cheddar to pay just to make so so devices.

  • fralogan

    I have a moto x, and a lenovo laptop. Wouldn't it be nice to have them talk to each other. "Hello Moto" Hello Lenovo"

  • Cody Curry

    We'll see. I like the Moto series of phones (way more than Droids) and if they can keep disrupting the market then I'd consider a Motorola phone the next time I upgrade. However, I think it'll be important to see what happens in 18 months. If the pipeline completely switches out two years later, we might see a change in quality. Hopefully, Lenovo is smart and will keep the disruptive pricing and local manufacturing.

  • Ralph Bretz

    I'm curious to see if the fast timely updates continue. If it stays the same way as now with updates being pushed out in matter of weeks then I'm still in. Also as long as the phones stay debloated and virtually unskinned.

  • danbutter

    If they add SD cards and removable batteries they would really compete with Samsung if you ask me. That's the only reason I'm buying Samsung.

  • Joshua Hill

    Where's the more likely option?

  • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

    Remember how long it took Motorola to actually make changes after being bought by Google? Everyone was wondering why Motorola still had their crappy DROID line up and nothing good offered on other carriers, and why updates still took a while. It was at least a year until they really turned around, so I don't expect any major changes for a while.

  • Jeff Badger

    I just purchased two Moto Xs this afternoon. My wife and I just finished our two year contract with Verizon. Unfortunately, due to coverage and our company discount, leaving them is not an option for us. She got to design her phone through MotoMaker; whereas, I ordered a developer's edition. $350 per phone (after the Jan. 27 sale) is an absolute steal for brand new phones, and it allows us to keep our unlimited data. My wife doesn't care about updates, but the developer's edition gives me a little bit of cover since I can tinker with it should I get the urge (or timely updates stop coming).

    This was a no-brainer in our situation.

  • Ben Lee

    Lenovo have a proven track record of maintaining quality and brands. I think this will move Motorola forward more than Google did. They're a proven company with major consumer interest. They also have the manufacturing might and skills to maintain and grow the current products. I personally think this week make Motorola a striker band and major contender.

  • shepwong

    Lenovo has a good reputation for not clogging their (Thinkpad) laptops with bloatware. I hope the same philosophy makes it to their Moto phone division. Keep it close to stock Android with, perhaps, some security/backup type enhancements only.

    I'm a big fan of their Thinkpads (on my 3rd one) and look forward to seeing what they do with Moto.

  • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

    I don't know yet. Lenovo is a good company. I love what Moto has done with the X and G, from cheap hardware to speedy updates. The Moto X (2) probably would have been my next phone, replacing the Nexus 5 (unless Google figures out the camera and battery life situations).

    If Moto keeps up their strategy with regards to affordable hardware, unlocked devices, and timely software updates - facilitated by simple, clean versions of Android - I have every intention of supporting them under Lenovo. However, if they don't, I won't.

  • Oversight68

    if they start skinning it or delay updates, I'm less likely to be interested. If they keep their current approach, including fast updates, I will definitely consider them in the future.

  • Mark

    The best phone I've ever owned is a Motorola. The best laptop computer I've ever owned is a Lenovo. This might not be a bad thing, time will tell.

    • Gregwashere

      I've had the exact same experience. I think Google really didn't get behind Motorola and I hope Lenovo has the smarts to do so.

  • jordanjay29

    The poll is fairly skewed towards a polarized reaction. Where is the option for those who may not purchase such a product unrelated to the fact that this deal just went through? Or those who just plain don't care?

  • https://play.google.com/store/search?q=kodiak+211 Google_Is_The_Higgs_Boson

    I was really thinking about getting the Moto X, I just got my free upgrade... But now, I'm thinking Nexus 5, finish out my contract with Sprint, and go to straight talk...

  • jdomann

    It's a contributing factor in why I'm returning my Moto X. Not the main reason, but hearing they got sold off literally within an hour of receiving my Moto X really disappointed me.

  • jt

    I Have a atrix hd..My phone has had I up date .if thay cant up date phone then I wount buy it any more. That what I think

  • http://about.me/jmcfrancis James Francis

    I love both brands. Lenovo has been making great laptops and tablets, while Motorola has the genetics for great phones (remember the immortal Razr?). And just look what a boost Lenovo gave to IBM's former brands. I also think Lenovo is the most viable competitor to Samsung in the Android space, so this move is great.

  • fonix232

    I miss the option "I haven't bought any Motorola before and I won't in the future".

    Though, I am not happy with the acquisition. Google could've pushed its own Nexus line of phones instead of outsourcing to LG, Samsung, HTC, etc., which I would've bought instead of the current Nexus bringup.

  • MarkG54321

    Good products are good products regardless.

  • Jeric Garcia

    I'm afraid lenovo won't issue updates to Moto devices as fast as when Motorola company is controlled by Google. Chinese company rarely give updates to their devices. Lets put Huawei and ZTE as examples

  • Shane Newton

    I really love what the Nexus brand stands for, and will most likely be my go to in the future. I was going to make the Moto X my next phone because of the useful additional features and that it was made by an American company. However, now that it's Lenovo, I won't even consider it. Not that they're a bad company, as I often recommend their computer products to customers, but rather that I see no good reason to stray from the Nexus way of life. Maybe they'll get lucky and be allowed to make the next Nexus?

  • ksavai

    actually outside US in many asian countries lenovo have better reputation and presence compare to motorola.. so if they use lenovo network for production and distribution this deal will benefit all

  • CJ

    I was all set on making the Moto X line my phone of choice going forward, but now I'm definitely having second thoughts.

  • GraveUypo

    it hasn't affected anything to me. if the phone's good i don't care who makes it

  • piratesmvp04

    I am hoping that Lenovo will add micro SD cards and removable batteries to Motorola's lineup. The lack of both of those is one of the main things causing me to hesitate on purchasing a Moto G right now.

  • Gobbles

    So, where's the option, i don't mind at all?

    • papernick

      "No - I think Motorola will continue making great phones and supporting them under Lenovo's leadership."

      Unless you meant you don't even care about the whole thing, in which case, why are you even here?

      • Gobbles

        I never considered a Motp phone in the first place, so the support line is not applying.

        It's not i don't care, but i simply don't understand all the hassle about it. The phones don't degrade just because another company takes over..

        Updates are another thing, but i am talking about hardware here.

  • disqus_5WNzR6XWBG

    All I really want from Moto in the future is phones like the Moto G (price range wise). Well, I guess in addition to that I want said Moto G esque phones to be close stock android and with some assurances on updates. If those conditions are met, I see no issue.

  • JG

    Here's a question... Given the Google-Samsung cross link patent agreement and Samsung's promise to cut back on their customization....

    What do you think the odds would be we might see a Samsung Galaxy X, combining the benefits of the Galaxy S line with the Moto X line. They like making variants of their phones (the Galaxy S4 has an Active & Mini version) so why not make an X version for the S5. With Google's blessing, take the X8 patents, replacing the Snapdragon S4 Pro with whatever 64-bit processor the S5 will have and add the always listening feature. Ditch Touchwiz for AOSP Android to facilitate faster updates. The best of the Galaxy and X lines rolled into one phone.

    Maybe with Google and Samsung being buddy-buddy, Niantic may extend the exclusivity of the Ultrastrike weapons to the Galaxy X as well...

    I think I could probably be down for it... As long as its aviliable for Verizon of course (sorry not gonna give up my unlimited data), preferably as a developers edition so I can get an unlocked bootloader...

  • vinnyjr

    I buy my phones per each phones build quality, specks, software & most important overall customer feel. Currently own 5S, Note 3 and Nexus 7. The best phone to date is the Note 3, it has it all. I am a Custom Home Builder and the use I get with the great Software on my Note 3 is unbelievable, nothing is even close. That S-Pen is a life saver in my business. Once you use & understand the capabilities of the S-Pen you won't want any other device. Thank You Samsung.

  • LE Sacks

    I still recon that Lenovo have to produce a Windows phone. They sell laptops (and now servers) to IT departments to run windows for corporate Excel/Word jockeys; and like to centrally control the laptops etc.
    MS has to make their mobile office like offerings great, provide centralized mobile device managment and Lenovo have to provide the hardware. That is a big chunk of the business world....or MS is dead.

  • Cuvis

    The Big questions are, will they keep the US plant open, and will they still get rapid updates? If those two things are true, I'll be on board. Lenovo did recently open up a ThinkPad plant in the States, so I'm hopeful.

  • SoWhy

    When Lenovo bought IBM's consumer computer division, many people were skeptical as well and it turned out fine, so I'm not that worried. Since Lenovo intended to enter the market anyway, they are really focused on it while Google only bought Motorola for the patents

  • Benjamin Flyx

    The CEO of Motorola is absolutely amazing. As long as he remains I have no doubts...

  • A2theC

    Mostly concerned because it will no longer be a Google company. I've had Motorola devices in the pay back all the way to the razr etc, I've loved their stuff until I got off a bit onto a Galaxy Note 3. Was looking into buying a moto X as an extra but not so much now, expecting support to wane.

  • Gregwashere

    I'm glad Google sold Motorola.
    Over the past 5 years I like Google less and Motorola more.
    My Moto X is my favorite phone ever and I have owned several Lenovo laptops and loved them all.

  • blix247

    I think the poll is asked the wrong way. It should be: Do you think Motorola-Lenovo buyout will make phones that you are less likely to buy?

    To which the answer is a huge resounding yes. Lenovo will sap the creativity out of the company in the steady march to turn it profitable.

  • Richie

    I expect Lenovo to do with Moto what they did with IBM laptops, make them better

  • ROBOTICS

    LENOVO MAKES GREAT COMPUTER S ALTEC LANSING SPEAKERS I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THOSE SPEAKERS ON THAT PHONE

    • ROBOTICS

      IN ORDER TO MAKE IT IN SMARTPHONE MARKET LENOVO HAS TO PUT GOOD SPEAKERS IN LIKE I SAID ALTEC LANSING AND MAKE IT LIKE THEIR COMPUTER AND FLASH DRIVE TO SAVE AND PROJECTION FOR YOU TUBE VIDEOS THAT'S WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR IN A SMART PHONE