We suspect Motorola is cooking up a few devices to be revealed in the next few months, but the company's newest trademark is a bit of a head-scratcher. Motorola filed for a trademark on the name "Moto Maxx" just a few days ago, but that could mean several things.


Moto Maxx would be an odd mix of naming conventions from Motorola. Its multi-carrier devices are usually (in the last year) Moto Something, but the Verizon Maxx phones from Motorola have been Droids. Perhaps we're looking at a Motorola device with a bigger battery that's available on more carriers. Alternatively, Verizon is no longer using the Droid branding, which was licensed from Lucasfilm.

If I had to guess, I'd say this is going to be the Droid Maxx successor. Maybe Disney (the owner of Lucasfilm these days) decided not to renew the agreement that allowed Verizon to use the Droid name. There might be some temptation to relate this to Shamu, but I don't see Motorola mixing up its branding that much.

[USPTO – Thanks, Justin]

Ryan Whitwam
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    • Josh Rahn

      OMG!!! NEXUS (MOTO) MAXX anyone?
      I've always wanted a moto nexus since the early days and it sounds like it is finally happening. Love the hardware/hated moto blur.

  • Daniel Smith

    There were versions of the Maxx that was available on more than one carrier, it was just never popular.

    I'm interested in seeing the specs of this.

    • PoisonApple31

      I remember the Motorola RAZR MAXX on Cellcom!

      • Daniel Smith

        I had a Motorola Razr Maxx that was unlocked and put a PAYG Three UK SIM in there as a backup phone.

  • Eddie Roseberry

    I hope that's the end of the Droids. They had their day. Today is not one of them.

    • Jeff Miller

      why do you care if there are Droid phones or not. If you do not like them, dont buy them...simple

      • Eddie Roseberry

        Because I am tired of saying this: "No, you actually have an Android phone, not a 'Droid'".

        • Jeff Miller

          Ok well, without the "droids" Android may not be what it is today. In addition to many other things, Droid helped the popularity of Android.

          • DJ SPY

            DROID made Android a household name.

          • Eddie Roseberry

            I do agree. The OG DROID was a game changer. So was the Incredible and X to an extent. These aren't those days. The brand is virtually a watered down shell of its past. If it were truly a DROID, we would be seeing Verizon's Super Machismo commercials. Now they just slap the name on any phone, add some Kevlar to the back and change the bootup animation. The new DROID phones are fine, but that has more to do with Google's Moto influence than what the brand meant 4-5 years ago.

            But hey, I'm not a hater. I'm simply saying, the longer they keep the name, the less meaning it gives the early days of the brand. But anyone outside of fanboy (me?) that posts on a blog does not really care about this.

        • DanSan

          oh god that grings my gears so hard.

        • tim242

          Really? That term died long ago. The new word is Galaxy. Why do you care what people call their phones?

    • h4rr4r

      What is saddest about them is what they started with. From a nearly nexus OG droid.

    • ddpacino

      Google signed a new deal with Verizon for Droids last year if I'm not mistaken. Not just yet.

      • tim242

        Google has nothing to do with Droid. That is a Verizon/OEM agreement.

        • ddpacino

          LOL, The OEM is Moto dufus, who was bought by who two years ago..? That's right. GOOGLE, and Google/Motorola signed an exclusivity deal for DROID phones last year with Verizon. You can look it up your damn self, but it seems like you lack such skills I'll do the "hard" work for you:

          • tim242

            Mlotorola waa/is run as a separate company. Google was never a part of any of their agreements. I guess you slept through class.

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  • ChrispyAndroid

    I'm hoping that's the actual name of the Moto X+1. Slightly larger Moto X with a bigger battery? Sign me up!

    • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

      YES. Moto X+1 is a ridiculous name.

    • NemaCystX

      From my research of what I dug up on accessory sites in China, there are cases that are compatible with "regular size battery" leading me to believe that there is a good possibility that the battery might be removable or upgradeable. Then I saw this article..... totally took that to the knee

  • Hans Dirk Kwazneski

    I would love if the next Nexus had a monster battery. It'd definitely make up for Moto's shit cameras...

    • Chris Lambert

      Nexxus Maxx?

      • EH101

        Nexus Maxx-imus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North... ? No?

        OK then.

        • theunknown

          Put that thing behind bars

  • morteum

    They're getting the right idea. "Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx HD," then Motorola Droid Maxx, now Moto Maxx. Hear that, Google? How about "Google Music" so we can stop using the ridiculous acronyms.

    • ddpacino

      Lol, that's all I call it, along with my friends who use it. When referring to the subscription, I just refer to it as "Premium".

      Google Play Music All Access is quite a mouthful.

    • Phil Oakley

      They're not going to call it 'Google Music' because it's the second biggest bit of Google Play, behind apps, at least from a consumer perspective.

    • joser116

      It should be Google Music, Google Books, Google Newsstand, Google Magazines, Google Games, Google App Store.

      • bloomtronzero

        Google App Store may necessitate a renaming of Google Apps for Business, though. But then, they should rename that anyways.

        • joser116

          I don't think so. Google App Store and Google Apps for Business are distinguishable.

    • http://si97.com/ Saif

      It was Google Music before, then they decided to bring it under Play brand.

  • senor_heisenberg

    Since it lacks DROID, hopefully it's not a Verizon only device.

  • DJ SPY

    Since when did Verizon drop the DROID brand?

  • kali bred

    Well hopefully with the droid branded phones dying and there not being any more droid phones ppl can actually be semi correct when they say they have a droid phone (short for android of course)

    • cns2007

      Droid brand isn't dying, it's just a Motorola exclusive now.

  • Ryan O’Neill

    Though it's less of a mouthful, the naming convention is still as confusing as ever. There's no sense of chronology like there is with iPhones or Galaxy S phones. Only the most avid Android fans will know the difference among:

    Motorola Droid Razr Maxx
    Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD
    Motorola Droid Maxx
    Moto Maxx

    • Kevin

      Then next is Moto M.

      • Shane

        Then the phone that releases with Android "M" will be the MM with Android M&M

    • https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5oCUR11M24mekZubnc4ZUFCUU0/edit?usp=sharing Metsie

      Well you have to kind of expect that confusion when you have had three Owners in Three years...LOL

    • aol

      Nothing new with Android phones' stupid names.

      Apple speak with the language of regular people. Android manufacturers speak as geeks and only to geeks. I have a Nexus 5 but truth is truth

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        Go fuck yourself.

  • J_Pod

    Please not just Verizon only phone anymore!

  • Eilif

    Bring this to europe and i will be the first one to buy it!

    Currently i have "Motorola Razr MAXX (GSM)"

  • blindexecutioner

    My guess is it's just the Verizon update without the droid name. They may have lost the droid name but I highly doubt they would give up the maxx name when that has been one of the greatest things any manufacture has done with a phone.

  • Noel

    Something tells me SHAMU may have a link to MOTO MAXX. This may be a Moto Phablet while the Moto X+1 will be the phone and successor to the Moto X.

    I will emphasize again here that...I don't see Google making the N6 with a 5.9" screen, unless there will be two devices... the regular 5.2"+ Nexus phone and a 5.9" screen Nexus 6 Phablet.

  • Eduardo o Guimaraens

    Moto Maxx is the Droid Turbo international version. It will be released 5th november in Brazil