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Next-gen Moto X and Moto G will have near-stock Android (Lenovo won't alter Motorola's software strategy)

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Next-gen Moto X and Moto G will have near-stock Android (Lenovo won't alter Motorola's software strategy)
Back in January, when Google agreed to sell Motorola Mobility to Lenovo, the companies said that "Lenovo intends to keep Motorola’s distinct brand identity.” Even so, some users may be worried that Lenovo could alter the software experience on the upcoming Moto smartphones. As you may know, Mototola’s latest handsets, the Moto X and Moto G, are both offering near-stock Android.

Punit Soni, VP of Software at Motorola, today answered a few live questions via Google Hangouts. One of the questions addressed exactly the issue mentioned above: “will future versions of the Moto X and Moto G stick with almost-stock Android?” Punit Soni’s answer was a definite “yes.” He continued by saying that “the core premise of the software strategy is making sure we have pure Android, and that we can provide the best experience to users.”

Well, there you have it: the rumored Moto X+1 (which is expected to be the successor to last year’s Moto X) will run near-stock Android. The same will likely happen with the Moto E (another rumored handset that should be introduced this year), although this doesn’t seem to be the Moto G’s successor, but an even cheaper device.

Punit Soni also said that Motorola will continue to provide quick software updates, and that its handsets’ camera experience (including image quality) will be improved. You can see the full discussion in the video below:



Besides making its own new smartphones, Motorola may also design a handset in collaboration with Lenovo - a device that could be launched before the end of the year. Will this have near-stock Android, too? We don't know, but we're looking forward to finding out. 

via: Motorola (Twitter) 

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posted on 23 Apr 2014, 16:51 11

1. Scott93274 (Posts: 1182; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Excelent news! After all, you've never heard the words "Touchwiz makes the phone better." before.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 18:13 2

12. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3033; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


You also never hear LG's UI makes the phone better or Sense makes the UI better, or Sony's UI makes the phone better. Yea you never hear anybody saying that period.

Hell, some people think stock android ui is too boring and dull.

I don't, but I have heard some people say that.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 18:24 3

13. jroc74 (Posts: 4947; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Before Honeycomb...I felt stock Android was too boring and dull. Was considered blasphemous because it was on a few Android forums where I mentioned it.

A mod actually backed me up, saying he felt the same way. You just dont hear too many ppl saying that about stock Android.

But if you look at the difference between GB and Honeycomb...it shouldnt sound too crazy.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 18:53 1

15. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3033; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Yea I remember when the Nexus One came out, people wanted to root Sense on it, lol

Sense was actually more smooth and had more features than Stock at the time.

ICS brought a lot of nice UI visuals and improvements, while Jellybean fixed a lot of bugs and made it run smoother. Stock Kitkat looks amazing I must admit.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 16:51 2

2. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 460; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


I hope this shuts the mouths of all the clueless cry babies. "If google doesnt own it Im out" "Lenovo will ruin motorola" "Lenovo will slap on moto its own skin"

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 17:02

5. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3319; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Not really. It usually takes a while for Lenovo to ruin the things it buys. Go ask the ThinkPad community if you want to know just how bad things can get when Lenovo takes over.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 17:36 4

9. SellPhones82 (Posts: 520; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Don't most companies still use ThinkPads for their employees? I'm trying to think of anyone I know with a work laptop that's not a ThinkPad. They all ditched Dell and stay away from HP. Plus the Yoga line are some of the best hybrid laptops on the market. So what have they ruined again?

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 19:22

16. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3319; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Read the reviews of the latest laptops, i.e. T540, T440, W540, etc. They are all over, including Youtube. The machines have a junky "clunkpad", poor build quality, non-standard mounts for drives, lack of indicator lights, lack of hardware wifi swtich, etc. The reviews of many of the recent ThinkPads are very poor.

I don't follow laptop market share, so I don't know who is gaining/losing share. I do know that Dell's recent professional notebooks have gotten better reviews than the recent Thinkpads.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 09:40

20. SellPhones82 (Posts: 520; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


I was given an L540 and agree that the mouse is bad, but it's basically the same mouse (with the weird red control between G,H, and B) that IBM had always used. Mine is docked so I can have two monitors and I use a wireless Logitech keyboard and mouse as I hate typing on any laptop keyboard. This one also has indicator lights, one is on dock and the other is built into the logo on the front. Wifi, sound, and screen brightness are all controlled via the top row of buttons, which is pretty common with any "work" laptop. Performance on it is better than anything I've used as far as handling Outlook, Excel, Word, Chrome, IE, and a few finical systems all at once which out a hitch. It's not attractive and missing some features that I'd want in a laptop for personal use, but is great for what it was made to do. PC mag lists 4 Thinkpads in the top 10 for best business laptops. Macbook Air and Pro were 1 and 2 respectively, and no other OEM had more than 2 in the top 10. Lenovo is the only company that still shows laptop growth in a declining PC market and continue to widen their lead on HP and Dell based on Q4 results.

posted on 12 May 2014, 22:26

23. bob_monkeywarts (Posts: 147; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


GPE's to the rescue!!! :)

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 16:53

3. md227a (Posts: 126; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


Well this is good news at least. Still enjoying my moto x. I've tried new phones such as the HTC one m8 & lg g flex, and still go back to moto.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 16:54 1

4. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 460; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


Thats cause none of the phones you mentioned did anything innovative for user experience like moto x did.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 17:03

6. Scott93274 (Posts: 1182; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


That is true. I love the active listening/notifications, Moto Assist, Shake to activate the camera. Though it would have been nice if they game the user the ability to choose what app the shacking function activated.

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 01:54

21. TheGenius (Posts: 339; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


Shacking.? :'D
You made my day.!

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 17:21

7. Xavier1022 (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Apr 2014)


Yes! The next version of Android is pretty much comfirmed weither it be 4.5 or 5.0 for the Moto G and Moto X. So glad Lenovo didn't mess things up and i can't wait to see where they take Moto Assit and Active Notifications and did he just say driving mode will be available for the G? Gotta love Motorola!

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 17:31

8. jroc74 (Posts: 4947; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Sounds good Lenovo.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 17:37

10. AfterShock (Posts: 2812; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


I'm thinking their going to stay true to form an I'm definitely keeping an eye on them.
If they throw a s805 with 420 in along side their other goodies at a decent price, it'll be another serious contender in the future releases.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 17:47

11. grahaman27 (Posts: 347; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Punit also mentioned they "guarantee updates" for something like 18 months. so support wont end until mid 2015 at the earliest.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 18:37

14. fatedcircle14 (Posts: 23; Member since: 18 Mar 2014)


and I hope that moto-x will be released in more markets for a reasonable price especially in Asia especially if theyre going to make the moto-x successor exclusive in the US

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 19:49

17. ThePython (Posts: 303; Member since: 08 May 2013)


PRAISE THE LORD!

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 21:43 1

18. express77 (unregistered)


If it is the same hardware quality, with same antenna tech and faster updates, I am fine.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 07:20

19. jroc74 (Posts: 4947; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Yes....most definitely let Moto do their usual magic with the antenna, phone parts.

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 15:42

22. aaronxl315 (Posts: 3; Member since: 15 Dec 2013)


Great news!!! For me with my Moto G and my brother with his Moto X Also we have Lenovo laptops LOL, I was worried about that when Lenovo bougth motorola but now that isn't a problem.

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