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

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) 



1. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

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


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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.

13. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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 shouldnt sound too crazy.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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.

2. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 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"

5. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

9. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 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?

16. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

20. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 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.

23. bob_monkeywarts unregistered

GPE's to the rescue!!! :)

3. md227a

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 20, 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.

4. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

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

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 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.

21. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

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

7. Xavier1022

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 23, 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!

8. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Sounds good Lenovo.

10. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 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.

11. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

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

14. fatedcircle14

Posts: 23; Member since: Mar 18, 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

17. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013


18. express77 unregistered

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

19. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

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

22. aaronxl315

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 15, 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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