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Bloomberg: Sanjay Jha is Out at Motorola, Google Will Appoint Dennis Woodside as New CEO

Oh, boy. According a report from Bloomberg, current Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha will be replaced by Dennis Woodside, who is a senior VP at Google and has been leading the transition of the two companies and reporting directly to CEO Larry Page.

Now that the merger has essentially been signed off on, we sort of expected there to be some shuffling up at the top. But dropping Sanjay? Did anyone see that coming? OK, be real, many of you were certainly hoping this would happen after 2 years of questionable moves by Motorola’s smartphone division and what seems to be declining sales quarter after quarter.

Neither Motorola nor Google would confirm the move, but Bloomberg seems to be satisfied with their 3 sources who of course, will remain nameless.

If you are wondering how Sanjay will survive going forward, rumor has it that he will make somewhere around $66 million extra thanks to pushing this merger into the lap of Google. I’d say he should be able to put dinner on the table for a couple of years.

And yeah, I’m dying to hear your thoughts on this one.

Via:  Bloomberg

  • http://Twitter.com/ContestsAccount bigrob60

    FREEEEDOOMMM!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Schmucker/1498547350 Chris Schmucker

    This calls for a sexy party!!!

  • Guest

    Makes perfect sense really…and likely the reason Sanjay pushed for the deal in the first place.  He gets a nice ADDITIONAL bonus of $66M  How much will he make total?  How much MotoMobility stock does he own????

  • EC8CH

    Micheal_NM… this one’s for you

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      +1

    • Michael_NM

      I went to buy a lottery ticket as soon as I heard the news. :-)

    • CORYK333

      HA!!!!!! Beat me to it, well played.

  • Letz_Shake

    Gentlemen, it has begun.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1359390083 Sodiq Awokoya

    He’s leaving the position, but not leaving the company he will just a lower position, but hey at least it has changes. Hopefully we will see really good products come out of this new moto/google merger. 

  • New_Guy

    It’s about friggin time…

    Does Google just know how to get it right or what…

  • skubadoo

    I have a strong feeling Moto is making the next Nexus device!! 

    • fvqu

      Its very likely

      • http://twitter.com/Belatukadro Justtyn Hutcheson

        If they win the bid, sure.  If they don’t, someone else will.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001992840095 Tj Allen

    I’m just going to leave this here…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76RrdwElnTU 

  • GCurry

    Depends a bit on his replacement, but without knowing anything on that front …

    1. changing the guy at the top makes it easier to change policy, which is owned by the guy at the top

    2. replacing the guy at the top with a Googleoid ought to mean better integration of the two organizations, both architecturally and culturally

    So, I think it’s appropriate.   Difficult to pull off, but appropriate

  • Lgreg64

    Google needs to be very careful or HTC, LG, Sam and the rest will be very upset. 

    • http://twitter.com/Belatukadro Justtyn Hutcheson

      And do what?  Go to WP7?  Its hard to differentiate your product when you have such strict hardware and software requirements.  Not to mention the licensing fees.

      • ddevito


        And do what?  Go to WP7?”

        Yes. They already are.

        • http://twitter.com/Belatukadro Justtyn Hutcheson

          True, they do make WP7 devices, but they have too much invested in Android to just drop it.  Besides, being unhappy with a platform’s originator doesn’t mean they will overlook all the money they’re making from it.

          • ddevito

            I think it all comes down to sales and how much Google’s incentive was to jump onboard (the “less than free” model they sold them on). MSFT has Nokia now so perhaps it’s a moot point, especially since MSFT makes money off (almost) every Android phone sold.

          • http://twitter.com/Belatukadro Justtyn Hutcheson

            Excellent point on the MS licensing Android.  Though, I’d be be interested to see if those fees are less than the WP7 license fees.  The MS – Nokia partnership I think was a bad move for MS, as they are guaranteed to show preferential treatment, something that Google has specifically stated they would not do.  If they can uphold their software neutrality, Android will continue to flourish.  If they can’t, the platform will fall as soon as there’s something to replace it with (WP8 is a likely candidate, as could be WebOS).

          • ddevito

            Couldn’t agree more

        • Lgreg64

          what did  HP CEO Meg Whitman say

          • ddevito

            Of all high tech leaders, she’s the last person I’d listen to. HP had a golden opportunity with WebOS and they completely screwed the pooch. They’re just pissed at the world.

            I’m sure Google would love HP onboard. And with Intel and Google becoming BFFs in 2012 I’m sure HP is watching. 

          • ddevito

            I can’t EVER see Android be closed. It’s a perfect niche for them while iOS and WP7 are closed.

          • sgtguthrie

            I think Whitman is wrong too, but check your facts. She wasn’t ceo then. She was hired after the webos/touchpad debacle ;-)

          • ddevito

            Yes, I know. I didn’t say she was responsible, although I’m not sure how much better she is than Leo Apotheker was (whatever his last name was). 

  • http://twitter.com/JDMaker1 JDMaker

    Moto Hardware & Google Software – the end.  There were a couple nice features of “Blur” on my Droid-X, which have almost all be included in ICS on my Galaxy Nexus.  

    • http://twitter.com/Belatukadro Justtyn Hutcheson

      Yeah, I wouldn’t count on seeing any stock Android devices from Motorola anytime soon.  The new UI leaked for the Razr will probably stick around for a while.
      My reasoning: if Motorola goes vanilla, what point is there in even having a Nexus device?  All Motorola devices would be Nexus devices.

      • srh12

         The what would all the nexus fangirls do? Theyd need something else to prance around “brag” about on droid life!

        • EC8CH

          I think everyone would benefit because there would be more choices available for people looking for stock android devices.

        • http://twitter.com/Belatukadro Justtyn Hutcheson

          They’d brag about how much better the True Nexus is, rather than the MotoFail knockoffs, of course!

          ALL HAIL THE ONE GALAXY NEXUS!!>!>!>!>@KM@#J#IJJIO#J

        • riteshk

          And the compulsory fanboi arrives.. 

      • ddevito

        “All Motorola devices would be Nexus devices.”

        ^+10000 to that!  :p

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002918282828 Christopher Grame

    This is a great day for android!

  • Nate Davidson

    Finally.

  • r0lct

    The first step in Google running Moto independently. ;)

  • sgtguthrie

    All I have to say is “oem fastboot unlock”!!! Do that moto, and I’ll buy your phones again ;-)

    • Deltaechoe

      * “fastboot oem unlock”

      • sgtguthrie

        Ha, guess I’m a little dyslexic… LOL Good catch :-)

  • http://twitter.com/DroidBricker Droid Bricker

    Don’t let the door hit Sanjay in the bootloader on the way out!!! Jha Jha Jha!

  • enigmaco

    YES!!!! Change has begun!!!!

  • BoozeRob

    About time.

  • MergenBaller

    very smart decision

  • RaptorOO7

    Jha knew it was going to happen . . . right.  Seriously glad to see in infusion of Google mindset there and hopefully it means better things for Motorola, more consistent hardware, (hopefully dropping) blur and ultimately unlocked devices.

    • http://fujibayashi.jp/ Gasai Yuno

      Why do people dislike Blur? My D2G on 4.5.608 has awesome stability and the Blur email client is so far the best I used on Android. All those fancy CM7s and CM9s still lack IMAP4 push support.

      • PC_Tool

        Some folks immediately vomit distaste for anything non-AOSP, regardless of merit.

        It almost seems like a reflex-action. 

        Someone mention as *any* of the manufacturer skins, in any kind of positive light, and that person is immediately swarmed by dolts who appear capable of a total vocabulary of about three words.

        Look at any comment regarding TouchWiz ports for the G’Nex on XDA or rootzwiki for some prime examples of this.

        • http://fujibayashi.jp/ Gasai Yuno

          It would be of course great if the user could choose between the skinned version and AOSP.

          And the statistics. For AOSP vs “skinned” Android users.

          I’m almost sure a lot of people would still use something like Blur. I really find it more convenient for actual use and not constant tinkering. I love the fact that with Blur I got an email client that informs me whenever I get a new message in my IMAP4 mailbox. Instantly. Without that “check for new mail every 5 minutes” stuff.

        • srh12

           Look at any comment to any post on Dlife and youll see prime examples.

        • http://quiklives.tumblr.com quiklives

          I think all of the manufacturers’ skins have something in them that I like, but I don’t like the whole things, and I especially don’t like being forced to use them when they usually do slow the phone down.

          I don’t have a problem with manufacturers putting skins on their phones. I do understand that as the hardware of the phones can only be so different (basically just a casing for the stuff that goes behind the screen), making what’s on the screen look different is how they get a lot of people to choose one phone over another. I just think that users should have the option to uninstall any piece or as much of it as they want and use AOSP instead, without resorting to rooting and ROMing.

      • http://twitter.com/Belatukadro Justtyn Hutcheson

        I agree with the Blur e-mail client.  The usual argument is that manufacturer skins just get in the way, slow down the handset, break the software, etc etc.
        However, all OEM skins are built from source just like CM9/AOKP/MIUI.  The manufacturers just can’t send out builds whenever they want like the ROM community can.

        • Deltaechoe

          Um, yes they can?  Custom roms are made by single people or small teams of hobbyist coders while the OEM skins are made by full teams of professional programmers.  I suspect that the problem isn’t the coders, per se, but instead the project managers and executives who don’t know anything about coding except that it makes the cpu do things and the screen display things.

        • islandak

          I’ve owned (or own) a OG Droid, D2G, Thunderbolt, and GNex. My wife currently has a D4. I feel I can offer a fairly educated opinion from a user standpoint.
          I
          far and away prefer the stock android experience.

          The Blur launcher is very slow. There are some positives (I LOVE the Blur Alarm Clock), but nothing compelling enough for me to keep it as my UI. My work email has a Google backbone, and the gmail app works quite well.

          Sense does a lot of great things too. HTC’s proprietary apps can be awesome. I would (and did) trade those for aosp.

          I think all the OEM skin “hate” comes from the limitations on the ability to modify the phone as the user sees fit. If there were a way to freeze or eliminate skin features that are unwanted, I believe the rooted-public would be a lot less hostile.

      • http://www.gadgetsteria.com The Gadgeteur

        Because they (1) look terrible. The only decent looking skin is Sense 4.0. But I’d much rather have Android 4.0 shine through with NO manufacturer UI touches at all. They are hardware manufacturers, not UI/UX designers and should stop acting as such. (2) They are resource hogs. No reason to have them running on top of a perfectly good OS. 

        The email client is a rare exception, though by itself is no reason to have an entire skin installed. Pull the email client out, kill BLUR and we’re all happy. 

        • http://fujibayashi.jp/ Gasai Yuno

          But I like Blur. It survives for 32 hours on a single charge. CM7 and CM9 barely hold out for 16.
          It also doesn’t slow anything, at least on my device.

          • http://www.gadgetsteria.com The Gadgeteur

            If you honestly think BLUR is smooth, you haven’t used a “smooth” device. I’ve used every single mid to high-end Motorola device since ’09 and 0 of them have been smooth out of the box. Also, never gotten more than ~16 hours of charge on any of their phones either. I’m a pretty heavy data user though, more than most people I’d say, so that factors into it. 

            My other big gripe as of late is their insistance on using crappy displays. The Droid 4 is a sad disappointment. Awesome keyboard combined with an atrocious display. :(

          • http://fujibayashi.jp/ Gasai Yuno

            I use a D2G and it does feel fine to me.

          • http://www.gadgetsteria.com The Gadgeteur

            Go use an iPhone or any Windows Phone and then come back to your D2G and tell me how smooth it is. :p

          • http://fujibayashi.jp/ Gasai Yuno

            An acquaintance of mine has an iPhone 4. Feels about the same. Although Android Browser felt faster than Apple’s.

          • Sleepy

            Here’s the difference.  If you install a custom ROM it is expected that you know basic optimization procedures for battery performance.  If you were having lower than optimal battery life out of CM you didn’t adjust the settings correctly.  Note this is THE argument against skins.  User customization.  I can make a custom ROM do what I want it to.  Blur comes as is.

          • http://fujibayashi.jp/ Gasai Yuno

            16 hours is with SetCPU at 300 to 800MHz.

            Instead of 1200.

          • Bobukcat

            Every time my wife (who had an 3GS and now uses a 4 everyday) uses my Bionic she comments on how fast and smooth it is. It lags occasionally on some things but so does her iPhone.

          • kixofmyg0t

            I have a D2G(as well as 6 other Moto phones ) and it runs smooth. Well just as smooth as my iPhone 4. 

            Maybe you had a broken one. 

          • PC_Tool

            “If you honestly think BLUR is smooth, you haven’t used a “smooth” device.”

            …or you haven’t used the RAZR MAXX.  One of our sales-critters has one, and even though Blur is not my fave, it is nice and quick on that device.

            I think the problem here is that most folks are basing their opinions on really old versions of these “skins”.  A prime example would be TouchWiz…

            Ver. 3.0, on Eclair/Froyo/Gingerbread *sucked*.  It was slow, laggy, and had little to nothing going for it over AOSP in terms of functionality.  It was bad.  Really bad.  I hated it..and my phone because of it.

            Ver 4.0 on GB or higher *flies*, due to hardware acceleration, and has many features not only un-found in AOSP, but in virtually any other launcher.  It made me like my phone again.

            When someone mentions Touchwiz, the vitriol and venom spewed by the masses can only be attributed to the horror that was 3.0.  TW 4 simply doesn’t deserve that same perception.

  • guest

    It was reported a month ago that this was going to happen. This isn’t news.

    • CORYK333

      Cool, so you wont have to post it on YOUR android site…….smh

  • http://www.twitter.com/slinky317 slinky317

    Good.  I can’t believe Moto’s shareholders let him stick around for so long.  With the exception of the OG Droid and getting bought by Google, almost every other decision he had was a failure.

  • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

    Something had to change.  Their phones, while solidly built, are a joke.  Hopefully their phones going forward will have stock Android, unlocked bootloaders, and good displays.

  • Droidzilla

    As a happy RAZR owner, I fully support this move. I’d love to see Google shake some things up at Motorola Mobility.

  • Jdstell

    To Larry Page: Sanjay is gone, only two more things to work on; dump MotoBlur and unlock those bootloaders.

    • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

      And force Moto to use good displays in their phones.

      • Michael Forte

        THIS!

      • kidtronic

        That’t their biggest weakness. Motoblur can be removed. Those dismal screens can’t.

      • Chalrie

        There already are great displays made by Moto, but they are just in the wrong country!  Bring them Stateside should be the thing to force them to do.

    • http://fujibayashi.jp/ Gasai Yuno

      Please leave Blur intact.

      There are no better email clients available.

      • RedPandaAlex

        Or. Take the good features of blur and roll it into AOSP.

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7Pn1-980zw TheAndroid1

          Right! Let them install applications and change some colors around.  Just make sure people can uninstall the apps that they don’t want/need.

        • Geoff Hinchliff

           Then all phones will have these features so fewer people would buy moto.  Not the best move.

          • RedPandaAlex

            Google’s not going to care that much whether you buy a Moto device or some other Android. They just want to raise the bar for the ecosystem and get more people buying Android in general.

          • Noyfb

            KELLEX, we need a hypothetical poll for fun, who wants to keep moto blur or who doesn’t. If you could decide to change Moto blur:
            A. Keep Blur
            B.Get rid of Blur
            C.Keep some aspects of blur
            D. I don’t care

        • islandak

          +1! There are some nice apps/features in blur. But they aren’t nice enough that I kept it on my D2.

        • Deltaechoe

          What good features?

      • LiterofCola

        I agree, I like the UI.  It’s not as bas as some would have most believe.  But this can only push the dream of a Moto Nexus even closer.

    • http://www.facebook.com/LuisElTiburon Luis Rojas

      If so, there is a GOD

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Josue-Aristy/540455542 Josue Aristy

       Unlocked Bootloaders for everybody!

      With love GOOGLE!

  • burntcookie90

    Please be true.

  • Michael Forte

    UNLOCK ALL THE BOOTLOADERS!

    • http://www.twitter.com/colinscatt Colin S.

      What time does the Narwhal bacon?

      • Jeremyx237

        The Narwhal bacon’s at midnight!

  • ddevito

    I’m still fascinated to see what will happen with Googlorola. Google TV set top boxes, Google branded hardware, etc – I wonder though if a potential shift in focus will make its other OEMs look to change the way they do business. Time will tell.

    (But I sure hope Google knows what its doing) I still don’t think they know anything about hardware

    • http://twitter.com/Belatukadro Justtyn Hutcheson

      I hope Google stays out of the hardware design and optimization, considering they have no history with such things and Motorola was built upon its strong hardware design.

      • ddevito

        If the reports last week are true, then that doesn’t look like the case. It seems they’re expanding the Mountain View campus for a hardware testing lab.

    • Greyhame

      I don’t think Moto’s set top boxes are a part of Moto Mobility..

  • Mhous Thirtythree

    buh bye :) now the question is, will Mr. Woodside finally unlock the bootloaders?

    • http://fujibayashi.jp/ Gasai Yuno

      There’s no real reason for him to do it, is there?

      • palomosan

        Yuno what you doing here, where’s Keita-kun?

        • http://fujibayashi.jp/ Gasai Yuno

          I’m afraid I don’t know who you are talking about.

      • Sporttster

        Yea, it’s not like they aren’t already making millions and millions in profits and everything is fine and everyone wants their phones and…..  sure, no ‘real reason’, huh…

  • rals

    The merger is looking good so far. 

  • RedPandaAlex

    GTFO

  • kretz7

    Kellen, do you know if Sanjay will still hold a position at Moto?

  • http://profiles.google.com/jeremy.sheehan Jeremy Sheehan

    Supercharging Android here we go!

  • Bewara2009

    The guy didn’t know what the hell he was doing, that’s what happens. So long Jhaaaaaaaaa

    • mtkregs

      I highly doubt that “The guy didn’t know what he was doing”.  CEOs are unseated in acquisitions on a regular basis and, more than not, they set themselves up with healthy golden parachutes.  He knows exactly what he’s doing.

      What do you think Motorola Mobility was worth prior to the Droid 1?  What’s happened to its stock since then?  He knows exactly what he’s doing.

      Fanboys can bash the dude…but, he’ll be laughing all the way to the bank.

      • srh12

         Dont try to teach the lemmings about corporate governance, its futile.
        They seem to think the CEO is the one who demands the phones have locked bootloaders and he personally installs bloatware on the phones.
        Its not like moto has a board of directors signing off on all of this, or the officers didnt approve of committee decisions about device security and advertising revenue.Nope it was all this sanjay dude, everything will change now!
        Idiots.

        • yeahyeah

           Yeah he knows what he is doing i mean he was the one saying that it wasn’t blur causing issues with their phones it was “bad apps” come on get your head out of your ass.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=590141498 Conner Brown

          I’m calling BS on this comment. Ever heard of Steve Jobs? The dude had a hand in every product Apple released for how many years??? So yes, CEOs can be a very important factor in product development and overall brand quality…..if they want to be.

          • Sp4rxx

             Yeah but he also ‘went against the grain’ or did his best at toppling the status quo.  If CEOs did more of that, I am sure that corporate structure would change.

            SRH’s comment is not BS in the slightest.  You just use the one exception that proves the rule, there skip!

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=590141498 Conner Brown

            I used an exception to the rule because I expect the exceptional from Android.

          • Sp4rxx

             ….or you expect it to be what YOU want it to be.  To most, it IS exceptional.  Just because it doesn’t meet your personal demands doesn’t mean it is not exceptional ….

            “exceptional” is subjective.

        • WickedToby741

          The CEO does call the shots though and should make the necessary moves to keep consumers happy. I don’t care how much bloatware Verizon would like to install on my phone, the manufacturer should protect my right to uninstall it or not put it there in the first place. In addition, if unlocked bootloaders is what the people want, that’s what I’d be giving them if I was CEO. They can’t shovel us BS that it was Verizon’s call because HTC unlocked their Verizon phones and the Galaxy Nexus wouldn’t be on Verizon if Verizon wouldn’t allow the unlocked bootloader. Appeasing the consumer appeases the shareholders, and they’re more important than any carrier’s demands.

        • LiterofCola

          Yeah, pretty much.  It’s always easier for the mindless to have someone to blame.

        • mtkregs

          As I read through some of these comments/replies, it seems that I have struck a chord with some of the Android hobbyists.  I think some people lose sight that, even though phonegeekyness is a hobby for them, it’s actually, more importantly, a business.  While it’s good that hobbyists have passion for their hobby, that passion can also cloud their understanding of the reasoning behind business decisions.

          It’s funny to read posts referring to Sanjay Jha’s failure to unlock bootloaders and how some consider that to be a poor business decision.  While the hobbyist considers that to be a major issue, I doubt that it’s even a blip on Motorola’s radar (from a business sense).  Why?…because hobbyist represent a minuscule % of smartphone buyers. 

      • kidtronic

        Fanboys of what? And his prodigious bank account not withstanding, Motorola made a number of terrible decisions under Jha. Since the OG Droid, and up until the Droid Razr, Motorola consistently churned out some of the ugliest phones on the market with an even worst skin. The pentile screens they’ve used have been among the most awful on the market and their cameras never measure up to the competition. Don’t get me started on the Xoom and the Xyboard. He should have been fired for those names alone. If he knew what he was doing, Motorola would have long since capitalized on the head start they had with the OG Droid instead of lagging behind the market leaders. 

        • http://twitter.com/Koobie_2009 Koobie_2009

          The disaster that is the XOOM is much more than it’s name.

      • KleenDroid

        They know how to create sweet golden parachutes. But they sell products and don’t seem to understand what people want; There is no reason Motorola couldn’t be kicking some serious ass following the success of the Droid 1. But the lock down the bootloaders while plenty of other manufacturers do not on Verizon. The release phones with potential but always drop the ball. Example: There is no reason the Droid 3 shouldn’t have been 4g. There is no reason the Droid 4 couldn’t have a decent screen. And there is no reason all of their phones couldn’t have an unlocked bootloader. Now that Google has kicked this idiot out I look forward to them fixing these simple issues and I look forward to the day I can come back to Motorola. Actually by simply unlocking the bootloader on all their phones since the D1 would be a very good start.. 

      • angermeans

        I agree the original Droid saved the company and he was the CEO at the time but he was let go for a reason. The Droid was a giant success but every move since then has been questionable at best. Motorola has since declined in everything since the Droid so you can’t just look at a phone that was a success over two years ago. In technology you have to continue to make good decisions and Motorola has done everything but the right decisions. If he was as good as you said he would still be the CEO. Google did the right thing. You are right though he is a smart man or he wouldn’t have been the CEO I. the first place and like most in his position he made sure he was taken care of, but make no mystake Motorola could be a whole lot better off today if he and the company had made better decisions.

      • Sporttster

        It is absolutely disgusting what CEO’s make in relation to the guy on the floor. Not to mention they can run the friggin company into the ground AND get rich doing it! Something is really, REALLY wrong with that….

      • LiterofCola

        Exactly

      • BlithelyDoubting

        Crying all the way to the bank!  That is the phrase, not laughing.  That negates all of the subtle meaning.  Sigh.

  • sc0rch3d

    maybe he wants to go work on his golf game

  • http://twitter.com/TonyG916 Tony

    i like the move. wish the best for sanjay, im sure he’ll land on his feet.

    • bob

      he’ll be fine as long as he lands on his locked bootloader

      • CORYK333

        That sounds like it would hurt, especially since its so hard to crack

  • http://www.twitter.com/helmes/ Henry

    I’m glad he is out but we need to give credit where it is due. This guy saved motorola mobility.

    • http://www.twitter.com/helmes/ Henry

      and helped android a lot!

  • http://twitter.com/daltonmarks Dalton Marks

    Good riddence

  • Kehveltre

    Thank god.

  • Stephen

    Maybe there will finally be unlocked bootloaders…………sike

  • Towelie420

    good riddance to bad rubbish

  • zepfloyd

    Last fall Sanjay strongly signaled he’d essentially be out after the merger closed. Not surprised.

  • Fenrisakashi

    Talk to me in 6months…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10215724 Raj Bhatt

    Good, maybe the new guy will abandon Blur or whatever they call it these days. Like most CEOs though, he will probably never understand the importance of an unlocked bootloader.

    • kretz7

      I’m pretty sure Google understands…

    • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

      He’s from Google, so hopefully no Blur, Google designed phones and unlocked bootloaders. Oh, and the Google logo on all smartphones running Android.

      • http://twitter.com/Belatukadro Justtyn Hutcheson

        Blur will remain, of that I am certain.  Locked bootloaders are a “maybe”, depending upon how strong the agreements between Motorola and the carriers are, though those will most likely be re-negotiated once the merger is complete.

        • http://fujibayashi.jp/ Gasai Yuno

          I wholeheartedly agree about Blur. There’s nothing really wrong with having a custom UI. You just need to know where to stop, and judging by the differences between Froyo Blur and Gingerbread Blur, Motorola is steadily improving on this.

          Bootloader unlock would be great news but I doubt it’ll happen to the older models (DROID2, DX, D2G, and such). I’m not sure if they can really be unlocked since they don’t even use fastboot…

          P.S. Finally someone who doesn’t join the bandwagon. I was getting tired of those weirdos.

  • htowngtr

    Meg was right… Watch Google go closed source, use Moto as their flagship for phones.

    • RedPandaAlex

      Nope. But I’m sure they’ll appreciate being able to tell ONE of the OEMs what to do. I mean, none of them have been running stock devices.

    • https://plus.google.com/114483312559013915960/ Timoh

      Not likely. She was just trying to scare the other manufacturers, start a media storm of speculation.

    • EC8CH

      Google cares more about Android marketshare than about how much any particular flagship phone sells.

    • http://twitter.com/Ike_Farmer Chris Franzen

      if you think that then you have ZERO understanding of android…

  • Dickripple

    Nice to see him go, that guy is a total asshat. Lot’s of silly moves on his part.

    • Travisjshepherd

      No, he’s worse, he’s one of those disposable toilet seat covers. I believe I use the term ass gasket.

  • http://twitter.com/__paolo Paolo Ozaraga

    good riddance

  • Travisjshepherd

    Well now we can assume Moto will blame Google for locked bootloaders. hahahahahahaha!

    • MKader17

      “Since Motorola Mobility is no longer owned by Motorola we must approve any bootloader policies through the company’s new owner, Google. We are still discussing this policy and will let you know as soon as we find out anything about Google’s stance on bootloaders.”

      • http://twitter.com/Belatukadro Justtyn Hutcheson

        where is that quote from?

        • MKader17

          sar·casm   noun ˈsär-ˌka-zəm
          1 : a sharp and often satirical or ironic utterance designed to cut or give pain

          2 a: a mode of satirical wit depending for its effect on bitter, caustic, and often ironic language that is usually directed against an individual

          • http://twitter.com/Belatukadro Justtyn Hutcheson

            So that’s what sarcasm means, I am ever so glad you provided that!

            Being serious, putting something in quotation marks generally means that it’s a quote.  Had there not been any, I most likely would have ignored your statement as per usual.  You’ll have to excuse me if your “ironic language” was a bit too realistic and believable.

      • sgtguthrie

        Ya, could you link where you got that? I’d like to see the full context… Thanks :-)

      • http://fujibayashi.jp/ Gasai Yuno

        A good one.

  • MKader17

    YES!!!!!!!!!!