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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

  • jdrch

    He’ll resurface elsewhere soon enough. Pretty sure LG or Sony Ericsson would like a “veteran” (note the quotes) mobile industry ex-CEO on their team.

  • Sean Bello

    that’s what happens when you make empty promises for years on end and don’t deliver on any of them.

  • WickedToby741

    Google needs to run Motorola kind of like Apple. Apple releases one phone a year and one tablet a year. In Motorola’s case, it would be 2 phones a year (one slate phone, one keyboard slider), but employ the same strategy. Launch one keyboard phone, one slate phone, and one tablet per year and make them available on at least the big 3 carriers but maybe T-Mobile too. Make the phone really good and back it up with legendary support. Still allow other manufacturers to make Nexus phones and offset the Motorola phone releases with the Nexus releases and you’d have excellent Android phones year-round. I know they said they were taking a hands off approach, but I wish they wouldn’t. Putting a Googler on the inside is a start though. Google doesn’t have to directly run Motorola if they just inject Google employees into the company until it’s almost 100% Google anyways.

    • jake creed

      excellent idea, and they should all be stock.

  • E A butler

    Lets change the crappy designs!!!

    • fanboy1974

      The design (look wise) of the Razrmaxx is fine.  It was the damn bootloader issue that we’ve been living with since the Droid X days and not matching or exceeding features with one flagship phone.  Instead we got minor feature after minor feature.  
      The perfect phone from Moto would have been the Razrmaxx with 720p display, faster 13MP camera and unlocked bootloader. Blur is fine as long as the bootloader is fully unlocked.  Moto should not release another high end model until Fall to battle iphone 5.  I don’t want 5 freaking models before then.  Concentrate on getting your phones up to Ice Cream Sandwich.  

  • RW-1

    Too little too late, but good rid ness! Bye bye big ears, you really don’t deserve the $$$ you have.

  • Dan

    Maybe we can get rid of Blur.

  • Rob Becker

    Cya. Time to supercharge Android.

  • I’m having a tough time understand MOTO.
    The Droid was their best selling phone in a while in fact, it might have save the company. It’s a beautiful rectangular slab with thin bezels and lots of screen space.
    Everything else since then is a fugly non-rectangular, thick a*% bezels, crappy screen piece of you know what that’s 180 degree from a product that saved the company. Homer Simpson would probably do a better job.

  • PowerofPicture

    All the negative comments about Blur are hilariously outdated.  The version on the D3, D4, Bionic, Atrix 2, and Droid RAZRs are minimal, smooth and lightweight.  Moto certainly has stuff to improve on but the UI is on the right track.

  • dqw

    I hope motocast gets put into stock android

  • Please, I beg of you, quit drinking the MotoHate.

    They are a company just like any other.  They make decisions as a group.  To blame one man for all of a company’s shortcomings is ignorance at its finest.  I can absolutely guarantee there is more to the bootloader locking than one man saying “Nope, no, no no no no no no no, you kids can’t play with your toys”.  Corporations have agreements with business partners, and if that agreement states that they will abide by the carrier’s decisions regarding the security of their network, there is absolutely 0 Motorola can do about it except try to renegotiate, and that takes a crap ton of time.

    The only promise Motorola made regarding bootloaders is that they would unlock the International Razrs where they could.  They flat said Verizon wouldn’t allow it, so they won’t do it.  If an unlockable bootloader is make-or-break for your device decision, you chose the wrong device.  If you bought a Droid Razr hoping it would be unlocked, you were wrong, and read into something that didn’t exist in the first place.  Enjoy the device you have, or sell it and move on to another device that you’ll be happier with.

    If you choose to leave Motorola, best of luck to you, and don’t let your bootloader hit you on the way out.

    • TC Infantino

      Actually I believe they actually said-
      “We completely understand the operator requirement for security to the end user, and as well, want to support the developer communities desire to use these products as a development platform.  It is our intention to enable the unlockable/relockable bootloader currently found on Motorola Xoom across our portfolio of devices starting in late 2011, where carriers and operators will allow it.”
      Now, in that statement, it seems to me, and probably anyone who reads it carefully, that Moto is promising to allow unlockable bootloaders to all their phones, starting late 2011.  Though they do put in the caveat “where carriers and operators will allow it” which would make you think that it must be Verizon that is not allowing Moto to have the unlockable bootloaders.  If it isn’t Verizon the Moto would have done it already right?…except…HTC, Samsung, apparently LG as well, all have unlockable bootloaders on Verizon.  So the conclusion seems to be that Moto is blaming Verizon when it was Moto’s choice not to unlock the bootloaders. 

  • I want to see Google/Moto designed and branded phones that are on the same level as a Nexus device. How great would it be for every flagship phone they put out to be an instant standard. I know this reeks of Apple-ism, but their success has as much (if not more) to do with their consistency than the actual quality of their hardware and software.

    • Every phone motorola has released for android in the past year has basically out shined the iturd 4s in every single benchmark, except for the screen hardware, and camera software.  If they swap out the screens for SuperAMOLED and fix the god-awful camera software, they’d instantly have all of the business from every iphone user who isn’t an apple superfan…now if we just had a plan for the superfan zombies…

  • Guest

    I’m fine seeing sanjay gone.  Back in 2009, when I got laid off from one of motorola’s (at the time) few profitable groups because their mobile devices business was dragging the whole company down, he was one of (if not the) most highly paid CEO.  He certainly deserves to be fired, though I don’t think he deserves 60M for causing the company to lose so much value that google could afford to buy it.


    Why would the Googorola deal still need approval from China, Taiwan and Israel?
    “Though both the U.S. Department of Justice and the European Commission warily signed off on the transaction, Google still needs approval from China, Taiwan, and Israel before they the deal can be finalized.”

  • Sporttster

    Blur is fine. Remove some of the bloat. Biggest plus could and should be unlocked, open system. Someone at the top had alot of gonads to keep persisting on a wrong headed course in the face of MUCH criticism from customers. Open things up. Wanna keep Blur? Go ahead. Want a totally new ROM? You can have that, too. CHOICE!!!




    With a Google Exec taking over at Motorola, I’d have to say bye bye blur, hello unlocked bootloaders.  We will probably start seeing the Android OS has Google intended it.

    • Blur is here to stay.  Motorola will never go pure stock for their devices, unless Blur turns into AOSP.
      On the bootloader, it really depends on how air-tight the agreements Moto has made with carriers are, and if those carriers are open to renegotiation.  A merger does not free Motorola from agreements and obligations made prior to that time.  Open them for renegotiation perhaps, but that will take time.

      • MicroNix

        So why would Motorola promise to unlock the bootloaders in the “2nd half” of last year if they couldn’t in the first place?

  • thajack

    Hopefully BlurBoy doesn’t let the door hit him in the ass on the way out.

  • Sk102704

    Replacing the CEO with one of your excecutives, so much for treating their acquisition as a seperate entity. Good news for Android.

  • Liderc

    Well I hope they really change some things.  Moto is really capable of being the top if they’d get some interesting designers and use better screens.  I just worry that this change won’t affect anything that we’re interested in.  Most likely they’ll just fire a lot of people and reduce the quality of their product to make more money, it’s crazy to say, but that is usually what happens when a company is losing money and they need to turn it around.  The consumer doesn’t gain anything and the company just gets streamlined. 

  • Seanfranchise6

    Na, na, na, na, na…..Na, na, na, na, na…..hey, hey, hey…………GOODBYE!!!!! 

  • Seems only fair… Get Google a massive company, get $66MIL!!! Also totally expected Google to put their own person in place. If you didn’t expect it, you haven’t seen many mergers/acquisitions.

  • kfath1978

    I got the Bionic when it came out and was promised ICS by the end of Q1 2012.  Not going to happen until Q3 (maybe).  Called Verizon up and after some doing they were able to get me the Nexus for the restocking fee.  I am done w/ MOTO for now.  We will see what Google does with them in the next few years.  MOTO screwed me over one to many times….That being said the Nexus is the s**t compared to the Bionic…..

    • When were you promised ICS by Q1?  And by who?  Because they seriously lied to you. Not something you can really blame Motorola for, but I guess you needed to blame somebody.
      Motorola made no promises about ICS, other than it was definitely going to be built for the Razr, Bionic, and RazrMaxx.
      And fwiw, I love my Bionic, and have no idea what the appeal is of the Nexus beyond ICS…which I also have thanks to dhacker29 and hashcode.

      • kfath1978

        verizon/moto said it was due out by the end of q1.  look i had the D1,D2 and the bionic.  i was in desperate need of a new phone when the bionic launched.  given moto pleanty of my time and money, time to give another company a try.  i have had the nexus for a week and it blows the bionic away rooted or not.kfath

        • I played around with the Nexus, and I have to say I hate it, personally.  I wish my bionic had a screen that pretty, but other than that, I love my bionic.  The nexus just doesn’t feel right in my hand, but then i’ve never really been a fan of samsung phones. 

  • richardsonadm

    This is the best news all week.

  • Colonel_Awesomesauce

    He will not be missed

  • Naergoth

    Good riddance. Though before he goes, I certainly hope he releases 4 new phones in a 3 month period. :booooooooot:

  • N8shon


  • Ecrunion

    I believe this is going to take a while to happen.  The Google/Moto acquisition isn’t even 100% complete yet.  It will be months if not a year or more before we see any results from leadership change.  Just don’t give your hopes up for a quick turnaround.

  • I won’t pretend to know everything about moto’s corporate situation. But I guess we’ll find out how much he was responsible for in a few months.

  • fanboy1974

    Best news since the original Droid. Moto fans were to blind to see the screw up’s this guy was making.

  • Best thing for Motorola EVAR. (other than dumping BLUR)

    • fvqu

      They didn’t dump blur, the just stopped calling it that.

      • Actually, they did dump Blur.  Their entire interface was rebuilt from the ground up.  About the only thing that stuck around were a few colors.

  • chad917

    Yes my dreams are coming true
    Thank you Goof

  • threefootpony

    *summons up TRON’s voice* Google FIGHTS for the USERS

  • tutaina

    Thanks jha for all your work at motorola..you will NOT be missef

  • shdowman

    Good Riddance. 

  • Alain Mutricy

    Hopefully that sleeze bag Marc Rothman is gone as CFO too…

  • DroidDoesnt

    But wait….I thought that Google wasn’t gonna mess with the business operations? I thought this was ONLY about patents???

    • TC Infantino

      If you really believed that, then you are even more stupid than the majority of your posts suggest.

      • DroidDoesnt

        I never believed it fandroid….I knew from day one that Google was the lying, backstabbing IP thieves that they were….

    • F*CK OFF TROLL, and Google said that MMI wouldn’t get preferential treatment on software…that’s how the merger has gotten approved.  They still are going to OWN motorola mobility…

      • DroidDoesnt

        Uh, no, Google made it very clear that this acquisition was not going to affect in any way Motorola Mobility’s business operations…you bought that lie, aGoat….lol

  • imronburgundy

    I highly doubt that this guys first point of action as newly appointed CEO is too unlock the bootloaders. I am interested, however, if Google and Motorola are going to team up to develop some tight knit phones that work extremely well with the software.

  • jake creed

    OUTSTANDING!!! Now kill blur, make more stock androids (drop a major update that removes BLUR from current phones too!), unlock the bootloader and give 2011 moto’s ICS… After the Legendary Droid1 Moto went down under Jha’s greedy leadership…

  • Paul


  • Leroybrute30

    Closed source coming! Googlorola vs apple vs windows! Think about it. android users lose!

    • Bionicman

      not necessarily. if Google and Moto can make a strong, powerful phone with an end to end design/solution similar to an iphone but still allow other manufactures to release their own version, sounds pretty awesome to me. its the best of both worlds! it will be interesting to see how this plays out.

      • No other manufacturer would use Android in that situation.  It would be impossible to compete with something that well built/optimized.  Any other OEMs would turn to another solution, most likely WebOS or WP8.

  • bakdroid

    Oh my!  MotoNex???  DroidNex???  Unlocked bootloaders???  The possibilities could be endless…

    • CORYK333


  • Google is King

    Google needs to take control of Moto unlock, improve, and reduce number of phones. Its not like Samsung or HTC are really going to stop using Android as bases if Google favors Moto, it makes them to much money. 

  • fvqu

    Good riddance

  • Chris Ozoniak

    Apparently you can post on Motorola’s Facebook wall without liking their page.  Win for me considering I can’t bring it upon myself to “Like” them after their abandonment of great hardware like the Droid 2, Droid X which they crippled with bug-ridden Gingerbread software (and certainly no ICS in site).  To top that they duped Droid Razr purchasers with the Droid Razr Maxx 2 months later, nice one Motorola.  My next phone will most certainly NOT be a Motorola.

  • Na na na hey hey hey goodbye.

    • balthuszar

      isnt his name spelled Sanjay? so wouldnt that make it san san jay jay jay good by…

  • I see a lot of comments about unlocking the bootloader.  I am pretty sure this was not 100% Jha’s idea and that he is not solely to blame.  There are going to be other people moved or shifted and I am still willing to bet it will be a while before we see unlocked bootloaders.  The one thing that they may be able to control though that Jha would have had a direct influence over is rolling out 8000 phones a year and barely supporting a phone as soon as the next one dropped.  If they can slow down their output of phones and really focus on making the phones they do have stellar that will be easier for them to make a turn around.  Less R&D and manufacturing of so many random parts and all that fun stuff.  Plus they might be able to build some better brand recognition.  When the original RAZR was king motorola wasn’t putting out phones every 7 weeks.  You were lucky to see a new device every 6 months and usually it was just a new version of the RAZR or things like the KRZR that failed miserably.

    • I agree that a bootloader unlock will not arrive as soon as the merger goes through officially, unless there was something in the works already.  But people will still cheer for Google, and poor Motorola will get nothing but more FB and Twitter spam.
      I also agree that they released too many models this year, but that is something that could be said for every one of the three top OEMs.  Luckily they have all realized this fact, and are committed to releasing more devices.

      As for the support, I must wholeheartedly disagree.  HTC and Samsung have historically been the worst with providing device updates.  I honestly don’t see where people are getting the “Motorola doesn’t support their older devices” argument from.  If anyone can provide a useful link, I’d appreciate it.

      • Yo

        Here you are… Look at this:
        Defy December 2010 From eclair to froyo (eclair was too old when phone was released)–> No more updates
        Defy+ June 2011 —> No update (remain 2.3)


    • I loved my KRZR! sorry, had to throw that out.

      Regardless, You’re completely right, and I agree with your whole comment (except the dig at the KRZR, it wasn’t bad just underrated!)

  • srh12

    I think people may think that this is all wonderful, but I think the timing was a bit off. Motorola, while they have continued to  crap out device after device with incremental upgrades, has been getting its act together.
    Blur got toned down, the hardware and radios have been well respected, they really set a tremendous precedent for battery life, and the new leaked blur-on-ICS looks to be one of the lightest and most unobtrusive skins weve seen thus far.
    They are bad with updates and too many devices and blur WAS bad. I just think the timing was a little too late for this move.
    Or its just a power move from google to get one of their own steering the ship, yeah actually thats probably it.

    • balthuszar

      far as battery life…just got 29 hours out of a single charge on my razr

      • sgtguthrie

        did you even touch it during that 29 hours? or are you actually talking about the razr maxx…

        • balthuszar

          it was only being unused for 8 hours while i was at work and 4 while i was sleeping…


  • moelsen8

    best move for motorola in 2 years.  i applaud google for giving him the boot.