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Motorola is Hosting an Event at MWC on February 25, New Devices Not Likely

According to invitations sent to select press from Motorola, an event has been scheduled for February 25 in Barcelona, during the week of Mobile World Congress (MWC). The event is not expected to be a showcase of new hardware, but more of an “update on the business.” As you all know, Lenovo is planning to acquire Motorola from Google over the coming months, so current CEO Dennis Woodside is likely going to take a minute to talk about the road ahead, plans for the year, that type of thing.

2014 should be business as usual for Motorola, even with the acquisition looming. Google’s Larry Page said so himself during their most recent earnings call, because after all, these things do take time to finalize. So while this event may not be to introduce new products, new products similar to last year’s Moto X will most certainly be here this year.

Now that you have had a week to marinate on this Lenovo-Motorola deal, have any new thoughts? 

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Via:  CNET

  • Matt G

    I am still not a fan of this deal. The only thing that may happen is Lenovo is know for making some quality PC’s and selling them for pretty cheap. I am really hoping they don’t take everything over to China just so they can make their phones cheaper. They need to leave Motorola alone and let Woodside control the company because I believe he has the company going in a great direction.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Lenovo said they’ll leave the assembly plant in Texas so long as it makes sense, i.e. Motomaker shows marked growth and potential. If that grand experiment turns out to be a failure (not enough demand or slumping sales), then it makes sense to shut it down. However, it’ll be at least a few years before that would happen.
      As for Woodside, it depends on him. I’d hate to see him go, but that’s a personal decision, and he has to do what’s best for himself.

  • akhnaten

    Probably a layoff meeting.

    • AbbyZFresh

      Layoff meeting of all American staff of course.

  • AbbyZFresh

    Probably Moto Maker for Europe or something. Not like it’s gonna sell anymore now the Chinese will have the phones soon.

    The problem is that Motorola’s still bleeding hundreds of millions of dollars every few months. Lenovo will have no choice but to make some compromises to Motorola. They’re not going to cushion them the way Google did because they don’t have anywhere near the amount of income Google makes to cover the losses.

    They can easily say “ok we’ll close down the customization factory to cut costs” or “ok we need to use crappy materials this time to make the phone cheaper” or “we need to stop the OS updated altogether”.

  • I don’t think anyone aside from fanboys is really interested in anything this guy has to say. First of all, because Motorola’s being acquired, he can’t guarantee anything at all. Second, Google probably said and did the most for/about Motorola when they acquired it, only to sell it later. In the mean time, Moto still doesn’t have a true Galaxy S* competitor, Samsung is still stomping every other Android OEM in sales, and Motorola continues to lose $ ($353M in Q4 alone).

    Motorola stopped making business sense as a handset OEM a long, long time ago. Google wanted them for patents and the good PR from US manufacturing, and Lenovo wants them just so they can a foot (more like a toe, actually) in to the US market.

  • Aaron

    I think the Moto-novo deal may turn into a good thing. Lenovo has found a way to be successful in the PC market when others are failing. Maybe they can make Moto a contender again. I just want to echo what seems to be the popular opinion and say I hope they continue on the current course and keep a clean, stock-like experience going for Moto. And timely updates.

  • flosserelli

    “The event is not expected to be a showcase of new hardware, but more of an ‘update on the business’….”

    Translation: Hope y’all enjoy that new Moto X/G because it will likely be the last new Motorola device for a while. Maybe ever.

  • Sporttster

    Just another US Company lost to the Chinese……sad……

    • chris_johns

      this^….this is what makes me so upset about this…what other american brands make cell phones? we lost the og of cell phone companies…all thats left is apple and i refuse…what a joke

      • Jordan Webb

        Nokia’s now American-owned.

        • chris_johns

          Always did like Nokia lol

        • michael arazan

          Not really an even trade off.

    • David Narada Brown

      im curious. just how bad of a loss do u think this is? I know moto has strong history, but they have been operating at a loss for a few years now. How long would any of u hold on to a failing company?

      • michael arazan

        So HTC should just quit too, by that logic. At least Moto was turning around and making a spot for itself once again

        • David Narada Brown

          I never said moto should quit. I ask the question how long should a company hold on to a still failing division. I think Moto should continue but i dont fault Google for cutting ties. that’s the point i was making.

  • S9779

    Well since I make every effort to not buy anything Chinese I’m going to have to pass on Motorola in the future. It’s truly a shame this longstanding American tech company is being sold. I’m not happy with Google.

    • John Legere

      You must live in a shack with no electricity, or appliances.

    • michael arazan

      I’ll buy if they keep the assembly plant open here making the phones.

      If they fire all the employees and liquidate the plant, I’ll never buy Moto anything again

  • YourFriend


    ^This better not happen.

    I hope they’ll return to putting SD card slots in their phones. I really hate that Google did this and think this was done by Samsung because of their fears. It explains why Motorola didn’t get the Ara project in the deal and the sudden Google/Samsung partnership.

    • calculatorwatch

      I wouldn’t blame Samsung for the lack of SD card slots. Google has shown a clear agenda of eliminating SD card slots as evidenced by their Nexus line. I agree that it would be awesome if Lenovo brings them back though.

      • YourFriend

        No, I meant Google sold Motorola because Samsung didn’t like the idea of Motorola being a Google company and Google didn’t like the idea of Samsung readying its phones with Tizen OS. If Samsung could release a Galaxy Phone with Tizen, with TouchWiz all over it that could run Android apps the way Blackberry’s PlayBook could, people wouldn’t tell the difference, therefore meaning they could sell millions. Google didn’t want that, and Samsung didn’t want their dominance challenged with this new supercharged Motorola. That’s probably why they made that patent agreement, and why Samsung would tone down TouchWiz and agreed not to build any Tizen OS phones.

        • calculatorwatch

          Oh yeah definitely Samsung had a part in the sale, at this point both companies are so heavily reliant on each other that they were both making backup plans in case their partnership fell through. I guess they decided working together would be best though and I definitely agree it’s better than the disaster that would occur if Samsung switched to Tizen.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Nope, SD Cards can go the way of the Dodo for me. Just take the lovely advances in eMMC flash storage over the past year and make 32GB the minimum, with 64GB and 128GB options at REASONABLE upcharges, and I’m good.
      Lots of internal storage + USB OTG is the best combination imho.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    “we’re not announcing anything but we really interested in wearables”. New actv or a bigger phone. In my mind they are broke and need to put something out.

  • Edward Montano

    If Lenovo makes Motorola make a windows phone they will have killed Motorola.

    • hfoster52

      Why? Other device manufactures make other OS phones? If you can share the hardware platform you gain cost efficiencies.

      • Edward Montano

        Motorola makes solid android devices and is now getting attention for it. Throwing itself into windows is not a good move at this point until it grabs a good hold on android market.

        • hfoster52

          They could split the brand? Kinda like what Samsung does with Galaxy and Note lines? But in this case Lenovo would be the windows branded and Moto would be android.

          • Edward Montano

            So Moto hardware running windows branded as Lenovo that is an idea.

    • Hothfox

      If Motorola stops making devices like the Moto X (close to stock UI, good user experience, etc.) I probably WILL go Windows Phone. The two best Android phones I’ve had have been the Motorola Droid and the Moto X. I just don’t like what HTC and Samsung have been offering (Verizon customer here).

      • Edward Montano

        I started on a Droid 2 off contract bought Droid off contract for the idea of having it than got Droid RAZR on Verizon contract for a penny now I’m Moto X and just got Nexus 5 to have my first Nexus.

    • chris_johns

      I actually like windows phone…be a nice phone for my dad since he uses two features of his droid x(yes the og droid x) and wants to get a note 3 for god knows what reason bc he wont use 99% of the features…windows phone is a seamless quick light ui…but its to boring for me to simple but it is very smooth with nice animations…just because we love android(i’ll never use another mobile os but im very tramatized over lenovo taking motorolla americas last android brand which has tempted me to switch but..) we dont have to hate windows…we just have to hate apple

  • Daistaar

    I few things I wonder about this acquisition:
    1.) Will Motorola devices (Droids, RAZRs) be rebranded as ThinkPhone?
    2.) Does this mean the end of motomaker in favor of all black devices?
    3.) Does this mean that Motorola/ Lenovo may make a serious entrance into Windows Phone seeing as licensing fees are now gone and Nokia, and HTC are the only competitors in that arena?

    I’d be interested to see Lenovo take an enterprise approach and try to become the new RIM and with Motorola, I think they can do just that.

  • MichaelFranz

    wearable tech or a tablet would be a nice annoucement.

  • tyguy829

    Woodside told mkbhd in an interview that they had a smart watch in the works for this year and Taylor Wimberly, back when be was leaking all of the moto x stuff, said that they had an xWATCH that was supposed to be out last fall but got delayed. Anyone feeling a smartwatch announcement? Seems like a good way to get sales up halfway thorough the moto x’s life cycle

    • jstew182

      I loved my Motoactv and would love a newer version of that even if all they did was give it better battery life!

    • DWitaro

      I notice that no one in the publicity photo is showing the wrist…

  • Colton

    So you’re saying there’s a chance?

    • moelsen8

      you need the image. here you go 😛

      • Colton

        yeah i almost searched for it…but i was lazy. thanks buddy haha

  • 2Berad

    Just sad is all… another US company down. I hope to see some things come out of Google with project Ara.

  • Tyler Rynberg

    Unfortunately, I think the new Moto will be gone after 2014. Lenovo will make significant changes. Hell, even high end Thinkpads come with bloat ware now.

  • Al-Burrit0

    If lenovo keeps the same motto as moto we shouldn’t have to worry about it. Hopefully Motorola hints a new device in this event though.

  • sagisarius

    Dear Lenovo,

    All you need to do to keep Motorola awesome, and keep people buying is to pledge to update phones at the same speed, and leave in place the team that designed the interface for the Moto X. That’s it, that’s all we want to hear.

    The Internet

    • phathands

      Right. I think they just did not allow enough time for their system to work, once the word of mouth gets out, I’m sure wider adoption and profitability would come. Even my gf, a hardcore apple fan, admits the moto x is smooth and sexy.

      • dapoktan

        even the world leaders in the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S phones didnt really take off til their second generation.. they just need to keep on keepin on… dont stray from their great plan!

    • Al-Burrit0

      I rather this letter be sent to Dennis Woodside, he actually reads our post.

    • Big_EZ

      AND add more options. Bigger screens and batteries and I’ll buy it. They need a 5-5.2″ and 5.5-5.7″ version.

  • dhufford

    Motorovo ftl

  • Chris Hughes

    No matter what happens, looking at my Moto X box that arrived today that says “A Google Company” breaks my heart 🙁

  • dreadfall

    I love what Motorola is doing these days and I don’t care if Lenovo buys it… as long as they continue this trend i would buy Moto Phones

  • Bender Bending Rodriguez

    I was upset at first but I’ll wait to be judgmental until Lenovo actually owns Moto and is able to influence their device lineup. Until then I’m still excited to see what Moto has planned for this year.

    • Philip J. Fry

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        Wow, did you just discover a new epic may may xD from 9gag?

  • Godzilla

    They are gonna keep riding the original Moto X until 3rd quarter this year.

    • PoisonApple31

      I’ll get a Moto X when they offer Birch backs.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Hey, a 1 year refresh cycle….
      Imagine that.

      BTW, wouldn’t that be ride the Moto X and Moto G, considering both are currently available and, in all likelihood, are seeing similar sales numbers?