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Dennis Woodside Departs Motorola to Take Over as COO of Dropbox

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According to the Wall Street Journal, Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside is departing the company to become the COO of Dropbox. I wouldn’t exactly say that you should be surprised that Woodside is departing the smartphone manufacturer after Google sent it packing to Lenovo, but the move to Dropbox is sort of. Then again, going from a mega-company like Google to somewhat of a start-up might be the hot new trend for executives.Β 

While Woodside was unable to turn around the losses at Motorola during his short stint, I think it’s safe to say that his staff put out one heck of a product (the Moto X) that the tech world really got behind. The positive reviews and low prices may not have helped them sell millions of phones, but it certainly seemed like they were on to something.

Dropbox recently took in $350 million in funding and have a value at somewhere near $10 billion.

Feel free to share your thoughts on the departure of one of DL’s biggest fans.

Via: Β WSJ
  • danger2u

    proud to have a Moto x bamboo assembled and designed in the U.S A
    thanks Dennis for ur work

  • jmsbwmn

    Huh. That escalated quickly.

  • Seth Kwon

    Of course everyone loves Moto X because the price strategy was just so off that the company kept losing money. I wonder how many of current owners would’ve bought it at $500ish mark without discount. You can be fond of a product, but when the price is too good to believe, you get to think about the company’s sustainability.

  • trixnkix637

    I call this writing on the wall.. I’m watching with peeled eyes, but I’m not optimistic on where my next phone will be coming from.

  • MK17

    So many people are acting like their MotoX in now not as good because management changed…..

    I just checked, all the features still work.

    • trixnkix637

      It’s not the phone, but the future for it and of its successors that worries me.

    • AbbyZFresh

      It’s the future phones that are the problem. Lenovo will definitely turn Motorola around but they will definitely replace the current Moto staff, cut a lot of costs, and use cheap crappy material. And forget about OS updates, that costs money and time. Chinese coprorate culture is about making quick money and selling products as fast as they can.

  • employee

    Imagine what it feels like if you joined mototrola will high hopes and believing in these guys .

  • AbbyZFresh

    Damn it Google. You really screwed up this time. Motorola may have been bleeding money but you make more than enough profit to cover the wounds.

    First the selling of Moto, then Dennis leaving, i’m sure the rest of the executves will be leaving too and eventually the top Moto engineers will go as well.

    I love Moto and Google but now this really made me respect Google far less now. They’re too unpredictable. Moto could easily become their hardware division. Yes the OEMs would be upset but what company doesn’t take risks to make money?

    • trixnkix637

      I’m just surprised that Samsung worried Google this much..

    • Seth Kwon

      And what makes you think Google shareholders would be ok with keeping a money sucking division in the long run?

  • Nothing will ever make Motorola profitable. Quit while you’re ahead.

  • Ralph Bretz

    This doesn’t bode well for Motorola at all. Google should have just stuck with their original plan of having Motorola be their hardware manufacture instead of nest, but it appears Google caved to Samsung, Sold off Motorola now all execs will bail and Motorola really will fall into oblivion.

    • Chris

      Google doesnt always think straight.

  • interstellarmind

    Yeah, I have a hunch Lenovo pushed him out.

    Dumb move, Lenovo. Woodside really turned Moto around (MotoX is the best phone by Moto since the OG Droid). Maybe the numbers weren’t there, but he got all the fanboys back on teammoto.

    Image is everything (ask a little company called Apple). And Woodside understood that. How many CEOs are smart enough to namedrop droid-life and be interviewed by MKBHD?

    Plus, I beloved his desire to bring smartphones to the masses. He genuinely seemed like a guy out to do good.

    You just ruined your new toy by throwing out its best feature. Basically, you just bought a MotoX and ROMed it with iOS7.

  • Lucky Armpit

    I sure hope this doesn’t mean the destruction of Motorola. I don’t like Samsung’s phones and I sure as heck ain’t buying an iSheep device (would do without a smartphone before buying one).

  • Michael Quinlan

    I’ve always liked Google and Motorola – solid services and solid devices. Based on Marques Brownlee’s interview with Dennis Woodside, I like Dennis too. I also love my Moto X. For the brief period, all of these melded together, for a very brought outlook for my mobile future. I managed to get into a “wait and see” mindset with regard to the Lenovo purchase of Motorola. But now I’m starting to feel like the wheels are falling off.

  • And its over. πŸ™

  • trophynuts

    He Gone…..wait was that? oh that was the wheels bouncing down the road from coming off that Moto wagon.

  • JΓ©rΓ΄me Besnard

    I don’t know what to think anymore of all those changes in the Googlesphere. I won’t make any predictions and hope for the best. In the end, this is not about Dennis, Larry, Sundar, Andi or Sergey. This is Google, not Apple, a company build around ideas, not around one man.

  • Dennis Woodside

    Motorola will kick butt under Lenovo or anyone else. Moto has rock-star engineers, know what they are doing, have a plan, and that plan is working. Keep the faith.

    • Fry

      Please be real

      • Dennis Woodside

        Of course its real – tons of great product ahead, just be patient

    • ButThatsJustMe

      Why would the engineers stay? You left them, Google left them, and now they have to work for a chinese firm? If they are truly rock-stars there are plenty of positions for them at other companies that didn’t sell them out.

    • Ralph Bretz

      I love my Moto X as much as anyone but this is probably it for Motorola. Google seems to have caved to the pressure of Samsung, ditched Moto, exec bail. Probably what will happen is Lenovo will keep the Motorola name for two years and once the current pipeline is dry, change names and focus on the Chinese and other Asian markets.

      • needa

        i dont get the samsung pressure comments. while i definitely cannot say the comments dont have merit… there is also no proof or reason. google is not the only company that samsung made deals with recently. samsung cannot afford to ditch google play services. samsung has already been told by the largest carrier in the world, china mobile, that they will not be selling tizen phones because there is no place for it in the market. moto didnt get anything but a push in the right direction from google. it was its own company.

        so with all of that said…. why is google caving to samsung pressure? why does samsung control what google does? i could be wrong… but i dont see it.

  • elyssa doom

    TIL apps have COOs. On another note, I heard that Tim Cook is looking at becoming CEO and Executive Vice President of Flappy Bird.

  • Inquizitor

    Goodnight, sweet prince.

  • 2Berad

    I have been so lost since the news Google sold moto I have no Idea what OEM to chose now…. I have got so low I have started to look at windows phone 8 and nokia. WINDOWS for hell sake what is wrong with me I’m so lost!!!!!

  • Sporttster

    I was considering a Moto for my next phone in the hopes it would be more and more user friendly and also more customizeable. So much for that, huh.

  • Chris

    Unless Google buys dropbox and sells it to the Chinese in a year and a half, i think hes in good hands. With things going in the cloud, its best he chose to go with one of the big boys;

  • Al-Burrit0

    This is sadly what I was afraid of. Woodside leaving is a huge blow for moto. He at least gave us hope because he had a vision but now there is nothing. I doubt lenovo would commit to any of the workers/designers/innovators? I mean they had plans to buy moto years ago so they pretty much have an idea of what they want to do. I guess I’m all in for nexus then. Well, maybe not if the rumors are true about killing off the nexus program?!

  • NexusMan

    If true, Woodside will be missed. I mean I use DropBox too, but he will be missed from Motorola.

    • jnt

      Yeah this actually got me excited about Dropbox, I use that like a fiend.

    • Dennis Woodside

      Motorola will kick butt under Lenovo or anyone else. Moto has rock-star engineers, know what they are doing, have a plan, and that plan is working. Keep the faith.

  • morteum

    It might be time to jump ship. Time for LG… I guess.

  • Mario Lovato

    Now Moto X $100 dollars off contract πŸ™‚

  • Nikuliai

    I was dealing with the sale to Lenovo but with Woodside leaving this soon I’m kind of disappointed and sad (may be a stupid thing to say but whatevs)

    Best of luck to Dennis Woodside, he was a huge contribution to the Smarphone scene so best of luck

    PS: Screw you Larry Page

  • Richard Giordano

    Just when Motorola starting to get back in the game last year now its like were going back words now. Plz stay alive I’ve been loving moto phones since the Droid 4 and now am currently on the Droid maxx. plz don’t make me have to buy a damn HTC or Samsung phone or worse an iPhone!

    • It’s the Moto X/G lines that are in danger. The Droid? Don’t worry, as long as Verizon pays, I am pretty sure you will continue to see Droid Hyper Ultimate MAXX Infinity.

      • Richard Giordano

        yea ur probably right bout tht. If it wasn’t for Verizon introducing the DROID back in 2009 i don’t think Motorola wouldn’t have really gotten into the smartphone game to have a good chance to compete against Samsung and HTC.

  • droidrazredge

    Now would be a good time to start panicking if you’re a Moto X user and a fan of the new Motorola like myself……

  • joejoe5709

    Aaaand there goes the neighborhood. Poor Motorola…

  • DJ2

    Wouldn’t you?

  • tharealoc

    Mr. Woodside, may I call you Dennis? No? OK Mr. Woodside, you were our last hope for Motorola to be alright after being sold to Lenovo. With this news of you leaving, many of us moto fanboys feel like the company we love will soon die. Now, I could go on a rant about how upset I am, but i won’t. Instead, I just want to thank you for what you did for Motorola this past year. You gave us the best all around phone of 2013. Good luck at dropbox, and hopefully we will see you back in the phone industry shaking things up and innovating.

    Thanks Mr. Woodside for what you did while Google owned Motorola.


      Why would the rant be directed at him? Google did this. Maybe he doesn’t want to assist in China’s further takeover of America?

  • Joe Butler

    Lol, guess all those words about a grand vision for Motorola amounted to squat.

  • Orion

    Well moto…..it’s been a fun ride.

  • YourFriend

    I seriously want to kick Larry Page’s ass. Why, WHY!!? I stood by Motorola through the hardest times and when Google bought them, I became happy and awaited to see how much they would turn a great company around. I’m just so angry right now that I can’t think straight. Fire that jack ass and get Eric Schmidt back.

    • Kevin

      Think of it this way. Motorola was already a sinking ship before Google bought them. They were going to be bought out anyways so Google just came in and saved them for their patents. Better for Google to have their patents than someone else.

  • Jeremy Martin

    Well next I am sure we will see Punit Soni leave. Then you will know Motorola will be the next Magnavox…Phillips etc.. Once a proud American company which eventually turned into a Japanese company..now its no more than just a label on a bunch of cheap electronics with American brand recognition. Motorola will have the same fate.

    • Diablo81588

      Huge difference..

      • Jeremy Martin

        Nice try on the correction but if you read what I said I did not say Motorola was sold to a Japanese company. I was comparing Motorola to the fate of Magnavox and Phillips who were eventually sold to Funai who is a Japanese company. I was not comparing them to the country to whom the company resided in.

        • Diablo81588

          My comment was more referring to the fact that you said Japanese companies made cheap electronics. My 7 thousand dollar Pioneer Elite Kuro display begs to differ. Chinese products are equated to cheap, not Japanese.

  • MrOrange645

    “Somewhat of a start-up company” that is valued at $10 billion?

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    i don’t understand.

  • mcdonsco

    Oh, and Motorola? It was nice knowing you I guess. Kind of sucks that I was a die hard moto fan since the og droid (and made fun of for it!) and then finally moto gets some love with the X, starts building them in freakin Texas and then, gets sold to China? Seriously? Now this…

    So long moto…

  • Tony Fortunato

    As an avid Dropbox user, this could be something big for Dropbox fans. I hope…

    • Ryan Gullett

      What more could Dropbox be expanding into?

    • hkklife

      Until Dropbox improves on their atrocious pricing plans for casual/individual users I will continue to use Box.

  • WestFiasco

    Unrelated, browsing on my smartphone and these pop up ads are ridiculous. What is going on recently ?

    • mcdonsco

      Funny…I asked the same thing in this thread but its already buried…was Hoping it wasnt just me…started suspecting my ROM as I just started using ROMs for the first time (cm11)…but only happens on DL…has to be on DL?

      • WestFiasco

        Yea, it’s the site. I’ve seen the same on another site today as well. Same ads, all I know is it’s annoying to have to dismiss pop up after pop up before I can get to the content. Forcing me to interact with these ads isn’t going to change the outcome (me ignoring it). Thankfully, this site isn’t as bad as the other I visited today, that one had recurring ads. The longer I stayed on site the more I had to dismiss.

      • Jason B

        Happens on XDA too sometimes.

    • Tim242

      This site is the reason I use an ad blocker.

      • mcdonsco

        I’ve been checking in here daily for a long time and I’ve only noticed this in the last few days?

        • WestFiasco

          The day after I read an article on some site about mobile malware in ads being on the rise, I started seeing it too.

      • WestFiasco

        When I browse on the desktop everything’s fine (pop up blocker), the second I switch to mobile (feedly & chrome)all Hell breaks loose.

      • gpaine

        Please correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t Chrome Beta for mobile have the ability to enable add-ons? That should be mean we can happily Ad Block soon!

      • Steve B

        Same here. It’s out of control.

    • needa

      they have no class when it comes to ads. its bad enough that the ads are everywhere, but now they are advertising malware for your phone. it amazes me that they would do this. once news of the moto x starts to fade… i really have no reason to come back here and be be bombarded with ads. i did do a contact us thing and let them know how unhappy i was with the new malware deal. maybe everyone else should do the same.

  • Anon

    This seriously sucks.

    I hope against all hope that this doesn’t kill Motorola. I love my Droid MAXX, and the Moto X, which are just amazingly good phones that prove that software is every bit as important as hardware and you need to get both right.

    If Lenovo does a ThinkPad-style move with Motorola, maybe…I hope so. I didn’t want to be looking at Samsung, HTC, or LG for my phone that comes after. I wanted another Motorola.

  • mcdonsco

    Anyone else getting “your android isn’t protected” (or something along those lines) popups from DL lately?

    • Yep. I don’t know why though.

    • The Narrator

      A couple times. Sometimes on other sites too.

    • Philip J. Fry


      • Scott Webber

        Yeah, you guys should not stand for this crap. If they won’t pull these malware ads, get a new ad company.

      • Jarred Sutherland

        THIS NEEDS TO BE AT THE TOP! I am sick of these stupid pop ups from this site.

      • michael arazan

        Better than “Your Android device is infected” B S I always get

        • Fry

          Yea, I’ve been getting them also. I actually got another one a few minutes ago.

    • Thomas

      Kellen’s wife just had a baby & diapers ain’t cheap these days πŸ˜‰

      • JK

        How much for some organic breast milk?

    • ApplesNAndroids

      No popups on my iPhone (obviously) but see them on my X all the time

    • interstellarmind

      Ask the DL team for a refund on your DL subscription

      …oh, wait…

      • MK17

        To be fair, ads pay for this site and thus to cancel said subscription you could leave, which could very likely happen when people consistently get annoying pop ups.

      • MistaButters

        There is a difference from having banner Ads and having spam popup adds like “Speed Booster” or “Anit-Virus” for your Android Phone.

    • flosserelli

      Nope. AdAway is your best friend.

    • Blue Sun

      I do not see them when surfing the site via my Feedly app.

  • Jeremy Case

    Starting to feel like my Moto X is a bastard child.

    • Gus

      Moto X soon to follow like the Gnex

  • Albert

    And on that bombshell.. Motorola has come to an end.

    • Liderc

      Fellow Top Gear fan =)

      • mcdonsco

        Was totally thinking the same thing! Miss the euro-version.

      • Albert

        haha yep, its a Top Gear reference!

  • cjohn4043

    I hope my “I get to ENJOY the Moto X for two years” doesn’t turn into “I am STUCK with my Moto X for two years”… :-/

    • hkklife

      Its starting to look distressingly like the G & X will be the Palm Pre/Touchpad or Blackberry Playbook but with a lot more apps. So sad.

      • Razma

        Starting to look more like the Gnex on Verizon

    • Blue Sun

      Too bad too. After the support & features of the Moto X, I was seriously considering the Moto X (2nd Gen) as a replacement devlce for my Nexus 5. If/When the Moto/Lenovo deal goes through, I expect poor software support going forward.

  • Sad day…

  • kixofmyg0t

    Dennis was a really down to earth kinda guy. He even moved his desk down to the basement with the engineers instead of staying up at the top floor where Sanjay did. That right there told me dude was serious about turning the company around.

    But now he’s leaving…and the company has been sold to Lenovo after being stripped of all it’s patents. I’m uncertain of Moto’s future….but it doesn’t look good so far.

    • hkklife

      Yep, in the basement right next to Milton and his red Swingline! God luck to Dennis as he seemed like a really sincere and down to earth guy with a ton of enthusiasm!

  • Alec

    And Galaxy phones win again!

  • Jpx

    Wow, that’s pretty bad. I really liked how open he was to the public, or at least droid-life. Good luck Dennis, and Good luck Motorola. My Moto X… please survive and Motorola please keep the good ideas rolling

  • Ryan Gullett

    I wasn’t THAT concerned with the Lenovo purchase before this. Now…I don’t know what to think.

  • Thomas

    Dennis, I hope you’ll still be a DL reader πŸ˜‰

    Best of luck πŸ™‚

  • JBartcaps

    Downfall of Motorola

  • This is terrible news for Motorola…. wow.

  • Rand Paul 2016

    Its a sinking ship

  • KennyVeltre

    Goodbye Moto.

    • Kevin

      One of the best and truly innovative American companies for generations. Sad to see it being sold and eventually being branded as a Chinese company.

      • AlexKCMO

        Motorola is still an American company. Motorola Mobility is what was sold.

    • cvhovey

      Considering how Motorola sent me a NIB pre-damaged DevEd Moto X then treats me like crap for wanting them to replace it, Woodside’s departure seems a smart move.

      • ApplesNAndroids

        Yeah.. I had a lot of problems with their customer service as well. Too bad.

      • Jarred Sutherland

        Their customer support is complete garbage .. dare I say one of the worst I have ever had to experience.

        • Bear_it

          I agree, their customer support is pretty garbage. I was stuck talking to them for two straight days because they couldn’t figure out why my moto credit account wasn’t working even though I’d be pre-approved the week previous. To their credit, though, I did receive $100 in free accessories in addition to the promo code I’d entered for the extra $30 off before V-Day.

    • Jarred Sutherland

      One of the reasons I sold my X and went to the Nexus 5 .. the other was they broke my headset in 4.4… 4.4.2 on the N5 fixes it but not 4.4.2 on the X.

  • Carlos Poblano

    I hope Lenovo keeps Woodside’s and his team’s ideas going.

  • Philip J. Fry

    At least he didn’t go to apple

  • The Narrator