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Dennis Woodside Pens Departure Letter, Says Motorola “Is In Great Hands” (Updated)

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News broke last night that Dennis Woodside, the current CEO of Motorola, would be departing the company for a COO position at Dropbox. With the growth of Motorola’s brand since Woodside’s presence, the industry was somewhat shocked by the announcement. Dennis has taken to Motorola’s blog to write a departure letter for fans of Motorola in which he talks of Moto’s future and his own. 

Dennis states that Motorola is in great hands moving forward, and he has high hopes for the mobile company. Jonathan Rosenberg, a long-time Google employee, will take over Motorola as COO on April 1st, overseeing the transition of ownership from Google to Lenovo.

Without mucking up what Dennis has to say, read his full letter below.

My Departure From Motorola 

At the end of March I will step down from my post as CEO at Motorola Mobility to join Dropbox as COO. This was not an easy decision to make, but I leave knowing that Motorola is in great hands – now and in the future.In the last 18 months, Motorolans have built two of the company’s best loved phones ever, introduced customization to the industry, brought unprecedented quality and performance to a value-priced smartphone, and created experiences that changed how people use and interact with their smartphones.

It was a reinvention the likes of which many 85-year-old brands could not have achieved. And it was astonishing to be a part of.

I’m excited about what the next chapter in Motorola’s storied history will bring under the new ownership of Lenovo. While Google imbued simplicity and software sensibility into the company, Lenovo will bring it the scale it deserves. I have no doubt the two companies together will be a force for good in the mobile industry

To ensure that Motorola maintains its current momentum and successfully transitions to Lenovo ownership, Jonathan Rosenberg, a longtime Googler and SVP of Products from 2002 to 2011, will step in as COO at Motorola Mobility as of April 1. Jonathan worked very closely with me to build the leadership team at Motorola and has been intimately involved in steering business and product decisions alongside with the current leadership team. Google Chief Business Officer Nikesh Arora will remain Executive Chairman of the Motorola Operating Board, and continue to oversee the strategy.

With their support, the entire Motorola management team remains focused on our current strategy and on creating great mobile devices that deliver the mobile Internet to millions more people around the world.

That’s something we can all rally behind.

Sincerely,
Dennis Woodside

We hate to see you go, Dennis.

Update:  Dropbox reached out to us with a comment on the move -

“We’ve long admired Dennis’s leadership at Google and Motorola where he ran multi-billion dollar businesses and built amazing organizations around the world. We’re so happy to welcome Dennis to our team — I can’t imagine a better person to help us bring Dropbox to global scale.”

Via: Motorola
  • antony3322

    We hate to see you go, Dennis.

  • Kelly

    I don’t mean to sound like a brat, but I’m honestly angry about this. He was a really hands-on, connect-directly-with-customers kind of guy, which meant that we got to see more of him than we do of most CEOs; while he was CEO of Motorola, that was really nice. That also meant that he gave customers a lot of insight into Motorola’s future (his vision for it, at least), so he either promised or talked about a lot. If this departure is voluntary, that was all bull and he has no intention of seeing any of it through. It’s possible that Lenovo just didn’t have a place for him, or maybe he figured Lenovo wouldn’t let him realize his vision, but I think it’s more likely voluntary. People bought Moto Xs as a long-term investment and a CEO should stay long enough to at least see that through. You can give me rhetoric about “Motorola being in good hands” all day long, but at the end of the day, he’s still leaving long before things he talked up are anywhere near fruition.

  • MikeSaver

    RIP good phones

  • gk08

    This has to be a very unfortunate ad placement… :), hopefully it’s not the reason he had to leave!

    • Orion

      Lmao looks about right.

  • cgalyon

    Sad to see him go because, rightly or not, I came to perceive him as being largely responsible for the changes that happened at Motorola (the good ones that produced the X). On the other hand, I like and use Dropbox, maybe he’ll have some good input there too (like increasing the base free storage space a bit)?

    • Nikuliai

      Tbh at least to me, going to Dropbox is a waste of space, Dropbox is still gonna be the dominant platform of free cloud users, and that’s the biggest ammount of users, it may do well to their Business plans but I just don’t care about it, he could be a force of good elsewhere :P

  • flosserelli
  • CCCO

    I love my Moto X, but I utterly despise the fact that I had to wait 4-5 months after launch to be able to customize it for Verizon and buy it at a reasonable price. Had they done that at the very beginning, this phone could’ve been in many more hands than are now. A really, really stupid oversight with that ATT exclusivity at launch. Oh well…

    • breadable

      I’d say that was growing pains for the new customization product and they I’m sure learned from it. I’d guess the follow up would release to all at once. IF Lenovo goes ahead with a MotoX follow up…

      • CCCO

        Yeah I hope they do release a follow up under Lenovo…It’d be a shame for that fancy Texas plant to have only been in business for a year…

      • Nikuliai

        Think so too, on a side note we have good news (gonna make a rough translation):
        Lenovo’s CEO (Yang Yuanqing) about Motorola
        -Want to position in Europe and USA, gonna use the Motorola Brand to do so
        -Want to keep the dominance they have in China and Emerging Markets -> Moto G brand is still going
        -They don’t want to abandon the Motorola brand nor the premium market in all the categories they (Motorola) have now, so we can still hope for good accesories and Walkie Talkies
        -Gonna make changes to make Motorola gain money in the short term (and not that short to be honest, they are warning the investors they are going to have a bad time this year)

        They don’t say any specifics about the Moto X but if you consider it THE premium device of Motorola they should keep something similar, but for some reason I think the Moto Maker is going to change in a big way (and make shells for the X already the whole concept being stuck with the back is stupid)

  • beng8686

    Am I the only person who is now regretting my recent Motorola purchase?

    • beng8686

      To clarify my statement, I just loved how everything in the Motorola software was hand-in-hand with Google stuff (Google Now). It’s unclear what direction Moto software is going after this purchase.

      • morteum

        Yeah, we’re all a little unsure about that part, but enjoy the product you currently have. If the updates start getting ugly, we don’t have to update them and we can just rely on the Android community to keep the product going.

        • morteum

          Even though I loved the fact that I didn’t feel the need to root my Moto X, I will if I have to.

          • Nikuliai

            Same here, I’m almost rooting it now tho, just cuz of the full charge notification led

        • cgalyon

          That’s kind of the problematic aspect of the X. Unless you have the dev edition, it’s a bit of a hassle (and a bit risky) to unlock and root it. I love my X, haven’t bothered to root it, but it may become important to do so for longevity. That or enjoy it for the next year and then sell it and get a new device.

      • breadable

        I would guess with the transition team at Moto we’ll be safe with our Moto Xs getting quick and good stock-ish updates at least for the next major android version. Now new Lenovo-moto phones going forward? Sure, they may show up with something like a Lenovo-blur

      • Nikuliai

        Well there will be 10 months before we have another version of android so…

        And to be honest I don’t think 4.5 is gonna be that great either (yeah yeah go ahead downvote, not making me change my mind)

    • Ryan N

      Absolutely worst case, if updates go to hell, I bought my X off contact. So I can jump ship anytime. Though I feel that won’t be for a long time.

      • beng8686

        Same here. Just don’t want to jump such an awesome ship. I can’t live without active notifications and touchless control… it just works so well for me.

        • Ryan N

          True. And this phone is truly great for the first iteration of the X8 platform. A moto X2 is already on my mind. Haha

    • NexusMan

      Why? It’s the exact same phone that it was when you bought it.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    His vision was on par with googles. Are Lenovo’s intentions even close?

  • Chris

    of course he says that. He doesnt want to cause any bad relationships… deep down he knows they are f-ed.

    • John

      Yes they are. The nerds here just do not get it.

      • Fry

        Please stop talking to yourself.
        Sincerely,
        Everybody on droid-life.

        • John

          I was talking to chris Philip.

        • JSB

          Your lame my friend.
          LoL everybody on droid-life??
          you must be around 15 if i am correct :-)

          • morteum

            Your spelling and grammar indicate you might be as well.

          • Fry

            How original.

          • Chris

            Someone’s mad.

        • Amanda

          You the spokesmen for the site?

        • Chris

          that was John you responded to…

          Is reading that hard for you?

  • CARPDM

    I hope that a lot of the Google team that was moved over to Motorola eventually find their way back to Google if they aren’t with Moto.

  • Richard Giordano

    If Dennis has fate in the future of Motorola under Lenevos ownership than I do too. Thanks For a hell of year Dennis.

    • morteum

      I hate to be the pessimist but “actions speak louder than words.”

    • Nikuliai

      If Dennis had faith (not fate, grammar nazi) in the future of Motorola he wouldn’t part ways right now, this is a polite way of saying “hey guys, you’re on your own now! good luck, I know this ship is gonna sink so I’m out before it does since I still have a good image”

  • AbbyZFresh

    This guy had the right attitude for Motorola. Now the rest of the executives and top-level Moto engineers are probably preparing their departures very soon. Who wants to be controlled by a Chinese company that uses cheap materials and crappy user experience to sell products at low margins.

    • Fry

      I know it’s hard to have faith, but let them take over first, then you can judge them.

      • AbbyZFresh

        This is the smartphone industry. They can’t use the same strategy and modification with Motorola that they did with IBM’s ThinkPads. People actually care about how how their phone looks and how well it works uniquely for them unlike PCs.

        • john

          exactly!

        • The Narrator

          I thought the same. Until i used the new Thinkpad X1 Carbon. It’s a beast, and its beautiful.

    • John

      Agreed. As an acvtual AMERICAN. I’m furious.

      • The Narrator

        So you’re a Native American? Sorry for your loss of all those slaughtered ancestors.

        • John

          nope.

          • The Narrator

            So, then you’re not an actual american. Or haven’t taken a single history class in school.

          • Chris

            If I recall this article is about Woodside’s good bye letter, not about native american history class.

        • jimbob

          Does that mean that only descendants of the first humans who also still live in the same place as those first humans can call themselves “real” anything? Native Americans weren’t really native, they came here from Asia, and before that Africa. Its not like they evolved into humans here.

          • The Narrator

            They were here long before the white man.

          • Chris

            Who said anything about “white man”?

      • ToddAwesome

        Chris, your schtick is really old. Keep being you though..

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Smh what else is he supposed to say? He has no idea.

  • Hothfox

    I just REALLY, REALLY… REALLY hope that Lenovo keeps up the momentum. I have a hard time believing Lenovo will leave Moto Mobility alone, seeing how their own smartphones are so terrible. Hopefully they’ll be more Moto than turning Moto more Lenovo.

    • Ryan

      Time will tell what Lenovo plans to do with Motorola. But until then, I’ll enjoy my Moto X as much as I can add potentially the last Motorola device I may own.

    • breadable

      I thought the Moto X was a great start to something and was excited for whatever was coming further down the product pipeline. Now there is quite some uncertainty but we can hope Lenovo only improves on what Google has started… hopefully.. Fingers crossed

    • Nikuliai

      They may be terrible but they still sell more than LG, they can do as they please (so does samsung)
      don’t take me the wrong way, I hope they do well, but they don’t actually need to keep the Moto way to be sucessful

  • Dapke

    I’m still not a fan of Mr. Woodside leaving (although I understand there are numerous reasons why he would), but at least they are promoting someone who (hopefully) will try to keep Motorola the way it is (has become). I would hope that Lenovo is not dumb, and sticks with what Google/Motorola had developed instead of trying to put their own “flair” on it.

    I am a big fan of my Moto X, and I think they could do very well if Lenovo just gives it some development/procurement efficiencies.

    • Ryan N

      Love my X as well, and I agree 100%. I feel like Lenovo as the competencies on the hardware side that will(could) help this shared vision of Google and Motorola reach it’s full potential. I honestly don’t think that Google would hand Motorola over to a company they didn’t fully believe in.

      R.I.P. Googorola.

      • morteum

        I’m not so sure I’m as optimistic as you are. I’m not saying things will be horrible, but I don’t know if Google actually cares what happens to Motorola at this point.

        • Ahoy

          Google doesn’t need to care.. it’s lenovo’s business now..

        • Ryan N

          I suppose optimism is the only thing keeping me from reeling from the news. I was elated when Google bought Motorola. This news killed me. But on the bright side, Google isn’t a company that would need to sell for the money. So hopefully some thought went into this… On the other side of the coin thoughthough, I can see how not owning a hardware company will help prevent fragmentation of android. Look at the patenting agreement with Samsung… Like I said, glass half full…

          • Blue Sun

            As a Motorola Motoactiv owner I too was excited about this news. I had hoped that the Motoactiv might have been the foundation for the Google smart watch plan. The transaction news has pretty much killed off any hopes I had for a 2nd gen Motoactiv or a Google smart watch based off of the Motoactiv design.

          • Nikuliai

            Oh but Moto had plans for a smartwatch for last year, they just didn’t like it so they didn’t released it, I think they will sell it this year (it kinda looks like they developed a lot on that area to let it die just because, this is the year of the [not so]smartwatches) I’m hoping to see what will they do on this side

      • Nikuliai

        “I honestly don’t think that Google would hand Motorola over to a company they didn’t fully believe in” HA! they didn’t care man, they wanted the patents, they ditched the company cuz they were getting bullied by the OEMs and since they didn’t care about MAKING phones they sold it the fast they could, on that same note we have the news “Samsung backing off from Tizen and getting closer to stock” and “LG wants to deliver a more pure android experience (G2pro)”, this was pure business, I fully understand it, but that doesn’t make me less mad about it

        • Ryan N

          You’re right… In my mind though I feel that Google does take into consideration the effect their deals have on their customers. At least to some extent. I think we all want to believe Google has our backs. Lol

          • Nikuliai

            They care about their investors, not about the customers of a company they were planning on ditching, on a business perspective is perfectly clear, it blows, but it’s perfectly clear

            On a business perspective tho… I kinda hate Page but they were GENIUS on their approach, just GENIUS…

            Problems:

            -OEMs are making Android lag and behave like a brick
            -OEMs never update
            -Our biggest OEM is developing his own OS
            -Apple is a patent troll

            Solution:
            -Buys Motorola and their patent portfolio (got the first phone patent and TONS of others… who’s laughing now HUHH??)
            -Change their approach software-wise to almost vanilla Android and sell a high-end flagship which brings something new to the table
            -Make Motorola work in as fast as possible updates
            -Make a budget phone with that software approach with almost no profit and sell it like crazy
            -Watch OEMs get like “HEY WTF MAN!! you’re clearly making Motorola your prefered OEM cuz it’s yours!”
            -Make deals with OEMS to fix the “Problems” area at the “huge” cost of ditching Motorola
            -Keep the patent portfolio
            -HUGE PROFIT!

          • Ryan N

            Guess that’s just the way the game is played. We just have to hope the points scored are for us and not against us…

          • Nikuliai

            It was certainly for Google, but I like the results, the main reason I don’t want Samsung or LG devices right now is the UI, it can be improved by a launcher but IT CAN’T be fixed, so on that note the news are amazing… the “not good at all” part of news is the departure of the company that made the only phone I truly hype about since… ever, I always were like “oh the Nexus brand is pretty cool” but never actually cared enough to buy one, with Moto I bought, I did tons of test and I recommend the devices they made (G and X), their worse issue is on the camera department but that’s irrelevant to me (not a [smartphone] camera person)

        • calculatorwatch

          Google does want competition among Android manufacturers. Not only does it mean better products in general but it will keep one company (Samsung) from bullying Google into letting them do whatever they want with Android. So I’m sure that Google hopes that Moto does well with Lenovo. But I agree that the short-term benefit of appeasing Samsung was well worth the long-term risk of letting Moto possibly fail.

          • Nikuliai

            They don’t care about competition, they care about keeping their services, and Samsung was bullying them with that (Samsung copying every Google service and executing like crap) the UI is bad but right now the huge processors can handle that, it’s like running with dopping but cutting your own leg… it may work, but it’s damn stupid, but so is people and Samsung was selling like crazy (and will continue to do so)

            PS: Moto has no risk of failing, Lenovo won’t let em, we may say a lot of things about Lenovo (most of them true) but if there is something we can say for is that Lenovo is not losing money with any previous purchase and most likely won’t with this one (well it will but only in the short term)

          • calculatorwatch

            So you really think Google likes this situation where Samsung is the only successful Android maker? All this bullying from Samsung is exactly because they control so much of the Android market that if they stopped using Google services it would undermine Google’s entire business plan. If they had a few more successful Android manufacturers to fall back on Google could just tell Samsung to suck it, if they don’t want to use their services Google could just give everyone else preferential treatment until Samsung changes their mind.

          • Nikuliai

            you’re REALLY wrong there, it’s not the only sucessful Android Maker, Samsung sold 71.4m phones last quarter, Huawei sold 16.6m, LG sold 11.4m and Lenovo sold 10.6m, and we don’t know how many Motorola Sold, but I’m guessing something like at least 5m, same as HTC… Samsung CLEARLY controls the market due his size, but he’s not the only sucessful Android Maker, LG would love to sell more but he’s not at all in problem with their sales, same as Lenovo, the only ones in trouble here are HTC and Motorola… the big problem here is that Samsung was parting ways, they had a relaxed strat to try making them reduce the bloat but with Tizen they had to up the game cuz thy can’t afford to lose Samsung, it’s different, if they don’t have a threat by Samsung in neither the OS or the Google Services they don’t really care at all about which one sells the most, just watch 3 years ago, they were the top selling ones and they were besties with google and they had the same ammount of bloat and didn’t even have one phone that worked without lag

            PS: even if samsung were selling 30% of the Android market Google still can tell em to suck it, they would be a threat to Google if they leave and only if they leave, right now they are only a pain in the ass they don’t really care about (and mark my words, this year they are going to be besties again and rot in hell all the other OEMs)

          • cns2007
          • Nikuliai

            I know, I’m not arguing that Samsung has power, he has, and a lot, but he’s not the only sucessful android maker, LG, Huawei and Lenovo are not going away in the next years, and by extention, neither is Motorola (at least for now), I’m not sure about HTC, and tbh I don’t care that much, but that’s my point, Samsung is the biggest, tho not the only with sucess on the android scene

          • cns2007

            I totally agree they’re not the only success in the Android space. In fact, LG seems to have made some strides this past year. I was just acknowledging the fact, even though I hate it, that Samsung’s marketshare was and is a concern for Google.

            That said, the first Galaxy didn’t launch and immediately make Samsung the top Android OEM. It wasn’t until halfway through the life of the next version that Samsung began to dominate. I think Motorola set in motion a major comeback, with the releases of the X and G. The followups will really tell how much of a success story Motorola can be again.

          • Nikuliai

            Agreed, but you can’t deny Samsung and Google became besties when they dominated lol

            On the Motorola point I do -sadly, considering they ditched them- agree in most of it, the G will keep destroying the sales of budget phones, but the Moto X is mainly owned for Geeks, and Geeks are freaking out a lot about this so they kind of destroyed the major comeback with the whole sale thing :/

          • calculatorwatch

            Well I don’t know if this is much of an argument. You said it yourself that Google can’t afford to lose Samsung. All I’m saying is Google would be a lot happier in a position where they could lose any one of their partners and not lose everything. And while I agree that Google would much prefer to stay friends with all their partners, they know that they can’t always control Samsung and if at some point down the road they decide they can make more money by switching to Tizen or something else they will.

          • Nikuliai

            Unless Google makes the goal to be a manufactor they’ll NEVER be able to have the “lose any of our OEMs and not lose anything”, if Samsung leaves now they won’t lose everything, they will lose a little market share that will be bigger (and may be REAALLY big) on the coming years, but that Google can prevent either way if they are smart, but the smart call here is to avoid that loss.

            Agreed, if Samsung decide they can make more money in Tizen they certainly will leave, and they are even taking steps to secure sucess when they do (and yeah, they most likely will, just not now)

          • Jarred Sutherland

            How do you figure (as far as bullying)?

            Samsung is bound contractually to Google if they want to use Android, meaning no forks or they lose the blessing of Google as well as the Play Store, APIs and apps. Sure they could push Tizen and lose a fortune from those that figure out REAL quick that their Galaxy phones mean nothing without the Play store and their favorite apps.

            Google has the app ecosystem and has protected itself by moving all of the GAPPS to a closed source model. Samsung can run, but it isn’t going to go very far.

          • Nikuliai

            that is why samsung is doing the propietary copy paste of google services, they DO wanna ditch them since Google has power on em, people would lose interest without the play store but if the Tizen market gets bigger they will get the apps really fast, since all devs (me included) know that samsung holds a lot of power… they will lose market share no doubt, but I would actually like that to see another OEMs take a bigger bite since Samsung is my least favorite

          • Jarred Sutherland

            I don’t see Tizen gaining that much ground that quickly and not without causing a sizable loss to Samsung of handset sales and other goofy accessories. People are impatient and not very forgiving when they don’t understand things .. like why their beloved Galaxy device had a bunch of apps they loved and now all of a sudden doesn’t. Now they go back and buy another Google powered device that generally locks them in for two years, there Samsung loses the sale of the phone and the customer base they once had.

            I just don’t see it happening .. not anytime soon at least.

            Edit : The problem with the copy and paste is that while it gives the APP itself, the services and data are not behind it. People love Google maps because it has been around and gathering data for years now. Compare that to Apple with their mapping application. I don’t know many people with an iOS device that enjoy using Apple Maps besides the zealots that worship Apple. I tried it once and was directed 5 miles away from the location I wanted because of incorrect data.

            That and their copy and paste apps are just horrible. I cannot imagine why anyone would use them when they have other options .. which they obviously have.

          • Nikuliai

            I know they are horrible, but they are taking people away from the google services either way. non geek people don’t use google now on samsung, they try (and fail) using S-Voice, google makes a good interface and Samsung makes TW to run above it, what does the user get? bad software, but it’s still the software they use, which makes them ditch all the things they can’t change, so they use TW and use the smartphone in a simple way, but they won’t try google now (I see this REALLY often) cuz “the voice recognition system is bad”, when I show them the app I use they are like “but mine doesn’t understand what I say!”, and I’m like “well yeah cuz you’re using the samsung app and that app is basically useless!”, that’s the big problem

            But yeah, Tizen will be a sizable loss to Samsung when it happens, they are working to reduce it and I hope they either stop trying to make it work and get back to near stock Android or go away right now so we can see another OEMs shine (since they will lose the future years market share for a couple years) :B

          • michael arazan

            Let’s hope it doesn’t turn into a Polaroid fiasco with a gutted company in name only then slapping the Logo on inferior cheap products because people recognize the name.

      • gayson@megadouche.com

        I’m glad he is not smiling in the pic because his hillbilly grin creeps me out.

    • Akashshr

      Well, It would be naive to think he didn’t have a reason to leave Motorola, Basically he got screwed by google…No matter how you see it, He came from being VP of google operations in the states! Thats a big step, a big step down!
      I feel sorry for him, he was surely the right man and motorola after a long time seemed to be coming back to former glory, RaZr and Droid glory! There surely is some inner dirty politics that played out behind selling motorola! I hope you are reading this Dennis! We all shout out for you!
      Also I would like to meet you, IT student graduating soon! Would love a to have a conversation sometime!

  • Jeff C

    I hope you’re right Mr. Woodside, and that Lenovo doesn’t muck things up in the future. Good luck in your future position.

    Sincerely,
    A long-time Motorola fan and proud Moto X owner.

    • morteum

      “muck”

  • Fry

    If he believes in lenovo, then I guess I can to. Still sucks tho :(

    • EC8CH

      Seriously… all Lenovo has to do, is keep going down the path Moto has started.

      • Adam Martinez

        Which is exactly what they did with the ThinkPad line… oh wait.

        • jxcgunrunna

          That is what they did with the Thinkpad brand. As someone who owned a T41, T61, and a T420, I can tell you they have done a great job with the Thinkpad line.

          • Adam Martinez

            As somebody in IT that has to support a few of those, they’re complete garbage compared to other business class laptops. But you’re welcome to your own opinion :)

          • Franklin Ramsey

            As someone in IT to has had to support all of those, they are great hardware, but suck with software. Hence we wipe each computer we get and start without any Lenovo bloat.

          • mustbepbs

            They’re not nearly as bad as Toshibas.

          • Adam Martinez

            /shudder

          • Blue Sun

            Minus the software (writing this on a T520). I know that Lenovo will not mess up the recipe for the hardware side. It’s the software end that concerns me.

          • Nikuliai

            if they keep the Motorola “almost pure” approach things will be amazing, if they don’t… Well I’m not buying another Moto X from em

          • Tyler

            Yeah, try a T430 or T440 and tell us if you feel the same…

      • The Narrator

        Don’t bring back Blur.

    • gambit07

      These kinds of releases mean nothing. Unless there was a huge internal disagreement over something regarding a buyout like this, the departing CEO always gives these kind of standard lines. “X Company is in great hands. I have no doubt X Company will continue delivering blah blah blah”. Y Company will certainly help X Company further its strategic goals”. And if they did part on bad terms, it’s more likely he would have just released nothing. Not to say that it couldn’t happen that Lenovo stays the current Motorola course and helps them build out the brand as it’s currently imagined, continue updating phones rapidly, keep the phones mostly stock Google experiences, etc. but reassurances like this are meaningless. I won’t be buying Moto phones or recommending them until we see what actually happens end of this year through next year.