To kick off the week, we’re saying goodbye to two faces in the Android world, one from HTC and another from Motorola. Since both companies have gone through recent layoffs, departures by some of the regulars we’ve come to know were somewhat expected.
HTC’s Mo Versi is the most notable of the two, and I say that because he was the face of HTC’s software update schedules. For years, Versi was the guy who took to Twitter to tell us when this phone was getting Nougat and that phone was getting Marshmallow or Oreo. He was not the norm in Android, which is probably why we appreciated his presence so much. Most companies refuse to be open about their update processes, while HTC and Versi did their best to keep everyone in the loop.
Versi was the VP of product management at HTC and was with the company for 8 years.
As for Motorola’s departure, it’s arguably a much bigger change, it’s just that few probably know anything about him. Aymar de Lencquesaing took over as Motorola president back in April 2016 just after Rick Osterloh left for Google, but will now be replaced by 20-year Motorola veteran, Sergio Buniac. de Lencquesaing is apparently done with all the travel required, which led Motorola to find a replacement.
Who knows what Buniac will bring to the table. Maybe he’ll bring about the change needed for Motorola to attempt another comeback. One can hope.