The Moto X was the long-awaited collaboration between Motorola and Google. Google became Motorola’s owner and parent company over a year ago, which had many thinking that Moto would make the next Nexus phone. Instead we got the Moto X, a compact, stylish handset with decidedly mid-range specs.
With an emphasis on battery life, contextual services and easy one-handed operation, it seems Motorola has the iPhone 5 in its sights, not the big screen Android powerhouses like the HTC One or the Samsung Galaxy S4.
Google swallowed up Motorola at a time when it was treading water in the smartphone market. It pushed out three solid Android phones for Verizon – the Droid Razr M, the Droid Razr HD and the Droid Razr Maxx HD – and then fell silent within the belly of the beast. After a year and a half of relative radio silence, Motorola resurfaced. First doing the three Droids for Verizon deal – the Droid Mini, Droid Maxx and Droid Ultra. Now we have its long awaited flagship, the Moto X.
And then not long after that Motorola ceased to be a Google company. Its been bought by Lenovo in a bid to enter the U.S. and European smartphone markets. This may spell trouble for the speedy Android updates the Moto X has been enjoying, and could put the kabosh on the phone’s stateside manufacturing. Only time will tell.