Motorola clarifies the future of the Moto G

by: Robert TriggsJanuary 13, 2016

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Ever since Lenovo announced that the Motorola name would be phased out in the near future, some have been wondering what will become of Motorola’s most successful modern handsets, like the Moto G. Reports that Lenovo would be discontinuing the Moto E and G lines hasn’t helped either, but Motorola has come out to quash the rumors.

Speaking to The Verge, Motorola states that the handset ranges won’t be going anywhere and that the situation seems to have been misunderstood. Simply put, it doesn’t make much sense for the company to retire its most successful range at the moment, so the company isn’t.

“Although we are simplifying the combined Motorola and [Lenovo] portfolio, we have no plans to retire Moto G, our most successful smartphone, or Moto E,” – Motorola spokesperson

So what’s really going on? Last week Motorola’s also issued a statement to clarify Lenovo’s rebranding goals, indicating that Motorola’s product ranges and Moto brand would still be around, but the overarching company name will be replaced with Lenovo’s. In other words, you may find a future “Moto E by Lenovo” which will still sport the familiar M logo too, it’s just that the Motorola company name is being phased out.

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Furthermore, Motorola will be working on both the Moto and Lenovo Vibe brand of smartphones, streamlining the company’s portfolio and likely resulting in fewer smartphone releases in the future, as the two brands are brought closer together. So we will likely continue to see the Moto range of smartphones appear in certain markets, such as the US, for the foreseeable future, while the Vibe brand will look to continue Lenovo’s success in regions such as China.

  • Ryan Ko

    I was confused until I went to Motorola Blogpost

  • Avieshek Rajkhowa

    @Lenovo, just enjoy the cash

    • Karly Johnston

      That cash leaves a $400 million hole in their pocket.

  • Charles ‘Chuck’ Talley

    I love my Moto G 2014, I’m toying with it all the time, installing custom ROM’s etc. You really can’t beat it for the price, hopefully it’s around for a while…

  • Archit

    It would be the stupidest thing ever if they discontinued Moto G & Moto E. They are like the magic potion which bought Motorola back to life.

  • Jason Wilson

    Moto G 2016 Wish List:

    -Fingerprint scanner (Confirmed)
    -FullHD screen
    -USB Type C
    -3GB RAM
    -Decent CPU/GPU boost
    -Near stock Android

    I expect the price to come in at about $250, which is a slight bump from the 2015 model but well worth the price if it includes all the goodies.

    • Ian

      The boost in RAM and CPU/GPU would be very welcome. Some apps, like Snapchat, are nearly impossible to run on 1 GB RAM devices like my Moto G2 (2014).

  • Moxin JC

    moto brand should live on, it will sell more than lenovo phones

  • Ian

    It’s now mid-2016 and I’m just wondering if Android Nougat will be pushed to my Moto G2 (2014). Android Marshmallow was a good update for it from Lollipop and I read that Doze is even better in Nougat.