Motorola says stock Android is ‘the right thing,’ however balks on pure Android experience

One of the positives that many may have been looking forward to with Google’s acquisition of Motorola was the possibility of one of the newer Motorola devices running on stock Android software. However, the irony is that Google’s acquisition of Motorola shows no signs of releasing a stock Android experience. It seems like a no-brainer, right? A company that Google acquired – that happens to manufacture phones – will surely release a pure Android phone, right? Not so much.

I assume there are two possibilities here: One is that Google acquired Motorola specifically to acquire certain patents. Or, two, even though they’ve acquired them, they’re still letting them “do their thing” and continue to let Verizon pull the strings. However, Motorola’s Senior VP, in speaking to a group of reporters last night, made the following statement that may fall into a third scenario to add to the first two already mentioned:

“Going forward, we’re going to try to be as close to the base as we can be, because we think that’s the right thing for users. We think users also want fast upgrades and upgrades for their phones over the long haul, so we’re going to be focus on that as well. It’s a little bit different than what a lot of OEMs are doing and certainly what Motorola did in the past, but going forward that’s going to be our strategy.”

Some of it is a little ambiguous, sounding like they don’t have full control of the devices they produce. He mentions releasing a device “as close to the base as we can” as being the “right thing” for users. What exactly does that mean? Who’s preventing it from happening, if anyone, other than themselves or Verizon? It appears that they’re content on lying somewhere in the middle of pure Android and a custom skin sitting atop Android OS – not so far to the left as TouchWiz for example, but not so far to the right as pure Android like the Nexus line. It’s easy to go the easy way out for Motorola and continue what they’ve been doing, but with the plethora of devices, you’d think they’d at least give a pure Android device a look. Droid Nexus anyone?

They did however mention that they’ll strive to update their devices as quickly as possible going forward, so hopefully someone from Google has instilled in them to be on the ball when providing updates. Clearly what they believe vs. what they’re (currently) doing are on different sides of the spectrum. Here’s hoping they will at least push timely updates as promised, and hopefully move to a release of a nice, pure Android device. But maybe that’s just me being selfish.


source:  The Verge

About the Author: Sean Stewart

Born in Tennessee yet raised in Florida, Sean is an analyst now living back in Tennessee. His love for gadgets and electronics began in the early 90’s when he received a Sony Walkman for Christmas. At the time, he felt the cassette tape playing, Mega-Bass wielding, three-band equalizer piece of electronics was as good as it'll ever get. There was also the original Nintendo which consumed countless hours of his youth, followed by every follow-up version, a Sega Genesis, PlayStations, and Xboxes. He was a little late to the smartphone party however, not being exposed to one until running a jail-broken, 2nd Gen iPhone on T-Mobile’s network. His phone of choice now is the Galaxy Nexus. He spends most of his free time with his wife and two daughters.

  • Nicholas Salgado

    google dosent want to give Motorola special treatment…. they will let them do what they want however will try to fix the quality of the product and lower the amount of devices coming out…

    • RTWright

      That has nothing to do with it. It’s Verizon or whoever the Carriers are. They’re the ones that in the end delay upgrades. Custom ROM makers can put out updates, without ever going through a Carrier for approval. Yet it seems that these carriers are strangling the OEM’s to keep them from putting out upgrades to the OS for whatever their stupid reasons are.

      The only thing the Carriers need is the chipset on the phones to contain their radios and such, they do not develop a single part of the OS. So personally they need to but the hell out because the OEM should be able to put out an upgrade without their approval. I think all of my future devices are going to be Non-Carrier based so I can get updates straight from Google.

      Right now I’m using a GSIII on Sprint and reading the article on here about JB not coming till probably 2013 really upset me since this device should have had it shortly after release. Hell they got it on several devices already on Sprint but not the GSIII? I don’t accept any reason or excuse from them. This is just stupid. The international version of the GSIII has it already. So yeah the carriers need to get out of the way.