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CEO claims Motorola phones will offer fastest Android updates

Luke Johnson


CEO claims Motorola phones will offer fastest Android updates

Following the company’s takeover by Google, Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside has claimed that Motorola phones will benefit from the fastest access to new Android updates.

Despite the likes of Samsung and HTC being considerably larger providers of Android powered handsets, Motorola could be set to get preferential treatment, with the American manufacturer to rely on its new Google ownership to offer earlier Android OS updates than rivals.

“If you’re going to buy an Android phone you’ll get the fastest Android updates on Motorola,” the company’s CEO said speaking exclusively with TrustedReviews.

Woodside revealed that he hopes early access to the latest Android updates will encourage consumers to return to Motorola-branded handsets following a number of years out in the dark.

“What do we want people to say about Motorola in 2-3 years?” Woodside questioned. “That we are constantly proving that software is key.”

He added: “We want them to say Motorola stands for quality and value. That I can’t get a better smartphone at that price-point and then in the higher price products it’s that I have more choice.”

An early sign of things to come, while the flagship, market leading Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One are still awaiting Android 4.4 KitKat updates, both the Motorola Moto G and Motorola Moto X have already been handed the latest Google OS.

Google confirmed the takeover of Motorola Mobility – the company’s mobile arm – back in 2011 for a fee of $12.5 billion.

Although the Motorola Moto X, the first post-takeover smartphone, launched in the US last August, the company is still struggling for serious market share.

Despite being set to prioritise Motorola handsets for early Android updates, Google has, as of yet, failed to hand the Nexus-branding to the company, with both the Google Nexus 4 and Google Nexus 5 smartphones manufactured in partnership with LG.

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Update: We have changed the headline of this article in relation to the quotes.


January 20, 2014, 2:40 pm

You appear to have missed out the bit where he said that Google were giving Motorola priority. Presumably, that's because he didn't say it. It would be illegal, Google would be in a lot of trouble, and to claim that this is what he said is just bad journalism. All he said is they were going to update fastest- am I wrong?

Simon Langan

January 20, 2014, 2:51 pm

Will they look at the problems many of us are having with the latest KitKat update. Loss of signal over 3G. If they want people to come back to Motorola they need to get this sorted soon as I'm losing faith in them already. It was great before the update now I have to use my phone on 2G. If you are in the UK and having similar problems check out the forum https://forums.motorola.com...


January 20, 2014, 4:00 pm

Well I will never buy a Moto until they make them with top of the line processor , highest resolution , and at least a 5 inch screen. If they don't , then I will stay with another manufacturer regardless of getting the updates Not worth getting an inferior phone just for the updates.


January 20, 2014, 5:32 pm

You aren't. We've corrected the headline.

Evo Stormz

January 21, 2014, 2:23 pm

As i'm in bed with boost mobile, I will have to wait until they release a 4g phone on the network. I dont mind paying the high upfront cost of a top of the line phone, so the sub-150$ mark doesn't effect me at all.


January 31, 2014, 4:55 am

Well it will be interesting to see just how much preferential treatment Google will give Motorola now that it has sold the brand name to Lenovo.

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