What Lenovo’s Motorola purchase could mean for those “end of Nexus series” rumors
Yesterday’s Lenovo news was shocking enough, but it wasn’t the only Google story to cross our path this week that came off as really difficult to accept on face value. We got the week started with a rumor that Google was winding-down its Nexus series of hardware, which thus far has been a fixture of the Android landscape. The argument was that a growing selection of Google Play edition devices would provide enough of a Nexus-like alternative to do away with pure Nexus models, and in an attempt to rationalize the idea, we argued that maybe affordable Motorola phones like the Moto X and Moto G could continue to provide that same sort of great value we’d previously looked to Nexus phones for. Does Motorola’s new ownership threaten to change any of that? Well, the source of that initial Nexus rumor is back today, explaining how Lenovo could be involved.
Eldar Murtazin tweeted early this morning that he believes Lenovo will deliver “one of the last Nexus product[sic],” with a focus on the US and a “huge” production run. While he doesn’t mention Motorola directly this time, we already heard Lenovo talk about using the Motorola brand to break into US sales, so the presumption is that this would be a Motorola by Lenovo Nexus device.
Phone or tablet, we just don’t know – if this was the old Motorola, we’d be betting on a phone, but who knows how Lenovo’s control may shift its product focus.
Maybe more than anything, we’re still concerned about the end of our beloved Nexus hardware, and are a bit distressed to see these rumors continue.