Android sure has come a long way, hasn’t it? It’s almost crazy to look back at when the mobile platform launched, to see how it looked back then, and to look at it now. The amount of changes, the amount of improvements, tweaks and everything in between has been nothing less than stunning as a whole. Sure, there have been missteps along the way, but no company is without its speed bumps. It’s about how you recover that matters.
And now, here we are, existing in a state after the announcement of Android 5.0, and yet, right on the cusp of its launch (hopefully). It’s an exciting time for Android lovers, because a brand new version is about to land on some devices, and new handsets will be able to take advantage of a whole suite of new features that Google brought into their mobile OS.
The software is only part of the story though, of course. As usual, the hardware is just as important, maybe even sometimes more so, as companies try to differentiate themselves from the host of other manufacturers out there trying to make a name for themselves. Whether that name is at the head of the pack or simply trying to climb the ranks within the Android Army, launching a powerful, must-have device in any particular year can sometimes make all the difference.
Motorola, though, has managed two hits in a row.
With the original Moto X in 2013, and the launch of Moto Maker, Motorola set a precedent for customization and availability for a handset. I’ll be the first to admit that the device’s price was the only thing that gave it a red checkmark in my book, as it certainly didn’t line up with the specs or the competition. Now, though, with the new Moto X, everything seems lined up almost perfectly. This is a handset that’s posed to make quite the splash, especially as more reviews for the handset trickle out.
This is one device that I can’t wait to try out. If it’s as good as I’ve heard, then there’s no doubt in my mind that Motorola is the company to beat from here on out. Even with Samsung releasing their flagship Galaxy Note 4 later this year, LG’s G3 out earlier this year, and even HTC’s One (M8), Motorola is a company that has managed to earn my attention from 2013 and moving into 2015 soon enough.
The question is, though, is Motorola the new king of Android? Even if not technically, sitting on the top of the sales charts or devices shipped, but with customers? If they aren’t now, can they continue to use their success and win customers over? What do you think?