Ever since Motorola was bought by Lenovo a few years ago, things haven’t been the same as far as Moto smartphones’ hardware and software are concerned.
Keen observers will tell you that many of today’s Motorola phones have lost the company’s original touch and are more of Lenovo. The Chinese tech giant appears to be having an upper hand in determining the design of all Moto phones and apparently, this is not the end of its dominance. According to a new report, this influence is set to make its debut on the software side of things starting this 2017.
Motorola phones are known to be the closest you can get when looking for a stock non-Google device. This means that Moto phones run on almost stock Android OS that is devoid of unnecessary customizations. These customizations usually end up as bloatware that slow down the performance of the devices as well as mess with the overall experience of Android OS. In fact, it’s this near-stock Android OS that meant Moto phones were among the first to receive Android updates whenever Google made them available, but things have been changing gradually over the past year or so.
If anything, it’s about to get worse, with all future Moto phones reportedly set to come in with a ZUI skin on top of the stock Android OS. This ZUI skin is already being used in Lenovo’s ZUK phones, but for now, it’s still unclear whether this change will affect the models sold in China alone or all markets across the globe.
Motorola is lining up a series of phones for 2017, among them the Moto Z2 series, Moto X 2017, Moto E4 series and Moto C series, but for now, we don’t know if these phones – or some – will come with the ZUI skin on board.