Rumor: Moto Z Smartphones Sold In China Will Use Lenovo UI

Motorola as a company is in an interesting position at the moment. In the grand scheme of things, it was not that long ago that Motorola was picked up by Lenovo. However, the purchase came on the back of Motorola building up a brand which many in the Android world consider to be a ‘close to stock’ brand. While Motorola devices like the Moto X range did not come with the most bleeding-edge of specs, they were solidly built, came with (generally speaking) very good specs and a software experience which was as close as possible to what you might find on a Nexus device.

However, when Lenovo picked up Motorola, the questions began to emerge on what direction Motorola would take under Lenovo. Would they be the same, offer the same level of product and user experience or would they start to adopt Lenovo traits, services and user experiences? A question which has largely remained in the background while the latest Motorola devices and hardware have come through. However, HelloMotoHK, who is known for providing what is often correct Motorola leaks is now suggesting some changes will certainly be taking place for the Moto brand, in China at least.

According to HelloMotoHK, the recently unveiled Moto Z range of devices (which are generally thought to be the replacement of the Moto X range) will not come with the same software experience in China as in the rest of the world. Instead, it is claimed that in China, the Moto Z will come with a 'One Lenovo UI' in place. It is believed the Lenovo UI will come with some common Chinese elements like the absence of an app launcher, among other fairly obvious visual and user tweaks. Of course, at the moment none of this has been confirmed and there are no indications that Lenovo plans a similar UI switch in countries outside of China, with HelloMotoHK specifically noting that the Moto Z in other countries will come with the 'pure Moto' experience. However, it does at least highlight Lenovo might have a vision for Motorola which is somewhat different from the Motorola of recent times.

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