Motorola has a storied history in the world of technology, from making car radios to bringing us the first consumer mobile phone, the company has certainly had its fair share of ups as well as downs. Practically disappearing from the smartphone game before being snapped up by Google, introducing the new Moto line of devices, and then being sold off to China's Lenovo. The brand continues to introduce new hardware, this year in the form of the innovative and modular Moto Z line of devices, but it seems as though the acquisition by Lenovo continues to have its effect on the Motorola of old. Earlier this year, Rick Osterloh left the company to join Google, and Jim Wicks, the man behind the Moto 360's look and feel also left earlier this year. Now, to round out the exodus is a third name, Head of Engineering at Motorola, Iqbal Arshad is leaving Lenovo.
Said to be the man behind the original line of Droid products, Iqbal has been an important member of the team ever since, and helped the pre-Google Motorola build and introduce innovative Droid products before moving on to the Moto line of Moto X and Moto G devices. It's unclear what, if anything, Arshad is moving on to and he made no hints in his letter to employees at Motorola saying that "I was lucky to have been a part of the mobile disruption. As I figure out the next disruptive mission, I will take some time off while exploring at depth the intersection of new technologies and traditional industries." Arshad seems to be a quality talent that a lot of Silicon Valley firms would be more than happy to accept, but having spent so much time at Motorola making smartphones, it's likely that he'll want to move on to something else, which could open up a number of possibilities for him.
This is the third big departure that Motorola has suffered this year, and while it's not 100% confirmed to be as a result of the Lenovo acquisition, the timing certainly is curious. As Lenovo continues to blur the lines on what exactly is or isn't Motorola these days, it's likely that some are keen to move on to greener pastures as well as challenge themselves while working on something new entirely. No matter what, it's hoped that Motorola can continue as a successful part of Lenovo's overall business.