You can make all kinds of guesses about why Google sold Motorola. Did it only want the patents all along? Is it making nice with Samsung? But a more pressing question has been weighing on our minds: "So uh... what about the Moto X?"
In a year where more and more manufacturers surrendered to stock Android, Motorola raised the bar with weird but awesome features. And in the face of an army of Snapdragon 800 powerhouses, the Moto X took smaller-scale specs and made them feel super-juiced. It innovated hardware customization in ways that simply hadn't been considered before. It finally made an Android smartphone for everyone.