Before there was "Nexus," there was Droid. Verizon, Motorola, HTC, and others teamed up to turn the Lucasfilm-licensed term into a synonym for everything great about Android. It deserved the moniker, too: from the original, keyboarded Droid to the Droid X and Droid Incredible, the name meant something.
Now four years after its first "Droid DOES" ad, the Droid lineup — now exclusive to Motorola and Verizon — isn't competing with the iPhone anymore. That's what the Moto X is for: it's a comfortable, powerful, genuinely useful phone with mass appeal and the full backing of both Google and Motorola. Droids are now niche products, souped-up robot phones for the aspiring Elon Musk.