Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Motorola announces 25 Moto Hubs in Kolkata

Motorola announces 25 Moto Hubs in Kolkata

Motorola, the Lenovo owned smartphone brand is facing some layoffs due to not so successful smartphones.

Following our report yesterday that Motorola is laying off a significant portion of its engineering staff in Chicago, Android Police is now out with some details on what exactly this will mean.

An anonymous source talking with Android Police said that Motorola is canceling development of the Motorola Moto X5, which would have been the follow-up to the Moto X4 that came out a year ago. The company will also be scaling back on Moto mods, focusing on ones that "turn a profit" instead of the niche market it now caters. However, Motorola says that the Moto Z line will "continue". However, the Moto Mods will be continued but with the focus being again on mods that can actually turn a profit. As per the report products like the gamepad and health tracker mods would get cut off.

In an official statement to various publications, Moto said, "In late 2017, Lenovo announced a worldwide resource action that would occur over the next several quarters, and impacting less than two percent of its global workforce". The statement confirmed that the brand would continue putting efforts in the modular smartphone space with the Moto Z series. Their expected last day of work is April 6, 2018.

We wouldn't call Motorola's Moto Mods a thriving ecosystem, but from a battery pack to a projector, they have you covered in more ways than one. A new mod called the Virtual Viewer has been leaked and may be the next mod that hits the market. He responded to an Indiegogo backer who asked if the Moto Z line was being killed off with, "To be honest, it looks even worse than that". It added that the week's employment reductions were a continuation of that process and they are reducing their Motorola operations in Chicago, but that did not impact half of their workforce and their Moto Z family would continue.

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