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Motorola reportedly cancels the Moto X5, scales back Moto Mod efforts

Report Reveals Sudden Moto X5 Cancellation Motorola reportedly cancels the Moto X5, scales back Moto Mod efforts
Sandra Phillips | 10 March, 2018, 15:43

Citing sources, Android Police states that about 190 people will be affected in the Chicago office. While the mobile phone company confirmed the layoffs in its office in Chicago, it announced that the Moto Z series of modular phones would continue appearing. It looks like it could be a shipping product, and one that we might expect to see on the market soon; however, with the reported axing of the Moto X5 and suggestions that Motorola might be looking to streamline its mods line up, we are keeping our fingers crossed hoping this does see the light of day.

As part of the strategy to consolidate its retail presence, earlier in January 2018, Motorola had announced the opening of 50 new Moto Hubs in New Delhi. The recently launched Moto Mods will also be available for customers to experience and purchase. Apparently, the company is planning to cancel the Moto X5 entirely, and plans to significantly scale back its efforts to partner with third-party Moto Mod makers...

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News surrounding the layoffs isn't surprising as Lenovo had announced late a year ago that it planned to do so over the next few quarters. However, the Moto Mods will be continued but with the focus being again on mods that can actually turn a profit. "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", a Motorola spokesperson told Engadget. "We are reducing our Motorola operations in Chicago however this did not impact half of our workforce there and our Moto Z family will continue". Reports coming out of the U.S. are that not only have Motorola had to lay off employees but also that they have cancelled one of their popular lines of phones. This likely means that production of health tracker mods and gamepad mods may discontinue. The leak of the new Virtual Viewer headset comes courtesy of the reliable leakster Evan Blass, often the first to get his hands on breaking news.

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