Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Technology | By Christopher Mann

Moto X5 gets cancelled as Motorola fires up to 50% of staff

Moto X5 gets cancelled as Motorola fires up to 50% of staff

Motorola India, announced the opening of 25 new Moto Hubs in Kolkata to strengthen its retail presence.

An ex-employee started the ball rolling with a post on anonymous site TheLayoff in which they claimed that 50% of Motorola's Chicago staff was being let go and their last day of work would be April 6.

He also said that it would also impact the production. This means that the company will increase its focus on the Moto E, G and Z line-up of devices. "We can't help but waiting for everything to get clear".

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Motorola has announced that it laying off a significant portion of engineering team from its Chicago office. In a statement this week, 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".

Speaking of Moto Mods, popular tipster Evan Blass tweeted a render of a new Virtual Viewer Moto Mod this week that will allow you to slide in your Moto Z phone. However, that changed with the introduction of the Moto Z line, and, we didn't see any Moto X phone coming to market for sometime.

According to a report by Android Police, a source added that the company is laid off 190 people in the office while simplifying its targets by pulling out of markets where the devices were not doing good and focusing on core market and mods that will result in sales. This weeks employment reductions are a continuation of that process.

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Lenovo bought the Motorola smartphone brand in 2014, making big promises about turning the company profitable.

Details are scarce, and Motorola declined to comment when we reached out for more info. The company, however, hasn't been really able to revive the Motorola brand. Company investors were not keen on a fresh comeback plan.

Lenovo founder, Liu Chuanzhi, who is credited for steering the company among top PC players, last month admitted the company was facing some serious challenges. "It's an age when innovations in technology and business models are powerful enough to overturn an industry and even social customs", Bloomberg quotes him as saying.

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