Monday, 23 July, 2018

Motorola reportedly cancels Moto X5; its Chicago engineering team faces layoffs

Motorola reportedly cancels Moto X5; its Chicago engineering team faces layoffs Motorola reportedly cancels Moto X5; its Chicago engineering team faces layoffs
Sherri Watson | 10 March, 2018, 16:32

However, the company still maintains that its Moto Z line-up of devices will not be impacted and will continue. There have been reports about the dire situation facing Lenovo as both its smartphone division, which includes Motorola, and its computer business are struggling to make profits over the past few years.

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 previous year.

A report by Android Police, citing sources familiar with the matter, claims the Moto X5 is being abandoned by Lenovo as an effect of the layoffs. There was little to suggest the Moto Z3 wouldn't launch, but the Moto Mods lineup in general seemed to be in danger based on comments from the maker the keyboard Moto Mod. This means products such as gamepad and health tracker mods will not be continued.

New Moto Mods are becoming rather de rigueur lately, with tons of interesting if not completely practical gadgets made to snap onto the company's compatible phones.

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 post stated that the last working day for the employees affected would be 6 April 2018. 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". 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. In addition to smartphones, the Moto Hubs will be selling accessories such as headphones, moto mods, shells and case covers. This weeks employment reductions are a continuation of that process.

Unfortunately, Evan Blass doesn't have any specific details available about the Virtual Viewer other than its press renders.