Motorola's Next Moto Mod May Be The Virtual Viewer VR

Moto Hubs allow users to experience smartphones and purchase as well

Moto Hubs allow users to experience smartphones and purchase as well

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.

Moto, the iconic mobile phone brand that Lenovo acquired from Google in 2014 for $2.91 billion, is not shaping up to be the success the Chinese brand would have hope for.

Android Police reports, based on sources familiar with the company's plans, that following the layoffs, Motorola will be focussing on the Moto E, Moto G and Moto Z phones for now.

Motorola has announced three new Moto Mods this year. However, the Moto Mods will be continued but with the focus being again on mods that can actually turn a profit.

Lenovo has already announced that layoffs would take place over the next few quarters. Following the reports, there were also rumours that this could mean the end of the Moto Z lineup as well as the Moto Mods, but newer reports suggest otherwise. In an official statement to 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". A post on the TheLayoff.com forum said the last working day for the affected employees will be April 6, 2018. This was then refuted by Lenovo, after which a new report came out claiming that the Moto X line was dead.

I think we will see the Moto Z ditch the mods entirely in the years to come, and become Motorola's proper flagship brand. The recently launched Moto Mods will also be available for customers to experience and purchase. This week's employment reductions are a continuation of that process. Now the company is reportedly set to release a VR rig as a Moto Mod. VentureBeat's Evan Blass tweeted out what looks like a render of a new "Virtual Viewer" Moto Mod headset. Motorola countered our reported with a very vague statement, saying the layoffs were less than half of the existing staff (AP confirmed it to be a total of 190 people) and that the Moto Z family would live on.

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