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Rumor: Motorola Downsizing Its Chicago Team

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There is a short number of Android smartphone manufacturers that hold its headquarters in the U.S. Motorola, the Lenovo-owned brand, is just one of the few names that belong to this number. And over the years, it's no secret that its Chicago office has not been doing so well.

According to some sources, Motorola is downsizing its engineering team in this particular office. The source shares that almost half of its workforce based in the Chicago office are set to be laid off within next month. Another source shares around 190 people will be laid off from the company. For avid Motorola users, things could get disappointing in the future; especially those who are waiting for the Moto Z device lineup.

Not wanting to cause panic, Motorola confirmed the reports but affirmed they were not letting go of half of their workforce. A spokesperson for the company shared that they started laying off some of its employees from around the world in late 2017. The layoffs will continue in the next few quarters but will not be impacting over two percent of the company's global workforce.

As for its Moto Z family, Motorola assures the public that this will continue. There are some hesitations, however, as the Moto Z family will no longer be the same as it was.

Another report claims that Motorola has canceled the Moto X5 and that the Moto Mod collection will be downsized to just battery packs and style covers. The report also states that Motorola will be focusing on its Moto E, G, and Z lines.

The source of all these reports claims to be an ex-Motorola employee who shared the news on a comment on TheLayoff.com. According to his/her post, 50% of the workforce based in Chicago will no longer be part of the company after April 6th.

In 2014, Lenovo acquired Motorola Mobility from Google for a price of $2.9 billion. Ever since then, the company has undergone a series of management reogranizations and layoffs.



Source: XDA-Developers

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  1. Google ran Motorola into the dirt then gave it to Lenovo.
    Lenovo took Motorola's cutting edge technology to China. All that remains of Motorola is the brand name.

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    1. Another way to look at it is Google bought Motorola’s patent portfolio for about 10 billion and dumped the name and people onto Lenovo for what they could get. Remember this was during the height of Apple’s thermonuclear war against Android and they were looking for protection . Still a sad way for a great American tech company to end up.

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  2. Some of the best phones I've owened (at least radio-wise) were made by BlackBerry and Motorola. Sad what's become of these two one time behemoths.

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    1. I agree. I've never had a BlackBerry or Moto fail. We'll use our BB Bold 9900 and Z10 (Mexico), Moto X (USA), RAZR (Singapore), and KRZR K1 (UK) until they break. Classics.

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  3. Are there any other Android phone makers that make phones which will work on *any* US carrier? That's the main reason I went Moto.

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    1. Samsung, Essential and Google (Pixel) offer universal unlocked phones that work on all US carriers.

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    2. Look on Howard Forums, there are two threads that have this information.

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    3. Very true. I'm not confident abt Essential long term survival Hope I am wrong as Google is not in it for taking major smartphone mkt shares. So we have Samsung left as major unlock for all US carriers devices.

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    4. Don't buy a Samsung older than S9 without reading all the fine print on Phonescoop re the radio bands. Multiple versions, and bands vary.

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  4. I just bought a Moto Z2 play. A week ago. Love the thing. I don't use Moto Mods, but as far as the phone goes, it has the best Always on Display, helpful gestures, and is overall snappy. Feels like a Pixel light. I hope Motorola can focus in on what makes them successful, which a few years ago used to be the Moto G line. Xiaomi and Huaiwei are making huge strides in the international market that Motorola's G lineup appealed to.

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  5. Stay tuned for a RAZR foldable smartphone.
    The Legend Reborn!

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