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Moto X5 Ceases amidst Layoffs, the Z Series Survives

Moto X5 Ceases amidst Layoffs, the Z Series Survives

It was claimed in a report by Android Police, citing sources familiar with the case that the Moto X5 is being stranded by Lenovo as a outcome of the layoffs. The company will also be scaling back on Moto mods, focusing on ones that "turn a profit" instead of the niche market it now caters. Given Motorola's investment in Moto Mods and the Moto Z lineup and the success of the Moto G line it is not entirely surprising to see the Moto X line canned. Early this year, the company brought a 6GB RAM variant of the Moto X4 to India for Rs 24,999. 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. The Moto Mod line would continue but with the concentration being again on mods which could actually yield a profit. This likely means that production of health tracker mods and gamepad mods may discontinue.

News surrounding the layoffs isn't surprising as Lenovo had announced late previous year that it planned to do so over the next few quarters.

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A source close to the company confirmed to us that between a third and a half of the engineering staff in Chicago was laid off this week. "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. It added that the week's employment reductions were a continuation of that process and they are reducing their Motorola operations in Chicago, but that did not impact half of their workforce and their Moto Z family would continue. Also, the work will be continued on Moto Mods as well. Sudhin Mathur, Managing Director, Motorola Mobility India confirmed that the company would set up 1000 Moto Hubs across 100 cities going forward. 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.