Motorola Confirms Direct-to-Consumer Google Phone
During its recent earnings call, Motorola co-CEO Sanjay Jha said that the company plans to launch "at least 20 devices, including at least one direct-to-consumer device with Google." Google's direct-to-consumer model is what it is using to sell the HTC Nexus One. Motorola didn't confirm that its device will use the Nexus brand name, but it is a possibility. Jha also said, "We expect to ship between 11 million to 14 million smartphones over the course of the year, with smartphones accounting for over 50% of our total sales this year." All of the smartphones will be running Android, and about half of them will include MOTOBLUR. Motorola expects to sell fewer mid-range and entry-level devices throughout 2010. Jha also indicated that it will be improving MOTOBLUR. He said that Motorola will attempt to address the class of social networking users who need one device for both work and home needs. More security features will be built into MOTOBLUR, and it will also gain more multimedia powers, such as the ability to "share music, photos and other content in an interactive and dynamic way."
Review: Motorola G4 and G4 Plus -- Unlocked
Motorola's middleweight smartphones are back for another round. The Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus share most features, but the Plus adds a little something extra.
Nexus 6 Vanishes from Play Store, While Nexus 5X Enjoys a Price Cut
Google is no longer selling the Motorola-made Nexus 6 handset via the Google Play Store. The company is now selling only the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P smartphones, though the Nexus 6 remains available from other retailers, including Amazon.com.
Huawei to Favor High-End Phones Moving Forward
Huawei recently said it wants to sell more high-end smartphones and fewer entry-level devices in a bid to increase margins. The company shipped 75 million smartphones during 2014 and wants to improve that number to 100 million in 2015.
Lenovo to Slash 3,200 Jobs After Motorola Sales Slide
Lenovo today said it plans to reduce its headcount by as many as 3,200, or about 10%, as it looks to reduce expenses. The company reported earnings and said sales across its various business units dropped by 9% during the quarter.
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