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Despite layoffs, Motorola’s Moto Z line will continue

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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. According to multiple reports such as 9to5Google’s, Moto has laid off up to a half of its engineering staff in Chicago, leading to the shuttering of the sequel to last year’s Moto X4, the Moto X5.

Though the company had never officially confirmed the release of the Moto X5, there were several leaks about it during January this year. It said that the brand Moto would be now concentrating on the G, E, and Z smartphone ranges and that the X series, later on, might make a comeback. As per the report products like the gamepad and health tracker mods would get cut off.

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

While one anonymous post is not enough to seriously believe, the information seems to be corroborated by an independent Moto Mod developer.

Sudhin Mathur, Managing Director, Motorola Mobility India said, “Our customer-centric strategy has helped us immensely and we have received an overwhelming response to Moto Hubs across the country”. This week’s employment reductions are a continuation of that process. It’s also confirmed that the Moto Z family of handsets will continue, contrary to reports suggesting otherwise.

The Moto Z has a massive camera bump in the rear, and Motorola has capitalized on the situation. That would include the maker of the keyboard Moto Mod, presumably, which would explain his fear, uncertainty, and doubt yesterday on Indiegogo. In response to an Indiegogo backer asking if Motorola was going to dump the Moto Z line, he responded, “To be honest, it looks even worse than that”. While no other details were shared in the image apart from the design, it is likely that the VR mod will support Google DayDream.



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