Motorola has announced that it laying off a significant portion of engineering team from its Chicago office.
According to a report by 9to5Google, sources close to the company hinted at the layoffs before the company officially confirmed the move.
One of the sources of the news, Liangchen Chen, the owner of the Keyboard Mod earlier added that the ‘Z team in Moto was irreversibly impacted’. However, the company still maintains that its Moto Z line-up of devices will not be impacted and will continue. The official statement also added that the move that Lenovo announced last year will continue to happen “over the next few quarters” impacting less than 2 percent of its workforce across the globe.
According to a report by Android Police, a source added that the company is laid off 190 people in the office while simplifying its targets by pulling out of markets where the devices were not doing good and focusing on core market and mods that will result in sales. This is not all, another report by the publication adds that the company has announced that it will can the unannounced Moto X5 in addition to scaling back its Moto Mod program to focus on the most popular mods which sell well in the market. This means that the company will increase its focus on the Moto E, G and Z line-up of devices.
This is a hell of a Mod... pic.twitter.com/Mah61AYIZr
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) March 9, 2018
The report also indicates that the company will move away from specialised mods to more mainstream mods that will result in profitability. This comes almost a day after prolific leaker Evan Blass posted images about Motorola’s unreleased ‘Virtual Viewer’ mod which will be more like a Daydream headset then a mode. The leak had no additional details other than the image.