Lenovo lays off more than half of its remaining Motorola workforce (UPDATE)

Update: Lenovo has officially announced the lay-off in a strategic shift to keep Moto competitive. Motorola has also reached out to us with an official press statement, which refutes suggestions that remaining staff would be moved away from the Motorola HQ in Chicago. You may find it at the bottom of this article.

Around this time last year, Lenovo laid off a large number of employees and it looks as though history may be repeating itself. According to sources of Droid-Life, around 700 of the 1200 or so staff within its Motorola Mobility division have either been told they'll soon be no longer employed, or will be notified as such over the next 24 hours. 

Apparently, Lenovo is ramping up its efforts to move operations over to its native China, which would naturally be a more cost-effective strategy. One particular employee reportedly mentioned on Facebook that after two decades of service to Motorola, this coming Friday will be his last. The source of Droid-Life's report also believes that employees managing to avoid the axe will be moved from Motorola's long-standing digs in Chicago over to Lenovo's United States HQ in North Carolina. 

The original, pre-2011 Motorola is dead as we knew it. The company was spun off into two entities: Motorola Solutions and Motorola Mobility. The latter, which is focused around the consumer-side mobile products, was snapped up by Google in 2011 before being passed on to Lenovo in 2014.

Lenovo's acquisition of Motorola Mobility has spawned a number of products such as the recent Moto Z series, which continues to champion Motorola's logo and archetypal design language. With only around 500 staff reportedly left in the US, however, Motorola is far removed from its former glories, and the future paints a rather bleak picture. 

source: Droid-Life, Verge



1. EC112987

Posts: 1215; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Motorola RIP :(

2. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I know things happen and change, but it is sad. Motorola and Nokia- both long standing history changing mobile companies, both just a name plate now. Glad I have this Moto X pure, one of the last true Motorola designed and produced phones.

7. Foxgabanna

Posts: 587; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

The Moto X sucks. Nexus 6P or Note 7 is better.

8. aikoo

Posts: 129; Member since: Feb 27, 2016

... the hell that gotta do with Motorola though?

13. EC112987

Posts: 1215; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Still have mine and I love it...wish it was getting. android N

16. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

It should, but then again this is Lenovo we are talking about.

15. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

I mean cant they continue operations from both the geographies? I, being an IT employee can turn around work pretty well working from multiple countries.

24. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

no Nokia is not dead ... it's just in hibernation mode... MWC 2017 is the re-awakening wait and watch what ( Nokia technologies + bell labs ) will bring to the game

26. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

no Nokia is not dead ... it's just in hibernation mode... MWC 2017 is the re-awakening wait and watch what ( Nokia technologies + bell labs ) will bring to the game

3. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1318; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Sad to see Motorola disappearing specially as thanks to Star Trek the cell phone was invented there.

4. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Sounds like them proprietary garbage MODs aren't helping...never expected them to, they're just restricting what's available via OTG to 1 OEM. RIP Motorola, your legacy (mobile phones) will never be forgotten.

6. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Yeah they probably aren't helping but not because they aren't cool and a good idea but because the cost way to much.

5. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Friendly advice stay away from Lenovo-Motorola products. Post purchase service will be even worse.

9. Rich123

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 30, 2014

Go to motomaker.com and look at the user support forums. Lots of complaints from many users of recent Moto phones about getting support from Motorola. At least unlike Apple, who officially do not monitor their user support forums, there appears to be Moto moderators who reply to customers.

14. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Go there and see forums flooded with complaints and patronising mod work. "Reply" means actually very little. Even worse Motorola's almost obliovion warranty and technical services around the world is very far from average. I myself went through tons of hassle with my two moto g's and they are terrible in nearly every aspect here in UK.

10. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Moto X force has one of the best camera on a phone out there, amazing moto features, amazing battery, screen that's indistractable, good pricing. Wish that thing was sold in Europe too I would consider buying it. Dunno why would you go for 7 edge over a moto X force.. So bad for Lenovo it does not invest in marketing the Moto.

22. iushnt

Posts: 3086; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

That camera and display on s7 edge though!!!

11. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Geez no one saw this coming . Moto has to rank up there with Samsung with the worst customer support. Not just mobility, but their entertainment division.

12. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Meh, the company I loved so much no longer exists. I'm grateful for the original Moto X, it helped shape several key Android features.

17. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I loved my OG Droid, my Droid X and my Droid RAZR, such awesome phones, outsold by cheap plastic phone slingers with good marketing. I have my HTC 10, and I Love it, but if HTC goes under and Sony throws in the towel I may have to go all iPhone :-(

18. droiduh

Posts: 101; Member since: Jun 04, 2015

I'm still using Droid 4. I skipped a lot of phones.

21. lallolu

Posts: 732; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

I wish I can be like you.

25. Acdc1a

Posts: 473; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

So like me you think the Galaxy S3 was the pinnacle of phone development and it's only going downhill?

19. Aplusk

Posts: 120; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

at least google was better for motorola by only making software changes, but lenovo also interferes with their hardware, recent motorola phones getting very similar to cheap lenovo phones. I mean moto e3 power comes with mediatek processor and unboxing also gives you screen protector like lenovo vibe p1m. Why you give screen protector to a gorilla glass phone. Quality of moto devices are good, but seems like lenovo will degrade its quality slowly and steady.

20. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

That's what happened when you sell a great American company to thr Chinese government. This is on google.

23. novaxxx

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 18, 2015

About time they have never had a decent product.

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