Motorola chief: Samsung could follow Nokia and BlackBerry to become less relevant in the smartphone market


Last quarter (its first as a Lenovo company), Motorola sold more than 10 million smartphones - an impressive 118% increase year-on-year. Lenovo is confident that Motorola can return to profitability in 4 to 6 quarters, and, for this to happen, it needs to re-expand its global presence. One of the important steps that Motorola is taking in this regard is a return to the Chinese market. As we already told you, Motorola is launching the Moto G, Moto X and Moto X Pro in China, and there are already signs that the Moto X will be successful there.

Of course, Motorola will face fierce competition from Apple, Samsung, and local players like Xiaomi. But Motorola COO Rick Osterloh believes that the company has a chance at becoming as relevant as the industry's largest players.

Forbes recently interviewed Rick Osterloh, who said that his company's strength lies in the fact that it offers "an alternative to other premium brands at a much better value."


According to Forbes, Osterloh implied that, after Nokia and BlackBerry lost their top positions in the global smartphone market, Samsung might be next.

While being owned by Google, Motorola restricted its smartphone business to only 10 markets. Now it's active in about 50 countries, and plans to re-enter other 10 or 15 this year. Speaking of this year, Motorola should soon introduce a Snapdragon 810-powered flagship handset that's reportedly smarter than smartphones. Successors to the Moto G and Moto E are expected to arrive in the near future as well.

What do you think, is Motorola's future a bright one?

source: Forbes

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177 Comments

1. wildhammer

Posts: 56; Member since: Mar 16, 2014

Damn it seems possible to me. But i dont samsung to go away. They always brought something to the table........

7. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Sure, Samsung used to brought something exciting to the table, but their mobile devices are starting to lack the wow factor. They did change, but not much. Judging from the leaks of the S6, it just doesn't live up to their so-called "designed from scratch".

14. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Pretty sure the same can apply to the company behind your avatar.

23. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Yeah, you're right. But what's your point? The "company behind my avatar" didn't say they will "design from scratch". So basically, you made a point that wasn't nessecary but to drag "the company behind my avatar" to my point, so Sammy won't feel lonely. Pretty funny and useless I gotta say.

59. Kumar123 unregistered

There is no point of his comment it's just that PapaSmurf didn't get his bonus from samsung because of S5 sells lower than expected. And since S5 and Z2 announced at the same time he blames Z2 and Sony for all the bad press Samsung get for S5 and that lead him believe that Sony/Sony fans are to blame for not getting his bonus. He used to troll on Sony articles because of his job but after he did not get his bonus he made it personal. Expect more cheap shoot from him directed towards Sony/Sony's phones in the following months.

65. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You're dense. The Z2 with a more premium design, he'll even the Z3 didn't even sell 1/5 of what the S5 did. Studies from last year showed Samsung ranked #1 ahead of Apple for customer satisfaction. Where was Sony? Let me know. Don't let your anger out on me because you're beloved company is struggling to get known and make profit each quarter. Btw, if I work for Samsung, explain how I'm using an iPhone 6 Plus. I'll wait. I'll see you trolls at the S6 and Z4 announcement and I'll see what kind of fanboy comments you'll post.

80. Kumar123 unregistered

1. "Don't let your anger out on me because you're beloved company is struggling to get known and make profit each quarter." - LOL, the company's phone i'm using (iphone 5s) right now beats world record in quarterly profits. The last Sony phone i used was Xperia P. 2. "The Z2 with a more premium design, he'll even the Z3 didn't even sell 1/5 of what the S5 did" - no one said Z2 or Z3 outsold S5 but surely Z2 and Z3 eat a lots of S5 providential sell. 3. "Studies from last year showed Samsung ranked #1 ahead of Apple for customer satisfaction. Where was Sony? Let me know" - So basically American customer satisfaction now equals to the whole worlds customer satisfaction. Wow, you're analytic skill is amazing, you're very smart. (i'm being sarcastic in case you dumb brain can't pick up what i'm saying.) 4. " Btw, if I work for Samsung, explain how I'm using an iPhone 6 Plus. I'll wait." - There is absolutely no way to confirm that you're using a iPhone, You're using this phase "i'm using iphone" as a Camouflage for your paid troll ( Don't try to post a iPhone screenshot to prove you're using an iphone, it's fairly easy to post someone else iphone while claiming that it's your phone.)

84. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

1. I use a 6 Plus. Last Samsung phone I owned was a Note 4. 2. Sales of the Z2 and Z3 didn't even make a dent in the S5 alone so stop lying to yourself. Potential isn't the same as actually did. I thought you'd be smart enough to know that. 3. You might want to go check the data again because I'm pretty sure Samsung is above Sony in customer satisfaction across the globe. 4. LOL paid troll that's creative. Check out how much jeans go for at my job on my avatar. Still have another one on top of that. Here since you Want a screenshot so bad, check the dimensions. What other iPhone has a 1920x1080p screen? Let me know. http://tinypic.com/r/2hpkfpl/8

98. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

The problem is this year, with Samsung using there cpu thats way better then the 810 (think 600 to 800) and also making the speed of there software faster, if you do not like there hardware or software look, you can not just move to like htc and Sony and so on and get the same thing, 1st thing all games will be made with Samsung cpu and 2nd your phone will not even come close to the speed of the s6, why last year they was all close if not faster then the s5, I.e. When the lg G4 turns up it be doa right from the go, unlike last year, I.e. Samsung this year as got back what they had in the s2 and s3 at the time they came out

154. chromoid

Posts: 37; Member since: Oct 03, 2013

If his claim of using iPhone 6 is not credited then what makes your I use an iPhone 5s means anything? Actually why would I take anything you say in your comment if your comment contradicts it self. let alone some self proclaimed facts that had no authentic source lime the zg and 2 took some if samsungs sales.

63. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Let me make it clear for you since you obviously want to read what you want to read and leave out the main point: [Sony] used to [bring]* something exciting to the table, but their mobile devices are starting [to]* the lack the "wow" factor. They did change, but not much. Sony hasn't changed their UI since early 2012. It's 2015 now - three years later. Recycled designs from the Xperia Z. Limited global launch = failure to sell as many phones as possible. Horrible update schedule (flagship release and software updates) is the reason Sony is ok the mess they're in right now. You can try to refute any of it with the typical "you're a fanboy and just hate Sony" comments instead of actually proving me wrong, but that's all facts. :)

86. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Papasmurf, you mentioned you were thinking about switching back to the note 4 in a previous thread. Mind if I ask what made you keep the 6 plus? I'm not trolling either, just actually curious.

150. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Mostly everyone in my family has iPhones to Facetiming is one of the biggest advantages I had. Two I actually did miss the quality of the apps (Snapchat and Facebook are completely different on iOS). I never said I was switching back to the Note 4. Had it for about a month and began using my Plus again. There's other reasons too but those are all personal.

93. skyline88

Posts: 701; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

The overhyped Z3's camera performance is not even close to Note 4 or older Nokia Lumia.

52. sgodsell

Posts: 7618; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The thing is Samsung has been loosing ground in the 2 largest markets both China and India. Just recently in India Samsung was over taken by a native Indian brand, now Samsung sits at number 2 position. Samsung has grown in other markets, but when China sells 100 smartphones in the last quarter alone in its own market. Then that is huge for anyone. Everyone was taking about how Apple did great with 74 million smart phones last quarter. Yet you hardly hear anything about how China sold 103 million smartphones to its own people last quarter.

19. wildhammer

Posts: 56; Member since: Mar 16, 2014

Yea...where i live people used to buy samsung no matter what and now recently lenovo entered and my god i could not believe, those who i thought would never leave their samsung bought budget lenovo smartphones...what i mean is theres been a shift and not just where i live but in the whole world.

66. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Keyword "budget". When it come to high-end devices sammy wins hands down.

101. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

I am going to paste in my above post-----------The problem is this year, with Samsung using there cpu thats way better then the 810 (think 600 to 800) and also making the speed of there software faster, if you do not like there hardware or software look, you can not just move to like htc and Sony and so on and get the same thing, 1st thing all games will be made with Samsung cpu and 2nd your phone will not even come close to the speed of the s6, why last year they was all close if not faster then the s5, I.e. When the lg G4 turns up it be doa right from the go, unlike last year, I.e. Samsung this year as got back what they had in the s2 and s3 at the time they came out

39. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Their latest flagship is the Note 4,and that's the best phone in its size/class. Plenty of wow there.

107. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It's ok. Could be a lot better.

116. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Then OK could be better tops anything else or there.

124. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Note 4 is a beautiful device to hold. Specially the white one. I feel love for it whenever I look at it. It is pretty fast, fluid and buttery smooth(go away laggy haters). It is my first samsung phone after 5 years. The most important thing which I didnt find in any phone yet is finally cured by note 4 i.e. every phone slows down and lag when the memory is full above 70% or 80%. I filled note 4's 24.57gb memory above 23gb and it is still running buttery smooth. P.S. (the battery sucks in this exynos version, sd805 was great).

64. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

It'll still beat jtc and sony by miles. Don't you worry, bro. My money is ready for sammy.

68. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Samsung sells more smartphones in one quarter than HTC and Sony combined in a year. Their S5 continues to the the best selling Android flagship on all carriers in the US and around the world. Global market is being saturated by different brands.

75. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

not just different but cheap brands, there is a reason they dont sell them here..

102. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

As per my above post. That's because they all use the same cpu and have the same type of speed, Samsung now will have the fastest phone due to the cpu even if the China mam all use 4gb, and the s6 uses 3gb as the Samsung phone will use ddr4 it will be faster, I.e. Please do not give them and hard time if it as only 3gb ddr4 it will be faster than any 4gb ddr3 phone

78. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Bring IJS.

62. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The COO is incorrect for this one, the only reason BlackBerry and Nokia went down is because they were behind the times. Nokia/Blackberry on Android from the start and they would most likely still be successful.

76. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Not really, there was nothing that was signaling that android was going to be #1. If anything they were like windows their first year. It took off as soon as people left symbian and joined android. There was no other 'real' competitor to the cheap offering.

151. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

You Microsoft fans are just retarded...

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