Motorola, the Lenovo owned smartphone brand is facing some layoffs due to not so successful smartphones. Apparently, the company is planning to cancel the Moto X5 entirely, and plans to significantly scale back its efforts to partner with third-party Moto Mod makers... 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. There was little to suggest the Moto Z3 wouldn't launch, but the Moto Mods lineup in general seemed to be in danger based on comments from the maker the keyboard Moto Mod.
Motorola has confirmed that it is laying people in its Chicago office off, though it also says "our Moto Z family will continue". The Moto Mod line would continue but with the concentration being again on mods which could actually yield a profit. The official statement also added that the move that Lenovo announced previous year will continue to happen "over the next few quarters" impacting less than 2 percent of its workforce across the globe. If so, that means the Moto Z Play and Moto Z2 Play would not work with it, since both phones do not support Daydream.
Lenovo, without much detail, announced the layoffs late in the year 2017 that would occur over the next few quarters. A post on the TheLayoff.com forum said the last working day for the affected employees will be April 6, 2018.
We wouldn't call Motorola's Moto Mods a thriving ecosystem, but from a battery pack to a projector, they have you covered in more ways than one. With the Moto X5 now shelved, we will have to wait and see what the company plans to do to fill this price bracket. 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. This week's employment reductions are a continuation of that process.