Moto X5 cancelled as Motorola lays off large portion of engineering team, Moto Mods in peril

Things aren’t looking to so good for our friends at Motorola. Yesterday, a report from 9to5Google stated that the company’s US branch was undergoing some pretty big changes, laying off a significant portion of their engineering staff in Chicago.

This information that was confirmed earlier today with Motorola confirming that less than half their staff (Android Police reports somewhere around 190 people) would be losing their jobs. What does this mean for Motorola’s future smartphones? Well, there are some changes being made there as well.

While Motorola’s flagship Moto Z line doesn’t appear to be in jeopardy at the present moment, it seems Motorola could be giving the axe to a few other projects. Sources claim the recently-leaked-but-still-unannounced Moto X5 is no longer a thing. It seems the entire X line is now being shelved while Motorola refocuses on their more successful E, G, and Z phones — at least for now.

As for Moto Mods, their future is a little more uncertain. Lenovo is reportedly scaling back efforts when it comes to partnering with 3rd party accessory makers for more “niche” Mods. You know, like that Indiegogo funded physical keyboard Mod everyone was so excited about.

While it’s possible Motorola could end up ditching their Z line entirely in the near future, right now it’s looking like it’ll stick around for another generation or so. With the Moto Z3 around the corner, we’ll have to see if the flagship phone could help steer Motorola in the right direction or, if like the X line, it’ll crash and burn as well.

via Android Police

Motorola ‘Virtual Viewer’ Moto Mod leak reveals upcoming VR headset

Moto Z owners, a new leak has revealed what kind of Moto Mod that Motorola has planned for you next.

An image of a Moto Mod called the “Virtual Viewer” has made its way online. Shared by famed leaker Evan Blass, the device looks to be a virtual reality headset, sporting an adjustable headband and what looks to be a front piece that’ll open up and let you slot your Moto Z inside, complete with a cutout for the phone’s rear camera.

There are very few details available about this Virtual Viewer, so it’s unclear exactly what features it might have, when it might launch, and how much it’ll cost. It’s possible that it’ll support Google’s Daydream VR platform, which would make this Virtual Viewer another interesting Moto Mod option for Moto Z owners.

Would you Moto Z users be interested in a virtual reality headset for your device?

Sources: Evan Blass (Twitter) (1), (2)

Layoffs coming to Motorola, might impact the Moto Z and Moto Mods

Motorola’s smartphone business has been a story with a ton of ups and downs. They helped to really spark the Android craze with the Verizon Motorola Droid, but subsequently lost a lot of ground to HTC and then Samsung. That eventually turned into a sale to Google and the promising but underwhelming Moto X line, […]

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Deal: Moto X4 for just $250, Google Pixelbook for $100 off (Updated)

Update: The best Moto X4 deal we’ve ever seen is going on right now. For today only, Amazon is discounting the Prime Exclusive Moto X4 to just $249.99 — a $150 discount.

As a reminder, Amazon’s Prime Exclusive phones no longer come with lock screen ads. They do come with a few pre-loaded Amazon apps, as well as support for Amazon Alexa. Aside from that, there aren’t many differences between this model and the unlocked version, which is still going for $300.

Interested? Snag this awesome deal at the link below.

Original article: If you are on the hunt for an Android smartphone and Chromebook to satisfy your Google-centric needs, the Moto X4 and Google Pixelbook are available for $100 off at various retailers.

Starting with the Moto X4, Motorola’s and Best Buy’s discounts lower the phone to $300. For additional savings, you can get the Android One variant of the Moto X4 from Project Fi for $250.

We do not know how long Motorola’s and Best Buy’s discounts will last, though Project Fi’s promotion goes through February 28. That said, you must activate the Moto X4 on Project Fi within 30 days if you want the $150 off. That will not hurt the wallet much, since Project Fi’s plans start at $20 a month, but it is a step to keep in mind.

As a quick recap, the Moto X4 sports a 5.2-inch Full HD display, dual 12 MP and 8 MP cameras, Snapdragon 630, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of expandable storage, and IP68 rating for dust and water resistance. The Moto X4 originally ran Android Nougat out of the box, but has since been updated to Android Oreo.

Speaking of Motorola, virtually all of its Moto Mods are on sale at various discounts from Motorola and Best Buy. This means the Moto 360 Camera, Hasselblad True Zoom, and Moto Insta-Share Projector are available for $200—a saving of $100 on their regular price tags.

If you want something a bit more subtle, Style Shells and Moto Folio are available for $15 and $11.24, respectively. Even the Polaroid Insta-Share Printer and Moto Gamepad are on sale, which shows how surprisingly healthy the Moto Mod ecosystem is.

Finally, all three variants of the Pixelbook are $100 off at various retailers. The now-$899 base model sports Intel’s Core i5-7Y57 processor with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. The mid-tier variant doubles the storage and bumps the price to $1,099. Finally, the top-tier $1,549 variant sports a Core i7-7Y75, 16 GB of RAM, and 512 GB of storage.

We doubt the $100 discount is enough to convince folks already on the fence that the Pixelbook is a smart buy. That said, we would not blame you if the Pixelbook’s hardware, simple operating system, and support for apps have won you over.

Besides, if you were already set on buying Google’s overly-capable Chromebook, the savings could be used to pick up the $99 Pixelbook Pen.

Deal: Moto Z2 Play available for $350 ($150 off), 25% discount on Moto Mods

  • Motorola’s Valentine’s Day promotion takes $150 off the Moto Z2 Play.
  • The limited-time promotion also takes 25 percent off every Moto Mod.
  • The discounts are available now

Motorola has discounted the Moto Z2 Play and several Moto Mods just in time for Valentine’s Day.

The company’s latest promotion brings the Moto Z2 Play’s price down to $350—a saving of $150. As a quick recap, the Moto Z2 Play sports a 5.5-inch display with 1080p resolution, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 626 chipset, 4 GB of RAM, 3,000 mAh battery, and 64 GB of expandable storage.

Even though the design is nothing to write home about and the camera was sub-par, the Moto Z2 Play features all-day battery life and smooth performance. What’s more, it even has support for Motorola’s Moto Mod ecosystem.

Speaking of which, Motorola also discounted all of its Moto Mods by 25%. These include Style Shells, the Insta-Share Projector, JBL SoundBoost 2, Hasselblad True Zoom, and more.

Considering that the Moto Mods tend to be expensive, these discounts are very welcome.

The Moto Z2 Play and Moto Mod discounts are available for a limited time, though Motorola didn’t say when the promotions would end. Sooner than later is usually the status quo for deals like these, but at least you have time to get the phone and accessories for your loved one before the holiday.