Motorola: no more layoffs, no more tablets (for now)

Motorola: no more layoffs, no more tablets (for now)Martin already covered the Moto X stuff earlier this morning, kindly leaving me to mop up the rest of the shhhhhh…iny new words from Dennis Woodside’s mouth, he being Motorola’s CEO.

Perhaps most interesting is that Motorola has reached an employee plateau, with layoffs seemingly done and dusted, while we shouldn’t expect another Xoom any time soon.

Google’s first step after its $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola was to trim the fat, with thousands of employees laid off. The good news is that that stuff’s supposedly over.

As for tablets, readers might recall the Motorola Xoom, which was announced way back in 2011, and was the first tablet to sell with Honeycomb (Android 3.0) on board.

The Motorola Xoom 2 (and Xoom 2 Media Edition) followed later that year, but it’s been all quiet on the Motorola tablet front since then. While manufacturers like Samsung have gone into tablet overdrive, Motorola has emphatically backed off.

Woodside explains: “A lot of what we know isn’t as important in the tablet. For now we haven’t been focused on that.”

Hmm, so we shouldn’t expect a Motorola Xoom 3? Never say never. Woodside adds: “That may change.” Yeah, a bit like Apple and phablets.

via: AllThingsD

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Stelph  May. 30, 2013 at 16:02

Makes sense for Motorola, tablet margins are going to be rediculously thin now that the iPad and Samsung tablets are in full scale war. I continue to say that if you want to buy a premium tablet, you get an iOS one and never get a similarly priced (or even more expensive) android one.

If you cant afford the iOS one you get the cheaper but till good quality Nexus 7 or Samsung tab 2 (soon to be tab 3) but for those prices (sub £199) there isnt much room for innovation or profit margins so I cant see it of being that much interest to companies to break into

Jason538249  May. 31, 2013 at 15:34

I think it comes down to personal preference of operating systems. You are talking like you've already made the assumption for everyone that iOS is the better OS and that people only buy Android devices to save money. I'm completely unbiased (as I type this from my MacBook Pro) and I've always used both operating systems ... I much preferred a JB iOS device back when Android was at Honeycomb, but since ICS and Jellybean, Android is (in my opinion) the superior OS and I have ditched any iOS devices altogether.

Maybe you need to open your eyes. It's not about not being able to afford the iOS one, they just flat out aren't worth the extra money in any way.


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