Also, the company confirmed the development of its Moto Z family will not be affected by these layoffs. The Moto Z2 Force was the latest device from the Moto Z line, and it was released the last summer.
According to a report by Android Police, a source added that the company is laid off 190 people in the office while simplifying its targets by pulling out of markets where the devices were not doing good and focusing on core market and mods that will result in sales. The Moto X5 was set to succeed the mid-range Moto X4 smartphone that came with a glass and metal design along with stock Android software and a solid performance. Alongside it, a leak earlier this year suggested that the company would launch the Moto Z3 and the Moto G6. We will find out soon enough as to what the company has planned.
News surrounding the layoffs isn't surprising as Lenovo had announced late past year that it planned to do so over the next few quarters.
Another victim of this exercise seems to be the Moto Mod line, which will continue but with the focus being again on mods that can "actually turn a profit". This likely means that production of health tracker mods and gamepad mods may discontinue. In a statement this week, Moto said, "In late 2017, Lenovo announced a worldwide resource action that would occur over the next several quarters, and impacting less than two percent of its global workforce". This week's employment reductions are a continuation of that process.
Motorola India, announced the opening of 25 new Moto Hubs in Kolkata to strengthen its retail presence. It is worth noting a VR headset is now being planned, however, so Moto may not be done with eccentric Mods just yet. Replying to a question by an Indiegogo backer about the impact of the layoff exercise on the Mods team, Chen while saying he can not give details "publicly" said the "Mods and Z team in Moto was irreversibly impacted".