Lenovo-owned Motorola was expected to launch a successor to last year’s Moto X4 at some point this year but if a new report is to be believed, the company has now shelved plans to launch the handset’s successor which would have been called the Moto X5. There have been substantial leaks already concerning the Moto X5 which suggests that the development was already quite far along before the company reportedly decided to cancel the device.
Android Police hears from a source familiar with Motorola’s plans that the company has “completely abandoned” its plans to launch the Moto X5. This is apparently part of its recent downsizing of its engineering team based in Chicago.
Lenovo had acquired Motorola from Google a few years ago in hopes that the latter will bring in more profit for its smartphone division but that hasn’t really happened. Lenovo has since trimmed Motorola’s workforce and presence across the globe significantly but a turnaround remains elusive.
The report also adds that the company will now be increasing its focus on E, G, and Z series devices for now. The possibility that it might bring back the Moto X lineup at some point in the future exists but it may not happen anytime soon if this information is accurate.
Motorola is also said to be moving its focus away from niche mods and will focus more on products that have a higher chance of turning a profit.
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