Indian smartphone market: It’s no longer just Samsung vs Micromax

IndiaNEW DELHI: Xiaomi announced a drop of Rs 5,000 on its top-of-the-line Mi 4 smartphone on June 19, four months after its launch. Not to be outdone, Samsung offered a discount of Rs 6,000 on its Galaxy Grand Max but just for one day. These dramatic cuts reflect the intensity of the fight for buyers and the volatile nature of the Indian market, the world’s largest after China. Samsung and Micromax are the top two smartphone sellers in India with a combined share of 48%, although it’s not always clear which one of the two is ahead. But even more hotly contested are the next three slots.

Third-generation Moto G smartphone listed on Flipkart

IndiaNEW DELHI: E-commerce website Flipkart, which is the exclusive sales partner of Motorola in India, has created a placeholder listing for the third-generation Moto G smartphone, suggesting that the handset can be expected to hit the market soon. First spotted by technology blog GadgetRaid, the listing has since been deleted from the Flipkart website.

Motorola considering manufacturing phones in India

IndiaKOLKATA: Motorola Mobility, maker of Moto E and Moto G smartphones, is evaluating local production in India as part of its long-term plans to make the country one of its largest market globally. “We expect to soon take a call on the possibilities of India manufacturing, considering we are significantly growing sales in India and the smartphone market here holds enormous potential,” said Marcus Frost, Motorola’s global senior marketing director for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.

Motorola Adds Global Phone Development Base In Wuhan

China.gifWith a total investment of over CNY5 billion, Motorola’s global development and quality test center has been positioned within Lenovo’s Wuhan operational zone. This new center will cover various sectors, including manufacturing, operations, management, development testing, trade, and sales. The first batch of Motorola mobile phones is expected to realize volume production in Wuhan in May 2015.

Motorola opens India’s first Moto Care store

IndiaNEW DELHI: Motorola, which sells phones exclusively via an online retailer, in India, has announced the launch of its first ‘Moto Care’ centre in India.  Located at Jayanagar Road in Bangalore, the facility will provide service and support to customers and act as an experience zone, allowing potential consumers to get ‘hands on’ with the company’s product portfolio. The facility is spread across 3000sq ft.

Motorola’s production base in Wuhan to start operation in May

ChinaAfter acquisition by the world’s leading PC maker, Lenovo, Motorola Mobility has moved its production base to Lenovo’s Wuhan plant in China’s Hubei province and is set to start operation in mid-May. Its global research and testing center will be accommodated at the site as well and is scheduled to begin operation in the second half of 2016, reports our Chinese-language sister paper Commercial Times. The report said pilot-run production is schedule on May 11 and shipments will begin on June 15.

Victoria re-signs Motorola data network deal for $41.5m

AustraliaVictoria will continue its 12 year public-private partnership with Motorola, renewing the data network deal which links around 1000 devices in Victorian ambulances and police cars across the state. The government has opted to extend the deal for at least another two years, at a cost of $41.5 million, rather than take over ownership of the network now the original PPP agreement has reached its expiry.,victoria-re-signs-motorola-data-network-deal-for-415m.aspx

Moto X racks up 1 million preorders in China in just one week

ChinaMoto X, the mid-range smartphone from Motorola, has already racked up 1 million preorders in China. The announcement came in the form of a tweet from Motorola president Rick Osterloh.  Pre-orders do not equate to sales, but the figure provides a strong outlook for the smartphone maker that just re-entered the country under its new owner, Lenovo. Pre-orders opened on January 26.

Motorola has sold over 3 million devices in a year in India

IndiaNEW DELHI: Within a year of its exclusive partnership with Flipkart in India, Motorola has sold over 3 million devices in one of the fastest growing smartphone market in world.  Moto G and Moto E smart phones which fall in the affordable category, make up about half of overall sales of Motorola devices.  “We will be doubling up our efforts in India, which is a very critical market for us,” Amit Boni, head of India operations said.

Lenovo’s Motorola looks to take market share from China rivals

ChinaBEIJING: Motorola, the mobile handset maker bought by China’s Lenovo Group Ltd from Google Inc for $2.9 billion, is optimistic about its prospects in the Chinese market, its president told Reuters. Lenovo’s acquisition, completed three months ago, ended Google’s move into the consumer mobile handset business. The deal has turned personal computer-maker Lenovo into a challenger in the higher-end smartphone market, competing with Samsung Electronics and Apple Inc.

Hello again, Moto: after a long absence, Motorola returns to China in February

Motorola effectively vanished from China during its Google years, when the revamped company’s newest phones – like the Moto X – put an emphasis on Google apps and services. In a country where many Google services were blocked or throttled (1) at the time, Motorola had nothing to offer Chinese consumers. But now that Motorola is owned by China’s Lenovo, Moto is making a return. Yesterday, the official Motorola blog (which is blocked in China) announced the brand’s reappearance with three models – the Moto X, Moto X Pro, and Moto G.

Motorola Mobility Is Now A Chinese Company

Lenovo and Google jointly announced that Lenovo formally completed its acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google, and this now makes Lenovo the third largest smartphone maker in the world. Yang Yuanqing, chairman and chief executive officer of Lenovo Group, said that while enhancing the company position as the third largest smartphone maker in the world, Lenovo will challenge the top two competitors.

India important market for Lenovo; to co-exist with Motorola

NEW DELHI/BEIJING: After the closure of its $2.9 billion Motorola acquisition, world’s fourth largest smartphone maker Lenovo today said it will continue to sell the US brand as a separate label in India, one of its “most important” markets. In January this year, Lenovo had announced that it will acquire Motorola Mobility for $2.9 billion from tech giant Google, one of the largest acquisitions by a Chinese tech firm. Google, itself, had bought Motorola in 2012 for $12.4 billion.

Lenovo closes deal to buy Motorola from Google

WASHINGTON: Lenovo announced on Thursday (Oct 30) it has completed its acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google, a move strengthening the Chinese giant’s position in the smartphone market. The US$2.9 billion deal, announced in January, ends Google’s brief ownership of the one-time mobile phone star. By adding Motorola, Lenovo positions itself among the top global smartphone makers behind Samsung and Apple.

Telstra strikes Motorola broadband network deal

Telstra and Motorola have inked a deal to provide a public safety broadband network. The solution will be based on the LTE Advanced Network for emergency services, products and services developed by Telstra. This will be enhanced by Motorola Solutions’ public safety applications, interoperability solutions and public safety optimised devices. It is designed to provide broadband data access to emergency services during a large scale incident and to ensure that critical information can be shared in real time between emergency service operatives who need to make quick and accurate decisions in the field.

New Moto G phone roars into stores, from Malaysia

Motorola’s new Moto G smartphone boasts a screen size that’s half an inch bigger than it predecessor.  Measuring five inches, the phone also comes with stereo sound and the latest Android OS. The phone also comes with an 8MP rear camera that captures 720p video at up to 30fps, plus a second 2MP camera on the front for selfies. It has a scratch-resistant HD display with 294 pixels per inch.

Motorola sees India as one of the biggest markets globally

NEW DELHI: Motorola Mobility sees India as one of the biggest markets globally, a top official said, as the company that would soon become part of the Lenovo group launches upgraded versions of its smartphones and a new smartwatch. “The Indian market is massive and tremendously important to us. We completely believe in what we are doing here. Now, we are able to grow on the portfolio we have. It’s getting more exciting for us,” Senior Marketing Director Marcus Frost told ET Friday.

New Moto G aka G2 Sale at Flipkart on 6 September in India; Price, Sale Time Details

American technology giant, Motorola officially pulled the wraps off the company’s flagship smartphone Moto G (Gen 2.) in New Delhi. The new Moto G comes with modest upgrade over the predecessor in terms of outlook and some bump in couple of key specifications. Besides the big 5.0-inch display, the second generation device has also under-gone some cosmetic change. The company has placed dual -speakers on the front-side (top and bottom), similar to Moto E.

Motorola sells 1 million smartphones in India in 5 months since starting online sales

Flipkart, India’s homegrown ecommerce titan, started selling Motorola phones online five months ago – it’s the only official sales channel for Motorola in the country. Flipkart revealed this week that shoppers have bought one million Motorola phones in that time. That covers three models: the Moto E, Moto G, and Moto X. To put that figure into context, people in India bought 52.4 million smartphones in the financial year 2013-14, according to data from India’s Manufacturers’ Association for Information Technology (MAIT), the body representing the nation’s tech sector.