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Fails to hit analyst revenue predictions for Q4

It would seem that Samsung's recent success in the smartphone market is beginning to take its toll on some of its competitors. HTC recently posted dismal sales figures, and the outlook for Motorola Mobility isn't so hot, either.

Citing tough competition and patent wars, Motorola missed sales expectations for Q4. Analysts had predicted at least $3.88 billion in revenue. Motorola delivered $3.4 billion.

As for shipments, the company's early figures show 5.3 million smartphones were sold, of the 10.5 million mobile devices in all.

Motorola said that it would be modestly profitable for the quarter, but did not disclose details.

The full earnings report will be available January 26.

Meanwhile, Google is still in the process of acquiring Motorola's mobile unit, which will deepen its own roster of patents while enabling the company to really deliver an Android ecosystem. Google says that it will continue to treat Motorola Mobility as a third-party device maker, and not favor it over Motorola's competitors.

Sources: ZDNet, Mashable

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By nirolf on 1/9/2012 10:58:33 AM , Rating: 3
Well, as a Defy user, I think the phones are great, but software support is awful. They're launching products with obsolete versions of Android, then you only get one update (long after official release) if you're lucky and that's it.
So my next phone won't be a Motorola.

RE: Motorola
By bug77 on 1/9/2012 11:37:48 AM , Rating: 3
Samsung does the same, HTC is in, too. So what are you going to buy?

The caveat is if you get an update, you get it so late, the next Android version is about to hit the market soon, so you're still left with outdated software. Well, not necessarily outdated, but certainly not cutting edge.

RE: Motorola
By sprockkets on 1/9/2012 12:14:35 PM , Rating: 2
It takes 12-18 months to develop a phone, and only Samsung had ICS before they released the source.

Only apple has the source plus hardware under wraps ready to go on the same day.

RE: Motorola
By aebiv on 1/9/2012 12:50:26 PM , Rating: 2
While we already have leaked builds from HTC of ICS for some of their newer phones...

HTC obviously does better at this than Samsung by your logic.

RE: Motorola
By sprockkets on 1/9/2012 1:09:54 PM , Rating: 2
Well the Samsung Galaxy Nexus S already has ICS officially but again, they had the advantage of it being a Nexus.

In any case, didn't Samsung have an ICS build already too?

RE: Motorola
By theapparition on 1/9/2012 1:47:04 PM , Rating: 2
Neither Samsung or HTC have official or even leaked builds for ICS on any of their phones (save the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which was purpose built for it).

So no company really does any better by that metric. What you are seeing are custom roms that have been coded from the Android source code. And there are ICS versions for many HTC and Samsung devices out now. But a developer build is a far cry from a "leaked" company build.

RE: Motorola
By sprockkets on 1/9/2012 3:34:46 PM , Rating: 2
Samsung Nexus S officially has ICS; deployed starting last month.

Motorla + Verizon
By sigmatau on 1/9/2012 11:33:44 AM , Rating: 2
Maybe if Moto didn't go with the most expensive carrier to release their flagship phones, and releasing some of them at $300 was just too much seeing the competition selling similar phones for $200.

RE: Motorla + Verizon
By bankerdude on 1/9/2012 11:48:47 AM , Rating: 2
Releasing smartphones at the $299 price point (or higher) has failed to slow down Apple (unfortunately). Personally I believe many would-be Moto buyers opted to wait instead for the SGN.

RE: Motorla + Verizon
By mckinney on 1/9/2012 1:11:33 PM , Rating: 2
Apples fastest selling phones (and longest on the waitlist) are 16 gb versions. You can usually get the 32 and 64s easily.

I just got two iphone 4s's and a skyrocket. Honestly, if Apple had a 4" plus screen on the iphone, I would have bought it. The screen is nice and bright on the skyrocket, but the build quality isn't that good. The case is very cheap feeling and battery life is poor, even without LTE.

RE: Motorla + Verizon
By Salisme on 1/9/2012 12:22:42 PM , Rating: 2
Disagree. Moto was almost a year late bringing the Bionic to the market. Had they released it on time, they would have dominated the market with the first dual core LTE phone on verizon. By the time Bionic was available it was unremarkable compared to concurrent offering at that time.

Also, locked bootloaders, Moto has been promising them, have yet to deliver. Primary reason I went with the galaxy.

RE: Motorla + Verizon
By Salisme on 1/9/2012 12:24:25 PM , Rating: 2
locked bootloaders should be un-locked bootloaders.


RE: Motorla + Verizon
By bankerdude on 1/9/2012 12:43:07 PM , Rating: 2
Moto was almost a year late bringing the Bionic to the market. Had they released it on time, they would have dominated the market with the first dual core LTE phone on verizon.

I agree with you, they dropped the ball. However, the bootloader argument is to my point, that people passed on Moto to go with a different option.

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