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Motorola Posts Another Loss for Q1 2012, Ships 5.1 Million Smartphones

Boy, do we miss the days when Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha would jump on their quarterly earnings calls and start rambling about phones on the horizon and other products that weren’t supposed to be spoken of publicly. Those times are long gone though, as Google tries to wrap up their acquisition of the company and Jha’s standing remains in question (is he in or out?). Moto and Google no longer hold calls to talk about the company and the releases aren’t any fun with losses being reported on the regular.

For Q1 2012, Motorola shipped 5.1 million smartphones (shipped, not sold) and brought in revenues of $3.1 billion with an operating loss of $121 million. This of course, comes on the heels of Samsung’s record quarter where they took over the #1 mobile phone maker in the world title from Nokia.

As far as that acquisition is concerned, Google and Motorola hope to finalize everything by the end of the the first half of this year. We are still waiting for China to sign off on it.

The full earnings statement can be found at Motorola’s investors site.

  • I upgraded to HTC and will never look back.

  • Motorola makes the best phones out there. Best radios, speakers, signal strength, build quality, etc.

  • Felipe Ortiz

    Im very sure Motorola has good quality and beauty in their phones and real example is the Droid Razr strong build, beautiful design and powerful speed 

  • Alexander Garcia

    I honestly would rather see them get bought off by Huawei and collaborate with them than for them to shut down completely. At least with Huawei, they could still make phones and Huawei’s been puttin’ out some very impressive stuff like the Ascend series. Just my opinion of course. Moto must live on. I’m a big fan of their technical chops and choice hardware materials and expertise in radio optimization.

  • Austinrgoebel

    Thats what happens when u put 20 versons of the same phone on the shelf

    • Alexander Garcia

      LOL yeah right! Try tellin’ that to Samsung!

  • Sam

    Serves them right.

  • Mark

    Hopefully Motorola starts removing the artificial limitations they put in their phones. They’re the only company putting out decent slider phones. That’s the only reason I went back to Motorola from my Thunderbolt.

  • Dude

    Id consider buying an LG phone before I buy Motorola

  • Rain_king46

    Bummer is that the Moto phones are way better quality than the crap that Samsung continues to put out. Get a clue Moto, unlock your phones.

  • Destroythanet

    That’s what these idiots get for not being able to market a legit flagship phone and flooding the market with variations of phones that get lost in the crowd in a matter of months or even weeks.

  • ajavgeek

    unlock bootloader and do the Nexus way (w/o crap) and see your numbers go up. 

  • Jason Purp

    They did this to themselves

  • Nazzi_Muhammad

    Who’s robbing the piggy bank? Revenue of over 3 billion and this $hit company can’t make money? Hey Motorola, say hello to Kodak.

  • Stewie

    Moto only needs to make what I call the “four year phone”.
    The one that truly innovates… the razor, the droid, etc.

    The rest is $hit shoved out to capitalize on that one thing over and over, and screwing the customer base in the meantime.

    Perhaps now the numbers speak!

  • kixofmyg0t

    Hopefully Sanjhiad will get the boot soon. 

    Moto needs to unlock the bootloaders and make some kickass phones again. 

    • LiterofCola

      They do make kick-ass phones.  If for some reason, they unlocked their bootloaders, all of these idiots complaining about Motorola would flip their script, get down on their knees and fellate Moto.

  • Prime7

    Maybe they should stop making shoddy phones.

    I used a Bionic at work for the first time a few days ago, and the screen was absolute garbage (I never knew why people bitched about pentile displays until I saw this time). It’s like they took a massive leap backwards from my old Droid X screen and still expected people to buy it.

    • pappy53

      You must have been using it 2 inches from your face, because that is about the only way you will see much difference.

      • Please don’t extrapolate your eye sight to others. Pentile is very visible at normal distances. Maybe you should attend an eye doctor (no trolling intended).

    • LiterofCola

      Yeah, my Razr is nowhere near a “shoddy” phone, try harder.

  • People may not like Jha or Blur (I don’t like the second one), but I root for Motorola to do well in the market. People choose to forget that without their company and the OG Droid, we could easily all be using i*hones or Palms or Lumias or some other locked down garbage. Motorola sold big hits when they needed it, like the MotoRazr and the OG Droid. I’m confident that, with Google, they can invest time into building really good phones for the market. The RazrMaxx was a huge step in the right direction, now we just need to unlock the phones and I’ll switch my allegiance away from Samsung.

  • “But but they have the bestest build quality and their radio are OMFGz awesome!!!1”

    Such a lame argument, which is only valid when comparing Moto to the Gnex. For any other phone, build quality and radios are on par. Moto has virtually NO advantage or leading edge against other manufacturers. 

    • Diablo81588

      Battery life? You should know, you have a HTC. And no, strapping a car battery to the back of a phone isn’t a solution.

      • Battery life is a non-issue for me. All Moto did was bump up the mah. I can do that with any phone and thinness doesn’t concern me. Try again.

        • Diablo81588

          They designed the phone with battery life in mind. Not like HTC, where battery design is an afterthought for them. My friend has a HTC Inspire, and has got to be the most ridiculous design on the planet. The battery slides in the side, so you can’t add a larger one, all the while being only 1200mah in capacity! So your comment that you can add a larger battery to any phone is false. Moto did it right with the Maxx, they placed all the components on one PCB to save space, and created a battery that’s large but thin. Even my Bionic has a well thought out design with regard to battery life. It has a relatively large battery compartment so the phone can still remain a reasonable thickness. You are definately the minority when you say a phone that’s two inches thick is acceptable. Also, Smart Actions helps with battery life, so “all moto did was bump up the mah” is wrong as well.

          • Azndan4

             Blah Blah Blah Blah. Diablo = Motorola fanboy.

          • Diablo81588

            You can call me what you want, but every post you make is a knock against Moto, so you think you’re any better? I defend Moto because there are so many people, like yourself, that go out of their way to complain about them. If there wern’t so many fanboys that can’t stop ragging on everyone that doesn’t own their brand of choice, I would comment alot less on this site. But, when so many tools on this site spout off random bullshit about mostly incorrect info that they’ve heard secondhand, I feel I should correct them.

          • Don’t take it so seriously. This is Droid Life. You’re either a fanboi or a troll. It just depends which article you’re reading!

          • LiterofCola

            Azndan4 = failed life.  See I can do that too!

          • 2″ thick? Surely you’re smarter than that. My phone with the extended battery is 0.75″. The OG Droid was 0.54″, so just 0.21″ thicker for a beast of a phone with a 2750mah battery. You can troll away, but I don’t like the Razr and I don’t like Motorola. Nothing you can say will change that. 

          • Diablo81588

            I tend to exaggerate when it comes to thickness of phones, but at 3/4 of an inch thick, that’s still over TWICE the size of the RAZR Maxx, which just so happens to have a 550mah LARGER battery than your extended. Even so, why give a measurement in millimeters when it might as well be 6 inches thick at that rate, because VERY few people would accept a phone that size. Also, the Droid has a physical keyboard, so that’s hardly the right phone for thickness comparison.

    • Hmm….

       This is patently false. Period. Keep trollin’ Jose.

        • Hmm….

          Try to prove your baseless supposition about radios and build quality with references. You can’t because it’s false. There is a giant difference between constant bashing and just preferring
          another company. Constant bashing is by definition, TROLLING.

          • Where’s your proof that their build quality and radios are better than every other manufacturer? It’s just a stale fanboi chant.

          • Hmm….

            The burden of proof lies with you, as you are the one who made the bold claim…. which is utterly false. Go ahead. Prove me wrong. The ball is in your court.

          • I have no burden to prove anything. You say it’s utterly false, prove it. Read any Moto-related article on this site. Half of the comments are whining about the locked bootloaders, and the other half are about Moto having the BEST build quality and radios. 

          • Hmm….

             You obviously have no clue how debate or logic work. You made a wild claim with no references to back it up. I called you on it. The burden of proof lies with YOU to back up your claim. You simply can not provide any proof, because none exists. Childishly citing whiny comments on this site are not proof of anything but your own status as a troll who invents lies in a pathetic attempt to bash a company and its products, and anyone who buys them.

          • Oh I’m sorry. I must have missed the part where I said I wanted to enter a factual debate on an internet blog site. I make comments because I want to, and because I can. If some tool wants to stroke his internet ego and point out the obvious fallacies of MY OPINION, so be it. Yes I like trolling. Yes I like bashing Moto and the GNex. Get used to it. I’ll be here all week. 

          • Hmm….

            There you have it, folks. At his own confession, Mr. Cardona is both a liar and a troll. No need to waste time reading his posts ever again.

            Just like taking candy from a baby.

          • LiterofCola

            I lol’d

          • pappy53

            Maybe 1% of all phone owners even know what a bootloader is. The other 99% don’t care, and want a phone with the best build quality, signal strength, speakers, and call quality. Motorola fills that need better than anyone.

      • LiterofCola

        Yeah, because there are other phones on the market that have such a good build as Motorola does.

  • Their Razr line is the Fugly…est phone and is 180 degree from what the Original Droid looked like, a device that brought the company back from the brink. I’m no expert, but I do like to know why?

    • Diablo81588

      The OG RAZR was the most popular phone Moto ever made. Yes, even more popular than the “OG” Droid..

      • LiterofCola

        I agree

    • LAmDroid

       i actually like the aesthetics of the OG Droid, The Droid3, and the Droid Razrs, i find them to share the same “personalities”. Possibly even the DroidX

    • MyStroPro

      This is so personally biased I’m amazed.  I love the design… and the hump is a great spot for keeping the phone in your hand.  You may not like the design, but you are not the entire market.

      For all the Razr styling hate, there are still plenty of people with them.  The larger issue Motorola Mobile needs to address is the fragmented approach to quick releases.

      In fact, this is true of almost all Android manufacturers.  Release no more than 2 devices a year, give them proper support for timely updates, and good hardware choices.  I’m pretty sure if a company stopped designing 10 phones a year, and let a product actually have a real life cycle, they’d probably make some money.

      And before someone says I’m looking at “platform fragmentation” that’s not at all what I’m talking about.  The more manufacturers competing with each other, the better, so long as it leads to quality products.  What we are seeing right now is subpar products because they are pushing too many devices too quickly.  That’s what I’m talking about.  Fewer products with better support and design time across the board.

      Also, they still have a OG Droid like device – it is called the Droid 4.  They just botched the tech in it in my opinion (i.e screen – why they used one different from the Razr with more lag and more pentile appearance I’ve not a clue).

      • What’s so amazing about a personal bias/opinion? I think the Razr is ugly too. And every other Moto phone is meh. Just like my personal opinion on the Rezound. People think it’s horrid, but I think it’s fine. 

        But really though, overall looks and design is bottom on the importance list for me. I don’t use my phone for the cool factor or sex appeal. It’s not a fashion accessory and I don’t treat it as such. That’s douchy. It’s a phone, a tool, a gadget. It goes in my pocket, not around my neck or hanging off my shoulder. I’m more concerned with how the entire package works. 

        I know some guys here are all about cutting edge design and looks, but it does little for me. Sorry Kellex 🙂 

      • Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and apparently, a lot of the beholders think their phones (beside the OG) are Fugly. Numbers don’t lie and/or bias.

        • MyStroPro

          You commented not on the numbers – which was my entire point in calling out your biased stance.

          The entire market didn’t though.  They were lied to and sold a “BoS” regarding this “superior” nexus device on a network that has no interest in supporting it, and even Google really has no interest in it on the CDMA network.

          Had the Razr been the Razr Maxx at release I figure adoption would be higher.  The biggest problem is Motorola’s development costs.  That’s why they aren’t turning a profit.  Too many phones in concurrent development that don’t sell because there are so many choices.

          That being said, the devices are being sold – large corporations and the government are purchasing devices for use.  They aren’t buying nearly the number of Blackberries anymore and no one company will solely buy iPhones.  They aren’t buying the Galaxy Nexus or HTC devices because of security risks.  That is the real reason Motorola’s not unlocking its bootloader in my opinion – security on a business end for confidential controlled information.

      • Liderc

        I think the Razr’s ugly too and apparently they didn’t sell too many this quarter, which leads us to believe people you know, weren’t buying them either. 

        • pappy53

          Actually, their shipments were up 24%.

          • Liderc

            Apparently I slept with 37% more women this month, see I can do it too. 

          • LiterofCola

            Morons aren’t concerned with facts.  Save your strength.

        • MyStroPro

          Just like people were led to believe they were getting a “nexus” device right?

          Frankly, since no one responded to the real object of my post… I’ll climb on the design bandwagon. I’ve yet to find either an HTC or Samsung device I like the aesthetics of.  Just my taste.  I’m not going to say they are ugly though, that’s just childish, unless they hand me a brick and say “enjoy our phone.”  I’ve got quite a few friends who are no longer that happy with their Nexus; I’m loving my Razr.  Just because one person finds it ugly, doesn’t mean the device is ugly – it just means it doesn’t fit there aesthetic pleasures. 

          Regardless, none of the big three are in nearly in the danger we make it out to be. RIM is in danger because they make completely irrelevant devices.

          • Liderc

            I guess we’ll agree to disagree.  The Nexus is the only device since I bought the OG on day one that I had even considered buying.  I was waiting on the original Bionic before the redesign, but when it was released I wouldn’t touch it with a 10 foot pole.

            The Nexus was really the first design I absolutely loved.  I thought the Rezound was boring and the Razr was ugly.  I know it’s harsh and it’s just my opinion, but it’s just the way I feel.  I think the kevlar and odd angles makes it look like something a 13 year old would use. Not to mention it’s even odd to hold because of how thin it is and the square sides/angles.

  • Guest123

    I started work at Motorola in December of 2000.  They just sold us to Nokia Siemens Networks last year (I’m very happy to be where I am now).  My how Motorola changed over the 10 years I was there. A sad state now.  The Galvins must be terribly sad.  I loved being a Motorolan.

  • None

    Might be easier for them to make money if they quit coming out with an improved version of a phone shortly after pushing the original so hard; razr/razr maxx. I will think hard and long before buying another motorola phone after that burn.

  • LegalAmerican

    I love hearing everyone complain about this like it really ruins their life.  If it does, then grow up and find something useful to obsess about.  I LOVED my Bionic and I love my Razr Maxx.  I read this, and I am grateful for my positive experiences.  then I read these comments and it sounds like you are all discussing a serial killer that personally killed your entire family.

    If you didn’t like Moto, move on to a new phone, and let your memory move on as well. 

    • Deadly_v2

      I know i speak for quite a few people when i say We like moto hardware, but hate the crap software they give us with it. I would love to have my hands on a nice Motorola phone that was built for the android community but Motorola just continues down the road of forcing blur down our through with encrypted bootloaders I would be first in line to get a nice moto phone that was open like the org Droid were the oem would say here have an open phone with amazing hardware. But they don’t , they continue to put out the remakes of the Droid x ( I’m sorry but the razor is a slimmed down x with better hardware) and they keep losing money year over year and I’m sticking to my promise I made moto when I got rid of my x that I would not buy another moto phone and I would let everybody I know not to as well. Well guess what poems are population in the store I work at….. HTC and Samsung I tell every customer to avoid Motorola as they are slow to fix issues and they don’t listen to what the community wants and they will die because of it.

      • I do the same! Friends come to me since they know I’m an Android freak. I tell them steer very clear of anything made by Motorola. The one friend that didn’t listen bought the Bubonic after coming from iOS and hated it. She almost regretted dumping her iPhone. Exchanged it two weeks later for the Rezound and says she can’t believe she used an iPhone for so long. 

      • LiterofCola

        If Motorola doesn’t provide a device to your liking, then select another manufactuerer’s device.  It’s that simple.  There are other people who do like what they’re producing, and in turn buy from them.  But if they do push so many devices out, it will turn around and bite them, as we see above.

    • LAmDroid

      those who swap phones like a their daily underwear will never understand the gripes of owning a device for over a yr that hardly get’s any updates, especially when they were **reasonably** expecting an eventual update.

      • MyStroPro

        I stuck with the OG Droid for 2+ years – and didn’t worry about updates… and didn’t root until the last 3 months I owned it.  HW issues got buggish so I went the root route.

        I’ll also have a Razr for 2 years now… without a plan to buy a new one unless the Maxx drops to $100 soon (which isn’t likely).  I rely on the community for Roms that correct issues now, and don’t fear the bricked phone.  95% of the time you can recover your phone if you just pay attention to what you are doing.

    • LiterofCola

      Some people get some sort of personal fulfillment complaining over something that doesn’t even pertain to them.

  • Azndan4

    What a surprise… NOT!

  • Cush2push

    Moto is trending down the same road as they did 8 years ago
    We dont need a new razr every month we need a phone that is superior than the competition 3 phones every quarter 1 low end 1 mid 1 high end

  • boybert

    Yearning for the halcyon days of the OG DROID…

    Still the tops in build quality and radio quality, IMHO, but I’m definitely waiting for another Moto phone to wow me.  The E815 did, the Q did, and the OG did.  The D3 I’m using now is great, but I don’t see anything else spectacular on the horizon.

    • I loved my E815… best non-smartphone I ever owned.

  • Dat Nguyen

    Not surprising but the  Maxx is an awesome phone and should have taken the market by storm.   The worse thing about it is the Motorola angled edges but even taht isn’t bad. Performance wise, very hard to beat.

  • Jackpot

    I find it funny that a while back that Motorola employee spoke up on their bootllader policy he said “We’ll continue to do what’s working, thanks.”

    Guess it’s not working :/

    • Apostrafee

      While I agree with that whole bootloader thing I do not think it has anything to do with it. I mean there were several “petitions” that went around and I may be mistaken but I do not think that combined there were millions of signers. PEOPLE do not know or care about bootloaders or rooting or any of that. It wouldn’t have a made a difference.

      • LiterofCola

        Exactly, and last time I checked, Moto has unlocked bootloaders (for those who care) overseas, if Verizon or whoever doesn’t want them unlocked, then it’s the carrier’s fault.

  • Davros

    Wow, I guess they should have listened to their customers.

    • Michael_NM

      What, you didn’t ask for purple phone with a has-been name?

    • Galaxy Sexus

      It’s probably all those people not recommending Moto phones to other people because of the locked bootloader. I do that.

      • Apostrafee

        These numbers really surprise me actually. I work for a Verizon Wireless indirect and truthfully the Razr is our hottest phone and most people come in asking for it over the iPhone. In fact most customers who ask for it say it was recomended to them by a “tech” friend of theirs

        • pappy53

          Cut and paste from another post:”Their shipments are up 24%. They took a loss because of structuring costs associated with a merger…
          Tech bloggers need to read some books on how to read earnings reports”.

          • Apostrafee

            Oh yeah sure…it just seems like it should be alot higher

        • Chakabobo18

          One phone can’t save that company after the big fight they’ve been putting up.  They aren’t exactly Apple, where they can wow so many no techies with one phone.

          • michael arazan

            Seems that they need techies to redesign their software or just once go with the pure android os and see if people will like it, which they probably will like. 

      • LiterofCola

        I’m sure that’s exactly what it is….

    • Jay

      They’ve sold the second most devices in this market behind only Samsung. And they’re doing it on mostly a single network. Selling phones isn’t the problem, they’ve got operating costs somewhere that need to be dealt with asap.

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  • Just leave MOTO alone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Oh wait.  Suck it up folks.  If a good product gets made, it sells.  If it  doesn’t, you lose millions.

  • Michael_NM

    Moto loses a million dollars a day, and Jha rides off into the sunset. How f’n poetic. Or is that pathetic? Whatever, I am sure Google can’t wait to close the sale and auction off everything but the patents.

  • batman3822

    it all went downhill when they Blurred everything with a locked bootloader. Go figure

    • LiterofCola

      Very original

  • Long live my Droid OG…

    …as long as I keep it plugged in! 

  • Apostrafee

    Blah blah bootloader blah blah BLUR blah blah

  • Sirx

    Eh, I’m sure Motorola will respond by releasing another slightly-tweaked version of the Droid Razor.  That should silence all the nay-sayers!

    • Stephen D

      The Razr HD. Then the purple and white models. Then the Razr MAXX HD. Then a purple model. Then a Razr HD+. Then a Razr MAXX HD+. All in a 4 month period. 

  • jldleo

    Wondering if Google is having any second thoughts on this acquisition? 

    • Diablo81588

      Doubtful, they bought Moto for their huge patent portfolio.

      • kixofmyg0t

        and to get into the hardware bussiness….

        oh and to integrate Webtop into Android….

        Opps I wasnt supposed to say that.