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Motorola Shipped 6.5 Million Devices Globally in Q1

It is uncommon to see a manufacturer give exact sales and shipment figures for devices, unless of course it is Samsung boasting how many flagship devices they were able to sell off in just a couple of months. Today, however, Motorola sent out a brief tweet detailing the exact number of devices the company shipped globally during Q1 of 2014, stacking up to 6.5 million. 

This figure includes all devices, which means the Moto X, Moto G, probably all of the DROID devices currently available, and any other handset on the market are represented.

For comparison purposes, Samsung sold over 10 million Galaxy Note 3 smartphones in just two months, while also selling off 10 million Galaxy S4 devices within its first 30 days on the market. It has never been a question about just how much product Samsung goes through, but compared to a full quarter of sales of just 6.5 million from Motorola, it is good to keep in perspective just how lopsided the market is.

With Lenovo’s pending acquisition of Motorola, we do hope these figures will increase, as the company stated they intend to introduce the North America-based manufacturer to overseas markets, boosting sales of lower-end devices such as the Moto G.

Keep it up, Moto.

Via: @Motorola
  • BluMeany

    Moto X is the most stable and well updated Android I’ve ever owned. It’s also the first that I never felt the need to root/mod.

  • tom riddle

    Love my Moto X, but the 1+1 gave me a hard-on.

  • Trevor

    Whether they shipped/sold a lot or not, the Moto X is a damn good phone. I hope they continue that trend with its successor.

  • AbbyZFresh

    Key word: shipped.

    The question is, how many were actually sold.

  • Al-Burrit0

    Not bad moto I expect even more growth this year!

  • C-Law

    My moto x is my favorite phone ever

  • Droid Ronin

    Isn’t the Moto G the best selling budget smartphone worldwide?

  • Leif Sikorski

    They just need to be patient and keep their current approach. With their latest Droid phones many customer, especially in Europe, lost their trust in Motorola, but the Moto G and Moto X are really good. I doubt that they’ll get close to Samsung anytime soon, but they could easily get second. The Moto Maker launch in Europe might help a lot.

    • Kenton Douglas

      Correct. 25 devices launched 2012, 7 in 2013, 2 on sale globally Q1 2014. Very good effort.

    • Nikuliai

      If you count Lenovo+Motorola they are already second (but only adding those 2 up) on Android, third if you count all (Samsung > Apple > Lenovorola > Huawei > LG)

  • The Narrator

    That’s alright, at best. More if they knew what they were doing.

  • n900mixalot

    Good for them. I’m still burning from the Xoom debacle, but I’ve kept my MotoActiv because it’s a great device and a symbol of some excellent work by Moto … though I’m not so keen on Lenovo buying whatever portion of their business they sold.

  • 213ninja

    that’s a lot of wood.

  • Cesar

    Eagerly awaiting more Moto X+1 news!

  • iNomNomAwesome

    Some miner issues, but my Moto X is still the best phone I’ve had by far.

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      • Maxim∑

        that was perfect

      • JRUIV

        Took me a minute…but I got it!

      • iNomNomAwesome

        I feel dumb now lol.

      • BluMeany

        What in TARNATION!

    • Fozzybare

      well you shouldnt be mining coal with it! there shouldnt be any miner issues.

      • michael arazan

        There is a guy on the block that had to introduce himself to everyone because of his minor isses, ba da bump!~

    • Ian

      I don’t think its limited to just the Moto X, no phone is going to get signal that far down the mine shaft.

    • Droid MAXX best phone I have ever used. I tried the HTC One M8 for 2 weeks and returned it.

    • If the Moto X is considered the best phone you’ve ever had I feel sorry for you..

      • iNomNomAwesome

        Well what’s the best phone you’ve ever had?

        • They keep getting better, I don’t think any phone is the best phone I ever had because I always upgrade to something that’s better.

          • Dave-Guest

            For a person who calls himself Intellectua1, you seem to make no sense at all!! First of all iNomNomAwesome asked you to compare your current phone with the ones in the past and your opinion on which one is best… nobody cares about future phones.
            And you say you always upgrade to something better??? Of course you do, otherwise it wouldn’t be called an upgrade. But in your case you say your current phone is NOT the best phone you’ve ever had… So you’re either contradicting yourself or your English doesn’t make any sense at all.

          • Man shut up with that late reply. Is that Intellectua1 enough for you.

  • Justtyn Hutcheson

    Compared to their sales last year, it is incredible growth. While true it is nothing compared to Samsung or Apple, those are also available in roughly 3x the number of markets, and have 10x the marketing budgets.

    I’d say they’re doing quite well, all things considered. You don’t have to be #1 to make money.

    • rals

      While sales is important for a brand, they walk away with a lower gross margin, and maybe negative OE. Hopefully, that will change under lenovo.

      • Dominic Powell

        yeah but i would say they have repaired the brand image somewhat over the last year. And the Moto 360 and Moto X+1 and Moto E can help going forward.

        • Dave

          that is true, but Lenovo can tear it down just as fast, if not faster. I hope that’s not the case though.

      • Nikuliai

        I don’t think people consider the huge investment Moto did with MotoMaker and build of the X8, Moto was basically done when Google bought it, and then they made it invest like crazy, it’s pretty obvious they would be losing money for a couple years, I think it would had normalized in a couple more years, and Google knew that, but sold just to keep the OEMs happy

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        Those are kind of expected though, given the massive restructuring over the last 2 years. However, they’re still moving in the right direction (revenue up, losses down YoY), and Lenovo should simply be able to accelerate their expansion.

        Right now, everything is hinging upon them being able to take everything they learned in the Moto X and use it to create an undeniably superior device. Not just better specs, but meaningfully more useful.

    • Their sales can be higher if the Moto X was at the sub-$400 level and Moto Maker was available to every carrier the moment it went on sales. Although, that move will definitely increase the loss of Motorola back then. On the other hand, it’s pretty clear that Google may have done that intentionally because a higher margin product (the Moto X uses more affordable components than other flagship back then, but was sold at roughly the same price) can help them sell Motorola to Lenovo at a better price tag.

      Anyway, I still love my Verizon MotoMaker customized Moto X (especially after I found a way to unlock the bootloader), without a Nexus 5 on Verizon, it’s the closest thing to stock Android I can get.

      • Nikuliai

        Off topic, do you use the “gimmicks”? (active display. touchless, twist and stuff), cuz now that I got used to work like that I don’t really see the point of a N5, even if it’s a really good device :P, the Moto X may have had regular components in it last year, but now that they made the X8 and MotoMaker investments I think this year they will get something closer to a “classic” (monster) flagship, but maybe that’s just me

        • steveliv

          i don’t even consider them gimmicks because they work so well. at this point, i would hesitate getting a phone that didn’t do these things, which is why i’m hoping the moto x+1 is going to be awesome!

          • Nikuliai

            I don’t either, but many people do (I would say that’s only because they didn’t actually use the phone), and I wouldn’t get other phone without it either, that’s why I hope the X+1 or XX (I want a porn flagship at 2015) will have better specs and a REALLY better camera since now the X8 should be cheaper to produce, otherwise I think I’m gonna skip 2014 since no other OEM is getting the points I actually want on a phone (comfort, voice control that actually works, good performance, not being huge, and -can’t believe I’m gonna say this but- now the freaking twist thing)

          • steveliv

            I was sold on the twist and active display almost immediately, but I initially thought the Voiceless Controls was a gimmick. One day i messed around with it and made the trigger “OK Google” and now when i’m driving or at home and my phone vibrates/alerts on a notification i immediately use the “Whats Up” command to get the info. I like that i even works when the phone is still in my pocket!

          • Nikuliai

            I used “Find my phone” outside of my room (with the phone in my bed below the sheets) with an open door, it still works, truly awesome 😛

            I never got used to the “whats up” thing tho, my phone cuacks (my notification sound is a cuack) and I check it, but I don’t actually drive that much tho, so that may be it 😛

          • steveliv

            What’s Up allows me to hear the notification (It reads the sender and subject and app) without having to take my eyes off the road. Usually the phone is in my pocket so trying to get my phone out of my pocket while driving isn’t the safest thing to do.

          • Nikuliai

            Yup, what I mean is that I don’t actually use it, unlike all the rest of the functions (alarms, maps, looking babes images at the internet, calling, etc)

        • BenG

          I absolutely love active display and it’s almost weird picking up phones that don’t have it, I also really like the camera twist once you get the motion of it it really makes it easy to pull out of your pocket and just go, as far as touchless controls I use it every once in a while mostly just to help me find were I left my phone at in my house. In my opinion google should try and incorporate these into stock android.

          • Nikuliai

            They should, but I hope they don’t, they would remove the X’s edge in no time

          • Al-Burrit0

            I still haven’t lost my phone to the point I have to say the phrase but how far can the X hear the phrase “okay google now find my phone?”

          • BenG

            It just kind of depends I would guess around 10ft or so nothing huge, I shouldn’t say lost, more like misplaced or if fell in between my couch cushions etc. I use it mostly to find it quicker, it’s definitely nice to have if you need it.

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          That’s kind of my thought too. They have everything in place to really make a huge leap this year in hardware versus their competitors. It may not be all about specs, but if you can have the best specs and be affordable, kind of hard to go against that.
          I’v esaid it before, but I really hope they move to an Intel Moorefield SoC. It is easily a match for the 801, possibly even the 805/810, and with Motorola not needing the vast majority of the extra “stuff” on the 8xx series SoC (since they have the X8), I don’t see a reason for them to not at least explore the option, especially if Intel is looking to price their chips aggressively to get a foot in the market.

          • Nikuliai

            Well that would be good for battery on KitKat ROFL

            It would be interesting to see that happen, the only possible issue there is the fact they need a “translator” from x86 to ARM

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            I know that Intel already released a 64-bit kernel for Android. I’m pretty certain that it is already x86-ARM cross-compatible. Wouldn’t ART take care of that anyway, as it would compile the proper machine code from the apk at install?

          • Nikuliai

            Yeah, but idk if we’re there yet, I know they have the 64-bit kernel but I haven’t seen an actual performance test (it’s pretty recent tho) and it will likely be compatible with ARM (like they dide x64-x86 on desktops), I would like to see Intel in the game, I just want some benchs or reviews to take the leap (since I can’t get those Asus Intel phones on my country just to test it out).

            I think you’re right on ART tho, it should solve the problem, many apps aren’t ART compatible yet tho, but other than that it should solve the problem (and just fyi, my bank app doesn’t work since I got KitKat rofl)

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            Hopefully, once ART is default, they will require new apps submitted to the Play Store to be ART compatible. By then most devs should have ART working. Supposedly it shouldn’t be difficult for most apps, but you know how that goes 🙂

            As for benchmarks, Intel posted a few during the announcement, but until a Moorefield device is launched there’s not much we can do. However, they are suggesting that it will be competitive with the 80x series of devices, and since it uses a 22nm process it should be more efficient. I see no reason to doubt those claims. It may not be the fastest SoC, but competitive should be good enough, honestly.

        • Al-Burrit0

          I use the “gimmicks!” I can’t live with out active display! It just works really well. The touchless control I mostly use on the moto assist, it comes in handy while driving and listening to the text message. The only gripe I have with that is that when you reply or read the message it is not marked as read .

    • Nikuliai

      Looks like they sold 3.1M on Q4 2013, so it’s indeed an incredible growth

    • Maxim∑

      that doesn’t mean they use 10x the marketing budget, and the X is in the markets which would have the most impact in sales. The other markets most likely wouldn’t change much

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        Samsung is one the world’s leading marketing spenders. Apple is close behind. They use their budgets, otherwise they wouldn’t have them; those would just be taken as profits.
        Motorola is currently not available in the world’s largest market, China, nor are they in Korea or Japan. They only have the Moto G available in the majority of Europe, and the only place with MotoMaker available is the US despite demand in other countries.

        After launching in India, their shipments have doubled in one quarter. There is plenty of room left for expansion and growth, especially with the Moto G.

        • Maxim∑

          I thought it was in China already my mistake.

    • chris125

      Not to mention it wasn’t available in many areas until much later in the year so this is great for moto and hope they can keep this up.