Motorola reports lower than expected Q4 revenues

Motorola Mobility may not have had a good holiday in terms of sales, according to the company's latest financial numbers. Reuters reports that Motorola sent out an early warning to investors on Friday that its revenues for its fourth quarter 2011 time period would be $3.4 billion. That's well below the expectations of analysts who had previously predicted revenues of $3.88 billion.

Motorola will release its final numbers for the fourth quarter in the coming weeks. It does say it will have a modest profit for the time period. It also said it shipped 10.5 million mobile devices during the quarter. That number included 5.3 million smartphones. Motorola did not say how many mobile phones it had actually sold during the fourth quarter. During that time period it released a number of new devices including the Droid RAZR.

Of course, the big news for the company in 2011 was Google's proposed $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola. The company said on Friday that the efforts to close that deal are still being made and the merger is expected to be officially completed in early 2012. Google has already said it will treat Motorola Mobility as a separate entity and won't try to merge Motorola and its products with its own branding.

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ataris_kid said,
Serves them right. That's what they get for being so unresponsive to everyone's demands for unlocked bootloaders.

In all fairness, they've given carriers the option to unlock them, with most of the US carriers choosing the lock them, of course. The international versions of Motorola's Droids are unlocked now.

Is this motorola or motorola mobility? because they are to completely seperate companies on the books, I know the article says mobility, but the headline says motorola, which is a different company that makes radio, networking and other communication equipment which is making a ton of money

neufuse said,
Is this motorola or motorola mobility? because they are to completely seperate companies on the books, I know the article says mobility, but the headline says motorola, which is a different company that makes radio, networking and other communication equipment which is making a ton of money

Motorola is dead. Second of its successors, the one you mean, is Motorola Solutions. And it doesn't do networking. They sold it to Nokia Siemens.

Anyway, care to read article. It does say which one.

neufuse said,
Is this motorola or motorola mobility? because they are to completely seperate companies on the books, I know the article says mobility, but the headline says motorola, which is a different company that makes radio, networking and other communication equipment which is making a ton of money

It's Motorola Mobility. Here's the forbes article:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/er...otorola-mobility-whiffs-q4/

Funny I bought a Moto phone back in 2005 and I'm still using it. The thing is rock-solid and has survived many drops! I just keep changing the battery every 1-2 years and it's good to go. Safe to say phones have changed a lot since 2005............

daniel_rh said,
Their phones are good in quality but for some reason they are not very appealing to most people

Every phone has its downsides n issues, no exceptions..i personally find moto phones really awkward looking..

daniel_rh said,
Their phones are good in quality but for some reason they are not very appealing to most people

it's not about appealing. it's about lack of market availability and lack of assembling capacities.

KingCrimson said,
Funny I bought a Moto phone back in 2005 and I'm still using it. The thing is rock-solid and has survived many drops! I just keep changing the battery every 1-2 years and it's good to go. Safe to say phones have changed a lot since 2005............

Their hardware components are top-notch in quality, but the software is where their phones turn sour. Almost every Motorola phone I've owned or seen is ridden with annoying bugs or shortcomings. I'm still using my Droid X and I love it, but the buggy ROM really tests me at times.