Google bets on custom colours with first flagship Moto X phone
Google faces tough task reviving Motorola in market dominated by Apple and Samsung
Motorola unveiled its highly anticipated Moto X smartphone, which will be customisable with different colors for AT&T customers and marks the cellphone maker’s first flagship device since Google bought the company in 2012.
The Moto X will go on sale in the US at the end of August or the beginning of September for a suggested retail price of $199.99 to customers who sign a two-year contract at five of the biggest US mobile network operators.
Google, which spent $12.5 billion to acquire money-losing Motorola, faces a steep climb in its effort to revive the mobile phone pioneer in a smartphone market now dominated by Apple and Samsung Electronics.
Once the global No. 2 phone maker, Motorola’s market share was down to 2 percent in the second quarter, ranking it 12th among smartphone makers, according to Research firm Strategy Analytics. Motorola is betting that it can win over consumers by offering a huge palette of colors to personalize their phones as well as unusual phone materials such as wood. In order to promise delivery of customized phones within four days,
Motorola had contract manufacturing partner Flextronics International Ltd build a factory in the United States. AT&T , the second biggest mobile service provider, will have exclusive rights to let its customers customize the phone from a selection of 18 colors for the back, two colors for the front and seven accent colors for an undisclosed time period.