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Motorola Ships 5.1 Million Smartphones In Q1, China Holding Up Google Merger

Motorola Mobility released their Q1 2012 earnings yesterday. The highlight of the earnings call was that Mobile device revenue was $2.2 billion, which was good enough for a 3% increase over same quarter last year. Motorola shipped 8.9 million mobile devices in the quarter and 5.1 million of those were smartphones. There was no breakout provided for tablets.

Motorola highlighted the launch of the Droid Razr Maxx and it’s gigantic battery. The Razr Maxx has the longest lasting battery of any 4G/LTE phone. Motorola claims it can endure 21 hours of talk time on a single charge.

The company also highlighted the Droid 4, hailing it as the thinnest most powerful 4G/LTE qwerty smartphone. Absent from the press release and call was any legitimate discussion of tablets. As we are all aware the Motorola Xoom was the first Android tablet. In Q4 2011 they followed the Xoom up with two versions of the Motorola Xyboard.

As Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha had said in the Q3 2011 earnings call the company expanded their portfolio abroad with the Motoluxe and the Motorola Defy. Both of these devices are budget friendly Android devices that were released in China, Europe and Latin America.

Motorola Mobility provided brief commentary on the pending merger with Google. The merger has been approved everywhere except China. Motorola says they are working with China to get it approved there. They hope to close by the end of the first half of 2012.

Source: Motorola