Motorola president and COO Rick Osterloh took to Twitter this afternoon to update the world the manufacturer’s progress, and the dent they’re slowly making in the world’s smartphone marketshare. According to Osterloh, Motorola appears to be on the up-and-up, reporting a total of 6.5 million devices shipped in Q1 2014. While that’s nothing to sneeze at, technically, we don’t know how many of those devices were actually sold.
By comparison, Samsung sold over 10 million devices it’s first 30 days with the Galaxy S4, with Samsung’s senior vice president of product strategy Yoo Han-kil mentioning in an interview that the Galaxy S5 sales surpassed even those numbers. For the iPhone 5s/5c, Apple saw 9 million in sales its opening weekend. Why even bring up these numbers? It’s not to knock Motorola. If nothing more, it’s just to help illustrate how insanely far ahead market share leaders like Samsung and Apple are from the competition.
Looking out on the horizon, Motorola is gearing up to release their new smartwatch, the Motorola Moto 360, one of the first of its kinds to feature Google’s new Android Wear mobile OS. There’s also rumors of an LTE equipped Moto G and an even lower-priced Moto E in the works, as well as a refreshed Moto X that’s all but certain to release this summer. Should be a good year for Motorola and we’ll continue pulling for them.