Moto G

Moto G is highest-selling smartphone in company history

Mobile World Congress

Another nugget from Motorola's MWC press dinner. Motorola senior vice president of product management Rick Osterloh had this to say while talking about Motorola's commitment to Android, the upcoming merger, and Motorola's future:

The Moto G has been the most successful, highest-selling smartphone in Motorola's history

He went on to mention that Motorola is making a profit on every sale, and that they will make even more after the Lenovo purchase is complete.

Hey Nokia — this is how you do it.

 
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MERCDROID says:

For a budget handset, the Moto G is great. Great screen, great performance, great, period.

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LeroyRJR says:

+1

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Qwkslvrmz says:

Agreed

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Mpearce25 says:

Yup

G2

D13H4RD2L1V3 says:

+1

Used it in a store. Pretty surprised that the phone is so cheap, because it looks and performs far better than what the price would suggest.

So, well done Moto! I hope this continues under Lenovo.

eahinrichsen says:

I'm pleasantly surprised that they're turning a profit on each sale. I assumed that this device was an "underpriced to drum up market and mind share" deal.

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MERCDROID says:

I love your signature.

On topic: yeah, at first, I thought it was severely underpriced to encourage sales, too.

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NoNexus says:

+1

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You really should see the crap I don't post. Sorry if honesty offends you

JFMobile says:

Ah man.... What happened to your "Gift from God" Nexus 5? :)

MERCDROID says:

Let's just say the person that has it deserved it more than I did =)

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alexlam24 says:

What makes me sad is many people don't know about the Moto G. They end up buying some Android 4.1 phone because its all they can afford. Speaking of which, I introduced the Moto G to a nice lady in a T-Mobile store Sunday. She immediately left the crappy phones. Yay Moto!

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MERCDROID says:

Haha, that's awesome, brother!

Yeah, it would be great, if more people knew about the G. Hopefully, Motorola (or Lenovo) does a better job of getting the word out, if there's ever a successor to both the X and the G.

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nobodysaid says:

Your signature is stupid nobody cares about the dumb nicknames you give your stuff.

thod3n says:

The g completely deserves this, but I'm still surprised because I know many people who have never even heard about it. Good job, moto.

DS1331 says:

How is this possible the RAZR sold like 50 million phones.....?????

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Jonbo298 says:

The keyword is fastest selling SMARTphone

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Kinglo says:

Smartphone

DS1331 says:

Ohhhh duh. Thanks

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MERCDROID says:

It happens, lol.

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BizzyGeek says:

I'm sure they're cleaning up in India. I think this phone really hit the sweet spot there.

vitorfv says:

In Brazil too

brendilon says:

It hit the sweetspot in the US as well. It's not well known, but everyone that I've told about the Moto G (my wife has one) has been impressed. Even moreso after they've used it.

MERCDROID says:

That's great, man!

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jackwagon06 says:

Havent seen one in the wild......but hasnt it only been on sale for like 2-3 months? That's amazing. ....or the others haven't sold well at all.

eahinrichsen says:

Most of their high profile smartphones prior to the Moto X have been exclusive to Verizon, so the numbers were bound to be relatively low, even if they were great sellers for Verizon.

The G was released broadly, and made it quickly to all sorts of carriers, including prepaid services, in lots of countries. Releases in India and Brazil will do wonders for sales figures. :-)

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Trixz_D says:

This is the best budget phone I have ever owned. I'm actually quite happy I got it :) I think the g means great ") lol

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MERCDROID says:

Lol

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anthony2558 says:

Great phone, great price. Good for them.

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Jax184 says:

I wonder how many of the sales can be contributed to it being specifically a backup phone? That's what I've done, and haven't used it much on a daily basis, but great as a backup.

Analyss14 says:

Most people don't actually buy a NEW to be a backup phone. Their backup is usually the phone they had before they upgraded last (unless of course they sold their last phone as part of the upgrade). The Moto G sold well because it was/is well priced.

brendilon says:

Most people don't HAVE a backup.

LucasLumia says:

I am considering this and the Nokia XL or X+ as a backup. The Moto G is 240 dollars in Argentina (16gb). So if the X costs 120 dollars in my country, I might buy it. Generally the prices are twice the ones in the US so Im not that confident.

LucasLumia says:

I forgot to say. 240 on contract.

MERCDROID says:

Honestly, if the G is 240 on-contract, and the Nokia X is cheaper at or around 120, then I would just opt for the Nokia X.

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Analyss14 says:

Thank you for reinforcing my point.

I don't think that many people have two phones. Even fewer buy a new phone just to be a backup.

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LeroyRJR says:

Motorola,, great phones, just that simple

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hmmm says:

This is weird to me. I can't believe this has outsold the Droid series of phones...

asaini007 says:

Each individual droid probably doesn't have that many sales. The original droid was a hit but back then smartphones were nowhere near as popular as they are now

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codiusprime says:

You're surprised that a phone that is available almost everywhere and is high quality at a good price has outsold phones that are restricted to one American carrier and frankly, up until recently, weren't that great (this coming from someone who has owned three DROIDS)? I take it you're weirded out easily.

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droidify says:

Exactly.

Even in the US, Verizon is maybe 1/3 of the customer base... So given just a fraction of Verizon customers buy Droids (some have been less than popular too) they really haven't sold THAT many Droids.

And at that, not every Droid branded device was made by Motorola.

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Ry says:

Awesome news.

hmmm says:

Wait, so this has sold more than any Droid phone? Weird... I find that hard to believe...

sequoia462 says:

Droids are only sold on Verizon in USA. The Moto G is sold worldwide.

jonathan3579 says:

Droid phones are Verizon exclusives and the Moto G is an international device. It shouldn't be that hard to believe...

asaini007 says:

Each individual droid probably doesn't have that many sales. The original droid was a hit but back then smartphones were nowhere near as popular as they are today

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gtg465x says:

Surely they mean it has sold more in the first couple months than any of their previous phones sold in their first couple months, not more total sales.

LaMarcus says:

Smartphone! Its their best selling smartphone not the best selling phone.

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Zig261 says:

Where's the sale numbers to prove it Motorola?

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They are comparing it to their own devices not anyone else's. Why do they need to release sales numbers and "prove it"?

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ultravisitor says:

Well, it's cheap, so how could it be good enough for people to want to buy?

I mean, we all know that cheap = BAD.

dizzle16 says:

That comment sounds uneducated. Cheap does not equal bad in this case. You ever heard the saying "numbers don't lie"

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eahinrichsen says:

Good lord, what does it take to trip your sarcasm alarm?

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MERCDROID says:

Lately, it seems that some of the commenters lack a sarcasm meter, lol.

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ultravisitor says:

I don't know what you're talking about. I was completely serious.

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dizzle16 says:

That's the sad part

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DS1331 says:

Haha he's not serious

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eahinrichsen says:

Swing and a miss. 0/2

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MERCDROID says:

I can't stop laughing at this comment, lol.

I'm literally laughing my ass off.

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Might want to change "presodent" to "president".

djeborn says:

I hope Lenovo realizes this and continues making similar phones. *fingers crossed*

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Khar00f says:

I personally bought 4 of them for Christmas, 2 for my parents and 2 for my inlaws, great 1st device.

They love it more than I do.

All for the price of 1 flagship new.

eahinrichsen says:

I got one for my mom, who's never had a smartphone before. She assumed it cost five hundred bucks. I didn't disillusion her, because I'm an asshole. :-)

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MERCDROID says:

Lmao

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patfactorx says:

Beast

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miknxn says:

It also has an update as well! Just got it! Never even saw it coming.

I'm surprised it is sold better than the razr I know everyone had a razr unless they are talking strictly Android devices

~My $0.02~

Scratch that comment I reread it. I see the "smartphone" in the text.

~My $0.02~

sequoia462 says:

Hey Nokia - make an Android like this one!

Polivares says:

mmmm is a little hard to believe, as the phone is not that old in the market.

Motorola StarTac (remember?) sold 60 mill phones, and the Razr sold 130 mill, according to this article:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/picture-galleries/9818080/The-20-b...

I don't know how true this can be, i just made a fast search.

StarTAC wasn't a smart phone. Heck, I think the early ones were analog.

teomor says:

Analog. LOL!

paulw3 says:

Yep. I still have an analog AMPS one in a drawer at home..

eahinrichsen says:

If it's been on standby this whole time, its battery is probably still around 50%.

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DS1331 says:

Lollllll

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SpookDroid says:

Wow, even better than the original Razr? Than the legendary Star Tac? Than the coveted Vader? Wowzies.

ScottJ says:

Not smartphones.

SpookDroid says:

Sometimes I forget not all phones are created equal :P hehe sorry

jlunardi says:

Thing is Nokia kind of already did it: http://www.wpcentral.com/one-year-later-nokia-lumia-520-owns-global-market

They already created a very popular and cheap phone that has done very well. In fact it out sold all android devices in the UK in December. Which makes there Nokia X even more stupid decision imo...

Polivares says:

Not as stupid. Cheap phones has 2 markets: Android and Windows mobile. Most of people avoids windows mobile due to the lack of apps. They can bring those people to Microsoft ecosystem with an android phone.

brendilon says:

Yeah... not really. Nokia dominated the WP market... which is about 3% of the global smartphone market (and currently DECLINING).

cckgz4 says:

Keyword: THEIR smartphone history

codiusprime says:

So? No one is even implying otherwise. Me thinks you missed the whole point of them announcing this fact.

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cckgz4 says:

He implied that they were outselling Nokia

dyastrab says:

I don't understand why the Moto X isn't their bestseller. I couldn't be happier with my phone.

codiusprime says:

Probably because you does not equal the whole world?

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deeb215 says:

They didn't price it like the Moto G and the release was pretty painful to watch.

ultravisitor says:

The Moto X isn't available as widely globally as the Moto G. That's one reason why.

MERCDROID says:

This.

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SirBobaFett says:

Yep, didn't even make to Australia at all. Shame, I would have bought it.

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grooveaddict says:

Congrats to motorola its well deserved, i bought a moto g just because it was so damn cheap (and i wanted to see what the hype was about). Compared to my regular phone the LG G2 there is no noticeable difference on my daily use, sure the performance is better and apps load up faster etc on the G2 but as a whole the Moto G is just a fantastic phone considering its price. And yes it fits in the pocket more easily than all those phablets people carry around. (im especially looking at you Note 3) I believe if motorola continues its path like this making affordable phones for everyone they'll soon rule the androidmarket. I have no doubt about it.

gogega says:

Never thought I would ever buy a Moto after 7 years of iPhone. Have mine since the first day after introducing in Germany. I love it. Thanks Moto and go on so!

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eahinrichsen says:

Welcome to Android! Mind if I ask what it was about this particular phone that convinced you to jump ship from iOS?

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gogega says:

Sold my 3GS for 100€, got the Moto G for 169€. So it took me 69€ for a Retina-Device with more than reasonable specs and built-quality. This together with an finally matured Android 4.3/4.4 got me. Again: 69€ for an contemporary device... love it!

send from my Moto G

chronophilos says:

I have a Nexus 5, but I was really intrigued by the Moto G, and, at that price point, I decided to get one as a secondary device. I think it's a great phone. I like the smaller size, the screen is very good, there's no real lag, and the battery life is so much better than the Nexus 5, I'm sometimes tempted to make the N5 the secondary device.

EDIT: The camera, on the other hand, is mediocre at best.

The Moto G being Motorola's most successful phone ever is like being the smartest retard. It doesn't say much.

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eahinrichsen says:

I hope you post more around here. The regulars could really use some more of your brilliant insight.

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brendilon says:

derp der da hurrrr... *takes off shoe and begins to chew on it*

DS1331 says:

Very very intelligent comment

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brendilon says:

*mines nose goblins*

quailallstar says:

Good job Motorola

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asaini007 says:

I'm surprised the Moto G has already outstripped the Moto X, in spite of being on the market for a fraction of the time... The Moto X never reached this accolade and never will. It must have sold REALLY badly....

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sequoia462 says:

Maybe sales were bad, maybe not. Budget devices can go far, especially if you're actually getting excellent value for money and not just a cheap device.

sicembaylor says:

I think you're confused as to what the word 'accolade' means. The MotoX has had plenty of accolade; however, that has not necessarily translated into sales. That's a shame considering what a fantastic device the 'X' is. The 'G' is also phenomenal. I'm a firm believer that it proves specs shouldn't be as important as 'user experience.' If it operates flawlessly, is smooth as silk, has a high quality display, and is solidly built then who cares what the internal specs are? I'd rather have a device like the 'G' with stock (mostly) Android that purrs like a kitten than have something like the S4 with its crappy ass TouchWiz and bloatware weighing it down.

asaini007 says:

Lol I agree with you on most points but I think that it's you who's confused on what the word "accolade" mean, no offense. An accolade is a specific award. So the Moto X hasn't had "plenty of accolade" as you say, it's won "plenty of accolades" (plural - i.e. many awards, which is true). What I said is that the Moto X hasn't won THIS specific accolade - that is, Motorola's best selling device ever.

But yeah, both great phones.

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ultravisitor says:

Again, the Moto G has been more widely available across the globe than the Moto X. And they don't really compete for the same customers.

It doesn't surprise me at all. The price of the Moto X puts it in direct competition with similarly priced high end phones. The price of the Moto G means its competition is often slower, running an older version of Android, with worse displays.

sladyrko says:

They still don't sell it in my country (Bulgaria). But in March one of the carriers will.. So I will buy one, and sell my Note 3, so I can wait for the iPhone 6.. This phone is so damn good, and so cheap.. Will do the job until October :-)

13Elves says:

Thats not saying much. BB10 phones outsell all Motorola lines in 2013.

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brendilon says:

Actually, no.
Blackberry had fewer than 4% of the smartphone market in 2013. Motorola was the #3 OEM globally for 2013, with >6.5% of the market and BB10 devices are stillbeing outsold by legacy BB devices.
But let's not let a few facts get in the way of things.

13Elves says:

Ur are incorrect. This is not about market share but actual sales figures. Mashable posted the story and BB10 outsells Motorola phones in 2013. Do a search instead of regurgitating phony metrics.

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brendilon says:

Motorola doesn't release actual sales figures (shipped items aren't SOLD items). I've also checked mashable, no trace of any such article. The most recent article on mashable referencing BB10 is from 10/6/13. Either provide a link or fess up to being full of it.

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Mnmiah says:

I hope other manufacturers look at the g, make something similar with low price

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Trixz_D says:

Speaking of moto g I just got a firmware update that has brought along some fixes to the previous kit kat update :)

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deeb215 says:

Hopefully Moto has a sweet Mothers Day sale on these.

dizzle16 says:

This is a awesome phone. The ONLY knock off no expandable storage. I came from a galaxy s3 and I'm likely not gonna be able to store any music on this phone did to storage limitations. Other than that you can't EVEN TELL it's a budget phone.

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MetalMike901 says:

I am not surprised at the moto Gs success. It is everything a quality, low cost device should be. Other manufacturers would be wise to take note!

I would have already picked one up, but i just cant justify it right now. I am hoping if i really do need it in the future, it will still be available.

Great job moto and Google on that one!

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paulw3 says:

The Moto G is indeed a great budget phone. I bought the dual SIM version but as the SIMs didn't work as I wanted I gave it to the wife who loves it. Great battery life. If it had had a 5" screen I would have kept it for myself..

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Flavio Lima1 says:

more than motorola razr V3 ????????
whathever,i have a moto g music edition and i love!!
my last xperia sp go to trash..heheh

cammykool says:

What about the original RAZR.

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That was the best phone they ever made. And probably ever will make.

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brendilon says:

Yeah.. no. The Razr was one of the most breakable phones ever. It was popular because it was fashionable, not because it was good.
It also wasn't a smartphone.

Blessen John says:

Damn you Samsung for making Google sell off Motorola! Motorola was heading in the right direction with the g and the x. Hopefully Lenovo will follow in the same spirit.

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keith2k1 says:

Is this device more successful than the Motorola Star Tac?

You guys are forgetting Nokia Lumia 520

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brendilon says:

It's easy to forget a phone that has an OS that has 3.1% of marketshare and falling.

brendilon says:

Yeah, not really. WP grew year over year, but has been dropping steadily in recent months.

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Nope WP share is rising according to IDC.Get your facts straight before spewing bullshit

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Jay Shank says:

Ordered 2 of them here in India.. Gonna take a week or so to be shipped...

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nickmiller71 says:

I'm pretty stoked to hear this news from them. Good for them. I hope more OEM's follow suit. They're doing great things and I'm beginning to worry less and less about the Lenovo acquisition.

LucasLumia says:

I think Nokia nauled the low-end market before Motorola. The Moto G costs two times the L520.

brendilon says:

And who exaclty has bought it? The combined marketshare of all BB and Windows Phone devices (6.5% according to Comscore 12/13) is slightly less than Motorola's (6.7%).
The Moto G does cost twice what the L520 goes for. it's also twice the phone that the 520 is and hasn't been available for almost a full year at this point.

Joshua Kelly says:

I was wondering why we were always out of stock at work. Turns out its just customers buying them.

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Nice. :D

romma says:

That is simply incredible when you think of the OG Droid...

takpro says:

If what Mr Osterloh said is a true reflection of what is happening, all these comments may be an understatement. On a global stage, an excellent product at this price point could be the biggest trend setter since the original iPhone. Lenovo might have made the deal of the decade. Just think what it could mean to them globally.

Mighty_Red says:

Well done on the success, they deserve it. Let's hope they can turn the attention to producing a top end phone (X2?) that will shake things up further

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