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Motorola phasing out feature phone market.
Motorola Mobility reportedly plans to phase out from the feature phone market and may suspend its feature phone business by the end of 2012, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.
It remains to be seen whether Motorola will also withdraw from the CNY1,000 (US$157) smartphone segment in China, since Google reportedly has been hoping that the handset vendor will switch its focus to the development of innovative products instead of counting on production based on economics of scale, the paper said.
Taiwan-based handset ODM Arima Communications, currently the primary production partner of feature phones and entry-level smartphones for Motorola, would be affected significantly by the vendor's next move.