Motorola is the latest brand to halt manufacturing operations.
The company has also mandated all its employees across multiple offices in India to work from home till April 14.
Furthermore, Motorola has also shut operations in its service centers and retail stores.
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With India under total lockdown and major districts of the country showing COVID-19 positive cases, the smartphone industry has come to a staggering stop at least for the time being. It will get difficult to buy a new smartphone or even get it repaired since most OEMs have halted production in their factories and closed service centres.
Motorola is the latest brand to issue a statement regarding the same. The Lenovo-owned smartphone brand introduced the Moto Razr, it’s first foldable smartphone a week or so back. However, obeying government directives, Motorola has stopped operations at its manufacturing plants in Tamil Nadu starting March 23rd. The company has also mandated all its employees across multiple offices in India to work from home till April 14.
"Safety of our employees and their families is of utmost importance to us and we are 100% compliant with all relevant guidelines issued by the various state governments. We have stopped operations at our manufacturing facility in Tamil Nadu, starting March 23rd. Further, all employees across our various offices in India have been advised to exercise a mandatory ‘Work From Home’ policy till 14th April. Along with this, we have issued strict guidelines and advisory for all precautions to be taken by them and their respective families,” Motorola said in a statement.
Furthermore, Motorola has also shut operations in its service centres and retail stores. However, Motorola said they have enough stocks of the newly announced Moto Razr, but the delivery of the smartphone might get delayed since Flipkart and other e-commerce companies are prioritising deliveries of essentials only. Flipkart is still listing most Motorola smartphones to be available to buy but delivery may happen at a later date, possibly after the lockdown lifts.
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