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By Peter Svensson, WILL WEISSERT, Posted: 05/29/2013 8:02 pm EDT | Updated: 05/30/2013 8:53 am EDT
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Cellphone pioneer Motorola says it's opening a manufacturing facility that will produce the first smartphone ever assembled in the U.S. — its new flagship device, Moto X.
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"It was a great facility in an ideal location," said Moss, who said it will be an easy trip for Motorola engineering teams based in Chicago and Silicon Valley, and is also close to the company's service and repair operations in Mexico.
The formal announcement came from Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside at AllThingsD's D11 Conference.
The factory will create 2,000 jobs and will be owned and run by Flextronics International Ltd., a Singapore-based contract electronics manufacturer that has had a long relationship with Motorola.
Assembly accounts for relatively little of the cost of a smartphone. The cost largely lies in the chips, battery and display, most of which come from Asian factories. For instance, research firm iSuppli estimates that the components of Samsung's latest flagship phone, the Galaxy S4, cost $229, while the assembly cost $8.
In December, Apple Inc. said it would move manufacturing of one of its existing lines of Mac computers to the U.S. this year, reversing decades of increasing outsourcing. The company has come under some criticism for working conditions at the Chinese factories where its products are assembled.
Some other manufacturers, such as Hewlett-Packard Co., have kept some PC assembly operations in the U.S.Moss said the Moto X will go on sale this summer. He said he could provide few details, citing priority secrets.
Motorola will still have global manufacturing operations, including at factories in China and Brazil.
AP Technology Writer Peter Svensson contributed to this report from New York.
Google‘s wholly owned subsidiary Motorola Mobility is allegedly to be developing on a “sophisticated” smartphone that will “provide more potent competition” to the Apple iPhone, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.
The device, which is has a codename internally as “X Phone,” will reportedly be equipped with a “top-end” camera sensor and imaging software technology, which previous Google-branded Nexus smartphone devices have lacked. Motorola Mobility is also reported to be interested in using a bendable and unbreakable screen display and elements that would make the X Phone stronger and more durable.
The X Phone will reportedly be launched this year, at which point Motorola engineers will be starting on gearing up to develop on an “X tablet.”
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