Coming Soon: First-Ever US-Made Smartphone
Motorola's Moto X to be assembled in Texas
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted May 30, 2013 1:13 PM CDT
Dennis Woodside, CEO of Motorola Mobility, speaks during a news conference on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012 in New York.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

(Newser) – For the first time, a smartphone will be manufactured in the United States, and Motorola is going to be the company to do it. Moto X, which will be made at a Fort Worth, Texas, plant employing some 2,000 people, will be released before the close of 2013, Motorola Mobility's CEO announced yesterday at the D11 tech conference. A caveat: South Korea and Taiwan will supply the OLED screen and processors (the lion's share of smartphones are currently manufactured in Asia), but 70% of the phone will be assembled in the US, CNN reports. AllThingsD has more on the Moto X's bells and whistles.

What Motorola gets out of it, per a statement picked up by ABC News:

  • "There are several business advantages to having our Illinois and California-based designers and engineers much closer to our factory. For instance, we'll be able to iterate on design much faster, create a leaner supply chain, respond much more quickly to purchasing trends and demands, and deliver devices to people here much more quickly."

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apocalypso
Jun 3, 2013 9:45 AM CDT
uh... I've lived and worked and gone to school with americans all my life, so I have no faith in their ability to assemble my phone with any competence whatsoever, with their fat, clumsy, perpetually-cheeto-dusted fingers and their when's-my-next-coffee-break-it's-been-5-minutes-since-my-last-one-i-NEED-to-check-my-twitter-feed-and-facebook-updates-right-now attitude. No, thank you. Big mistake, Motorola. HUGE mistake, you're gonna lose money on this deal.
KimKendall
Jun 1, 2013 8:34 PM CDT
the only place producing smart phones in this country and motorola picks the devil state. not good
iq145
May 30, 2013 11:33 PM CDT
Joe Smith starts another day early, having set his alarm clock (made in China) for 6am. While his coffee pot (made in Canada) is perking a brew (made in Colombia), he puts his hair dryer to work (made in Taiwan) and shaves with his electric razor (made in Thailand). He puts on a dress shirt (made in Indonesia), and jeans (made in Singapore) and a pair of tennis shoes (made in Korea). After cooking up some breakfast in his new electric skillet (made in the Philippines), he sits down to figure out on his calculator (made in Mexico) how much he can spend today. He searches with his computer (made in Malaysia) and makes a few calls on his phone (made in Finland). After setting his watch (made in Switzerland) to the radio (made in India), he goes out and gets in his car (made in Germany), fills it with gas (made in Saudi Arabia) and goes looking, as he has been for months, for a job. At the end of another discouraging and fruitless day, Joe decides to relax for awhile. He puts on a pair of sandals (made in Brazil), pours himself a glass of wine (made in France), and turns on his TV (made in Japan) and once again wonders why he can't find a good paying job in America.