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Google plans layoff of 1,200 Motorola Mobility employees

updated 10:38 am EST, Fri March 8, 2013

Loss of 10-percent of workforce planned following earlier reductions

Google is laying off 1,200 employees from Motorola Mobility, in an effort to bring the hardware maker into profitability via restructuring. The loss of 10-percent of its workforce is a continuation of reductions announced last summer, adding to the 4,000 jobs, a fifth of staff, that the company previously said it will remove.

E-mails from a company spokesperson received by the Wall Street Journal state that "our costs are too high, we're operating in markets where we're not competitive and we're losing money," adding that the layoffs would affect employees in China, India, and the United States.

The extra job losses are the latest move by the search giant to bring Motorola Mobility into profit. Late last year, communications firm ARRIA Group agreed to acquire the Motrola Home business from Motorola Mobility for $2.35 billion. Meanwhile, Motorola is rumored to be building an X Phone that has been called a "game changer," with heavy Google service integration and software not seen on other devices.

by MacNN Staff



  1. global.philosopher

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 09-17-10

    Game chaining xPhone...

    Well they better hrry up then because the industry does not stand still and the so called game changer of today is tomorrows standard feature.

    Look how Apple changed the game in phones but the rest of the industry caught up. If Apple had not changed the game in 2007 the industry was likely to move that way by 2010 anyway

  1. Flying Meat

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: 01-25-07

    Except, that

    the phones would be cheaply made, and likely would just be larger screen feature phones with the continued feeble attempts at interface design.

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