Google plans layoff of 1,200 Motorola Mobility employees
updated 10:38 am EST, Fri March 8, 2013
by MacNN Staff
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.