Step 1 in Google plan to reinvent Motorola: Lay off 20% of the staff

Google logoMotorola Mobility has big work to do now that it's a part of Google, but that work will have to be done by a much smaller group of people. According to a report in the New York Times, Motorola told employees yesterday that it would "lay off 20 percent of its work force and close a third of its 94 offices worldwide."

The Times report described the cuts as the first step in Google's plan to reinvent Motorola. But there's more to the plan than just job cuts. Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside told the Times that the company will stop flooding the market with tons of low-end devices and focus on releasing just a few marquee ones. "Mr. Woodside also plans to cut the number of devices Motorola makes from the 27 it introduced last year to just a few," the Times wrote. "He wants to make the company’s products cool again by loading them with things like sensors that recognize who is in a room based on their voices, cameras that take crisper photos and batteries that last for days."

While the planned layoffs of 20 percent of staff haven't begun, Google has already gotten rid of 40 percent of Motorola's vice presidents. 4,000 jobs will be lost, one-third of them in the US.

Google purchased Motorola primarily for its huge store of wireless patents in an effort to protect Android in the overactive world of technology patent lawsuits. Google has a history of killing off products built by companies it has acquired, but Motorola was in need of an overhaul even before being bought by Google. While Apple and Samsung make most of the profits in the smartphone industry, Motorola's phone business has been "unprofitable for 14 of the last 16 quarters" and "lost $233 million in its first six weeks under Google," the Times report noted.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: Android, Google, Motorola

Add comment

Your name:
Sign in with:
Your comment:

Enter code:

E-mail (not required)
E-mail will not be disclosed to the third party

Last news

Consumer group recommends iPhone 8 over anniversary model
LTE connections wherever you go and instant waking should come to regular PCs, too
That fiction is slowly becoming a reality
The Snapdragon 845 octa-core SoC includes the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem
Human moderators can help make YouTube a safer place for everyone
Google says Progressive Web Apps are the future of app-like webpages
All 2018 models to sport the 'notch'
The biggest exchange in South Korea, where the BTC/KRW pair is at $14,700 now
The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Review
The evolution of the successful smartphone, now with a waterproof body and USB Type-C
February 7, 2017 /
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S - a tablet with the Windows-keyboard
The first Windows-tablet with the 12-inch display Super AMOLED
June 7, 2016 /
Keyboards for iOS
Ten iOS keyboards review
July 18, 2015 /
Samsung E1200 Mobile Phone Review
A cheap phone with a good screen
March 8, 2015 / 4
Creative Sound Blaster Z sound card review
Good sound for those who are not satisfied with the onboard solution
September 25, 2014 / 2
Samsung Galaxy Gear: Smartwatch at High Price
The first smartwatch from Samsung - almost a smartphone with a small body
December 19, 2013 /

News Archive



Do you use microSD card with your phone?
or leave your own version in comments (4)