Motorola Mobility hit with 1,200 more job cuts by Google

In May 2012, Google closed the deal to acquire Motorola Mobility, the mobile phone maker which was already making smartphones based on Google's Android OS, for $12.5 billion. In August, Google started cutting jobs at Motorola, as it announced layoffs of 4,000 employees, or a whopping 20 percent of the division's workforce, along with closing 94 of the company's worldwide offices.

As it turns out, the cuts back in August would not be the last. Reuters reports today that Google will lay off another 1,200 workers from the Motorola Mobility unit, which cuts down the workforce by another 10 percent. These new cuts will affect workers in the US, China and India. A company spokesperson confirmed the layoffs, saying, "It's obviously very hard for the employees concerned, and we are committed to helping them through this difficult transition."

Since Google bought Motorola, it released a new series of Android-based smartphones under the RAZR brand, including the RAZR MAXX HD, whose main claim to fame is 32 hour battery life. There have been rumors that Google and Motorola are currently working on what's been called the "X-Phone" which is rumored to have some advanced hardware and software features.

Source: Reuters | Image via Motorola

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If Google really wants to reclaim Android from Samsung with Motorola, layoffs should be the last thing they do.

It's not just the layoffs, they've already pulled out of many major markets. This article mentions India but Motorola ceased its Indian operations a month or two ago.

Edited by liju, Mar 9 2013, 7:14am :

Seeing how every other android maker except for Samsung are fighting for scraps I'm not surprised MM can't get things going. Even with Google paying the bills they're not able to make a difference. So far it seems like little more than a $12 billion patent purchase and nothing more. Expect a write off at some point in the future at this rate.

GP007 said,
Seeing how every other android maker except for Samsung are fighting for scraps I'm not surprised MM can't get things going. Even with Google paying the bills they're not able to make a difference. So far it seems like little more than a $12 billion patent purchase and nothing more. Expect a write off at some point in the future at this rate.

google sold motorols tv division for 2.5 billion http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...a-home-arris_n_2333696.html

even if moto has to be closed their patent will sell for billion even making profit for google.
at least its not like microsoft write off. moto is here to stay.

Unfortunate, since layoffs are always bad for the people concerned, but to be honest, not entirely unsurprising. Compared to the competition (LG, HTC, Samsung, etc) it seems to be rare that we ever hear anything coming from Motorola.

Hopefully a more efficient business will lead them back to profitability.