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Motorola reports lower than expected Q4 revenues

Motorola Mobility may not have had a good holiday in terms of sales, according to the company's latest financial numbers. Reuters reports that Motorola sent out an early warning to investors on Friday that its revenues for its fourth quarter 2011 time period would be $3.4 billion. That's well below the expectations of analysts who had previously predicted revenues of $3.88 billion.

Motorola will release its final numbers for the fourth quarter in the coming weeks. It does say it will have a modest profit for the time period. It also said it shipped 10.5 million mobile devices during the quarter. That number included 5.3 million smartphones. Motorola did not say how many mobile phones it had actually sold during the fourth quarter. During that time period it released a number of new devices including the Droid RAZR.

Of course, the big news for the company in 2011 was Google's proposed $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola. The company said on Friday that the efforts to close that deal are still being made and the merger is expected to be officially completed in early 2012. Google has already said it will treat Motorola Mobility as a separate entity and won't try to merge Motorola and its products with its own branding.

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