Google to axe 4,000 employees at Motorola Mobility division

“Google Inc. will cut about 4,000 jobs at its Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. unit, or 20 percent of the staff at the company it bought for about $12.5 billion,” Brian Womack reports for Bloomberg. “Two-thirds of the reductions will be outside the U.S., the Mountain View, California-based company said in a regulatory filing today. Google will also shut down about one-third of Motorola Mobility’s 90 facilities and simplify its wireless product portfolio, it said. Google has also shaken up Motorola management, eliminating 40 percent of its vice presidents, said a person familiar with the matter, asking not to be identified because the detail isn’t public.”

Womack reports, “Google plans to use the Motorola division to produce smartphones and tablet computers that can help it set the pace of innovation in the mobile business, Dennis Woodside, who leads the Motorola unit, said in an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek in May. ‘This is a huge opportunity to really show what Android can do in a well-designed, well-packaged, and well-marketed product,’ Woodside said.”

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MacDailyNews Take: So, Google believes that Android to date is not used in well-designed, well-packaged, and well-marketed products.

Not that we didn’t already know this, but it might be news to the Android settlers. Thanks, Denny.

Better hurry up, Denny, before the patent infringement verdicts start rolling in, or you’ll never get your mole-gotten iOS knockoff into a well-designed, well-packaged, and well-marketed product.

Here’s what Google’s Android looked like before and after Apple’s iPhone:

Google Android before and after Apple iPhone


    1. Google is, I think, planning on following the MS playbook, by the time their partners realize google is strangling them they will have no choice (look at the PC manufacturers who attempted to sell PeeCees without windows preinstalled.)
      However, I agree with you, I think google has delusions of grandeur, even with all the media push & bloggers google has paid for I don’t think “android” is ubiquitous nor monolithic enough to “pull a MS” on your partners.
      (I am not sure MS is big enough anymore to pull a “MS” on it’s partners (judging by the reactions to surface, though amazingly all but a few remained mute in response to that announcement)

  1. It’s no use. Motorola has struck an iceberg and is sinking fast by the bow. All this jettisoning of ballast won’t do it any good. It might keep afloat a while longer if the water is pumped overboard but the holes below the waterline are too numerous and the sea is pouring into the aft compartment.

    There’s no Captain Jobs on the bridge to save the boat, only Petty Officer Schmidt and Purser Rubin hauling 10 gallon buckets bailing over the sides.

    1. Steve made a joke at the D2 interview (He and Gates, after taking over at Apple) that “Apple is like a ship with a hole in the bottom, leaking water, and my job is to get the ship pointed in the right direction”
      Even bill gates laughed

      But I agree Google is like the titanic after the minor scraping of the iceberg, most passengers thought everything was fine, they didn’t realize the damage that had been done below the waterline. The difference is the Caption of the titanic knew they were sinking, I think google fancied it’s self the new millennium’s MS that could screw over (and make enemy’s with) it’s partners at will, and never pay the price (in the short term anyway) Turns out that’s not quite so. Google could have been a great company, if they had only remained true to their mantra “Do no evil”

            1. I think you aren’t getting my post, I replied: Yes he was (quoting Gil) and that was the crux of the joke.
              Jobs was making a joke (at Gill’s expense)

    2. Motorola chose to let Apple down and drag its feet when it was supposed to push the PPC development further. Then it chose to “partner” with Google. It will serve them well.

      1. Even more than that: HAS served them well. From one of the most admired and successful communications & electronics giants, to the floundering train wreck of a company they are today.

  2. Normally when a big company takes over another company some jobs become redundant and you layoff those folks. Apple would do the same in a heartbeat if the tables were turned. Apple is all about the profit! So this really wasn’t expected. You would have to be dumb not to guess that this would happen.

    1. Sure… There must have been 4000 redundant phone manufactures and handset designers at Google.

      Stop being delusional. Google got shafted in to paying $12.5B for a dying company to acquire a bunch of FRAND patents to bolster their weak portfolio. They needed some sort of defense against the onslaught of lawsuits that will be coming their way for their copy-cat OS.

      This article really has little to do with Apple, only a Google fanboy would try to distort things. You’d have to be a moron to think we can’t see through your bs.

    2. Wow, it is amazing how pathetic you apple haters trolls have become… I used to think it was funny when you guys tried to somehow spin news -anti-apple- but lately it has become so pathetic that I have started to feel sorry for you.

      Question: why would you attempt something that pathetic in a Apple News forum? (I mean you would have gotten away with that in some fandroid forum (even as lame as it is) because they all WANT to agree with you, but you had to know that would get cut to ribbons here, didn’t you?)

    3. No, Apple is not all about profit. If you listen to what the top level guys at Apple have to say, at Apple it’s all about making the best product possible and let the profits come naturally. They’ve said this over & over, from Steve Jobs on down. You’ve just chosen to not believe it.

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