Google to dismiss 1,200 employees from Motorola Mobility
In an announcement Friday, Google revealed that they will be cutting 1,200 jobs from the Motorola Mobility Unit. The new cuts are a continuation of layoffs that were announced last summer, and add onto 4,000 employees that were dismissed in August of last year.
The previous layoffs primarily affected workers on the company's conventional mobile phone lineups, and the new cuts appear to be the same, as Google hopes to place more emphasis on the lucrative smartphone market. In addition, the WSJ and Reuters reported that employees in the US, China and India will all be affected; with high costs, non-competitiveness and financial losses being the reasons given.
Google purchased Motorola Mobility for a sum of $12.5 billion in August of 2011, but they have yet to release any new products together. In addition, Google's CFO recently remarked that Motorola's products aren't up to company standards, and the latest layoffs aren't very reassuring for the duo.