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Motorola Mobility to slash 20 percent staff

Motorola Mobility are planning to cut their workforce by 20 percent while closing down around a third of their offices worldwide, according to a report on the New York Times.

4,000 people will lose their jobs as the company restructure their global plans, focusing on a smaller portfolio of products while ditching low end devices.

Motorola Mobility were recently purchased by Google for $12.5 billion and are in a position to use Motorola’s patents to strengthen their Android mobile platform against copyright claims.

Google have also cut the management of Motorola Mobility by 40 percent, although they have hired two new senior executives.

There are also plans to reduce the head count in Asia, India, Chicago, Sunnyvale and Beijing.

Kitguru says: An ‘optimisation’ period is clearly ahead for Google as they try to turn around the flagging mobile company.

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