Google officially took hold of Motorola back on May 22nd in a blockbuster $12.5 billion deal. At the same time Sanjay Jha, CEO of Motorola Mobility, stepped down. There was no word on if, or when, the layoff would be, but Google noted that “our aim is simple: to focus Motorola Mobility’s remarkable talent on fewer, bigger bets, and create wonderful devices that are used by people around the world.”
According to the New York Times the moment of truth has arrived for Motorola employees. Apparently 20% of their work force – which is 4,000 people – will get pink slips, plus they’ll close a over 30 offices worldwide. No indication of Canadians being impacted, but 1/3 of the 4,000 job cuts will be in the United States, as well as from Asia and India.
As for future handset, less is the new trend. Dennis Woodside, Motorola’s CEO, said to the NYT that they will launch “just a few” devices this year, which is significantly less than the 27 they released last year. “He wants to make the company’s products cool again by loading them with things like sensors that recognize who is in a room based on their voices, cameras that take crisper photos and batteries that last for days.”