Google recently acquired Motorola Mobility for a mind blowing $12.5 billion and while I don’t always read into things, I knew there had to be more to the purchase than just patents. It would appear my gut instinct was correct as Google is set to cut 20% of Motorola’s staff and close 1/3 of their 94 global offices. One third of the 4,000 jobs lost will be here in the United States. Other changes include leaving unprofitable markets, eliminating low-end devices, and to focus on a fewer devices.
The new CEO of Motorola and Google’s Sales Lead Dennis Woodside explains,
“We’re excited about the smartphone business. The Google business is built on a wired model, and as the world moves to a pretty much completely wireless model over time, it’s really going to be important for Google to understand everything about the mobile consumer.”