Google Inc's Motorola Mobility unit will slash 1,200 jobs or 10 percent
of its workforce as the smartphone maker tries to return to
profitability, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing a
The layoffs come on top of 4,000 jobs Google eliminated
at Motorola Mobility in August as the Internet search giant seeks to
make more smartphones and fewer simple handsets.
The email about
the job cuts, which will affect workers in the United States, China and
India, said "our costs are too high, we're operating in markets where
we're not competitive and we're losing money," according to the Journal.
bought the money-losing cellphone maker for $12.5 billion last year -
its largest acquisition ever - aiming to use Motorola Mobility's patents
to fend off legal attacks on its Android mobile platform and expand
beyond its software business.
The acquisition raised concerns on Wall Street that Google was entering a business with much lower profit margins.
Google and Motorola Mobility could not be immediately reached for comment by Reuters outside regular business hours.
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