Motorola to cut 20% of workforce

Motorola Mobility has told its employees that it will be laying off 20 per cent of its work force and nearly one-third of its 94 offices worldwide.

These cuts are the first steps in Google's transformation of the ailing company, the New York Times reports.

Google completed the purchase of Motorola Mobility in a deal worth $12.5 billion (£7.9 billion) in May and it represented the search giant's first move into the manufacturing of mobile phones and tablets.

One-third of the reported 4,000 job losses will be in the US as Google looks to leave unprofitable markets and also stop making low-end devices.

Motorola's new chief executive Dennis Woodside said that he is “excited” about the prospects of the smartphone business.

“The Google business is built on a wired model and as the world moves to a pretty much wireless model, it's really going to be important to understand everything about the mobile consumer,” he continued.

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