Google has big plans for Motorola
Google will be cutting 4,000 jobs and focusing on fewer smartphones in its effort to turn around Motorola
Google has plans to reluanch Motorola as a sleeker, stronger mobile company but as expected, this will involve the loss of at least 4,000 workers.
Google spent more than $12 billion to buy Motorola and the deal gave the search giant a wealth of patents and more than 17,000 new works. Google plans to cut 20 percent of that workforce and will close a third of Motorola's offices around the world, according to The New York Times.
While it's always sad to see that many people lose jobs, it was somewhat expected because Google already had about 30,000 employees before the deal, so there were bound to be some redundancies. Don't think of the move as Google pulling out of Motorola though, as the company plans to continue to compete in the smartphone space.
Google said it will pull Motorola out of the low-end phone market and concentrate on the high-end smartphone space where the likes of the iPhone and Galaxy S3 rule. Google said Motorola will run as an independent entity but that's being questioned by some Android partners and industry watchers.
There's some concern that a Google-owned Motorola will get special or early access to Android before a company like Samsung, LG or HTC will. Along with being able to update their devices earlier, there's no telling how advantageous this could be for Motorola.
The other Android partners have an idea of where the platform is going but having a full roadmap of features and software could really aid in the design process. A Google-owned Motorola with unfettered Android access could give the search giant the ability to deliver an Apple-like experience where Google controls the software and hardware at almost all levels.
Google insists this won't happen but I'm a bit skeptical. It just makes business and product sense for Google to continue to integrate its Android software and its Motorola hardware together. This may be a pain for Samsung and HTC but this should lead to better products for consumers. That's all I really care about.