Google has been rather keen to convince the world as of late that it has no specific ties or loyalty to Motorola Mobility, even though it is technically a part of the company as of last year’s massive acquisition. Not only has there been no mention of Motorola being brought onboard for the eventual Google Nexus 5 Smartphone, but for all intents and purposes the search engine giant has been doing its level best to distance itself from its new adopted family member.
This week, things have taken a rather gloomier turn in solidifying the point as Google announces the shedding of over 1,200 jobs at Motorola Mobility – a further 10% of the workforce. This follows initial job cuts of over 4,000 last August.
According to new reports published by the Wall Street Journal, an email was sent to those affected by the redundancies this week. The message apparently stated that while the company as a whole is extremely optimistic about the future, running costs are still too high and as a result money is being lost instead of made.
Following the next round of layoffs, Motorola Mobility will remain home to less than 10,000 employees.
Since Google takeover of Motorola Mobility was approved last year, we’ve really seen hide nor hair of any specific fruit born of the collaboration. There hasn’t been a show-stopping Motorola Smartphone launch for quite some time now and so far there’s little evidence that anything big is on the horizon.
It has been largely expected that Motorola would be the number-one candidate for creating the Google Nexus 5 – aka the Motorola Nexus X – but Google has made every effort to reaffirm that this may well not be the case. As such, while Google may be adamant that the company as a whole is excited about the future, it’s difficult to know where they’re getting their optimism from in the face of such ongoing uncertainty.