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Google slashes 1,200 Motorola jobs in latest cuts

08 Mar 2013
Motorola logo taken at MWC

Google has axed another 1,200 staff from its Motorola division as it continues to slash jobs at the firm it acquired in 2011.

Google confirmed the plans in a statement sent to V3 on Friday, which will mean staff numbers are cut by a further 10 percent.

"These cuts are a continuation of the reductions we announced last summer. It's obviously very hard for the employees concerned, and we are committed to helping them through this difficult transition," it said.

Motorola declined to add any further detail on where the cuts would be made, when approached by V3.

The cull follows the search giant's decision to cut 4,000 jobs at Motorola, which was announced last August.

That restructuring saw Google close a third of Motorola locations across the world and was intended to help it bow-out of "unprofitable markets".

Google later warned in October that further job cuts would need to be made for Motorola to return to profitability.

The news comes after widespread warnings that Samsung and Apple handset's dominance is killing competition in the marketplace.

Most recently, Gartner reported that Apple and Samsung currently control 52 percent of the smartphone market.

Google originally purchased Motorola Mobility in 2011 for $12.5bn. The purchase was partly intended to gain the search giant extra legal protection against rivals in the technology industry's endless patent war.

The deal granted Google ownership of 17,000 Motorola patents.

Despite the purchase, Google has indicated it would not interfere or show preference to Motorola over other handset manufacturers and to date the company is yet to make a Nexus device.

Instead, it has partnered with Intel for its latest Razr I device.

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Alastair Stevenson

Alastair has worked as a reporter covering security and mobile issues at V3 since March 2012. Before entering the field of journalism Alastair had worked in numerous industries as both a freelance copy writer and artist.

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