Google is cutting 4,000 jobs from its Motorola division, around 20 per cent of the workforce, as the search giant sets about streamlining the smartphone subsidiary it acquired for $12.5bn.
Motorola confirmed the job cuts in an statement sent to V3 on Monday, clarifying that one third of the 4,000 cuts will be from Motorola's US workforce with the rest from other locations across the world.
The reshuffle will also see the search giant close a third of Motorola Mobility's locations across the world in its bid to reverse the company's ailing fortunes and bow-out of "unprofitable markets".
"Motorola plans to close or consolidate about one-third of its 90 facilities as well as simplify its mobile product portfolio, shifting the emphasis from feature phones to more innovative and profitable devices," it added.
The strategy is expected to see Motorola copy rival HTC, by refocusing on development of just a few high-end handsets as opposed to flooding the market with dozens of devices each year.
Google's high profile acquisition of the mobile division of Motorola was partly intended to gain the search giant extra legal protection against rivals in the technology industry's endless patent war, granting the search giant 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.
Whether this will change following the reshuffle and Motorola will take responsibility for creating Google Nexus products remains unclear.
At the time of publishing Google had not responded to V3's request for comment on the cuts.
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