When Google purchased Motorola a couple of months ago, we were all excited by the prospect of Google doing great things with Motorola’s hardware division – imagine a world where the insanely popular DROID phones were flagship phones, always up to date with the latest version of Android. Unfortunately, it looks like Google’s going to have to make some cuts in order to move towards a direction where that dream becomes a reality.
Google has announced that Motorola will be laying off 20% of their staff, totaling around 3,000 lost jobs. This measure comes as a solution to Motorola’s money problem – more specifically, the one where Motorola has been “unprofitable for 14 of the last 16 quarters”, according to the New York Times.
Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside also noted that the company plans to shift focus, releasing only a handful of really great products instead of an avalanche of mediocre ones. The Times notes that Mr. Woodside wants to make their products “cool again”. It’s just a pity that jobs need to be lost in such a hard economy in order to help make that a reality.