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Motorola To Reduce Workforce In India; Cut 20% Worldwide

Mobile cell phone manufacturer Motorola Mobility will reduce its workforce in India as a part of its strategy to lay off 20% of  its work force and close a third of its 94 offices worldwide, reports the Press Trust of India (via thehindu). Motorola's CEO Dennis Woodside said in an interview with the New York Times that the company will  shrink operations in Asia and India, and centre research and development in Chicago, Sunnyvale and Beijing. On 15th August 2011, Google agreed to acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion for its 17,000 patent portfolio, with the stated intent of this helping Google in defending its mobile operating system Android. The European antitrust regulators and the the U.S. Department of Justice approved the deal in February 2012, after which Google completed the acquisition in May 2012 for $12.4 billion. Google's Plan for Motorola Woodside said that one-third of (approximately) 4000 job cuts would be in the US, and the company would shutter operations in unprofitable markets, discontinue low-end devices, and focus on a few cell phones instead of dozens. This makes sense since, last year, Motorola released 27 new handsets in the market with minimal market acceptance. With this, Google directly competes with Android manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, LG, among others. On July 24, 2012, Google disclosed that out of the $12.5 billion utilized for the purchase of Motorola Mobility, the company attributed only $5.5 billion of that to patents and developed technology. While Google essentially acquired Motorola Mobility for its vast patent portfolio, it does seem to be interested in getting…

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