Google may aim to do no evil, but it can certainly handle a few pink slips. The company has confirmed that it is cutting 20% of Motorola Mobility’s workforce, and closing as much as a third of its offices worldwide.
That’s 4,000 new resumes on the street, which we really didn’t need – even if 2/3 of them are from outside the US. But honestly, this wasn’t exactly unexpected. Motorola Mobility has been awaiting its date with the axe for quite some time now.
But my things have changed since Google agreed to purchase the company amidst analysis that it was all about the patents. With the Google Nexus tablet now in the wild, the company is clearly now a device maker as well as a search engine. Those Motorola folks that remain will find themselves much more closely tied to Google’s main focus than they probably expected.
And that means that perhaps there is hope that the once proud creators of the RAZR line of phones will come roaring back in the smartphone era via a bit of Google magic. That assumes, of course, that Apple’s grip on the sector is even assailable.