Motorola Mobility, a mobile phone manufacturer owned by Google, said Thursday it’ll lay off about 1,200 additional jobs, or 10% of its workforce, as part of its ongoing efforts to trim cost amid declining sales, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The lay-offs come on top of the 4,000 jobs cut at Motorola Mobility in August as Google seeks to make more smartphones and fewer simple handsets.
Motorola staffers were informed by the company via email this week that “while we’re very optimistic about the new products in our pipeline, we still face challenges.” The company email added that “our costs are too high, we’re operating in markets where we’re not competitive and we’re losing money.” The layoffs will affect workers in the U.S., China and India.
A Motorola spokesman said: “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.”
Last year, Motorola introduced new smartphone models for the first time since the Google acquisition – Droid Razr HD, Droid Razr M and Droid Razr Maxx HD.
Via: The Verge