What’s going on with Google and Motorola?

What’s going on with Google and Motorola?Back in May, Google sealed the $12.5 billion dollar deal to acquire Motorola, a move largely inspired by the latter’s patent portfolio as opposed to their, uhm, stellar mobile performance.

We’ve been wondering what exactly Mountain View has planned for Moto, but so far the biggest change is a bunch of job cuts. Eek.

Over on Reuters, it’s reported that severance-related charges for the 20% chop will be 9% higher than anticipated, hitting a whopping $300 million. Google warns that further cuts might incur an additional $40 million.

A slightly ominous company statement reads: "Motorola has continued to refine its planned restructuring actions and now expects to broaden those actions to include additional geographic regions outside of the U.S."

Motorola’s mobile division has lost money in 14 of the last 16 quarters. Google is evidently hoping to turn things around with a spot of downsizing, and we’re promised more of a focus on smartphones.

However, Needham & Company analyst Kerry Rice muses: "There's some lack of fully understanding beyond those patents what there is for Google to do with Motorola."

To be fair, Motorola’s past few announcements have been pretty decent, and it’s one of the few manufacturers that realises people want big chunky batteries.

Incidentally, we’re hoping to review the Motorola Razr i soonish. Stay tuned

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JanSt / MOD  Oct. 7, 2012 at 09:41

How very odd. I bet there is a delightful story behind it.

bettsy  Oct. 7, 2012 at 11:30

I dont know why you're surprised? Motorola has done **** all for years, Google bought them for the patents & realised they've still got the staff from the 90's era where they had phones which people bought. Restructuring gets rid of the dead weight that offers nothing, and in about a year or two's time you'll start to see the benefit of the restructure.

Half the problem is the motorola badge on the front of the phone, the other half is the very uninspiring design on the handsets. The lack of big batteries can be solved very quickly by any manufacturer, so i dont think that's a plus point. Especially since Huawei will be including them on a majority, if not all, of their devices going forward.

Lewis - might be an idea to offer opinion on articles instead of just copy & pasting the other articles main points and putting them all into one blog post? Might give you a little more credibility!

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 7, 2012 at 12:29

bettsy,
good lawd, what's up with that irony detector of yours?
I dont know why you're surprised? Motorola has done **** all for years, Google bought them for the patents & realised they've still got the staff from the 90's era where they had phones which people bought. ... you didn't notice Lewis was saying as much?

Lewis - might be an idea to offer opinion on articles instead of just copy & pasting the other articles main points ... so wait, first Lewis' opinionating sucks, and then you say he didn't offer any? Which, yeah, sucked even more?

Don't get me wrong, I like Lewis-bashing in the morning, too; but until our devs have installed the subtext-widget, we need to try and understand Lewis' twisted ways. In this example he was, thank the lawd, quite obviously sarcastic.

It's clear Motorola did "f*ck all" - as you say. Lewis clearly alluded as much.
As to the battery: coulda, shoulda, woulda.... Moto HAVE produced Android devices with good battery performance. Other COULD, WILL etc etc... who cares?

Motorola ( who I deeply dislike, btw... deep, Microsoftian dislike) also HAVE delivered some of the only half-decent QWERTY Android devices. Say about the Pro what you like, when Moto released the Pro Plus, they actually took a LOT OF CRITICISM ONBOARD, AND IMPROVED ON THE FIRST experience big time. It's still ugly; but it's much better than the first Pro. So 'f*ck all' is a bit over the top.

From my Android-sceptic POV, Motorola's devices actually stand out more than the many many clones out there. Hey, our Resident Galaxy fan matt even couldn't find much about the SGS3 that made him wanna dump his SGS2, and I try a Huawei G300 and can't find
anything in that £90 phone that last years flagships did all that much better (at least not 5 times better to reflect the price difference). It's all relative. It's a LOT about personal preferences, and also: about availability. it's fun to dis them when no irish network, e.g. carries a Moto device beyond the Defy Mini...

But anyhoo... I think we are both (all three of us, actually) way off. There's more to it.
Google knew how Moto had done 'f*ck all' as you said, when they bought Mobility (which, you know...why're you shouting at Lewis instead of Google?).

We won't know where this is really going until some fat dude sings.
Google aren't the Lets Find Stuff Charity. And Moto isn't the only struggling company.

And Lewis didn't present this as his grande opus or Masters thesis.

Pondlife  Oct. 7, 2012 at 13:05

Seems a rather harsh reply tbh, and didn't seem like they were shouting. Weekends not agree with you Jan?

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 7, 2012 at 13:19

bettsy (and pondlife) - I didn't mean to sound harsh.

And if bettsy didn't mean to 'sound' as harsh as I perceived it, we're all good.

The fact that this was just a quick news item rather than an attempt at explaining it 'all'
made ME feel bettsy was a bit rough - up to the point of insinuating some sloppy attempt of plagiarism on Lewis' part. But maybe it was the early Sunday following a cr*p week.

Sorry...

bettsy  Oct. 7, 2012 at 14:43

It seems someone got out of bed the wrong side this morning...

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 7, 2012 at 14:56

It seems someone got out of bed the wrong side this morning...

I have no bad :(

http://a2.mzstatic.com/us/r1000/096/Purple/v4/00/ff/06/00ff0695-e22f-48ca-0385-df0ced5876de/mzl.qhkyobjc.320x480-75.jpg

Treab  Oct. 7, 2012 at 16:53

It seems someone got out of bed the wrong side this morning...

question is... was it his bed ;)

also i don't think moto are that bad crap at software updates but the new razr range isn't bad.

Pondlife  Oct. 7, 2012 at 17:01

Surely a better mood otherwise ;)

Yeah but they don't release them here. We mostly get the crappy ones and the experimental i.

That said the Samsung I'd like most is US only too..

Treab  Oct. 7, 2012 at 17:07

Surely a better mood otherwise ;)

Yeah but they don't release them here. We mostly get the crappy ones and the experimental i.

That said the Samsung I'd like most is US only too..


depends... his mood might not be soo great if it had an unexpected surprise ;)

CTPAHHIK  Oct. 8, 2012 at 08:59

I dont know why you're surprised? Motorola has done **** all for years, Google bought them for the patents & realised they've still got the staff from the 90's era where they had phones which people bought. Restructuring gets rid of the dead weight that offers nothing, and in about a year or two's time you'll start to see the benefit of the restructure.


This is exactly how it was 5 years ago when I left them. Probably has not changed much since. It felt like you are working for government and not for technology firm.

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 8, 2012 at 11:11

I dont know why you're surprised? Motorola has done **** all for years, Google bought them for the patents & realised they've still got the staff from the 90's era where they had phones which people bought. Restructuring gets rid of the dead weight that offers nothing, and in about a year or two's time you'll start to see the benefit of the restructure.


This is exactly how it was 5 years ago when I left them. Probably has not changed much since. It felt like you are working for government and not for technology firm.


Not surprising, if you dig deep to see who owned big amounts of Moto shares back then ;)

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