Google Sells Motorola's Manufacturing Facilities
Google recently announced that Flextronics has agreed to purchase two manufacturing facilities owned by Motorola. Motorola is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Google. The factories in question are located in Tianjin, China, and Jaguariuna, Brazil. The assets and employees of these facilities will be transferred from Google to Flextronics. At the same time, Flextronics has signed a service agreement with Google to manufacture its Android and other mobile devices moving forward. The companies did not disclose terms of the deal, which requires regulatory approval before it can be completed. Google and Flextronics expect the deal to close during the first half of 2013. The news follows Google's announcement that it plans to shutter Motorola's research and design and marketing organizations in Korea.
Motorola Makes Moto Voice Available to 2013 Droids
Motorola recently published a version of its new Moto Voice app that is compatible with the 2013 Moto X, as well as the Droid Ultra, Droid Mini, and Droid Maxx. Moto Voice, formerly Touchless Control, combines several of the key functions found on the 2013 Moto X, such as the Active Display, Google Now voice prompts, and Google Assist.
Google News to More Clearly Mark 'Fact-Check' Articles
Google says it will work harder to call attention to fact-check articles within Google News. Google believes fact-check style articles have become an important type of journalism, especially in the context of the presidential election.
Motorola's Chicago Office to Lose 500 Jobs
Motorola has revealed the depth of job cuts being made at its Chicago headquarters and they run quite deep. The firm will eliminate 500 positions, or about 25% of its staff, as its parent firm, Lenovo, restructures amidst weak sales.
Private Investors Buy OmniVision for $1.9 Billion
OmniVision has agreed to allow a consortium of private investors purchase the company for about $1.9 billion. OmniVision makes digital imaging products, such as camera sensors for smartphones.