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Google Sells Motorola's Manufacturing Facilities

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Jaden10

Dec 11, 2012, 9:15 AM
Why would Google do this? Motorola Mobility makes not only Android phones, but also iDEN phones and Feature phones. Are they trying to become fabless? Or are they only interested in the IP's? Them again it could be cheaper in the long run if they have this contract. But damn, I would hate to be working for Motorola right now.
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newfoneguy

Dec 11, 2012, 9:37 AM
Well, if you worked for them at the moment you might not have to worry about working for them much longer... Google is not afraid of some serious restructuring it seems, no matter how many layoffs...
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Globhead

Dec 11, 2012, 2:52 PM
newfoneguy said:
Well, if you worked for them at the moment you might not have to worry about working for them much longer... Google is not afraid of some serious restructuring it seems, no matter how many layoffs...


"The assets and employees of these facilities will be transferred from Google to Flextronics."

Without further details, there is no reason to think that this will result in more layoffs than if Goggle held the factories, or if Motorola was still self-owned.

But there probably would be loads of layoffs necessary if Google kept all of the factories but only made devices it was interested in.
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crood

Dec 11, 2012, 10:05 AM
Because, despite their claims, Google was only ever really interested in the patents owned by Motorola.
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Globhead

Dec 11, 2012, 2:47 PM
crood said:
Because, despite their claims, Google was only ever really interested in the patents owned by Motorola.


Could be, or maybe they were only interested in patents and Android devices. All of the non-android things Motorola does could be the very reason to sell it. Note that the article says that Google has a contract with the new owners to have android devices made.
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bobc74

Dec 11, 2012, 6:29 PM
In case you've been hiding under a rock the past 6 months, Motorola has already lost it's largest IDEN customer, Nextel. Sprint stopped selling Nextel devices back in June and won't be supporting them at it's in-store service and repair centers after the new year.
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