Motorola To Lay Off 20% Of Its Workforce, Focus On Fewer Devices

By 02:13 Wed, 14 Jul 2021 Comments

Motorola Mobility has announced that it'll be giving the boot to 20 percent of its workforce in the coming months. This is one of the few restructuring steps the company is taking, after it went under Google's ownership.

In addition to the 4,000 layoffs, the company is also planning on closing a third of its 94 facilities and focusing on its hubs in Sunnyvale, California, Chicago and Beijing and scale back its presence in Asia and India. There will be some reorganization at the high levels of the company as well, as 40 percent of Moto Mobility's vice presidents will be let go.

Furthermore, Motorola will shift its focus on quality instead of quantity, resulting in fewer device being released. As a result the company will reduce its supply orders by as much as half.

It seems Motorola is taking the HTC way from earlier this year, betting on the fact that fewer high-discontinue devices will bring more cash than a dozen of low-discontinue offerings. The Taiwanese company had a few rough months recently, but revenues bounced back in Q2, so maybe that's the correct way to go. We'll see if things work out for Moto as well.

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